April 30, 2013
Local Knowledge From Hinckley Yards
From our Southwest Harbor, Maine yard
While visiting the Hinckley Yacht Services in Southwest Harbor, Maine, there is nothing like an afternoon cruise down Somes Sound followed by an island dining experience highlighted by one of the most spectacular sunsets on earth.
From the Hinckley Service yard, head north into the mouth of Somes Sound, a seven mile, 175’ deep “fjord”. A venture into Valley Cove on the Western Shore will treat you to Osprey, Eagle and Peregrine Falcon sightings, as well as steep cliffs and deep water. Further down the Sound you will come across Man O’ War Brook-- so named as its location and deep water access was used to replenish the water supply of war ships in the 18th and 19th centuries. This narrow body of water and the surrounding landscape is not to be missed. Upon exiting Somes Sound and leaving Greening Island to starboard you will be heading in the general direction of Islesford, on Little Cranberry Island, home of the Islesford Dock Restaurant (reservations well in advance are recommended). Not only is the food at this popular summer island restaurant delicious but the view looking back on Mount Desert Island and the sun setting behind the mountains is nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy your meal and dessert and if you are fortunate enough to be there during the full moon, a slow motor back to the Hinckley mooring field by its light will make your summer memorable and complete. Then, rest assured, Hinckley will be waiting to take care of your boating needs.
From our Portsmouth, Rhode Island yard
Hinckley Portsmouth is a stone’s throw from Bristol, Rhode Island, a scenic slice of small town New England and a blossoming foodie destination. Here you’ll find a half-dozen restaurants that would be quite competitive in any major metropolitan area and while you will need a reservation, you’ll find Bristol less crowded than nearby Newport. The two we love for dinner are the creative menus of Champe Speidel’s Persimmon on State Street, and the award-winning DeWolf Tavern housed in a renovated stone warehouse on Thames Street. For lunch, a wild and wonderful sandwich from The Beehive is a must. Walk it off with a visit to the yachty treasure trove Herreshoff Museum, a yachty treasure trove and a tour around town, especially if you enjoy 18th and 19th century architecture.
From our Oxford, Maryland yard
A great place for good food and drinks is the Masthead Restaurant & Bar. Conveniently located at the mouth of the Tred Avon River the Masthead is accessible by water: you can anchor off or tie up, or go by land from Hinckley Yacht Services Oxford Marina. With fabulous western views it is a great place to crack some crabs, have a drink and watch the sunset.
From our Savannah yard
This from yard manager Dustin Hartley: when the beach is calling you, it’s time to discover Tybee Island's sandy stretches, salty breezes, outdoor adventure AND LOCAL BEACH CHARM. Expect to see plenty of wildlife while you are here, from rough-billed pelicans and fiddler crabs to bottlenose dolphins. Dustin recommends the super laid-back dining experience at the Crab Shack, 40 Estill Hammock Road, and he tells us it’s “where the elite eat in their bare feet.” We’d bring a pair of flipflops, just in case.
From our Annapolis yard
If you’re having work done in our Annapolis yard, let us arrange a car for a day in Annapolis. Our favorite afternoon is spent on the less tourist-y Maryland Avenue & State Circle for shopping and strolling. Visit www.marylandave.com to get a list of the shops and a bit of history. Maryland Avenue runs directly off State Circle is close to the City Dock, and is a picturesque, historic street to stroll. With a mix of antique shops, art galleries, great clothing boutiques, old book store, flower shop, decorating and design shops, you’ll be ready for a visit to Galway Bay, a great little irish pub by late afternoon.