Coastal Home Life - July/August 2019

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New Bedford, MA | Fairhaven Shipyard & Marina The historic whaling town of New Bedford has much to offer the cruising yachtsman. It is home to one of the world’s best fishing ports. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, created in 1996, spans 34 acres and includes a visitor center, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Seamen’s Bethel, the schooner Ernestina, and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum. New Bedford sits behind a hurricane barrier, the largest stone structure on the East Coast. The harbor is one of the safest havens on the eastern seaboard and features a hurricane barrier with a 150-foot opening that is closed during storms. Padanaram South Dartmouth, MA | New Bedford Yacht Club Known as the jewel on Buzzard’s Bay, if you can find it. You certainly won’t want to miss this quaint and charming port of call. With views of The Elizabeth Island’s and majestic seaside home, Padanaram is one of the Southcoast regions top places to live. There’s one thing that sets Padanaram apart from many other destinations, you won’t find it listed on any chart. The charts say Apponagansett Bay is in the town of South Dartmouth, but everyone knows it’s really the historic village of Padanaram. There are great facilities at the New Bedford Yacht Club and wonderful small shops and restaurants a short walk away. Westport, MA | Westport Yacht Club Westport Point Westport Point is located at the mouth of the Westport River with beautiful harbor facilities adjacent to Horseneck Beach State Reservation, one of the region’s top beach communities. The historic Westport Point dates back to 1770. There are excellent restaurants along the waterfront and wonderful beach facilities, camping facilities and hiking trails on Gooseberry Island. Westport is just a short way by water from South Dartmouth, so a two day or weekend trip is perfect. Daily fees for boaters are very reasonable.

Little Compton, RI | Sakonnet Point Marina Located at the very end of Historic Sakonnet Point across the bay from Newport RI is the Sakonnet Point Marina in a quiet protected cove. Little Compton is an unpretentious and private community and one of the best kept secrets in Rhode Island. The famous golf architect Donald Ross summered here and built Sakonnet Golf Club. This is a great overnight stop on route to the bustling Newport Harbor. The Village Square is worth a trip into town with some great local food at reasonable prices. This is a relaxed laid-back community with many oceanfront and ocean view summer homes.

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