IYC is set to open its seasonal offices in the “sailing capital'' of the world, Newport, Rhode Island, and in nearby Nantucket, Massachusetts, starting June 1, 2021. These summer destinations offer the quintessential New England summer experience. Rich with history, world-famous beaches, and of course packed with charter yachts and superyachts, it's only fitting that IYC has dedicated offices in these locations. One of the oldest resort towns in America, Newport, Rhode Island is home to the renowned Newport Yachting Club and was host of the America’s Cup for many years. It is no wonder that there is an influx of Bostonians and New Yorkers every summer. This historically rich town has something for everyone.
The island boasts several picturesque beaches, including Easton's Beach (also known as First Beach), a three quarter mile stretch of sand where. visitors can soak up the New England sun, or enjoy surfers rolling in on hypnotic breaks. Easton’s beach marks the beginning of the famous public access Cliff Walk, a 3.5 mile coastal stretch designated as a National Recreation Trail. This scenic stroll pans a rugged coast lined with wildflowers to the spectacular nineteenth-century Newport Mansions. These regal properties were built beginning in the 1850s for America’s vacationing aristocracy and will leave you with dreaming of a grander past. And of course this maritime hub offers many boat trip options, including Block Island, a quiet New England community with untouched natural beauty. Its dramatic coastline and pristine, remote location will both relax and invigorate the senses.
Newport has an array of elegant restaurants. The Black Pearl is known for their mudslides and classic New England standbys like clam chowder, is a great stop before going to the upscale Clarke’s Cooke House for dinner. On the top floor, is the exclusive Sky Bar where men must wear collared shirts and blazers to enter, and where you will be served sophisticated cuisine. Castle Hill is another delightful choice for both cocktails and dinner. The New York Times calls it “the best spot in town”, you can start your evening off at the Lawn, enjoying the picturesque views of the Atlantic ocean while sipping your cocktail of choice, taking in the pinks and reds of a classic New England summer sunset. From there, you can head into The Dining Room where you will experience a prix fixe fine dining farm to table menu with an award winning wine list.
As for luxurious accommodations, there is no shortage in Newport. 41 North Hotel, adjacent to the marina, is an eco-conscious hotel with beautiful bay views. Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown? The Beach Cottage at Castle Hill or Rose Island Lighthouse boasts mesmerizing ocean front views. Looking to be closer to restaurants and bars but still have ocean views? Gurney's Newport Resort and Marina, recently opened in 2017, is a seaside oasis that offers a more modern twist to the usual traditional New England hotels. But if history is what you’re after, the historic Hotel Viking that is located on the quiet corner of Newport’s famous Bellevue Avenue.
Off the coast of Rhode Island is the twenty-six mile island of Nantucket, where IYC’s second seasonal office is located. Nantucket is the ultimate relaxation destination in New England and offers one of the most vibrant and tasteful maritime escapes. With wide sprawling beaches that stretch for miles, there is no better way to spend your days than by simply enjoying the sea breeze and watching the waves.
If you’re looking to venture into a more lively atmosphere the Historic District, where you can find the Nantucket Boat Basin Marina, has everything you need including pet friendly docks and a concierge service. There, in town, you can take a self- guided tour down the cobblestone streets that showcase Nantucket’s heritage in the whaling industry (don’t miss the Whaling Museum), or enjoy the established clothier, Murray's Toggery shop, which has been around for 70 years and pick up your own pair of famous of Nantucket Reds! Nantucket is perfectly situated for easy boat trips to Martha’s Vineyard, the southern coast of Cape Cod, Block Island, Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, and even Fire Island, the Hamptons, and other hot spots on Long Island.
The hotel landscape in Nantucket is filled with chic bed and breakfasts and hotels alike. White Elephant is a waterfront hotel which includes cottages, and is perfect for traveling families. Another more remote hotel is Life House. Originally this hotel was a private mansion built by Captain Robert Calder 200 years ago, which in 1833 he converted into an inn. The hotel’s most recent iteration has an eclectic, stylish bed- and- breakfast feel with all the comforts of private accommodations. Guests are served complimentary cocktails on the charming wraparound porch during convivial New England happy hours.
No trip to Nantucket is complete without sampling local oysters. Cru is the ideal place to enjoy champagne and oysters on the waterfront. From there, head to Dune where you can experience the sophisticated elegance of the dining room’s interior and a contemporary selection of local dishes. Galley Beach Restaurant is another upscale seafood dining option that includes stellar produce from its organic garden and has arguably the best sunset dining views on the island.
Both Newport and Nantucket offer natural splendor and rich maritime history. IYC has set up seasonal offices in both locations to offer bespoke charter vacations for those looking for the ultimate New England charter experience. The offices are located at Brown & Howard Marina in Newport and on 18 Old South Wharf in Nantucket. Our brokers Mark Elliott and Carrie Freeman will be there to help you with all your yachting needs.
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