It is a place where time has stood still. It is a place where colour and grey collide in dramatic harmony; where the calm sea under a bluebird sky bears little hint to the potential wrath that could be unleashed without warning.
Its colours and landscapes have inspired the artist; its climate has humbled the most experienced sailors.
Yet those who know New England and its capricious coastline are reverent to it with fierce passion, and those who experience it for the first time are forever changed.
Extending from the northern tip of Maine to Montauk at the end of Long Island, New York, the New England coastline is rich in maritime history and draws a host of visitors to its alluring cruising grounds each year.
New England caters to salty sailors and the elite jet set alike; its charming coastal communities with boutique shops and ice cream parlours providing a relaxing respite away from the hustle and bustle of today’s technology-bombarded world. Fishing and lobstering still serve as a backbone of the region’s economy, as does tourism in the popular summer destination spots of Newport, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island.
New England provides the backdrop for whatever type of charter you desire. Don your Wellies, wake up to the distant moan of a foghorn and the faint clang of a bouy punctuated by seagulls and search for whales off the coast of Maine. Race in the Newport Bucket, shop until you drop and dance under the stars on the lawn of the Newport Yacht Club in Rhode Island.
Relax in style sans shoes with a glass of champagne and newfound friends at a beach clambake in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Or, seek adventure, solace and inner peace with an off-the-beaten trek charter that dips into hidden coves, explores uninhabited islands and discovers nature in its purest form.
While summertime is ideal for your New England charter, the months of September and October should not be overlooked. The “Indian Summer” that occurs during these months is something magical, where warm, blue sky-days cast an exquisite light on fiery foliage and crescendo into dramatic sunsets silenced by a sudden chill and rising fog.
Whether you are looking to taste the freshest of seafood and shop for handcrafted wares peddled by local artisans, or cruise along sleepy coastal communities to discover a path less traveled, or experience a little of all of the above as well as any of the unique and fabulous local festivals, New England is, in a word, the quintessential destination.