Vol. 1, No. 35
This holiday weekend, Long Island Sound will be packed with recreational boaters. If you’re a boat owner and you’re like me, you prefer to have a destination when you’re out on the water. Here are some of my favorite places to drop the hook for an hour or two or just cruise by.
1. Cockenoe Island – Cockenoe is the most popular boating destination in Westport. This weekend, Cockenoe harbor will look like a parking lot full of fun. If you can plan your visit around the tide, going into the lagoon is extra neat.
2. Bermuda Lagoon – Bermuda Lagoon is a high-tide destination as well, so be sure to check your tide table.
3. Saugatuck River – Most boaters don’t think to go up the Saugatuck unless they dock their boat there, but at high tide, going all the way to Downtown Westport can be a fun outing.
4. Southport Harbor – The Pequot area has an interesting juxtaposition of manicured mansions and a small, quaint old-timey harbor and waterfront.
5. Sheffield Island – Sheffield Island in Norwalk is a great place to stop for the day and check out the island and the lighthouse. It’s also a popular overnight anchorage.
6. Scott’s Cove – Some pretty amazing properties overlook Scott’s Cove in Darien, including the Convent of St. Birgitta, a very unique property on Long Island Sound.
7. Ziegler’s Cove – It doesn’t get any better than this; Ziegler’s is my favorite place to drop anchor and spend the afternoon with friends. CoastalBoating.net has a nice review and navigation advice.
8. Five Mile River – The Five Mile River is just a great place to cruise. You can even pick up some sandwiches at the Rowayton Market while you’re there.
9. Captain Islands – If you’re looking for a longer trip from the Westport/Fairfield area, Greenwich Harbor can be a great destination. After cruising past the very high-end Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Belle Haven Club, and Riverside Yacht Club, a stop at Great Captain to take a swim will bring you back down to Earth. CoastalBoating.net has a good write-up on the Captain Islands.
10. Milton Point – The Rye/Mamaroneck waterfront offers a protected harbor and a notable attraction for boaters: Playland’s Wednesday and Friday night fireworks. While you may be able to fulfill your desire to see fireworks closer to home this weekend, the weekly fireworks show can be a good attraction to keep in mind for the rest of the summer.