When the heat rises, so does the desire to head for the water for a dose of ocean spray, lake breeze, and maritime adventure. Here are a handful of great nautical getaways available this summer that leave land-bound vacations in the dust.
· Set Sail in Martha’s Vineyard. Harbor View Hotel is the ideal base for a nautical adventure on Martha’s Vineyard. Open since 1891 and surrounded by the 19th-century former homes of whaling captains, the hotel is a short stroll from Edgartown Harbor, where guests can charter a private sailing excursion with top-rated Catboat Charters. The harbor is also home to the Edgartown Yacht Club, host of the upcoming 95th Annual Regatta (July 12-14) and Round the Island, Round the Sound and Round the Buoy races (July 19-21). After working up an appetite on the water, guests can return to the hotel’s Lighthouse Grill for fresh-caught local seafood and sweeping views of Chappaquiddick, the harbor entrance and the iconic Edgartown Lighthouse. Among Harbor View’s accommodations options, five spacious Captain’s Cottages—each named after an Edgartown sea captain—continue the nautical vibe.
· Island Hop in the Outer Hebrides. Ferries whisk CIE Tours’ travelers to seven Scottish islands in 11 days on the 2018 The Outer Hebrides tour. The adventure begins in Glasgow and includes a Jacobite Steam Train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter movie fame to the fishing port of Mailaig. From there it’s a scenic ferry ride to South Uist, then across a causeway to the Isle of Benbecula. More ferries take guests to Barra, Vatersay and North Uist with its sandy beaches and saltwater lochs. Then there’s the Isle of Harris famous for its tweeds and distillery, Isle of Lewis for spinning demonstrations and visits to the Iron Age House and 2000 BC Callanish Standing Stone, and back to the mainland, ending in Edinburgh.
· Paddle Board at Pebble Beach. Just beyond the legendary greens of Pebble Beach Resorts, Monterey Bay beckons with the call of the sea. And thanks to the resort’s relationship with Adventures by the Sea, guests can launch a kayak or paddle board right from The Beach Club to commune with the sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions playing in the waters off the beautifully rugged shore. Dinner at Pebble Beach’s Stillwater Bar & Grill pairs succulent seafood with unforgettable views of Carmel Bay. To keep the water theme going, guests can choose a room with a bay view at The Inn at Spanish Bay or The Lodge at Pebble Beach.
· Dive into Singer Island. With a private sandy beach and the world’s third largest barrier reef at its doorstep, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect base for adventures on and under the sea. Local operators offer snorkeling and SCUBA diving opportunities for all skill levels, including shark dives (both cage and free). Resort guests can take advantage of onsite non-motorized water sports, and will find parasailing, fishing charters, jet skiing and catamaran sunset tours nearby. Groups, too, can take advantage of the Marriott’s prime location with activities ranging from 90-minute guided kayak tours of the Intracoastal Waterway to surf and paddle board lessons. Seafood and water views are the prime draws at the resort’s 3800 Ocean, and guests can indulge in ocean-inspired spa treatments at SiSpa.
· Take the Wheel on Lake Placid. Tucked into the Adirondack High Peaks in Lake Placid, New York, Whiteface Lodge offers summer guests a classic mountain lake getaway. The resort’s seasonal Canoe Club is stocked with complimentary canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, paddle boards and more, ready to launch from Lake Placid’s Paradox Bay. For a fee, maritime-minded guests can captain Whiteface Lodge’s classic Hackercraft or pontoon boat (picnic fare or wine and cheese can be stocked for an additional fee), or a Ski Nautique outfitted with tubing, water-skiing and wakeboarding equipment. All motorized boats are escorted by a certified driver for guests’ safety.
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