This could be a great thread. Can we get it back on track? I want to hear about the best provisioning stops on the east coast.
I could easily make the argument that the best provisioning stops are all the marinas with courtesy cars - especially when they really let you take them out for a few hours. Once you have full access to a car, provisioning doesn't only mean getting goods from the places you can walk to.
As an example, no one would consider Shady Harbor Marina on the Hudson River to be a good provisioning stop. It's in a beautiful area but are no stores you could walk to in a reasonable way. We intended to stay there for a few days before heading to Waterford and the locks. The docks are fantastic, the pool is wonderful, and their new restaurant has outstanding food. All good stuff.
Then came a couple of big rains in June damaging and closing the Erie Canal (our next destination). We were stuck. And as the days stretched into weeks (5), we'd certainly need groceries and other things or else we'd go crazy.
But here's the thing. Shady Harbor has a courtesy car. So now it didn't matter what was available to us walking distance in New Baltimore, NY. We had Albany, Troy, and the entire surrounding area to drive to. And not only that, it was much easier than carrying things back to a more expensive marina because it was in the middle of everything. Now we could drive back right to a dock cart for carrying onto our boat.
So sure, it's nice when there's a place close to everything. But it's just as nice when there's a free car available. Maybe even nicer.