The Pilgrim settlers really struck gold when they hit New England – no wonder they stayed. The six states have something for everyone: drop-dead gorgeous scenery, charm in abundance and great sporting diversity. What’s more, the entire area is like some giant dot-to-dot map of historical and cultural highlights – whatever route you trace you can literally guarantee a national landmark or attraction marking every stop. With that in mind, planning an itinerary can be a tough call, but with Newport, Rhode Island, being the yachting capital of the world, a cruise of the coastline is surely a must. Combine this with a five-day jaunt inland and you’ll have a gilt-edged holiday.
Soaking up centuries of history and architecture is an easy feat in Boston, and the city is conveniently ‘weekend-sized’ — which makes exploring on foot a cinch. With thriving arts, food and music scenes, and some of the best shopping in the US, the city is well worth discovering during a few days ashore before heading south. Dating back to 1639 and long-time home of the America’s Cup, Newport has become one of the most prominent cities in North America. Enjoy the atmosphere of the classic yachting heritage while you cruise along the coastline, stopping off at the picturesque Menemsha Harbour on Martha’s Vineyard.
Lying 26 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is an essential stop on any New England Itinerary. Roam this crescent shaped island on foot or by bicycle, taking in its beaches, lighthouse, stately period homes and acres of conservation land. More than a third of the island is conservation land, boasting unspoilt landscapes and blissfully isolated spots that retain the charm and windswept beauty of days gone by. From the history and hospitality ashore to the beauty and heritage of its coastline, New England is a five-star destination best explored by yacht.
- Explore Nantucket’s wild coastline and its vast expanses of sandy beaches
- Sail alongside uniform grand clapboard mansions fronted with grey shingle that dot the landscape on Nantucket
- Swim in the still waters of Nantucket Sound to the north of the island or brave the mighty Atlantic along the island’s south shore
- Take a refreshing dip into the Atlantic Ocean from one of the many beautiful and wild beaches that dot the coastline of Martha’s Vineyard
- Ask the chef to prepare a clambake on the beach – a true Vineyard tradition
- Cruise to the exclusive and tiny 300-year-old fishing village at Menemsha Harbour, Martha’s Vineyard
- Investigate the secluded beaches on Martha’s Vineyard for sunbathing and swimming
- Feast on freshly caught scallops from the docks on Martha’s Vineyard prepared by your chef
- As the whaling capital of the world, Nantucket was once a bustling international port. The Whaling Museum in Nantucket Town will capture your imagination for hours with its fascinating memorabilia, including captain’s diaries and whale skeletons.
- The annual Newport Jazz festival held every August.