Baltimore is a great American city, bustling with excitement, colonial history and a rejuvenated maritime spirit. Explore its history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobbled streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor, or visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
Once the summer playground of wealthy socialite families with names like Astor and Vanderbilt, Newport has much to offer today’s visitors. Explore opulent ocean-side mansions, interesting museums, and historic sites such as coastal forts and lighthouses. For those who enjoy shopping, the city’s cobblestone streets and wharves have a wonderful mix of shops and galleries. Newport was, and still is, a center for yachting, so don’t miss the Museum of Yatching which has two 12 Meter America’s Cup winning yachts as well as other historically important vessels and artifacts.
Discover how the delightful island of Nantucket evolved from a small farming community to be the center of the American whaling industry and then to a popular resort community. Nantucket is a world unto itself, with towering church steeples and old-world architecture. Stroll along streets lined with charming shops, ice cream parlors, and rose-covered cottages, before watching the sunset from one of Nantucket’s pristine beaches.
History blends with modern life in the iconic city of Boston, MA. As one of the oldest cities in America, discover elements of America’s earliest days, when American revolutionaries seized control from Great Britain. Peruse the eclectic shops and restaurants at Faneuil Hall, reenact the Boston Tea Party or take in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historical and architectural masterpieces. The Old Port Exchange, with its cobblestone streets lined with shops and galleries, is the core of a cultural revival that extends to the Arts district on Congress Street, centered around a stunning museum and art school. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Portland. “Often,” he wrote in My Lost Youth, “I think of the beautiful town that is seated by the sea …”
Bar Harbor, ME
Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for over a 100 years. Explore Mt. Desert Street, a national historic district, and be amazed by the beauty of the homes of the rich and famous. Join a shore excursion to Acadia National Park and witness breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife in an unspoiled habitat. Later, admire the working waterfront which marks the beginning of the Shore Path, an enticing stroll along the front lawns of some of Bar Harbor’s biggest “cottages.”
Discover Eastport, Maine at the northern end of the coast and just across the bay from New Brunswick, Canada. Eastport has a lot to offer visitors, with places and events and activities to appeal to history buffs, painters, whale-watchers, and families who want a great holiday in beautiful surroundings. Water Street boasts a variety of shopping to suit all tastes and budgets. The walkable downtown includes 29 buildings on the National Historic Register with the unique architecture making a nice contrast with the breathtaking vistas of sea and islands.
Shelburne offers much to her visitors, including museums, parks, nationally recognized restaurants and galleries, and craft shops. The waterfront Heritage District retains an aura of the 18th century. Visit the Ross-Thomspson House, which has the oldest restored store in North America; the Shelburne County Museum, which has the oldest fire pumper in North America; and the Dory Shop, where the art of dory-making is demonstrated each day during the summer.
Established in 1753, Lunenburg was the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia and remains one of Nova Scotia’s most historic and appealing villages. Many of its downtown buildings possess a distinctive style with ornamental brackets and towers which compliment their brightly painted designs. A growing number of art galleries and crafts shops also make for a rewarding browsing experience. The breath-taking Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, with aquarium exhibits and a replica of the Bluenose, Canada’s most- recognized and most-storied ship.
Nova Scotia’s capital is an historic community featuring the Halifax Citadel, where the city’s role is made clear as a key naval station in the British Empire circa 1800. Stroll down Spring Garden Road, a lively neighborhood with intriguing boutiques set among a mildly Bohemian street scene. The waterfront’s crown jewel is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where one can learn the colorful history of Samuel Cunard, a Nova Scotia native, who founded the Cunard Steam Ship Company to carry the royal mail and along the way established an ocean dynasty.