Destination: Yacht Charter to Maine
This month’s charter destination, may be the untold story in yachting, or at the very least, a story, many are trying to keep to themselves. The most northeastern state in the US, Maine has been drawing visitors for centuries, but the only way to visit Maine is to set sail on the 3,400 miles of rugged coastline. Maine’s coast creates a perfect navigational maze not accessible via any coastline highway, in fact, none exist in Maine. To truly explore this unique destination, one must raise their sails.
Depending on when you cruise, the weather and conditions in Maine are the perfect complement to Maine’s backdrop. Late summer provides warm days that give way to cool evenings. The minimal but present fog, provides a cloak, that lifts itself, unveiling the next island or cove to explore. The rugged coastline is almost always in view, and watching a day come to a close wrapped in a cashmere throw on deck, with a lighthouse that is still shining on the end of the island, is almost a call to Maine.
If these pictures are not enough to inspire you to book your next Charter in Maine, then here are 5 reasons:
Islands, coves, harbors and more: With over 4,000 barrier and inland islands, and countless coves and harbors, depending on the tide and the weather, sailing and exploring these areas is the perfect charter experience. Some are accessible by bridges and roads and some are only accessible by boat, or even visible during low tide. Some are populated year round, and some with only a handful of residents.
One such island, Mohegan Island, located 12 nautical miles off the mainland, has been a remote artist colony dating back to the 18th century. This island is barely populated, but provides visitors 12 miles of rocky hiking along narrow trails and cliffs, with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t be surprised if you pass a painter along the way, capturing this picturesque view.
Somes Sound, a large deep cavity of water formed from past glacier activity and splits the island in two. The Sound is often referred to as the only fjord in the east coast. The chilly waters may just be the perfect setting for some recreational water activities.
Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island: is a 47,000-acre national park, that boasts sandy beaches, lush forest, granite peaks carved by glaciers. The hiking, sailing and fishing in this park is enough to fill a week’s charter. The abundant wildlife includes whales, seals, sea birds, moose and bears. Hike the highest point on the East Coast, up the Cadillac Mountain and, take in the view from the summit. Mount Desert Island is the second largest island on the eastern seaborne, and is home to the National Park and Bar Harbor. Famous families like the Rockefellers, once called this area home.
Villages and Towns of Maine: While Yachting is mostly about being at sea, part of experiencing Maine is about experiencing its people. Maine is where charm and culture meet spectacular landscapes. Even the busiest most tourist ridden towns, will feel like an escape from the norm, the sights and sounds are exclusive to Maine and “Mainers”
The various fishing villages that your charter will encounter are special, while open to tourists these are working fishing towns. In fact, one may recommend sitting with the captain and watch the navigational tactics to just avoid the countless lobster traps.
If your Charter departs from Portland, it is worth a trip in-town. Portland, is the right mix of trendy sophistication and old school charm. Galleries line the narrow cobblestone streets, but this fishing village port town is a far cry from pretentious. I recommend grabbing a lobster roll and sipping on one of the many local craft beers from the burgeoning brew scene. This is the perfect place to toast your charter.
Bar Harbor, located on the edge of the sea and surrounded by the Acadia National Park, is an energetic town with a rich history, and quaint yet elegant ambiance. Old Victorian Mansions dot the rugged coastline cliffs.
Lighthouses: There is nothing more Maine, than the more than 60 iconic lighthouses that spread along the coastline. Invented to assist sailors in the rough waters and bring them home to more navigable seas, are now part of Maine’s story. Each comes with a signature look and host of folklore and tales of sailors saved, ship wrecks and even ghosts of the lighthouse keepers of the past.
West Quoddy Head Light is a signature lighthouse with its red and white stripes and marks the most eastern land point in the US. Seguin Island is the home to the highest of all light houses, Seguin Light, built in the 1700’s.
Lobsters and lobstering is a religion in these parts, and a Maine Lobster is arguably the best in the world. The peak of lobster season coincides perfectly with yachting season, form mid-summer to mid fall.
Lobster is experienced every way possible in Maine, from award winning celebrity chef restaurants, to cult revered lobster shacks. Five Islands Lobster Co, which sits on the coldest and deepest bays in Maine, followers say produce the best lobster. Most shacks don’t have indoor sitting, but who would want to sit indoors when you can watch the sunset over sailboats while enjoying the fresh catch.
The best part about Yachting in Maine during lobster season, is pulling fresh lobsters onboard, boiling them in some salt water, and having your crew set up a lobster bake on a private island.
A charter to Maine awaits and there does not seem to be a reason not to book. Contact us at Yacht Play.