Ideas for a 4 week itinerary norwalk to boston - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #11  
Old 01-20-2009
SOUNDBOUNDER's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Long Island Sound
Posts: 747
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
SOUNDBOUNDER is on a distinguished road
I am going to try to work up the Sound in short increments on the CT side

Norwalk to Southport, or Black Rock.
Milford CT
Branford or Thimble islands
Guilford
Clinton
Saybrook
Niantic
New London
Noank, Mystic, Stonington, Fishers Island, or Watch Hill
After that, there is a long stretch to either Block Island or Pt Judith.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #12  
Old 01-20-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 287
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 7
genieskip is on a distinguished road
In case you do get as far as the Canal, I recommend Onset harbor, just before the entrance to the Canal on the buzzard's Bay side. A great, sheltered harbor with good anchoring and numerous marinas if that's your pleasure.
__________________
genieskip
Northeast
J40
1991
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #13  
Old 03-16-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Old Greenwich, CT
Posts: 128
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
twinsdad is on a distinguished road
Some of my favorite kids' spots

I have to agree with some of the others that you don't need to go all the way to Boston to have a terrific cruise. Among the many fine choices pointed out by others (and maybe a couple of add-ons), I think some of the following locations would be kid friendly.

Branford, Essex (but you have to deal with a lot of traffic on the CT river), Mystic (aquarium and maritime museum). In fact you might make a reservation to stay at the maritime museum - would be a lot of fun for the kids. Port Jefferson, Dering Harbor and Cochles Harbor on Shelter Island, Sag Harbor (try to reserve a mooring, slips are expensive). Sag is a really neat town, you can see if the whaling museum is open. Eat at the back of Concha D'oro - good peasant italian food at reasonable price or you can buy food at the IGA and Barbeque at marine Park right off the water.

Three Mile Harbor has very good anchoring for swimming. A couple of restaurants along the shore, otherwise not much else there - though very scenic. They do fireworks for Bastille Day (July 14) if that works for you.

I am a big fan of Montauk. There are a number of choices of how to stay there. Check out guides and pick your poison. Duryea's is a little known treat for having shellfish (Lobster, steamers, clams, etc) on a deck with picnic tables facing a beautiful sunset. A little distance from where you will keep your boat, but worth arranging.

Stonington is another nice choice which would be a very short sail from Mystic (maybe trade a very short sail for a longer sail another day????). Take a walk to the point and go up on the lighthouse.

Newport is a great location, but where to dock the boat is the problem. Newport Yachting Center would be one choice. Avoid Christies like the plague, unless you want wall to wall bar crowd for your kids! You can rent bikes, go to the kite section of (I believe it is Brenton Reef park), take a tour of one of the mansions (the Breakers is the most common choice for first mansion tour). Lots of choices to eat, check guides for what you want. I was there pre-kids and loved Scales, but may not be in your budget and I'm not sure how kid-friendly.

Agree with SailingDog about Cuttyhunk. Great for kids. There is swimming in the channel that you enter in. Nice walks to the top of the hill for great sunset viewing. Really nice small fishing town -- very New Englandy!

Tourists or not, I think Oak Bluffs is very kid-friendly. Beaches available, rollerblades and bikes to rent, check out the candyland style houses (I forget the correct nomenclature). Any guide book will describe it for you. There is also a carousel there. Plenty of places to eat, and among the better equipped for things like showers, etc.

My top three of the above for kids would be Mystic, Newport and Oak Bluffs. Simple reason is lots of things to do with the kids. With 8 year old twins, I know how important that is.

Most of all, have a great time!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #14  
Old 03-16-2009
SOUNDBOUNDER's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Long Island Sound
Posts: 747
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
SOUNDBOUNDER is on a distinguished road
The one thing I will add to Twinsdad's comment:

Oak Bluffs has limited docking space.
We stayed in Vineyard Haven on a mooring last summer. Marthas Vineyard has a bus service that works very well and is priced very reasonably. We bought a day pass and went all over the island one day.
Vineyard Haven and Oaks Bluff are fairly close to each other, so you could stay in VH and visit OB very easily. The buses can be caught right near the ferry docks.

here is the website:
Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by SOUNDBOUNDER; 03-16-2009 at 09:22 PM. Reason: link
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Boston Harbor - Sailboat Rental ideas? NewsReader Mass Bay Sailors 0 05-28-2007 10:15 PM
Re: Boston Restaurant Week NewsReader Mass Bay Sailors 0 08-04-2006 02:15 PM
Boston Restaurant Week NewsReader Mass Bay Sailors 0 08-03-2006 07:15 AM
Speed Week Redux Dan Dickison Racing Articles 0 09-27-2002 08:00 PM
Key West Race Week Continues Doran Cushing Racing Articles 0 01-21-2000 07:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:37 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.