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How To Plan the Perfect Luxury Yacht Charter in Maine


Written by Missy Johnston

Lobster House Restaurant

This is the perfect time to fulfill your dream of taking a private, luxury yacht charter to Maine. Start in Camden cruising through Penobscot Bay, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and other charming places in “Down East,” Maine, before winding back around to Camden to disembark after a terrific yacht charter cruise.

Let’s take a look at some of the best things to stop and see along the way. 


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Historic Lighthouses To Visit In Boothbay Harbor On A Maine Yacht Charter


Written by Missy Johnston

Boothbay Harbor Maine Sunset

Boothbay Harbor Maine Sunset

On a charter including Boothbay Harbor, Maine, during a two-week charter cruising between Boston and Bar Harbor on a luxury private yacht charter, it is hard not to notice two historic lighthouses that are part of the Maine scenery. The Ram Island Lighthouse and Burnt Island Light are sure to delight and relax. 


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Stop in Camden, Maine During Your Down East Maine Luxury Yacht Cruise


Written by Missy Johnston

Sailboats in the Camden Harbor

Camden, Maine is renowned for its breathtaking natural scenery and outdoorsy culture. If you want to drop anchor and relax on the beach, or hike through beautiful nearby pine forests, you can absolutely do that. But there are many other interesting things you may want to do when visiting Camden, Maine, when on a crewed luxury private yacht charter vacation in Down East, Maine.  


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Best Destinations Near Cape Cod to Visit on Your Luxury Yacht Cruise


Written by Missy Johnston

Barnstable Harbor, cape Cod

Barnstable Harbor Channel

Cape Cod is a popular celebrity destination for good reason. The Cape and its surrounding areas offer a vacation like no other. Though there are several well-known attractions on Cape Cod that may hold appeal to land travelers, the ultimate experience in luxury and elegance is best accessed from the water. 

Take a private yacht cruise to Cape Cod to enjoy a premier selection of activities and destinations not available to the average tourist. And, be sure to visit the nearby Elizabeth Islands. Even though they are private, yachts are allowed to anchor in lovely Hadley’s Harbor across from Wood’s Hole,  a beautiful anchorage, only reachable by private yacht.  


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Enjoy Eclectic Portland, Maine on a Luxury Yacht Charter


Written by Missy Johnston

Portland Maine Headlands

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is an old seacoast town often described as funky and eclectic. We love it for all of the unique and memorable experiences it has to offer. From museums to restaurants and one-of-a kind boutiques, Portland is a beautiful city, and the downtown harbor is a great stop in Maine on a luxury yacht charter vacation. 

We thoroughly enjoy helping our clients plan the perfect luxury yacht charter vacation, and New England is an area that never disappoints. Portland in particular boasts many things to see and do, so it’s sure to delight everyone on board. 


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Soak Up the Colonial Experience on a Luxury Yacht Charter in New England


Written by Missy Johnston

New England Lighthouse

Many of us travel to learn more about the culture and history of different parts of the world. Compared to other countries, America is still a young, fledgling country, which means it has plenty to offer those interested in exploring its roots. When we look back at America’s beginnings, New England was front and center. The area is brimming with colonial history, so it’s a fabulous choice for those looking to explore the past while also enjoying relaxation and vacation fun. 

Experiencing colonial America on a crewed yacht charter cruising in New England is one of the best (and most enjoyable) ways to explore this region. It’s also an opportunity to feel like a real colonist traveling by sea from port to port, just as was often done in colonial times. Not to mention, a private charter yacht cruise through New England is the perfect combination of colonial history and modern-day luxury, with as much beach and water time as you desire mixed in. Some travelers may be close enough to drive to a point of departure for a New England charter yacht trip, making it an even more attractive option. But it’s also easy to book a flight, and well worth it, as New England has plenty to offer to charterers  from all over the world. 

With so much to see and do in each location, we’ve selected a few highlights (with a bit of colonial history) about each stop to give a sense of all that awaits. Even better, we have also included links to additional resources we’ve compiled. Feel free to dig deeper into the stops that really pique your interest. And, of course, we’re here to help you every step of the way to create a truly personalized New England yacht charter vacation. 


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Cruise Into Upscale Historic New England on a Luxury Yacht Charter to Sag Harbor


Written by Missy Johnston

Sag Harbor, New England, luxury yacht charter

Sag Harbor

During colonial times, the New York City patriots fled to Sag Harbor NY to escape the Red Coats by boat. Today, people are escaping to Sag Harbor by yacht as part of a relaxing, luxury yacht charter vacation. In fact, Sag Harbor has a large protected natural harbor that is now mainly in use by visiting yachtsmen, making it an ideal destination as part of a private yacht charter itinerary in  New England


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A Getaway in Mount Desert Island by Private Yacht Charter


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

sunset in newport harbor

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. 


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.


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.

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


Bowens Wharf Newport, RI

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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