Yachting in New England and Newport, RI is unlike anywhere else in the world: golden sand beaches and lighthouses; upscale boutiques in picture perfect towns; and stunning mansions on imposing cliffs. Sailing through this region, you will soon see that this coastline has more to offer than purely natural beauty - it possesses a wealth of history and culture dating back to the American colonial past and set against some of the most expensive and desirable real estate in the United States.
Newport is a city located on Aquidneck Island in the New England state of Rhode Island and is considered the yachting capital of the US. This quintessential New England town is known for its sailing and is home to some of the world's most luxurious yachts and boat shows - seeing Newport Harbor is a must. Newport’s yacht-filled harbor has hosted the America’s Cup, a renowned annual sailing regatta, for over 50 years and is also home to the prestigious New York Yacht Club.
Newport has a rich maritime history, but it is also known for its Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue. In Newport you will find some of the nation’s most impressive and historic mansions; stroll down the famous Cliff Walk and pay a visit to The Breakers, an 1895 mansion patterned after a Renaissance palace and the former summer cottage of the Vanderbilt family. If admiring the mansions were not enough, you will also have the opportunity to dine at the historic Castle Inn, which was built in 1875.
Newport, the “Sailing Capital of the World”, is also known for its museums and art and jazz festivals; Newport jazz is held every summer at Fort Adams, a former United States Army post and currently a museum open to the general public. Furthermore, the region is also known for its vineyards. The most notorious of them being Newport Vineyards, the largest growers of wine grapes in New England.
Newport has many local attractions, but its privileged location, in the heart of New England, allows for those who charter or own a private yacht, to explore the neighbouring islands. One such island would be the ultra-exclusive enclave of Martha’s Vineyard. Martha’s Vineyard boasts the oldest working carousel in the country, and if traveling with kids, you might consider taking a tour of the Farm Institute, where you’ll see livestock and can explore lush vegetable and flower gardens. And no trip to the Vineyard is complete without some Murdick’s fudge.
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Yachting in Newport, RI will prove to be an experience not to be missed and will make for lifelong memories for you and your guests. Enjoy this stunning part of the world as it was meant to be seen - by the water.
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