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Coastal Charm

by Lori Eastes

Photos courtesy of Worth Avenue Yachts

New England is home to stunning coastlines, breathtaking scenery, and enduring maritime traditions. The region is incredibly diverse and authentically charming, offering a taste of big city life one day and Norman Rockwell-esque small town America the next.

Picture this: Dock within feet of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and enjoy everything this historic city has to offer, including the Museum of Fine Arts and restaurants offering everything from haute cuisine to broiled lobster with slaw and fries. Then, moor off Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket the following day for a complete change of pace; here you can walk through towns teeming with people and shops or walk lovely beaches and cast a line for fishing. On another stop, Rhode Island is full of authentic New England architecture with Block Island and Newport, a famed yachting destination with historic mansions. Southern New England alone is a colorful and diverse place to visit, but venture further north to Maine, and you’ll discover more scenic coastlines, charming villages, and windswept islands.

Art. Architecture. Beaches. Cliffs. Golf. History. Museums. Shopping. Whale watching. It’s all on the menu on your New England yacht charter vacation.


Newport is known as one of the biggest yachting destinations in the world and attracts sailors and boaters traveling the Eastern coastline. This town has a rich culture centered around the nautical lifestyle, bringing both tourists and seafarers from all over the world throughout the busy summer months. Whether you are looking to browse local boutiques, eat fresh seafood on the waterfront, or explore some of America’s most historic architecture, Newport is sure not to disappoint. Newport’s top attractions include: Cliff Walk; historic mansions from America’s Gilded Age; Ocean Drive; world-class seafood and waterfront restaurants; wineries and breweries; Fort Adams State Park; and many local summer events.


Located just around 20 miles off the Newport coast is the popular summer destination of Block Island. This island is home to coastal cliffs and miles of sandy beaches that create a spectacular backdrop for on-water activities. The island is perfect for lovers of outdoor activities as well as those who just want to kick back and relax. Legend has it that the island is scattered with ornamental glass orbs strategically hidden by a local glass artist. If found, you can register your orb and take it as an unforgettable souvenir! Some of Block Island’s endless activities include hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, walking along the beach, and shopping at the cute local boutiques.


An absolute jewel of New England, Martha’s Vineyard is known for its rich history, culture, and miles of beautiful beaches. The island is located off the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, and its population grows from about 16,000 residents to more than 100,000 during the summer. This island’s popular attractions include South Beach, Gay Head Cliffs, Edgartown Lighthouse, and Gingerbread Cottages. Ride bikes through town and along the beaches, and along the way discover world-class restaurants and seafood, breweries, and wineries.


The charming island of Nantucket is located 30 miles south of Cape Cod and just east of Martha’s Vineyard. The island presents an easy-going island lifestyle making it the perfect summer getaway. Some of the most popular sites and attractions on the island are the Whaling Museum, island bike tours, cobblestone roads, historic cottages, upscale dining, and the legendary lighthouses scattered across the island.


Provincetown, located at the outer tip of Cape Cod, is one of Massachusetts’ busiest tourist destinations. It is America’s oldest continuous art colony; full of galleries, museums, and artistic culture. Many festive events take place throughout the summer, which makes Provincetown a unique and inclusive destination for all. Some of Provincetown’s must-do activities include whale watching excursions, bike trails along the Cape Cod National Seashore, art galleries, museums, local boutiques, and pristine beaches.


Montauk is located on the southeastern tip of Long Island, and is a big destination for both local New Yorkers escaping the city and tourists from all over the country. This area was once home to several U.S. military bases, and now is a beach lover’s paradise with plenty of attractions to see. Montauk is home to five state parks and miles of sandy beaches perfect for outdoor activities and soaking in the sunshine. Things to do in Montauk include waterside activities, beachfront bars and restaurants, Montauk Point State Park and Lighthouse, hiking trails, Hamptons-style boutiques, and trendy pop-up shops.

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