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A Getaway in Mount Desert Island by Private Yacht Charter

2020-10-10T13:46:13-04:00

Bar Harbor Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine

Mount Desert Island is Maine’s largest island and home to Acadia National Park, one of the most treasured national parks in the United States. Take a week away from the busyness of everyday life to enjoy nature, freshly caught seafood, and luxury for a Mount Desert Island  private yacht charter. There are a selection of quaint restaurants and pubs to choose from on Mount Desert Island if you want to try a meal or drink ashore, especially in Bar Harbor, as well as adorable shops, including wine shops where you can sample wines and gourmet cheeses.

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A Getaway in Mount Desert Island by Private Yacht Charter2020-10-10T13:46:13-04:00

Best Things To Experience On Your Newport, Rhode Island Private Yacht Charter

2020-09-02T23:13:28-04:00
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Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is a magically nautical place to visit in the summer, with July and August being the peak of the season. Everything from the beaches, history and landmarks, mansions, seafood, and cultural life make it a wonderful destination to visit via a private yacht charter. 

Newport is relatively small in terms of geographical area—entirely walkable, in fact—but it certainly packs a punch. Some of America’s grandest houses—“summer cottages” of the Gilded Age—were built right by the spectacular New England coastline of Newport. It’s also not uncommon to see visitors dress up in the evening for an enchanting dinner by the sea. There’s a reason why people continue to make Newport their summer vacation destination—the charm, luxury, and scenery remain constant, making Newport Rhode Island a wonderful private yacht charter destination.

A brief history of Newport 

Newport Harbor Bannisters Wharf

Newport Harbor Bannisters Wharf Photo Credit Missy Johnston

Newport, known as a colonial harbor town, sprang up between the 17th and 18th centuries as an important trading city and one of the first sailing cities in the states. It was blockaded by the British during the American Revolutionary War in 1776, at which point life in Newport came to a screeching halt. But as always, the spirit of Newport was not diminished. 

Initially, Newport rivaled the likes of New York and Boston in colonial days. Because the British blockaded the harbor in 1776, today, Newport has the largest stand of colonial buildings in America, most of which are still in active use today. Just wandering the streets of Newport is a step back in time. The main graveyard is a fascinating glimpse into history, containing the graves of many important Newporters from the 1600’s on, including the grave of one of Rhode Island’s signers of the Declaration of Independence.  

Newport is also home to many  “firsts” in America, including the Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in America; the Old Colony House, one of the first state houses where dignitaries met together as local leaders; and the Artillery Company of Newport, the oldest operating Artillery Company in the United States with cannons still used today that were cast in Paul Revere’s Foundry.

Touro Synagogue Newport, Rhode Island

Touro Synagogue Newport, Rhode Island

Today, Newport is known as one of the most important sailing harbor towns in the United States.  In Newport, the sailing museum, and soon the Sailing Hall of Fame, which is being moved to Newport, anchor the town as a sailing center. For decades, Newport was the scene of many America’s Cup Races between defenders and challengers, until in 1983, the Cup was lost to a challenge from Australia.  

Gilded Age

In addition to being home to many “firsts” in America, Newport is also home to many of the Gilded Age “cottages,” which can be found along Cliff Walk—a beautiful 3.5-mile walk along the coastline. Almost every afternoon from spring to fall, a cooling southwest thermal wind fills in Narragansett Bay, which made Newport a cool summer destination in the 19th and 20th centuries for the wealthy, and today makes Newport  a sailor’s paradise. Many noteworthy families such as the Vanderbilt’s, Astors, and Morgans made Newport their summer vacation destination, building their summer cottages here during the Gilded Age, a period from around the 1880’s to 1929.

America’s Cup

Newport Shoreline-Americas Cup Race Course

Newport Shoreline-Americas Cup Race Course

America’s cup is one of the oldest and best-known international yacht sailing competitions. Traditionally, the race is between the defending vessel and a challenging vessel, which are determined separately through a series of elimination races. Each vessel is built in the country it represents, and built to win. In 1983,  Australia II defeated the United States in a stunning victory which took place in Newport. This was the first time the United States was beaten and lost the America’s Cup after a consecutive 24 wins—1870 was the last time they were defeated. Since that defeat, the race has not returned to Newport, but many hope that one day Newport will host the America’s Cup races once again.

Experiencing Newport

Newport’s Gilded Age Mansions

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Newport – The Breakers

One of the top attractions in Newport are the gorgeous 19th century Gilded Age mansions of Bellevue Avenue. These exquisitely designed “summer cottages” were built for the wealthy in order to “summer” in Newport to escape the season’s heat. The wealthy who summered here for six to eight weeks during July and August made Newport their playground. Yachting was an important gentleman’s sport, and many wealthy summer visitors brought their large luxury yachts to Newport. Sailing regattas were popular in Newport, given the constant thermal winds, which eventually helped Newport become the sailing capital of the world. 

Taking a private specialized tour with your very own private guide is an excellent way to see the mansions up close and personal. There are a variety of immaculate mansions to choose from, including The Breakers, perhaps the grandest of them all. This Italian Renaissance-inspired mansion is filled with 70 rooms and was built for the famous Cornelius Vanderbilt II. After a private tour, head over a few steps to the Cliff Walk for a stroll, with the Atlantic on one side and the mansions on the other. 

“Ten Mile Drive” 

Ocean Drive, Newport, RI

Ocean Drive, Newport, RI

Newport’s famous “Ten Mile Drive” is a fun way to experience Newport’s coastline. This scenic ocean drive is best spent in a convertible, allowing you to feel the cool, salty breeze of Newport’s seaside air with the wind in your hair while cruising by the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean and immaculate summer cottages of the Gilded Age. There are miles of beautiful Newport shoreline, so perhaps bring along a basket for a picnic of fresh seafood. 

“Ten Mile Drive” has four routes—Brenton Cove Shore, East Passage of Narragansett Bay, Ocean Drive, and Bellevue Avenue. Our recommendation is to start at Thames St. and make your way around to Bellevue Avenue. No matter which route you choose, it will be a relaxing drive full of scenery and adventure. 

Yacht Clubs in Newport

Newport is the “sailing capital of the world,” and as such, home to many wonderful yacht clubs. Newport Yacht Club is one of the top yachting facilities in New England, and is located in the northeast corner of Newport Harbor. However, the star of the show is The New York Yacht Club, which has a station in Newport at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court and has had a connection to Newport since 1844 when the founding members departed on a yachting cruise from New York Harbor to Newport. 

Dining

Clarke's Cook House, Newport, RI

Clarke’s Cook House, Newport, RI

Newport has a wonderful selection of restaurants available, ranging from those with laid-back atmospheres to those serving elegant suit-and-tie dinners. Enjoy a delicious casual lunch at Mission—a local comfort food burger joint. Their signature chile-cheese-dog is Instagram-worthy and a perfect bite to grab and go. For a delicious scoop of heaven, check out Sticks and Cones, possibly the best ice cream shop in town. Here, find an array of gelatos, soft serves, vegan ice cream, and warm waffles-on-a-stick to munch on. Flavors range from classic chocolate and vanilla to cotton candy, tiramisu, or s’mores. 

For dinner, stop by Black Pearl for their world famous creamy clam chowder—a classic staple and cultural dish in Newport. Black Pearl is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Newport, having been founded in the early 1920’s. Dinner can be served either in the nearly unchanged dining room or on the patio overlooking the gorgeous Newport Harbor. If a newer vibe interests you, check out Thames Street Kitchen’s Revolving Door. This elegant restaurant featuring guest top chefs is filled with inspiring dishes, one of the best cocktails in town, and was named the best new restaurant by Towne & Country. 

For a late night bite and cocktail, check out Clarke Cooke House—where the see-and-be-seen crowds gather on a Saturday night. Crowds are usually dressed to the nines, with men in blazers and women in eye-catching summer dresses. Guests can usually be found on the dance floor of the Sky Bar, in one of the other three floors of the restaurant, or down for disco in the Boom Boom Room. The cuisine here is world-renowned; Clarke Cooke House has a reputation as the heartbeat of Newport.

Shopping

Bowen's Wharf in Newport Rhode Island

Bowen’s Wharf

There are a plethora of quaint boutiques and shops in Newport to browse. Bowen’s Wharf and Bannister’s Wharf are known as the Anchors of the Newport Waterfront. They offer a wonderful selection of shopping, art galleries, and restaurants. Shops are filled with art, jewelry, hats, and accessories. There is also a handful of marine-themed shops, as well as classic clothing boutiques. More shops are sprinkled throughout Newport, including Lower Thames Street for interesting boutiques, Spring Street for antique-hunters, and Bellevue Avenue for high-end shopping. 

Newport is undoubtedly a wonderful ocean-side destination for a private yacht charter vacation. With its rich history, excellent sailing, wonderful eating, and shopping, you will, without a doubt, have a relaxing and unforgettable experience in Newport this summer. If staying away from the crowds sounds appealing, don’t forget, you can always stay aboard your private charter yacht for the duration of your trip, complete with your own personal chef and crew to make your vacation perfect and enjoy shoreside life from the decks of your private charter yacht. No matter the choice, Newport will be sure to “wow” you this summer on your private yacht charter.

Best Things To Experience On Your Newport, Rhode Island Private Yacht Charter2020-09-02T23:13:28-04:00

FAQ: Things To Do on a New England Yacht Charter Vacation

2020-07-12T16:51:59-04:00

Bowens Wharf Newport, RI www.njcharters.com

Bowens Wharf Newport, RI

While yacht charter destinations may be a bit more limited these days, a yacht charter vacation  in New England is hands-down an excellent, luxurious getaway this summer—especially if you’re looking for a trip that allows for social distancing. Creating a private yacht charter itinerary provides so much flexibility. It is all about tailoring the trip to your desires, including what you want to see and do, making sure that the on board cuisine created by your private chef satisfies your food tastes and having your favorite wines on board. 

Choose to stay aboard your private yacht for the entire charter—enjoying beautiful scenery and the crystal blue ocean, perfect for swimming and watersports fun or a swim to a deserted beach. Or, if you’re interested in seeing what New England has to offer ashore, disembark and head out. Visit museums and art galleries, try a little shopping for local favorites and take home a memory, or enjoy a terrific hike or bicycle ride. Or, perhaps a little beach time is in order. What are the best things to do on a New England private yacht charter vacation? Read below for our recommendations.

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FAQ: Things To Do on a New England Yacht Charter Vacation2020-07-12T16:51:59-04:00

The Ultimate Social Distancing Vacation: A New England Yacht Charter

2020-05-16T13:33:37-04:00

Luxury Motor Yacht & Water Toys for Yacht Charter

Private Motor Yacht with Water Toys

Imagine yourself sailing aboard a private yacht. Crystal blue waters surrounding you, the cool ocean breeze sweeping your face, a five star chef at your beck and call, and not a worry in the world on your mind. A private yacht charter is the perfect way to escape the crowds and experience luxurious relaxation. You don’t have to look too far for an amazing experience—we recommend a trip through the islands and along the beautiful New England coast. Enjoy the beauty, colonial history, and quaint fishing villages with a full-service private captain, chef, and crew to attend to your every need. 

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Your own Private Chef

This summer holds a terrific selection of crewed charter yachts available in New England, as many owners that normally send their yachts to the Mediterranean are keeping their yachts closer to home. You can book now for a trip anytime between July 4th and mid-September. On your private yacht charter, experience fresh, clean air and pristine waters. Enjoy being as far away from large crowds as you’d like while relaxing and having fun. 

If you’re a swimmer, hop into the water and swim to a deserted beach to explore, sun-bathe, or simply enjoy the gorgeous views. If you’re not a swimmer, don’t fret—plan a land expedition instead to explore the rich-in-history New England coasts and islands.

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Your Private Space On Board

If you’d like to stay aboard the entire visit and stay remote, just say the word. You’ll be taken care of in a lovely, isolated anchorage by your full-service crew and five-star chef. This is YOUR trip—you have the ability to work with your private yacht charter broker to establish a customized plan at your pace and comfort level, making the get-away as exclusive as you would like it to be.

Below, find two classic suggested itineraries for a wonderful summer New England charter trip. The first is a southern New England charter out of Newport, RI which includes Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod. The second is “Down East” Maine out of Camden and it includes Isleboro, Vinalhaven, and Bar Harbor. These two itineraries are suggested only, as for every charter a customized itinerary is created around exactly what you want to do. 

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The Ultimate Social Distancing Vacation: A New England Yacht Charter2020-05-16T13:33:37-04:00

Travel Back in Time by Private Yacht Charter to Newport, RI

2020-05-24T22:18:54-04:00
Bowens Wharf Newport, RI www.njcharters.com

Bowens Wharf Newport, RI

There is no better way to travel back to the colonial era than by enjoying a private yacht charter visit to the port of Newport, Rhode Island. This beautiful “City by the Sea” boasts over 200 colonial-era homes and buildings, the largest grouping of these buildings in the United States. Quite a few are open for tours or have been turned into shops, museums, and hotels. Read more about Newport’s history and must-see spots in this article.

Beautiful lighthouse by the ocean at sunset

Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport, RI

Newport is also known as the “Sailing Capital of the World”, its other claim to fame. Cruising or sailing here offers spectacular views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, and is the gateway to the islands of southern New England including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Nature and history enthusiasts will love the Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile seaside stroll past some of the most magnificent Newport mansions. There is so much to fall in love with here. This additional travel guide with highlighted restaurants and activities will help you make the most of your time stopping on a yacht charter in Newport RI. Don’t forget your cocktail attire! Newport is one town that knows how to throw a party.

Travel Back in Time by Private Yacht Charter to Newport, RI2020-05-24T22:18:54-04:00

Take a Private Yacht Charter to an Artist’s Paradise: Monhegan Island

2019-12-31T19:26:53-05:00
Monhegan Island Harbor www.njcharters.com

Monhegan Island Harbor

There is an island off the coast of Maine where time appears to stand still. Small, shingled 19th-century homes dot the otherwise undisturbed landscape. Rocky shores, wildflowers, and the Atlantic delight the soul. Monhegan Island attracts those who view life with an artist’s eye, as it has for centuries. Edward Hopper, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, and others stayed and painted here. You can read more about them in this article.

Visitors come to paint, seek out rare birds, eat fresh lobster, and hike through serene forests. Monhegan Island invites people of all ages to unplug and focus on the sunset instead of their cell phones. One particularly lovely way to pay a visit is via a private charter yacht. Sail into the natural harbor and watch for whales along the way! Read more about this natural wonder here.

Take a Private Yacht Charter to an Artist’s Paradise: Monhegan Island2019-12-31T19:26:53-05:00

Yacht Charter Itinerary Cruising Southern New England

2020-08-11T15:07:41-04:00

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NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

Enjoy the quaint islands of New England along with historic Newport, Rhode Island, and Old Mystic Seaport, a living museum of a busy seaport of yesteryear. This is an itinerary filled with local color, local character, and local colonial history while cruising through waters filled with fish, shellfish and the famous Maine Lobster. Visit Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cuttyhunk Islands when cruising in southern New England on this private yacht charter itinerary.

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Yacht Charter Itinerary Cruising Southern New England2020-08-11T15:07:41-04:00

Yacht Charter Itinerary | Cruising in Maine

2019-02-27T00:30:42-05:00

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Portland Head Lighthouse

From Portland to Camden, explore the coast of the state of Maine on a crewed yacht charter when cruising in Maine.   Start in Portland, Maine heading “Down East” gunk holing from port to port, bay to bay and island to island on this great yacht charter itinerary cruising in Maine.

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Yacht Charter Itinerary | Cruising in Maine2019-02-27T00:30:42-05:00

Newport, Sag Harbor, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Hyannis Yacht Charter Itinerary

2020-05-24T22:11:35-04:00

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Newport, Rhode Island

Start your yacht charter in Newport, RI.  There are several “must do” things in Newport, “the city by the sea.”  The mansions are on the top of the list. These were merely summer cottages for the rich and famous following the Civil War. One of the best ways to appreciate the sheer beauty of the mansions is by walking the Cliff Walk, a three-and-one-half-mile coastal path that hugs the coastline. Other places to visit include the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Museum of Yachting, the many galleries and “Antique Alley”. Sailing was always an important sport in Newport, and the constant thermal winds add to the yachting pleasure Depart Newport for Sag Harbor.

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Newport, Sag Harbor, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Hyannis Yacht Charter Itinerary2020-05-24T22:11:35-04:00
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