Newport Harbor Cruise
The Best Way to See the Sailing Capital of the World!
Taking a Newport Harbor cruise was the first thing on my to do list during my recent visit. We got tickets for an afternoon ride aboard the Amazing Grace, (which departs from Sayers Wharf, right next to The Mooring restaurant) and were fortunate to enjoy some great weather.
One of the first sights we came across was the Maltese Falcon, a 289 foot mega-yacht owned by hedge fund manager Elena Ambrosiadou.
Next, we passed one of my favorite sites in Narragansett Bay, Clingstone. This house was constructed in 1905 for the Wharton family.
At the southern end of the Bay you can catch a glimpse of Castle Hill Inn & Resort and the Castle Hill Lighthouse.
Below are a few short video clips of some of the other notable attractions we saw on our Newport Harbor cruise...
Next up is Hammersmith Farm. This property was owned by Jacqueline Bouvier, and served as President Kennedy's summer White House in the early 1960's.
The following clip shows the west and north lawns of Fort Adams. The north lawn is where the world famous Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals are held every summer.
As you come around the east side of Fort Adams, you'll see the Museum of Yachting (on the right) and the Fort's Visitors Center.
This next clip is of Harbor Court, site of the New York Yacht Club and home of the America's Cup for decades.
This last clip gives you a good shot of Lime Rock Lighthouse, site of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club.
A few more highlights...
Beacon Rock (in the photo below), situated on 8 1/2 acres overlooking Brenton Cove, had a couple of well known designers: Frederick Law Olmstead (designer of Central Park) originally designed the grounds, and the residence was designed by McKim, Mead, and White.
The photo below is Beechbound, designed by Peabody and Stearns in 1895. This Scottish castle was build for William Burden, a New York iron tycoon.
In the photo below, you can see King Park in the distance. On the right, behind the boats, is the Rochambeau Statue and Memorial.
Below you'll see Forty 1 North (the white building in the center) one of Newport's finest waterfront destinations, with its state-of-the-art marina, hotel, restaurant and lounges.
Finally, below, is the view at the end of our Newport Harbor cruise as the Amazing Grace pulls back up to the dock.
If you're looking to do a Newport Harbor cruise, I definitely recommend the Amazing Grace. The rates are affordable, the guide was great and they're easy to find.
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