While a great location to board a luxury yacht charter or sailing yacht charter or mega yacht charter, Newport, Rhode Island is far more than just a boarding port. Newport offers a tremendous amount, not only for the history enthusiast, but also for those that love to see a beautiful location on the seaside with great beaches. With a myriad of options to offer from history, yachting, beaches, beautiful seaside views, cuisine, and local wines, Newport, Rhode Island is far more than just a great port in which to board your luxury yacht charter, and is a location where you might want to spend time before, during or after your time on board your charter yacht of choice.
White Horse Tavern
Founded in 1639, Newport grew to be one of the most important Colonial ports in New England. As the largest deep water port along the eastern seaboard, Newport became an important trading port as a port used for the Caribbean trade of sugar, molasses, and rum, and the home for the manufacture of candles and oil made from spermaceti oil brought in by the whaling ships. At the height of trade in the 1700’s, Newport was home to over 22 rum distilleries, and 17 manufacturers of refined whale oil and candles. The colonial town that sprung up around the harbor boasted wealthy sea captains and merchants homes along with cottages of the many tradesmen needed to support the burgeoning businesses. Newport was blockaded during the Revolutionary War by the British, which brought Newport to a halt, and effectively froze Newport as an 18th century village; so that today, Newport is home to one of the largest groups of Colonial buildings in the U.S. still standing and in use.
Realized to be a location with cooling thermal winds reducing daily hot summer temperatures to a comfortable level; Newport at the turn of the 19th century become a location for the wealthy to “summer” rather than swelter in the summer heat elsewhere. The wealthy first arrived in Newport from southern U.S. states, soon to be followed by the wealthy from New York City and beyond, until Newport grew to become a very fashionable summer location. The same thermal winds that created cooler temperatures across the island also provided excellent sailing conditions; so that the wealthy drawn to Newport also enjoyed a great yachting location. While the wealthy flocked to Newport for the cool summer temperatures and constant winds for yachting, many of the wealthy families that built mansions in Newport came to Newport only for several months during each summer. And those several months were extremely active with a “Gilded Age” social life with nightly balls that still outshine anything today in opulence, including the ball, where dinner guests were rumored to have received a keepsake solid gold charger plate.Â With the advent of World War I, and income tax, the Gilded Age came to an end in Newport, with many of the mansions being abandoned and boarded up or closed.Â Today a number of the mansions in Newport have been restored to their former glory, some including original interior furnishings, by the Newport Preservation Society, and are available for touring.
Marble House Gothic Room
Photo Credit: Gavin Ashworth-The Preservation Society of Newport County
Come to Newport for a luxury yacht charter, and be sure to spend time in this lovely harbor before, after or during your charter time on board. Tour the Gilded Age “Summer Cottages”, dine in front of the fireplace in colonial ambiance at the White Horse Tavern, and wander the little narrow streets of Colonial Newport clustered around the harbor; and juxtaposed next to the many “Gilded Age” mansions, located at the top of the hill overlooking the harbor. All of this and more are just waiting to be discovered in Newport Rhode Island on a crewed luxury yacht charter in southern New England.