Explore Albany, NY During A Luxury Yacht Cruise

2024-06-07T02:18:49-04:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Albany New York State Capital Building

Albany, New York State Capital Building

When some people imagine visiting New York, they picture themselves walking through Manhattan, visiting Times Square, and perhaps seeing a Broadway show. However, the beautiful state of New York offers much more than New York City! Its capital city, Albany, is a lovely alternative to The Big Apple, with plenty of museums and interesting architectural and cultural sites to appreciate on a yacht charter itinerary on the Hudson River.

This Hudson River private yacht charter suggested itinerary originates in Albany, NY, so all those setting sail down the river can enjoy this spectacular place before leaving the port after boarding the yacht.

Below are a few suggestions for what to see and do during a luxury yacht cruise that begins in Albany.

Tour the Capital Building

The Capitol building features a number of dazzling elements in its glamorous interior. State government officials spared no expense since the building includes many rich, impressive details such as mahogany desks, stained glass windows, gold wallpaper, and stunning red accents.

Visit the Albany Institute of History and Art

View of West Point from Across the Hudson River NY

View of West Point from across the Hudson River, New York

The Hudson River School of the 1800s was a group of artists known for painting realistic landscapes of the Hudson River Valley. Many of these paintings are displayed in the Albany Institute of History and Art. The museum contains more than 90 examples of this 19th-century signature style.

In addition to the Hudson River School artwork, the museum hosts several other examples of regional art dating back to the 17th century.

Walk through Washington Park

The beautifully landscaped Washington Park is the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon stroll. Flower gardens, shade trees, and a peaceful lake enable walkers to immerse themselves in nature for a while before visiting the downtown area. If this sounds reminiscent of New York City’s Central Park, both parks were created by Frederick Law Olmsted

See the Historic 18th- Century Buildings

Vanderbilt Museum Hyde Park NY

Vanderbilt Museum Hyde Park, New York

The historic neighborhoods of Albany are home to several examples of 18th-century architecture. Some of the most well-known sites include the Ten Broeck Mansion, Historic Cherry Hill House, and the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site. The latter was home to Revolutionary War general Philip J. Schuyler and his wife, Catharine Van Rensselaer, whose daughter Elizabeth married Alexander Hamilton. 

Explore Albany, NY During A Luxury Yacht Cruise2024-06-07T02:18:49-04:00

Visit Brotherhood Winery During A Southern New England Yacht Charter

2024-06-19T00:33:52-04:00

Written by Missy Johnston

View of West Point from Across the Hudson River NY

View of West Point from across the Hudson River, New York

The only thing better than a southern New England yacht charter is a southern New England yacht cruise that includes a visit to the renowned Brotherhood Winery of Hudson Valley, New York! Located just across the river from West Point, NY, Brotherhood Winery is one of the area’s best, and it is reputed to be the oldest winery in America. 

The winery released its first product in 1839 under the name of Blooming Grove Winery, and it has been making history—and fantastic wines—ever since. The opportunity to visit this historic location and sample some of its wares should not be missed!

The founding of Brotherhood Winery—before it even had that name—goes back to John Jacques, a New York cobbler who simply wanted to sell some grapes he’d grown in his backyard. Soon, he pivoted toward manufacturing sacramental wine for his local Washingtonville Presbyterian Church. Jacques’ focus was not on reaping a large profit but on developing the purest wines possible. It was this remarkable purity that earned the winery its stellar reputation for quality. 

Jacques’ three sons took over the winery from their father in 1858 and expanded the business. Together, they produced 15 different wines before the last surviving brother sold the business to J. M. Emerson & Son in 1886. The Emersons further built the business up and increased production dramatically. The winery changed hands a few more times over the next hundred or so years, with each new owner adding their own flair and expertise to the business model. Today’s modern Brotherhood Winery still honors its roots by producing pure wines with quality in mind above all else. 

Brotherhood Winery stands out because all of its grapes are sourced from local vineyards around the Hudson Valley region. See these grapes before they begin to be turned into a delicious beverage by attending one of the winery’s Grape Stomp events. Those who wish to participate are able to climb on stage and compete. 

Visit Brotherhood Winery During A Southern New England Yacht Charter2024-06-19T00:33:52-04:00

Discover Maine On A Private Luxury Yacht Charter

2024-05-19T19:10:47-04:00

Written by Missy Johnston

 
Large Sailboats In The Camden Harbor In Maine

Sailboats in the Camden Harbor

The United States is truly blessed with a wide variety of beauty, splendor, and opportunities to explore. Maine is a prime example. Even those who have explored New England by land will find it a whole new experience during a Maine luxury yacht charter

Below are some wonderful things to see, do, learn, and experience during a private yacht cruise through Maine.

Portland

Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland is more than just a convenient place to board the yacht. It’s a fantastic destination to enjoy in and of itself. Wander the waterfront streets and take advantage of the unique dining and shopping opportunities before setting out on the rest of the yacht charter cruise. 

The Old Port is fun to visit in the afternoons when fishermen come back in from the sea and unload their fresh catches onto the dock. Some of the warehouses in the Old Port have been maintained or restored to their original 18th and 19th-century glory, so even the fishing port is full of history. 

Explore downtown Portland to enjoy the quaint Victorian architecture that contrasts with today’s modern shopping and dining establishments. Victoria Mansion is particularly beautiful, inside and out. 

The Portland Museum of Art is one of Maine’s largest (and oldest) art museums. This museum, established in 1882, contains enough pieces in its gallery collection that it would take the average person ten years to see and appreciate it all!

The Eastern Promenade, a 68-acre seaside park, offers opportunities to hike, picnic, and relax, surrounded by Maine’s stunning views. 

Yarmouth

Royal River Yarmouth Maine

Seafood lovers, rejoice! Yarmouth hosts an annual summertime clam festival that has existed since 1965. It’s a fun day spent eating delicious clam-based foods, shopping at craft booths, and entertaining the kids, but what makes this festival special is that it is also a fundraiser for more than 35 local nonprofits, including schools and churches. 

Activities include a parade, arts and crafts, music, competitions, special events, and even a carnival for the little ones to enjoy. The carnival features rides, games, and traditional carnival foods that will conjure up memories from simpler times. 

Jewell Island

This lovely uninhabited island is only reachable by water, so it’s less touristy than other places on this list. Jewell Island might offer some of the best off-the-beaten-path hiking trails in all of Maine. Summit rocky cliffs, find hidden trailheads along Cocktail Cove, picnic on one of the charming beach areas, or venture down to the Punchbowl to enjoy wading and swimming on this secluded sandy beach. 

Look for old military remnants left behind from World Wars I and II. Jewell Island was a seaside military outpost during both wars and still bears some marks of this history. Most of these places can be experienced without leaving the trail, but walking into the old buildings—for example, the military battery near the Towers Trail portion of the hike—requires a flashlight and care to ensure solid footing. 

There are some power boaters and sailboat enthusiasts who frequent Jewell Island and anchor down in Cocktail Cove, but the island’s dedicated caretaker is careful to keep the trails maintained and nature preserved.

Bath

Bath, Maine is the site of the fascinating Maine Maritime Museum, which chronicles the culture and heritage of the region. There are over 400 years of ship-building history on display. 

The museum is a great stop for children and adults alike, so charterers with and without younger family members will enjoy it. One of the most interesting displays is a full-size sculpture of the Wyoming, the biggest wooden sailing ship ever constructed. 

Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor Maine Sunset

Boothbay Harbor Maine Sunset

Boothbay Harbor is the perfect place for a tranquil and relaxing day in Maine’s most picturesque natural setting. Imagine rocky, wild coastlines surrounded by evergreen trees and crashing waves.

A big draw of Boothbay Harbor is the sheer number of whales, seals, and other wildlife that can be seen just offshore. A private yacht charter is the perfect way to watch the whales and visit  the various lighthouses dotting the coast.

The town of Boothbay Harbor caters to those who prefer civilization rather than wild nature. Attractions include the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the Boothbay Railway Village, and the Maine State Aquarium. Additionally, the downtown center features souvenir shopping, fresh seafood, and even Orne’s Candy Store, a local favorite that has been around since 1885. 

One must-try seafood staple is, of course, fresh Maine lobster. Try Ports of Italy for lobster ravioli or Shannon’s Unshelled for a delightful lobster roll. 

Rockland

Rockland was established in 1796 and became a prolific fishing village. Today, the waterfront businesses still hold to this tradition; it’s still a working fishing port in addition to all the other attractions it now offers. Rockland is also home to the Maine Lobster Festival, where fresh-caught lobster is a primary feature. 

The Rockland Breakwater pier, almost a mile long, is a wonderful place for an afternoon stroll above the waves. Rockland became one of the East Coast’s foremost boating and shipping harbors because of this pier. 

Downtown Rockland offers charterers the opportunity to come ashore and visit the many local boutiques, art galleries, and specialty storefronts that make the city so unique. The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Wyeth Center are two excellent choices for art enthusiasts, and history lovers will appreciate the Maine Lighthouse Museum, which tells the stories of the many lighthouses of Maine and how they contributed to the region’s maritime history. Visit the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and the Owls Head Lighthouse after brushing up on facts at the museum. 

Enjoy a walk on the Rockland Harbor Trail. It’s not as wilderness-heavy as some of the other trails, and it offers a fantastic tour of the city itself, including the waterfront area and the commercial downtown district. The trail is about five miles long, but it is broken into segments for walkers who don’t want to complete the entire walking experience. 

Camden

Camden, Maine,

Camden, Maine,

Native Americans who originated in the Camden area were primarily of the Penobscot tribe, though some people refer to them as Tarrantines in history lessons. Regardless of the term, these native settlers occupied the region long before Europeans set foot on this area of the coast. Though Captain George Weymouth sailed past what is now Camden in 1605 and admired its impressive mountains, European settlers didn’t formally move to the area until 1769. 

The Camden and Rockland region prospered from its outset; by 1870, its primary industries were building ships, producing lime, and manufacturing anchors. Unfortunately, Camden lost some of these industries when Rockport (then known as Goose River) separated and became its own town. Worse, a fire in 1892 destroyed the business district, forcing Camden residents to rebuild using brick rather than flammable wood. The locals’ willingness to adapt and rebuild has led to Camden’s resurgence and enduring legacy today. 

In fact, Camden even became a destination for the rich and powerful, attracting numerous wealthy families that built summer cottages—or mansions, more accurately—similar to the famous ones in Bar Harbor. The area saw such an influx of culture, including yachting, opera, and fine art, that the 20th century was practically a golden age. Today, Camden strikes a happy balance between its rich cultural heritage and a thriving local community and is a delight to explore. 

Discover Maine On A Private Luxury Yacht Charter2024-05-19T19:10:47-04:00

Exploring Kythnos, Greece on a Private Yacht Cruise

2024-05-08T13:55:20-04:00

Written by Missy Johnston

 
Kithnos, Cycladic Island Greece

Kithnos at Sunset

There is much to discover on the Island of  Kythnos, one of the lovely Greek Cycladic Islands. Plentiful archaeological sites, monasteries, churches, museums, villages, festivals, and eateries await charterers visiting this island while on a Greece luxury private yacht cruise. And that’s before considering all of the beaches, outdoor activities, and scenic overlooks to experience when docked in Kythnos on a Greek Cycladic yacht charter itinerary

Below are a few highlights of this stunning island in the Cyclades. This is just a sample of all the wonders waiting to be explored on Kythnos!

Archaeological Sites

Kithnos,, Greece, luxury yacht charter

Kithnos, Greece

The archaeological site of Maroulas is perhaps the most well-known excavation on the island. It contains several graves, houses, and stone tools that tell the stories of the ancient Mesolithic settlement that once called Kythnos home. A skeleton found at this site is thought to be one of the oldest ever discovered in the Cyclades area. 

The castles of Oria and Vriokastro, along with the archaeological site at Vriokastro, are also excellent places for history buffs. Learn about the underwater harbor in the ancient capital city of Vriokastro and drop the sea kayaks in the water to kayak over the underwater ancient harbor for a closer look., See the castle and a handful of residential remnants in the ancient city itself, or travel to the medieval capital of Oria for a comparatively more recent glimpse into history.

The Cave of Katafyki

Kithnos Greece

Kithnos, Greece

For postcard-worthy natural beauty, the Cave of Katafyki is a top contender. Featuring stunning stalactites and stalagmites, this cave is one of the largest in all of Greece. It once served as a mine and a shelter for the people who lived on the island during the tumultuous years of World War II. 

Kolona Beach

Most people have to hike or rent a four-wheel drive jeep to access the beach of Kolona, but yacht charterers can simply sail to the northwest edge of Kythnos and enjoy the shore in peace. 

The Thermal Springs of Loutra

These thermal springs have been known for their healing capabilities since ancient times. People travel to these soothing hot springs to seek relief from ailments such as arthritis and rheumatism. Even the first royal couple that ruled over modern Greece frequented the springs. Today, their basins are still available to tour in Kythnos’s hydrotherapy center. 

Hora

Kithnos Cyclades Greece

Kithnos Cyclades, Greece

Round out the trip to Kythnos by visiting the capital city of Hora, also called the Settlement of Messaria. This stunning city features white houses with sparkling blue glass windows, quaint windmills of stone, winding alleyways, courtyards covered in flowers, and everything else one might hope for from a modern Greek city. Seek high points to enjoy the view over the sloping mountains and sprawling countryside, or stop in a local eatery for fresh Kythnos produce and authentic cuisine. 

Exploring Kythnos, Greece on a Private Yacht Cruise2024-05-08T13:55:20-04:00

What to Do On a Luxury Yacht Charter Through the Balearic Islands From Mallorca to Ibiza

2024-03-26T22:15:18-04:00

Written by Missy Johnston

 

Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

What could be better—or more luxurious—than a private luxury yacht charter through the Balearic Islands of Spain?

With high-end destinations such as Mallorca and Ibiza, plus a generous helping of natural beauty to match, sprinkled with quaint fishing villages, a Balearic Islands yacht cruise is the ultimate vacation for anyone who thrives on being part of an exclusive high society, with a side of quaint living..

Here’s what to expect from the journey.

A Brief History of Palma

Royal palace of Almudaina, Palma-Mallorca--Spain

Royal palace of Almudaina, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

On the southern coast of the island of Mallorca lies the capital city of Palma.

Founded in 123 BC by the Romans, Palma was the last settlement to come under Roman control once the empire conquered the island of Mallorca. Due to its strategic location, the Romans used Palma as a convenient port for traveling back and forth from African destinations.

There are few documents left today that describe exactly what happened between the time the Romans ruled in Mallorca and the time of eventual Muslim rule, which happened after the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. However, Byzantine relics, including mosaics in the city’s largest cathedral, indicate occupation during the medieval period.

Historians know that Palma was under Islamic control for roughly 300 years between 902 and 1229. During this time, piracy was commonplace in the region, which only worsened when Palma found itself situated between Islamic and Christian territories. Pirates would attack ships from either direction and use the profits to support their continued existence on the island. The area was also a hotspot for Viking piracy in addition to that perpetrated by the local community. Eventually, to help combat the rampant piracy, Mallorca was incorporated under the Emirate of Cordoba, with Palma as its capital city.

After 300 years of Islamic rule, Palma was conquered by King James I of Aragon and ultimately returned to Christian rule. After this, were built the city’s most iconic buildings. Several examples of Gothic architecture exist in the city today, including the famous Cathedral of Mallorca and Bellver Castle.

What To See and Do In Palma de Mallorca

Puerto de Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

Puerto de Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

It’s impossible to walk through downtown Palma without immersing oneself in the city’s vibrant culture. Architectural enthusiasts will note several baroque and modernist contributions contrasting against the city’s earlier Gothic buildings.

One of the best places to visit is the Cathedral of Mallorca, also known as the Cathedral of Light or La Seu. Its amazing rose window, called the Gothic Eye, is a breathtaking work of Gothic stained glass art matched only by the equally impressive stained glass artwork adorning the rest of the cathedral. The cathedral’s expansive nave is 44 meters (nearly 145 feet) tall, and it’s the second-highest Gothic nave in the world.

In the cobblestone streets around the cathedral are several more treasures ready to be explored. The Arab Baths are worth a visit, as is the Bishop’s Garden. Art lovers will appreciate Can Veri, a small street with several art galleries, interior design stores, and furniture shops. The gallery Pelaires is reputed to be one of the best private art galleries the island has to offer. Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art houses fantastic examples of modern art by local Mallorcan artists.

Bellver Castle is another not-to-be-missed Palma attraction. This landmark has famously served as a prison as well as a royal fortress and summer home, so its aesthetic is an interesting blend of its past functions. The castle’s courtyard and the surrounding pine forests are both as impressive as the castle itself, especially if the courtyard is currently hosting one of its many open-air concerts.

For nightlife, the Calle Apuntadores beckons. This street appears peaceful during the day, but it comes alive at night with its exciting selection of restaurants and bars that stay open late. Of the restaurants, some of the best choices include the rooftop eateries that offer fine dining with a spectacular city view.

Shoppers will enjoy the “Golden Mile,” or the Paseo del Borne. Filled with designer options, including Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, and plenty of others, the Borne is the place for luxury purchases.

Depending on the time of year, one of the Palma’s several cultural festivals may occur. These festivals, sprinkled throughout the year, often involve live music, authentic cuisine, and community events great for families with children.

Cabrera Island Chain

Cabrera Island Balearic Islands Spain

Cabrera Island

The Cabrera Islands are an archipelago of 31 islands of all shapes and sizes. They have been beautifully preserved as part of a Maritime-Terrestrial National Park. Additionally, the surrounding waters are a protected part of the largest marine reserve in the Western Mediterranean and so is filled with underwater marine life. Because of these designations, the Cabrera Archipelago is a stunning place to include to cruise on a Balearic yacht charter, untouched by most modern development and interference.

One reason for the maritime protection is that this area is home to several threatened species of fish, including the bluefin tuna and species of live coral and mollusks, Balearic lizards, more than 20 species of crustaceans, and 150 species of birds that live and migrate through the area.

Though the coastal landscape is mostly bare and natural, some remains of early settlements are evident on hilltops and cliffsides throughout the archipelago. A 5th-century monastery still stands, as does a castle from 1400 whose inhabitants provided an early warning against incoming pirate attacks.

Puerto Portals

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral Seu sunset in Majorca Balearic islands of Spain

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral Seu sunset in Majorca Balearic islands of Spain

After exploring the several historical sites on Mallorca and the nearby Cabrera Archipelago, return to Puerto Portals for some glitz and glamor. A hotspot for rich visitors with top-of-the-line yachts up to 60 meters (almost 200 feet) long, Puerto Portals is a marina on par with marinas in Monte Carlo.

Despite the ritz, Puerto Portals is actually tiny; it takes only five minutes to walk from one side to the other. However, the shops in between are bursting with designer watches, swimwear, jewelry, and other items that a shopping party could easily spend hours browsing.

In addition to shopping and admiring other yachts, lounging on the beach is another popular activity in Puerto Portals. Oratori Beach—also known simply as Portals Beach—offers excellent swimming and paddle boarding opportunities. Further east is the beach of La Cala de Portals, which features a fun beach bar.

Ibiza

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Ibiza Night Clubbing at Club Amnesia

Speaking of glitz and glamor…

Ibiza is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences for most people, so it’s included as a destination on our Balearic Islands luxury yacht charter! It lives up to its reputation as a party capital with all the music, drinks, and nightlife one could hope for.

The party culture in Ibiza is arguably one of the strongest in Europe, yet it’s also been described as one of the most relaxed. Partygoers dance freely to the music without the frenzied atmosphere of some clubs in other parts of the world. Partying starts at sundown and continues for the hardy straight through to dawn.

More of Ibiza’s charms lay in the gorgeous beaches with the strong Spanish sun and the little fishing villages outside Ibiza Town. Whether the last night of the yacht charter is spent dancing till dawn or sipping cocktails quietly at sunset, it’s the perfect way to round out a Balearic Islands yacht charter.

What to Do On a Luxury Yacht Charter Through the Balearic Islands From Mallorca to Ibiza2024-03-26T22:15:18-04:00

Discover the Cycladic Islands of Greece on Private Yacht Charter

2023-12-04T10:26:31-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Experience the colorful Cycladic Islands of Greece on your next private, luxury yacht charter!

The Cycladic Islands are some of the most beautiful and popular of the more than 6,000 islands and islets making up the Greek Islands. There is no better way to visit the Cycladic Islands than on a luxury yacht charter. A custom yacht charter itinerary can be handcrafted and personalized to ensure your trip is filled with the perfect balance of relaxation, dining, shopping, and play.

Contact us today to get more information and begin planning your one-of-a-kind, Greek yacht charter!

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Discover West Papua, Indonesia During a Luxury Yacht Charter

2023-12-04T10:26:32-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Sunset in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Sunset in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

The world has many beautiful places to visit. Often these beautiful places attract millions of tourists every year, making what would otherwise be a peaceful, hidden paradise a little less serene and tranquil. Then there are the beautiful places that still remain that few people know about that retain what makes them so unique and alluring.

One such place is the Raja Ampat section of West Papua, Indonesia, which is best explored and enjoyed by private yacht charter. Charterers find their own little slices of private heaven in secluded anchorages on the island of Misool and are treated to the unique Indonesian culture in places such as Arborek Village.

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Discover Ketchikan’s Rise to Success During an Alaskan Luxury Yacht Cruise

2023-12-04T10:26:32-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Ketchikan, Alaska Welcome Sign

Ketchikan, Alaska Welcome Sign

Ketchikan, AK was formally incorporated in the year 1900. However, entrepreneurial locals have been operating businesses on the river there since 1887, and the Tlingit Indians have called the area home for hundreds of years.

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The Fascinating History of Bar Harbor, Maine

2023-12-07T16:59:40-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine

Most people think they know all about Bar Harbor, Maine, from what they’ve experienced there on vacation or seen on the big and small screen. It’s a lovely coastal town on the shores of Maine, and it draws tourists from all over the country because of its beauty and New England charm.

In fact, that famous charm is one of the reasons Bar Harbor is a featured stop along our Camden to Camden, Maine private yacht charter.

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