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8 of the best places to visit in New England on board Marae

8 of the best places to visit in New England on board Marae

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Bristol, RI

Just a short sail up the Narragansett Bay, north of the bustling seaside town of Newport, RI lies the much smaller and quieter but equally historic town of Bristol. Marae will drop anchor off the famed Herreshoff Marine Museum and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. As your afternoon will reveal, Bristol is truly a national maritime treasure. At the Herreshoff Museum, you will see dozens of the yachts designed by Captain Nat Herreshoff, the most famous yacht designer in American yachting history, as well as hundreds of artefacts from his career.

As the most successful designer of America’s Cup racers, it’s fitting that on the same site as the Herreshoff Museum is the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, recording the history of the oldest trophy in sport. You will discover the histories of 80 of the most famous personalities from past Cups as well as be able to view models of nearly every challenger and defender of the Auld Mug. There is no better place to observe the history of the pinnacle of sailboat racing.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, there are many fine dining options in Bristol including DeWolfe’s Tavern and the award-winning Persimmon. Or you can enjoy a lobster roll made with lobster delivered straight off the boat at any one of a number of small dining establishments (my favourite is Blount’s Clam Shack) located on one of the most picturesque waterfronts in New England.

Picture courtesy of Jeff Brown

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