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Islands of New England – Food & Wine Discovery 2014

7 days with Blount Small Ship Adventures   Rating: First Class

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Your adventure through the whaling and maritime history of classic New England begins this morning! Admire Rhode Island’s rugged coastline as you cruise through Narragansett Bay, recently named one of National Geographic’s Best Adventure Destinations. Sail the Sakonnet River en route to Cuttyhunk, MA, the last in the remote chain of Elizabeth Islands off Cape Cod. With less than 100 year-round residents, tranquil Cuttyhunk offers an experience of days gone by.

Welcome to picturesque Nantucket Island, MA! This morning learn the island’s history on an optional guided tour. After lunch, treat yourself to a second optional tour beginning at Nantucket Vineyards, and sample fine libations like Chardonnay aged in French Oak barrels and peppery Port wine. Continue to Cisco Brewery, and enjoy a sampling of locally crafted beers, including “Whale’s Tale Pale Ale.” Later, take a trip through maritime history at the Nantucket Whaling Museum or stroll through town to admire the historic clapboard homes. This evening enjoy the sea breeze and star filled skies as we set sail from Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket’s laidback cousin, welcomes you. Browse the shops and galleries in Vineyard Haven or bike to scenic Oak Bluffs. A local expert educates and entertains you on an optional tour of the island. This afternoon enjoy an optional tour to the Offshore Ale Company and taste a selection of hand-crafted microbrews. Tonight, the sounds and stories of the sea come alive during onboard entertainment.

Visit the seaside city of New Bedford, MA, once one of the world’s premier whaling ports. Take an optional excursion to learn about the rich history at the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park and Whaling Museum. After lunch, enjoy an optional tasting tour to Westport Rivers Winery and Travessia Urban Winery, both specializing in wine made from Massachusettsgrown grapes. This evening, an onboard entertainer introduces you to “A Fisherman’s Life.”

Block Island, RI, a quaint island retreat, is as gorgeous as it is unpretentious. A lifetime resident and local expert entertains and educates  you on an optional tour of the island. Visit breathtaking Mohegan Bluffs, where green hills plunge toward crashing waves, and behold the landmark Block Island Southeast Lighthouse. This evening enjoy a traditional, New England-style lobster bake en route to beautiful Newport, RI, known for its spectacular mansions.

An optional morning tour of Newport visits The Breakers, a magnificent Gilded Age “summer cottage.” After lunch enjoy an optional walking tour with Newport Gourmet Tours. Begin at the historic Hotel Viking where you will tour the kitchen and meet the Head Chef; sample delicious cheeses complemented by the perfect wine pairing at some of the city’s premier gourmet shops; visit a restaurant in a former casino; taste a former mayor’s famed marinara recipe; and savor a lesson from an artisan chocolatier. Tonight, enjoy the tunes of a local musical trio.

Today before disembarking in Warren, RI, pass idyllic Prudence Island, RI, home to a thriving oyster regeneration project created by Captain Luther H. Blount, which is still funded by his foundation.
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877-828-4774 877-828-4774 Highlights
  • Visit Cuttyhunk, MA, the last in the remote chain of Elizabeth Islands off Cape Cod.
  • Stroll the quaint streets of Nantucket at your leisure.
  • The sounds and stories of the sea come alive during your onboard entertainment in Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Onboard entertainer introduces you to “A Fisherman’s Life” in New Bedford.
  • Explore beautiful Block Island, RI, boasting unspoiled beaches, spectacular bluffs, and classic New England lighthouses.
  • Enjoy a traditional, New England-style lobster bake onboard the ship.
  • Admire the Newport sunset over Fort Adams and the Newport Bridge while enjoying the songs of a local musical trio.
877-828-4774 877-828-4774 Accommodations
Category I cabin onboard the Grande Caribe
877-828-4774 877-828-4774 Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • All itineraries including ports, activities, and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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