Explore Newport, a town rich with culture, history, arts, music and world-class accommodations. A trip would not be complete without tasting a bowl of the cities best New England Clam Chowder, and diving into a Lobster Roll made fresh from one of the many top-rated restaurants in town.
Visitors can explore the many miles of unspoiled beaches, scenic trails and unique shops. Take a tour through the picturesque mansions that line the cliffs of Newport bringing you back in time to the historic Gilded Age.
During the summer, take a sunset cruise out of one of Newport’s many ports or bring your boat into one of the high-class marinas located in the heart of downtown. As it stands today, Newport remains a very popular destination year-round.
For those of us lucky to have a boat, there's nothing quite like grabbing a good meal at a dock and dine. No matter what sort of shape your ship is in, these waterfront eateries welcome foodies by land and sea and offer the type of friendly and casual vibe that boaters hunger for.
Motoring around the Newport Harbor is one of the great joys of boating, as the eye can feast on pretty homes, playful wildlife (think barking seals) and an eclectic variety of power and sailing vessels. Try the historic Cannery Seafood in the Cannery Village on Balboa Peninsula. This award-winning restaurant has been a culinary standout for some time, but since the arrival of Chef Nicolas Weber in the summer of 2015, there's even more buzz surrounding this harbor-side eatery. The menu emphasizes fresh, locally sourced seafood; regulars like the electric energy in the dining room. (949-566-0060, cannerynewport.com)
Where to Dock: There's a 200-foot dock out front, but you have to reserve a slip well in advance. You can call ahead for dock space, but for the most part, it's available on a first-come first-served basis.
Here's a great place for boaters in search of tavern-style comfort food and the opportunity to hang with the locals. Tides Tavern has been a mainstay in the Puget Sound region for years. It's located on the shores of the downtown harbor and offers some of the best waterfront views in the region, from inside and the outdoor deck. The no-fuss atmosphere is a big draw, as is the friendly staff that can make any tourist feel at home. There's lots of local seafood on the menu including baked halibut and clam chowder, but this is a great burger joint, too, especially when that burger is paired with one of the good artisanal beers. (253-858-3982, tidestavern.com)
Where to Dock: There's a long face dock out front and diners are encouraged to tie up there, but the owners caution visitors to remember the tide levels. Note that rafting up is the policy here. The dockmaster will encourage you to put out your fenders and meet other boaters.
This contemporary restaurant in the recently developed flats East Bank entertainment district couples a big space with industrial-chic dÃ©cor that makes for an edgy vibe. Most appealing are the expansive views of the Cuyahoga River, which can be enjoyed from the open-air dining room that also overlooks the area's new boardwalk. The cuisine is another big draw. For the most part, the menu is what you'd expect in a traditional shoreside restaurant, with mainstays like oysters, mussels, clams, lobster and fresh fish (think beer-battered catfish and perch sandwich) alongside chicken, steak, chowders, soups and salads. (216-574-9999, alleycatoysterbar.com)Where to Dock: Dock-and-diners can tie up at the public dock that's just out front of the restaurant, running along the East Bank. Space is available on a first-come basis. The staff says it's not too difficult to get dockage on a Friday or Saturday night in season, but it can be tricky to get a table inside, so be sure to make a reservation.
It began as a small neighborhood restaurant with a small gift shop and a patch of sand for the kids to pull pails through. Twelve years later, Lulu's has evolved into one of most popular waterfront dining spots in the Gulf Shores region. Located on the ICW, the staff serves as many as 4,000 people per day in high season, but the place is huge so there's plenty of open-air seating. If there is a wait for a table, the crew can find ways to stay entertained: There's a three-story rope climbing apparatus, volleyball nets, retail center, arcade and Fountain of Youth, where the little ones can cool off. The atmosphere is as casual as the menu that features burgers, salads, sandwiches and baskets of grilled, blackened or fried fish. (251-967-5858, lulubuffett.com)
Where to Dock: Lulu's is located beside Homeport Marina, a full-service facility with electricity, restrooms, showers, laundry and fuel dock. There's sufficient space for transients boats available along the concrete floating docks. To reserve a slip call 251-968-4528.
Overlooking Matanzas Pass in the southwest corner of the state, Nervous Nellie's also calls itself a crazy waterfront eatery. The vibe is both low-key casual and lots of fun. If you're traveling with kids, you'll be glad to know service is prompt: Meals come quick so the little ones don't have to wait too long for the gator bites, mahi mahi tacos and coconut shrimp. The menu also has fresh seafood, steaks, a selection of sandwiches and a lobster roll that's stuffed with plenty of meat and minimal dressing. If you're dining with friends, head upstairs to the second floor deck to Ugly's Waterside Bar to hear live music. (239-463-8077, nervousnellies.net)
Where to Dock: The restaurant has its own slips, and a dock attendant should be standing by to help you tie up. Try to call in early to reserve a spot.
This very chill restaurant located on the east end of Pensacola Beach and overlooking Santa Rosa Sound is the type of place you can pull up to after a day out fishing and swimming. Just throw a T-shirt and shorts over your bathing suit and head to the dining room covered in kitschy but fun nautical dÃ©cor. Think fish nets on the ceiling, pirate flags flying on deck and signs that read Unruly Children Will be Cooked and Eaten. Regulars come for the big portions and dishes like the Fresh Gulf Coast shrimp steamed in beer and Cajun spices. And yes, you peel your own. The place is jumping by 5:30 p.m., particularly on weekends, so plan for an early arrival to get a slip and a good table. For boaters traveling with kids, there's a sand-covered playground on the lower level. (850-932-4139, peglegpetes.com)
Where to Dock: Lafitte Cove Marina is located directly behind the restaurant, and it has a couple of transient slips for restaurant patrons, plus overnight dockage if you decide to tie up and stay for a while. To reserve a slip, call the marina at 850-934-7112.
Located just two miles from historic St. Augustine is Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, where visitors can find everything from boat rentals to fishing charters, a canvas shop and restaurants, including the Kingfish Grill. It offers up sweet views of the ICW and plenty of fresh fish, including sushi, which typically gets strong reviews from locals and tourists alike. The fare and venue are family-friendly, too, so bring the kids. Regulars say reserve a table early so you can enjoy the atmosphere in the best light of day and watch as the harbor fills with boats coming in to tie up for the evening. (904-824-2111, kingfishgrill.com)
Where to Dock: Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor (904-829-5676) is a completely protected marina that's less than a mile from the St. Augustine Inlet and Atlantic Ocean. The marina can accommodate boats up to 125 feet. There's gas and diesel on the docks, so fuel up before you take off.
If you're cruising the bustling Charleston region and want to tuck away to a mellow place for good local seafood, turn the bow toward Mt. Pleasant and then make your way up historic Shem Creek to Red's. What used to be an icehouse and packing shed for local shrimpers is now both a laidback and lively gathering place for local and transient boaters. The view of Shem Creek at sunset from the top deck is particularly spectacular when paired with a cold beer and backed up by the sounds of live music. Some reviewers say the bar is more of a draw than the food, although mainstays like crab and shrimp are typically good. (843-388-0003, redsicehouse.com)
Where to Dock: Red's is a relatively big place and it gets crowded, so arrive early, as dockage is available on a first-come basis. There's room at the restaurant's dock for a half dozen boats.
Food rarely tastes better than after a long day of boating, and one of the best places to satisfy a skipper'sappetite is on the Chesapeake, at a place like Waterman's. Located on Maryland's upper Eastern Shore, this restaurant evolved from a local seafood market into an award-winning family restaurant specializing in Chesapeake steamed crabs as well as rockfish and oysters. The eatery gets a thumbs-up for the full-service menu available in high season that includes jumbo lump crab cakes. There's a good beer selection and live music on the weekends during the summer season. (410-639-2261, watermanscrabhouse.com)
Where to Dock: Waterman's has 30 slips that are complimentary while dining. Dockage is also available next door at Rock Hall Landing Marina (410-639-2224).
For really fresh fish, dig into the catch of the day at this Jersey Shore favorite. Before the Shrimp Box opened about 75 years ago, this location was all commercial fishing dock. Today, the dock is also home to this casual eatery that lures devout followers who come for dishes that are sometimes prepared with fish that come off the boats pulling into the dock. Sure, there's the somewhat intense smell of fish when you first tie up, but that's part of the uber-salty atmosphere. Before dinner, enjoy a cocktail on the west-facing patio bar that overlooks the Manasquan River as it empties into the Atlantic. There's a limited selection of food to choose from on the patio bar menu, but inside the dining room, the there's a full menu. (732-899-1637, theshrimpbox.com)
Where to Dock: You can pull up alongside the restaurant and put out fenders at the docks that belong to The Shrimp Box. When it gets crowded, the staff will encourage you to raft up.
Because it looks out over the Sakonnet River in a pretty New England port, the Boat House has been ranked by OpenTable as one of the top 100 restaurants with scenic views in the U.S. for four consecutive years. The menu at this casual-chic eatery features the freshest seafood and freshly farmed produced. The owners say the mission of this restaurant is to elevate the treasured seafood shack to a new level of innovation and excellence. Menu will typically feature New England classics with a twist, such as chowder made with Maine baby shrimp, chorizo and corn. The wine list is also quite good and service is always professional. (401-624-6300, boathousetiverton.com)
Where to Dock: The restaurant has one long floating dock that can accommodate three or four boats up to 30 feet. A dockhand might be available to grab your lines on a summer holiday weekend, but typically, boaters are on their own. Space is available on a first-come basis, and it fills up fast.
Located in Hyannis Harbor since 1967, this is one of the oldest watering holes in the area and also one of the busiest. Yes, it's filled with tourists, but locals adore the place too as it sits waterside and offers excellent views of the busy waterway plied by recreational vessels, charter fishing boats and commercial ferries headed out to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The atmosphere is laidback: Drinks are served in plastic cups on the open top deck (bring a jacket), and food is served on paper plates. Regulars say don't leave without sampling the fried oysters, although the whole belly clams are supposed to be quite good, too. (508-775-4490, baxterscapecod.com)
Where to Dock: The restaurant has its own slips and can accommodate as many as 20 boats at a time. The dockmaster says they'll make room for boats of almost any size. Hyannis Marina (508-790-4000) is anotheroption in town.
NEW YORK CITY bagels, New England clam bake, Boston cream pies, Maine lobster rolls, maple syrup, johnnycakes, baked beans, seafood chowder, coffee milk, whoopie pies and blueberry everything who needs more reasons to spend time in the Northeast?Aside from the amazing cuisine and the obvious historical significance, there are many more incentives to visit. The diversity of culture and terrain, the changing seasons, the world's most dynamic cities surrounded by small villages striking in their simplicity all invite deeper exploration.Yachts escaping the southern heat, port-hop during the summer months between popular tourist spots and secluded anchorages along the coastline. From New York City to Bar Harbor, enjoy shopping, dining, sightseeing and breezy nights along the way.We put together an itinerary of destinations, with many top-notch marinas and facilities that can accommodate large yachts (more than 80 feet). Enjoy cruising the Northeast this summer!
The pages of a thesaurus would be worn ragged finding enough adjectives to describe New York City. It's anything and everything and no specific thing. Any description will be passÃ© by the next day in this dynamic environment, especially when it comes to restaurants. The variation in dining is staggering, and over the last few years the restaurant scene has undergone a seismic shift as Old World giants give way to more accessible food in casual atmospheres.Dockage is available in Manhattan at MarineMax at Chelsea Pier for vessels up to 320 feet (18-foot dock depth) or North Cove Marina, offering eight megayacht berths for vessels up to 175 feet (18-foot dock depth). Across the Hudson River in Jersey City is Liberty Landing Marina, accommodating vessels up to 200 feet (12-foot dock depth), and Newport Yacht Club and Marina which offers 12 berths for vessels up to 180 feet (10-foot dock depth).
Within easy access from the cacophony of Manhattan are the world-class beaches, seaside restaurants and upscale atmosphere of Long Island's Hamptons. En route, Brewer Capri Marina (can accommodate up to 150 feet) offers a great stop-over in beautiful Port Washington on the Long Island Sound. Farther east, Hamptons villages such as Sag Harbor, Southampton, and East Hampton offer not only favorite seaside resorts but some of the most luxurious and expensive real estate properties in the nation.A historic whaling town, Sag Harbor prides itself on being unHamptons. The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum promotes the area's rich culture. Foster Beach on Noyack Bay is a great place to unwind after a long day of fishing, clamming, or paddle-boarding in the harbor. Dockage is available at Sag Harbor Yacht Club for vessels up to 200 feet (12-foot dock depth), which is walking distance to town. There is an abundance of restaurants nearby, including the American Hotel, the Corner Bar, Dockside Bar & Grill, Nello Summertimes, and Cittanuova.
The site of world-class festivals music, seafood, tennis, polo and more. Steven Sullivan, a retired mega yacht captain and the manager of Newport Marina on Lee's Wharf, says docking in the city is a bargain given how much there is to see and do. Visit Cliff Walk, the 3.5-mile path that traces the edge of the sea, the famous mansions of the Gilded Age, and the storied Tennis Hall of Fame. Explore the Coastal Wine Trail, or visit Rhode Island's only operating rum distillery before dining on dishes made from ingredients from local farmers, foragers and fishermen at such places as Midtown Oyster Bar, Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant, Tallulah on Thames, and Pasta Beach.Dockage is available right in the heart of town at either Newport Marina accommodating vessels up to 140 feet (9-foot dock depth) or Newport Yachting Center for vessels up to 180 feet (22-foot dock depth).
Nantucket is noted for its dune-backed beaches and stunning shingled buildings. Steepled churches, designer boutiques and phenomenal eateries line the cobblestone streets and old wharves. Visiting yachts have many restaurant options, such as CRU and Slip 14.The centrally located Nantucket Boat Basin can handle boats up to 300 feet (12-foot dock depth). Grab a bicycle to explore the island or catch a cab to visit Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery and Nantucket Vineyard. Rent a 4x4 SUV for an off-road adventure along the 16 miles of sand roads and beach at Coskata Coatue Wildlife Refuge. En route to Provincetown, stop in Hyannis, Mass. at Hyannis Marina which can handle yachts up to 200 feet and is located within walking distance to town.
Located on the outermost tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a vibrant oceanfront community with walkable dunes and a thriving arts scene. Many stores offer exquisite, locally hand-crafted merchandise and unique finds acquired during winter buying trips. Stop for coffee and a homemade treat at the Wild Puppy, an award-winning European style espresso cafe, then head for the museum commemorating the pirate ship Whydah, which wrecked off the coast in 1717 with the riches from 50 plundered ships.In the center of town is Provincetown Marina, now open under new ownership, offering 60 slips for vessels up to 300 feet (15-foot dock depth), along with Long Point Marina accommodating vessels up to 140 feet.
Founded in 1630, Boston is a fascinating city where the historic and the futuristic are in ongoing conversations. Skyscrapers meet cobblestone streets, and the historic Freedom Trail passes trendy hotspots. The dining scene is equally eclectic, with ethnic eateries and traditional New England fare in abundance. Each neighborhood has its own unique character. Back Bay's ornate Victorian townhouses are a short distance from the college vibe of Cambridge and the narrow 17th-century North End streets, where red checkered tablecloths magically appear for Sunday sidewalk suppers.Constitution Marina on the Charles River accepts vessels up to 150 feet (20-foot dock depth), along with Charlestown Marina, handling yachts up to 500 feet (15-foot dock depth). Another option is Boston Yacht Haven, located in Boston's historic North End, which has dockage available for vessels up to 225 feet (25-foot dock depth).
Boasting more coastline than California, Maine deserves several stops over an extended period. The classic seacoast town of Portland has a cosmopolitan edge with museums, galleries, and the charming Old Port district. Historic buildings have been revitalized into boutiques, brewpubs and restaurants. Portland was recently voted America's Foodiest Small Town by Bon Appetit magazine. Try Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room, Liquid Riot Bottling Company, or David's Opus Ten. Dockage is available at DiMillo's Old Port Marina offering fuel and accommodating vessels up to 250 feet (25-foot dock depth).
With its stunning rocky coastline and quaint seaside village, Boothbay Harbor characterizes Maine's mid-coast. An abundance of mom-and-pop style stores and restaurants preserve the destination's small town charm. Discover excellent clam chowder, lobster stew, ice cream, chocolate oose (yes, moose) and salt water taffy. Some of the best can be found at the Lobster Dock.Hop on a harbor tour to explore nearby islands and have close encounters with puffins, seals and whales, or take to the water by kayak. The Maine State Aquarium and Boothbay Railway Village are both crowd pleasers.Located on the quiet side of the harbor within walking distance of downtown, Hodgdon Marina provides 750 linear feet of space on their new pier, (8 to 18-foot dock depth). Their service yard can haul boats up to 170 feet.
The mountains truly do meet the sea at Mt. Desert Island (MDI), one of the most spectacular settings on the entire East Coast. It's best known for Acadia National Park, the second most-visited national park in the U.S., with a landscape marked by woodlands, rocky beaches and glacierscoured granite peaks. Bar Harbor is the center of activity for visitors with its myriad shops and taverns. Check out Cabbage Island Clambakes, Bet's Famous Fish Fry, and Dunton's Doghouse.Dockage is available at Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina for vessels up to 165 feet (9-foot dock depth). Northeast Harbor is a quiet enclave of the rich and famous and home to Northeast Harbor Marina (12-foot dock depth). Southwest Harbor, a town on the quiet side of the island, has maintained its maritime heritage and is home to Dysart's Great Harbor Marina, with slips for vessels up to 180 feet (15-foot dock depth). mlService Centers for Large Yachts
Two nautical cities one on the Chesapeake Bay and one on Narragansett Bay, both rich in history and seafaring heritage face off.
Annapolis, known as the sailing capital of the U.S., is home to the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Museum, the Annapolis Sailing School and the site of the United States Sailboat Show (October 5-9, 2017).
Newport holds a longstanding tradition of the sport sailors come from around the world to compete. Stop by the prestigious Newport International Boat Show (September 14-17, 2017). Don't miss a chance for a charter aboard the America's Cup l2 Meters.
Annapolis is not short on its crabfocused offerings. Check out Cantler's Riverside Inn or Mike's Crab House to get your fix of those acclaimed Chesapeake Bay steamed crabs or try the Boatyard Bar & Grill for local seafood and local stories.
Clams are a staple in Newport sample the classic steamed clams (steamers) and mouthwatering clam chowder. Try Midtown Oyster Bar, Benjamin's Restaurant and Raw Bar, and the Black Pearl, known for its clam chowder.
Overflowing with an abundance of boutique shops, local eateries and great waterfront views of Spa Creek, Ego Alley is the city's most popular place to enjoy everything Annapolis has to offer.
Historic walkways, shopping, art galleries and waterfront dining all combine to make up one of Newport's premier year-round destinations. Bowen's Wharf offers free tie-up for dinghies under 12 feet.
Annapolis has an abundance of 18th-century buildings, including the homes of all four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence. The United States Naval Academy and the Maryland State House are also popular stops for history buffs.
Visitors frequent the famous Cliff Walk, which combines the natural beauty of the shoreline with the mansions of Newport's gilded age. Also in Newport is Fort Adams, the largest, most sophisticated and complex fortress in America.
Annapolis City Marina, Annapolis Yacht Basin, and Annapolis City Dock are all ideal marinas to tie up and enjoy Maryland's lively capital.
Those visiting by boat will find that Newport Yachting Center, Bowen's Wharf and Newport Marina are the top-of-the-line facilities in the midst of historic downtown Newport.
Like golf, the sport of tennis possesses a country-club tenor that fits hand in glove with the yachting lifestyle. Here are the best tennis courts to visit by boat where you can serve and volley - or simply indulge a love of the game during your travels.
Set in the Newport Casino, a National Historic Landmark that opened in 1880, this shingle-and-stone mansion is Grand Slam ground zero. The on-site museum houses thousands of artifacts including sketches of the first Wimbledon championships in 1877 and tennis fashions from throughout the 20th century as well as two galleries highlighting the 252 Hall of Famers. The Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open brings the top ATP World Tour players here each July. It's the only tournament played on grass courts outside of Europe. You can enjoy the Hall of Fame's clinics, camps and rental programs.
Where to Dock: Newport Yachting Center (401-847-9047, newportyachtingcenter.com)
Part of the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, this ace destination repeatedly ranks among Tennis Magazine's Top 10 Tennis Resorts. The 26-court facility recently shortened two courts for players 10 and younger per new regulations from the USTA, and for the addition of the lively sport of POP tennis. There are also eight newly renovated pickleball courts colored with U.S. Open green and blue. The center offers both adult and junior programs, from fast-paced drills to custom programs, as well as court reservations for members and guests. From March to October, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center adds a complimentary happy hour on Monday nights and free demonstrations every Tuesday.
Where to Dock: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina (866-400-7894, palmettodunes.com)
Held here each February, the Delray Beach Open is the world's only combined ATP World Tour/ATP Champions Tour event, drawing both current and past legends for 10 days of action. Or, come for the Chris Evert Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in November, featuring three days of matches with former tennis pros as well as other famous personalities. The Tennis Center, located just west of the Delray Beach downtown area on Atlantic Avenue, has 14 clay and six hard courts, an 8,200-seat stadium, upstairs pavilion, conference room, pro shop and full menu of adult and junior programs, leagues, clinics and camps.
Where to Dock: Seagate Yacht Club at Delray Beach (877-673-6564, theseagateyachtclub.com)
The 13,800-seat Stadium Court at the Crandon Park Tennis Center is home to the Miami Open, a 12-day tournament held each March featuring the top 96 men and women players in the world. It's one of the most prestigious competitions in professional tennis, and a bucket-list event for fans. The facility is home to 26 courts overall hard court, European red clay and American green clay. Lessons are offered, reservations are accepted and the courts are wheel-chair accessible. A clubhouse and pro shop are on site, just steps away from Crandon Park Beach, renowned as one of the best swatches of sand in the U.S.
Where to Dock: Crandon Park Marina (305-361-8446, miamidade.gov/parks)
Along with its world-class water-based activities fishing, diving, paddleboarding, dolphin encounters and the 85-slip marina exclusive Hawks Cay Resort also offers Cliff Drysdale Tennis. One of 28 such programs in the U.S. and the creation of champion player and former ATP president Cliff Drysdale. The specialized clinics and camps, held at the resort's recently renovated Tennis Garden, are led by certified coaches and intended to teach fundamental skills as well as match play, game strategy, team building and camaraderie. Feel those competitive juices flowing? Register for a league or tournament, or just have one of the resort's tennis professionals arrange a match for you.
Where to Dock: Hawks Cay Resort & Marina (305-743-9000, hawkscay.com)
This Italian-inspired destination along the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast features an amenity-rich environment with waterfront shopping and fine dining, a Euro-style spa, three swimming pools and a meandering lazy river, a fitness center with aerobic and Pilates studios, a kids' club and a full-service tennis complex with six lighted clay courts. The pro shop here features designer apparel, shoes, racquets and tennis accessories, and the professionally led tennis program offers a variety of options for juniors and adults alike, including clinics, round-robins and private lessons.
Where to Dock: Naples Bay Resort & Marina (239-530-5134, naplesbayresort.com)
Whether you want to schedule a friendly game with your spouse, plan a tournament for your group or perfect your swing with personalized lessons, one of Florida's top tennis resort awaits. The beautifully landscaped Tennis Garden at The Resort at Longboat Key Club boasts 20 clay courts maintained by a state-of-the-art water irrigation system for consistently excellent playing conditions. Recharge after a match in the adjacent clubhouse or players patio, or refuel with a bite on the terrace at the Court 21 Café & Lounge. A fully-stocked pro shop offers the latest tennis accessories, apparel and racquet rentals.
Where to Dock: Longboat Key Club Moorings (941-383-8383, longboatkeymarina.com)
Choose from more than a dozen individual and group tennis packages (or request a custom one) at this top-ranked racquet resort in Northwest Florida. Each package contains reserved court times and a Tops'l T-shirt, along with options including player-matching service, lessons or clinics, round robins and even food service. Along with 12 newly resurfaced clay courts, the tennis club here has a pro shop, fitness center, private locker rooms, racquetball court, indoor-outdoor pool and sauna with massage therapy. The resort is situated on 52 beautiful acres and bordered by the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and a nature preserve.
Where to Dock: Sandestin Baytowne Marina (850-267-7773, sandestin.com)
A pastoral setting of bougainvillea and citrus groves offers a serene, scenic backdrop for the 18 hard courts here. The tennis menu includes complimentary match play as well as daily clinics, family tennis, and a unique video lesson option with replay and tailored game analysis. For guests seeking an inclusive tennis experience, Rancho Valencia offers a Stay and Play package that combines one night in a luxury casita with a per-person tennis credit to use as they see fit. The all-suite, Relais & ChÃ¢teaux property has been selected by Tennis Magazine as its No. 1 U.S. Tennis Resort multiple times since 2008.
Where to Dock: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina (619-221-4858, missionbay.regency.hyatt.com)
Few cruising destinations are as pristine and secluded as the U.S. Virgin Islands. To wit, Caneel Bay Resort lies at the edge of Virgin Islands National Park and is accessible only by boat or ferry. Water activities like scuba and sailing beguile, but when you're ready for some shore leave, check out the resort's nine synthetic grass and hard courts. Two are illuminated for evening play, with complimentary rackets and unlimited court time. Lessons and clinics are taught using the proven Peter Burwash International (PBI) curriculum. Other services include player match-up, or a free hitting session with a ball machine or pro.
Where to Dock: Caneel Bay Anchorage (340-776-6111, nps.gov/viis)
It's a long crossing for the average yachtsman, but, oh, is the trip worth it. The aptly named Seaside Tennis Club at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel showcases 11 courts right at the ocean's edge, so you can hear the waves break on the black, volcanic rock shore while you break your opponent's serve. All the amenities of a luxury tennis club are present here pro shop, locker rooms, tournament planning, match-making, private and group lessons with a professional instructor plus the Seaside Tennis Club Grand Prix Championship occurs each fall and includes special hotel rates for participants.
Where to Dock: Gentry's Kona Marina (808-329-7896, gentryskonamarina.com)