Aptly named, New England is a newer version of England, with the same vibrant green lawns, and woodlands ashore. It is the vibrant green ashore that assures the continual cooling thermal winds every summer that start around 11:00 am every day, that drew sailors and those just wanting a refreshing break from hotter climates to New England to “Summer”. New England shores are peppered with massive “Summer Cottages” in ornate or the more rambling stick style of architecture with private docks harboring sailing yachts, clamming rakes and lobster pots, while buoys bob in the waters in front for visiting nautical neighbors. Life in New England on the water becomes very lively, with islands like Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard blossoming open at the end of May. Beaches come alive, the beach roses bloom, sails are hoisted, lobster pots set, signal flags fly, and shops, restaurants, and bars open for a new summer of fun and frivolity.
Summertime in Newport, RI is particularly vibrant, as this is an age old resort location filled with “Summer Cottages” of the rich and famous. Names like Vanderbilt, Morgan, Duke, and Astor are all associated with Newport as each family built a sumptuous “Summer Cottage” in Newport and threw lavish parties during the Gilded Age during the months of July and August only.
While Newport was jumping during the Gilded Age in July and August only, the town and area is lovely throughout the summer and is so much more than just a Gilded Age summer resort location. At the end of the 17th and into the 18th centuries Newport was a center of colonial enterprise having the deepest harbor on the East Coast, so that Clipper Ships full of goods could sail right up to the dock and unload. With the blockade of Newport Harbor by British Troops during the Revolutionary War, Newport came to a stop, locked in time, and today has the largest number of colonial buildings in one place in the U.S. all on rambling little streets clustered around the harbor.
Come into Newport several days before your charter or stay several days after your charter, if boarding and disembarking in Newport, or if visiting Newport during a yacht charter, be sure to spend some time in Newport to enjoy the beauty of this village and the myriad of things to see and do.