Destination: New England, USA

Burgess New York Charter Broker, Craig Cohen, shares his insights into cruising New England, in the USA's north-eastern corner.

Regal mansions, white sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, cobblestone streets, whales broaching, and seals lazily sunning themselves on the craggy rocks - these are images conjured up when thinking of New England.

Escape from the rigors of city life and cruise up through Long Island Sound where you have your choice of staying in Connecticut or Long Island. Sag Harbor is one of the oldest whaling towns in the New World, and this quaint town is the port closest to the Hamptons.

Connecticut boasts many smaller towns, including Mystic Seaport which has replicas of the old sailboats from when many still doubted if the world was round. A short cruise will put you in the bustling harbour of Newport, the sailing capital of New England and home to the Newport Jazz Festival.

A wonderful reach will bring you to Martha’s Vineyard, the favourite holiday spot for many famous personalities. Nantucket is the region’s other well-known island, smaller and a bit more intimate than Martha’s Vineyard.

Cruise through the Cape Cod Canal as a short cut to the rest of New England. Tie up for the afternoon at Plymouth and climb to the top of the tower which is a monument for the Pilgrims. Take time to visit the Mayflower and Plimouth Plantation to see how life was in the 1600s or cruise straight to Boston where the sounds and aromas of Little Italy fool even the most discerning into believing they are on the other side of the Atlantic.

There are many towns and islands to stop at in Maine: from the bustling waterfront town of Portland, to the beauty of the Acadia National Park. When you enter the harbour at Camden and tie up at Wiley’s Wharf, you can’t help but feel like you’ve gone back in time.

Boothbay Harbor with its narrow streets and unique stores is almost magical. A cruise in the Penobscott Bay area will thrill everyone as you sit atop your yacht and see the many islands that dot this pristine region. Whether you decide to begin or end your trip in Northeast Harbor, it’s clear why the Vanderbilts and Rockfellers made this their special retreat.

For the perfect introduction to New England, book a charter on the sleek and graceful KATYA this summer, and enjoy 9 nights for the price of 7. Sleeping up to 12 guests in 5 cabins, she's a highly sought after charter yacht with excellent captain and crew.

For details of this offer and other charter options, please contact your Burgess charter broker.

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