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Explore Albany, NY During A Luxury Yacht Cruise


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


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


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 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. 


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, 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 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, 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

The Fascinating History of Bar Harbor, Maine


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.


The Fascinating History of Bar Harbor, Maine2023-12-07T16:59:40-05:00

What to Do in Block Island During a Southern New England Private Yacht Cruise


Written by Missy Johnston

Historic Block Island Harbor, Rhode Island

Historic Block Island Harbor, Rhode Island

Off the coast of Rhode Island lies Block Island, a roughly 21-square-mile New England paradise. Few places offer a more pleasant combination of New England’s charms with laid-back island lifestyles than Block Island, which is just one reason it’s featured as one of the stops during a New England private yacht cruise.

Here’s what to do on beautiful Block Island, RI before continuing on the rest of your yacht charter cruise.


What to Do in Block Island During a Southern New England Private Yacht Cruise2023-12-07T16:04:35-05:00

Relive The Gilded Age In Newport, RI On Your Private Luxury Yacht Cruise


Written by Missy Johnston

Clarke's Cook House, Newport, RI

Clarke’s Cook House, Newport, RI

Between the 1850s and the early 1900s, Newport, RI was going through an interesting transformation. It had spent nearly a hundred years as a sleepy New England town, all but abandoned after the British blockades on land and sea made it difficult to access Newport during the Revolutionary War. But the refreshing sea breeze of Newport offered sailors a perfect place to unfurl their sails and provided a comfortable place to stay cool during the hot summer—for those who could afford the privilege. This combination eventually led to Newport becoming a paradise for wealthy industrial-age yachters in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s with wealth so ostentatiously displayed in pre-income tax America, that the period was coined “The Gilded Age.”


Relive The Gilded Age In Newport, RI On Your Private Luxury Yacht Cruise2023-12-07T13:44:58-05:00

How To Plan the Perfect Luxury Yacht Charter in Maine


Written by Missy Johnston

Lobster House Restaurant

This is the perfect time to fulfill your dream of taking a private, luxury yacht charter to Maine. Start in Camden cruising through Penobscot Bay, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and other charming places in “Down East,” Maine, before winding back around to Camden to disembark after a terrific yacht charter cruise.

Let’s take a look at some of the best things to stop and see along the way.


How To Plan the Perfect Luxury Yacht Charter in Maine2023-12-07T10:20:44-05:00

Historic Lighthouses To Visit In Boothbay Harbor On A Maine Yacht Charter


Written by Missy Johnston

Boothbay Harbor Maine Sunset

Boothbay Harbor Maine Sunset

On a charter including Boothbay Harbor, Maine, during a two-week charter cruising between Boston and Bar Harbor on a luxury private yacht charter, it is hard not to notice two historic lighthouses that are part of the Maine scenery. The Ram Island Lighthouse and Burnt Island Light are sure to delight and relax.


Historic Lighthouses To Visit In Boothbay Harbor On A Maine Yacht Charter2023-12-07T09:31:47-05:00

Stop in Camden, Maine During Your Down East Maine Luxury Yacht Cruise


Written by Missy Johnston

Sailboats in the Camden Harbor

Camden, Maine is renowned for its breathtaking natural scenery and outdoorsy culture. If you want to drop anchor and relax on the beach, or hike through beautiful nearby pine forests, you can absolutely do that. But there are many other interesting things you may want to do when visiting Camden, Maine, when on a crewed luxury private yacht charter vacation in Down East, Maine.  


Stop in Camden, Maine During Your Down East Maine Luxury Yacht Cruise2023-12-06T15:39:36-05:00

Best Destinations Near Cape Cod to Visit on Your Luxury Yacht Cruise


Written by Missy Johnston

Barnstable Harbor, cape Cod

Barnstable Harbor Channel

Cape Cod is a popular celebrity destination for good reason. The Cape and its surrounding areas offer a vacation like no other. Though there are several well-known attractions on Cape Cod that may hold appeal to land travelers, the ultimate experience in luxury and elegance is best accessed from the water.

Take a private yacht cruise to Cape Cod to enjoy a premier selection of activities and destinations not available to the average tourist. And, be sure to visit the nearby Elizabeth Islands. Even though they are private, yachts are allowed to anchor in lovely Hadley’s Harbor across from Wood’s Hole, a beautiful anchorage, only reachable by private yacht.


Best Destinations Near Cape Cod to Visit on Your Luxury Yacht Cruise2023-12-05T13:27:14-05:00
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