Sunday, May 31, 2015

Travel Digest: Picks for the Week Ending 5-30-15

Looking for travel inspiration? Travel Digest is your passport to news, events, diversions, deals and more in New England, The Caribbean & Bermuda.

Photo courtesy of Magellan Jets (Boston, MA)
via @travelmedia on Twitter for #FriFotos 

Yachting: Maine in summer, Caribbean in winter with Classic Yacht HERON [View schedule on website] New Hampshire Public TV Documentary: "Mount Washington Cog Railway: Climbing to the Clouds"
The Best Places to Play Tennis in the Caribbean [Virgin Atlantic Blog]
Summer forecast bright for tourist trade [Boston Globe Article]
Destination Weddings rounded up some of the best Kid's Clubs in the Caribbean in a new blog post.

Nantucket Boat Basin is offering special rates for summer and beyond.


The summer is yours to jet here and jet there.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Go with the wind(jammers) to see Maine's coast

Each summer, thousands of people step aboard a Maine schooner not knowing where the wind will take them for the next two hours or several days. Close-up views of lighthouses and lobstermen at work, and sightings of seals, osprey and bald eagles are standard wherever the windjammer goes.

A day sail or multi-day vacation on a passenger schooner is a unique way to see and learn about the Maine coast. Set off from one of these harbors.
Photo courtesy of Maine Office of Tourism

South Coast - Portland Schooner Company offers two-hour day sails through the islands of Casco Bay and overnight trips on the schooners Bagheera and Wendameen. In Kennebunkport, the Schooner Eleanor sails between Cape Arundel and Cape Porpoise with views of sand beaches and grand oceanfront homes. 

Mid-Coast - This region of Maine is home to North America's largest fleet of traditional sailing schooners. Fourteen passenger vessels - many recognized as National Historic Landmarks - based in Camden, Rockland and Rockport offer all-inclusive sailing vacations, with an island lobster bake and shore excursions, lasting up to six days. Two to three-hour day sails are also offered from the three ports, and from Boothbay Harbor.

Down East - Bar Harbor is a destination for day sails on Frenchman Bay aboard the modern, steel hulled schooner Margaret Todd. And in Eastport, the former Chesapeake Bay oyster schooner Ada C. Lore offers the only sail powered whale watching cruise in Maine on Passamaquoddy Bay.
Photogenic Fields of Wildflowers
See landscapes of iconic lupines and other wildflowers in these destinations:
  • Several fields in the Aroostook County town of Stockholm burst with white, pink and purple wild lupines and daisies. Follow roads off Route 161.
  • The island of Deer Isle has a festival to celebrate its lupine landscapes and other wildflowers that can be viewed along and off of Route 15.
  • The 21-mile Grafton Notch Scenic Byway welcomes travelers with fields of wild daisies, lupines and fireweed. The byway traverses Route 26 from Newry to Upton.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Travel Digest: Picks for the Week Ending 5-16-15

Looking for travel inspiration? Travel Digest is your passport to news, events, diversions, deals and more in New England, The Caribbean & Bermuda.

Photo courtesy of the Yarmouth, MA Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Restaurant Weeks in New England; Cape Cod's comes to a close this Sunday. [New England Food Adventures Blog]

Birding by Canoe events in May & June [Maine Audubon]

Discover Your Maine Thing: Enter for your chance to win an unforgettable summer getaway to Maine [Maine Office of Tourism]

Equestrian: The 2015 Vermont Summer Festival Schedule

Upcoming: The Boston Book Festival is October 23-24, 2015

American Beauty-Timeless Style is the theme for this year's Newport Flower Show taking place June 19-21, 2015 at Rosecliff [Newport Mansions]