With the “official” end of Summer having passed (though it’s hard to tell from the heat and humidity in our area), comes one of the best boating seasons of the year – Fall. There’s nothing more beautiful than an early morning sunrise on the water. Add to that watching the fish jump, birds flying overhead, wildlife on the shoreline and the turning leaves, giving something only a Higher Power could put on magnificent display.
On the Chesapeake Bay we are blessed with river after river, one more beautiful than the next, with destinations offering fun and relaxation, history lessons, friendly people and more. Solomon’s Island, St. Michael’s, St. Mary’s City, Annapolis, Baltimore – each has something for every member of your crew.
The East Coast of the US has many places to explore by water from Florida to Maine, much of which is connected by the Inter-Coastal Waterway (ICW). View the skyline of New York City or take in the immensity of the Statue of Liberty while cruising the East River; check out the maritime heritage of City Island NY, a jewel tucked away in the Bronx; take a peek into the lives of Newport, Rhode Island’s Old Money High Society with a sail past “the cottages,” enjoying scenic lighthouses along the way. The sky’s (or the water depth) is the limit!
On the West Coast? California offers few harbors because of it’s formidable cliffside facing the Pacific, though there are a few anchorages worth seeking out. Capitola, south of San Francisco is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as California’s first seaside resort town. And there is Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, each a unique experience.
The Pacific Northwest is the gem of the West with protected islands by the score: The San Juans, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, not to mention the associated wildlife – sea lions and whales. It’s the gateway to Alaska, which is in a class of its own.
If you have a special anchorage in which you enjoy spending quality time, share it with us. How much fun will you have bragging that you introduced people to an exceptionally beautiful place?
Written by Debbie Toy
Header Image by Kate Gahs