Newport is many things to many people. It's a resort town. It's a thriving city with a rich and storied past. Unlike the Hamptons, Cape Cod or the surrounding islands, in addition to beautiful sights, beaches, fine dining it offers a culture that no other summertime resort offers. With our historic Redwood Library and Athenaeum, the Newport Art Museum in addition to all the magnificent mansions, Newport is beauty and history and yet offers some of the loveliest beaches, and recreational activities. Newport is also a top destination for some of the greatest sailing and a former home of the America's Cup World Series Sailing.
Many people who come to visit often have several restaurants, mansions, The Cliff Walk and shopping on their radar. Many don't think to see the beautiful city and surrounding areas by water. Boats can be easily chartered for a couple of hours at a time or longer. There are all sorts of sailing experiences and opportunities and it amazes me that until just a few weeks ago I had never taken advantage of these treasured experiences right in front of me!
Together with a friend we made a reservation for an afternoon sail on the Nefertiti, an America's Cup Charters boat. It came with a crew and all we had to do was board the boat and experience the most amazing sail in Newport harbor. While not a sailor myself (my parents did try, but I never really took to it) I do love the feeling of freedom of being carried by the wind on the water. I can think of nothing better. From the water you'll see some of Newport's most iconic landmarks such as Fort Adams, The Eisenhower House, Hammersmith Farm, Castle Hill Inn as well as the wonderful properties of Jamestown.
Sailing not your thing? There are power boats that can be chartered as well. For information about pricing and the various different experiences and packages they offer, visit the America's Cup Charters boat website.
I enjoyed my afternoon so much that I think this will have to become an annual event. Below are some of the images I captured aboard the Nefertiti... and I'd like to extend a great big thank you to our amazing crew!