Sails and celebrations at this historic New England city by the sea
By Charles Milby
I love to go to Newport, Rhode Island in the summer. Located between the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay, this historical New England town will charm you forever. www.gonewport.com
This natural harbor is home to many impressive international yachts. Many of them come north in the summertime to escape the hurricanes that plague the Caribbean. On a good day you will see 300 boats of all shapes and sizes coming and going as this modern day harbor comes alive. Throw in the Newport Folk Festival and you have one heck of a party town. www.newportfolkfest.net
One of my favorite places in Newport is the International Yacht Restoration School. Take a walk through their facilities and you really get the feel of how boats were built 75 to a 100 years ago. Crafting and restoring wooden boats is what they do best. www.iyrs.edu
Even though the Newport sailing season only lasts for three months in the summer, there is a regatta going on almost every weekend. The club house at the prestigious New York Yacht Club is home to many of our country’s best sailors. If you can swing an invitation, then jump at the chance to visit. It’s well worth it. www.nyyc.org
From stately mansions and yacht clubs to lobster rolls and surfing, Newport has something for everyone. Be sure to pack a sweater, if you can remember what that feels like and say goodbye to our Texas heat for just a little while.