The New England region consists of seven states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut. The area encompasses miles of Atlantic coastline, mountains, valleys, woodlands, gently rolling hills, dense forests, and beaches. When one thinks of New England, what comes to mind? Lobster, cod, clam chowder, clambakes, quahogs, striped bass, lighthouses, historical sites, power charter yachts and sailing charter yachts, and sailing yacht regattas are just a few. The fishing fleets and trading schooners of New England, the farmers, the mill workers, the craftsmen, the explorers, the founding fathers, and the New York aristocrats’ summer homes have left an important historical legacy. New England is rich with history.
A seven to ten day cruise on a yacht chartered from Taylor’d Yacht Charters is an ideal way to soak up the East Coast’s atmosphere. As the yachting capital of the northeast, Newport, Rhode Island makes a great starting point. Plan time to wander through the historic village with its mansions from the bygone era and see the classic yachts lined up along the waterfront. Be sure to leave your yacht and eat some of your meals ashore at the many varied famous restaurants in Newport.
Just 12 miles off the coast of Newport is Block Island, a great destination for a daytrip. Half of the island reminds you of Key West; the other half takes you back to the farming communities of New England in the early 1900′s. It is a relaxed way of life where “dressed up” means a pair of shorts.
The island of Nantucket is just a few hours’ cruise away. Visit the cobblestoned streets with Georgian and Colonial style houses. Visit the shops laden with scrimshaw, a true “shoppers” delight; then onto Martha’s Vineyard. The Vineyard’s beaches range from quiet, secluded coves to rugged stretches of coastline with thundering surf. There’s plenty to do on land as well. You will find golf, tennis, miles of paved biking, and inline skating trails. Of course there is the famous “Black Dog” Pub and Restaurant. One must collect a t-shirt from here.
Cape Cod Canal follows – a great spot for whale watching, before sailing onto Plymouth, and to the city of Boston. The next quaint town is Kennebunkport, then onto Boothbay Harbor. From Boothbay Harbor the next stop is beautiful Camden, Maine, and you can’t leave without seeing Mount Desert and Acadia National Park. Acadia’s 40,000 acres contain some of the most spectacular and varied scenery on the Eastern Seaboard: a rugged coastline of surf-pounded granite and an interior graced by sculpted mountains, quiet ponds, and lush deciduous forests. Cadillac Mountain, at 1,530 feet, is the highest point of land on the Eastern Seaboard. It dominates the park.
Sag Harbor, New York was Long Island’s whaling capital in the 1800s. The American Hotel is a gingerbread Victorian dating from 1846, with a lively restaurant and bar scene. If your yacht finds itself in Sag Harbor, the American Bar is the place to see and be seen and one of Sandy and Tom’s of Taylor’d Yacht Charters favorites.It is nationally known for its wine list.
Florida’s coastline offers a diverse range of activities for yacht charterers. Perhaps we are partial to our own backyard, but our charter agents book successful charters in Florida waters year-round and are adept at tailoring the perfect itinerary to suit any group. Whether the international hot spots of Miami or Palm Beach are your destination, cruising in the beautiful Florida sunshine, is a year-round treat. Explore the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW) all the way from Fernandina Beach to the southernmost point in the United States, Key West.
Scenic and picturesque, cruising the ICW offers a unique insight into Florida. If it’s golf and genteel socializing that’s your goal, then Palm Beach can be a great place to board your chartered private luxury yacht. You can enjoy the warm Florida sunshine in a quieter atmosphere than ports south. Offshore fishing is excellent here – just a short cruise east to the Gulf Stream’s abundant current.
Fort Lauderdale is a boating paradise, earning her well deserved title as the “Yachting Capital of the World”. With numerous marinas, resorts, and shipyards, it’s the perfect place to discover the yacht of your dreams. The annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is an ideal place to see many of the world’s charter fleet and get an idea about how fantastic they are. Taylor’d Yacht Charterscan arrange yacht visits. Shopping is delightful along Las Olas Boulevard, with sidewalk cafes and unique boutiques to explore for those days when you want to enjoy shoreside activities. Jazz enthusiasts might want to pop into O’Hara’s where live music plays well into the night or mix with the “yachties” at City Cafe or Mark’s on Las Olas.
If an even faster pace is more your style, then Miami and sizzling South Beach couldn’t possibly disappoint. Anything goes in this trendy haven! You might start with a cocktail in a retro Art Deco hotel, progress along Ocean Drive to a Cuban inspired beat, and end up at the “incrowd’s” newest club of the moment. As the paparazzi have proved, it’s possible to catch a celebrity enjoying the moon over Miami.
Perhaps the Keys sound more enticing? Sprawling southward, the Florida Keys are a casual, comfortable step away from the pace of the city. Leaving from Key Biscayne in Miami, cruise toward Key Largo, the gateway to the Florida Keys. Fishing, snorkeling, and diving abound as the crystalline warm waters beckon. Taylor’d Yacht Charters can arrange for preferred dockage at Key Largo’s exclusive Ocean Reef Club where adults and children will enjoy being pampered by the amenities of this private resort. This is another location recommended by Sandy and Tom Taylor.
There are numerous deserted keys further south to explore. If you have time to cruise all the way to Key West, the charms of the “Conch Republic” will have surely made their mark. Duvall Street is much like a New Orleans Bourbon Street of the Keys. Shopping, reveler, and debauchery can be found. Historically you can visit Sloppy Joe’s where the annual Hemmingway contest is held each year. (Incidentally, Tom was a finalist in that very same contest some years ago.) Some pieces of the treasure from the Spanish galleon, La Senora De La Atoche, can be seen and purchased at Mel Fischer’s museum in Key West. Don’t forget a trip to the Hog’s Breath Saloon and watching the famous “green light” at sunset at the end of the dock at Mallory Square. Be sure to let us know if you really see it!
South of Key West lies the Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson, home of some of the best snorkeling in the world.