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3 of the best family–friendly destinations to visit on a luxury yacht charter

3 of the best family–friendly destinations to visit on a luxury yacht charter

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New England islands

New England is an easy and wholesome location to take families,” says Jennifer Saia, president and charter specialist for B&B Yacht Charters. Highlights include safe and quaint strolling streets, history and learning opportunities and protected anchorages for water sports, notes Saia. “And it’s the idyllic place to go sailing, (enjoying) charming lighthouses, beautiful coastal vistas and opulent summer mansions that line many towns.”

Begin in Newport, Rhode Island, where Gilded Age mansions overlooking the ocean await exploration. The grandest, the Breakers, belonged to the Vanderbilts, as did Marble House, which was inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Let your imagination wander as you navigate their interiors, then set out on the scenic, three-and-a-half-mile Cliff Walk, which travels just behind these “cottages” along the cliff edge.

Twenty-two nautical miles to the south is Block Island, where public beaches, hiking trails and a circa-1867 lighthouse entertain visitors. To the northeast are the Elizabeth Islands, which are mostly owned by the Forbes family. The largest, Naushon, has the chain’s only remaining lighthouse, circa-1891 Tarpaulin Cove. From here, the journey to Martha’s Vineyard and its five lighthouses is blessedly brief, as is the cruise farther east to Nantucket. The latter’s historic district (which encompasses the entire island) is “the finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late-18th and early-19th century New England seaport town,” according to the National Park Service. The Nantucket Preservation Trust runs architectural walking tours twice a week in summer and private tours are available.

Top tips:

Lobster ice cream?

Yes. Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium, which has a shop in the Vineyard, sells lobster ice cream, which is butter-flavoured and includes cooked, chopped, buttered lobster meat.

Must do

Cycle some of the 44 miles of down-island bike trails on Martha’s Vineyard, including the predominantly flat, thus family-friendly, 18 miles from Vineyard Haven to Oaks Bluff to Edgartown and back.

Picture courtesy of Littleny/Shutterstock.com

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