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Summer Cruising in New England
With a collection of beautiful islands dotting its rocky coast, summer cruising in New England is unparalleled. From the rugged bays and sandy beaches to the colorful lighthouses and captivating sunsets, there is no place to be in the summer but New England.
From powerboats to catamarans and classic schooners, Nicholson Yachts offers a variety of affordable yachts available for charter in the New England area during the summer season. Check out our 7 day cruising itinerary aboard one of our luxurious yachts, beginning in the beautiful town of Newport, RI.
Arrive in Newport, Rhode Island where you will find your luxury yacht and your personal five-star crew waiting to take care of every detail imaginable. If your wish is to sight see, your crew will point you in all the right directions. Newport has opulent mansions to tour, countless historical buildings and sites, and a beautiful coastline that ranges from white sandy beaches to rocky surf. While you’re there you can experience as much or as little as you would like; fine dining, shopping, walking tours, cozy cafés, all within a historic seaside village.
Enjoy delightful panoramic views while you are served a delectable breakfast freshly prepared by your crew. After a leisure morning, depart for Edgartown, MA. Edgartown was settled in the mid 1600s, making it the island’s first colonial community! Today, the seaside village attracts year-round visitors to its stunning beaches, bountiful recreational activities and unique New England ambiance. Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate South Cape Beach State Park, where sunbathing, fishing, swimming and hiking are popular pastimes. History buffs are intrigued by Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society Museum, which features historical objects, maritime artifacts and genealogical collections that depict the lives of the area’s inhabitants from 10,000 years ago to the present. Those looking for a unique coastal getaway easily fall in love with Edgartown’s Greek Revival architecture, fine dining restaurants, and trendy shops, ingredients that blend together to produce a charming charter destination.
After a full day and night spent in Edgar Town, set sail for the picturesque island of Nantucket, MA. An island of pristine beauty 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide, Nantucket is a haven 27 miles out to sea with something to offer everyone. Experience the hustle and bustle of downtown by enjoying a meal at any one of the numerous fine dining establishments, lose yourself in the art galleries along the wharf, stroll through the museums and historic sites or pick up some island treasures at any of the many boutiques and shops in town. Arrange for a private dinner among Nantucket’s 80 miles of beaches. It shouldn’t be too hard to find your own private stretch of sand along Nantucket Sound.
The next stop is Hyannis, MA. The exclusive resort community of Hyannis perhaps derives its greatest measure of fame from the Kennedy clan. As early as 1925, the dynamic family began to make its mark on the village and then the nation, and today, strengthened as it is by tragedy, it’s respected, beloved, and treasured by neighbors in Cape Cod.
In fact, throughout Barnstable; the town which encompasses Hyannis and six other villages, can be found landmarks and remembrances that acknowledge the Kennedy presence. Notable among them are the JFK Memorial, with its landscaped plaza and plaque, and the JFK Hyannis Museum. Cape Cod itself is a peninsula that juts 100 miles into the sea.
Hyannis lies on the formation’s southern coast and looks south towards Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Known as the ‘All-American City’ it is home to delectable fish shacks and award-winning restaurants, world-class beaches, the island ferries, countless outdoor activities and Cape Cod’s most unique shopping. The Town of Barnstable and immediate surrounding area nurture the unbridled beauty of the Cape’s historic district, while promoting the family-friendly fun of “Main Street, USA”.
After a wonderful visit to Hyannis, cruise towards Vineyard Haven, MA. The seaside village of Vineyard Haven, which is also known as Tisbury, is the main entry point to the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Nestled in a cove that was once the site of a prominent whaling station, this town is a popular summer vacation destination, but attracts the adventurous year-round. Although many of Vineyard Haven’s historic buildings were destroyed by fire in 1833, there are several historic homes that survived and continue to stand proudly on William Street, overlooking the harbor. You may choose to visit the Martha’s Vineyard Seafaring Center, a museum that showcases historical maritime artifacts such as whale teeth and a life-jacket from the Titanic. Recreation abounds in and around Vineyard Haven, with the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest being an activity hotspot.
Depart for Block Island. Block Island definitely moves at its own pace and is known for a relaxed way of life. It’s where “dressed up” means a pair of shorts. Islanders speak of going to the mainland as going “off island” — an expression of the feeling that Block Island is its own entity.
Agh, unfortunately day 7 is here, which means you’re almost back to reality. Sail into the beautiful waters of Narragansett Bay at a leisure pace. Reflect on the wonderful memories you have made over the past week while taking in the charming views of Newport. You think to yourself, “I’ll be back next summer”.