After two rounds of cancellations and rescheduling due to bad weather, we finally got to do my birthday present of a sunset sail aboard a schooner on the Hudson River. The day couldn’t have been better. It was the perfect temperature, beautiful skies, and a stunning sunset. Worth the wait!
Rob and I arrived at Chelsea Piers on the West Side of Manhattan (Pier 62) for our 6:30 departure on the beautiful 80-foot schooner, the Adirondack, for a peaceful, picturesque sail away from the city. The crew served us complimentary champagne – cheers! – and Rob and I enjoyed the picnic dinner he made us ahead of time. Perfection.
Some of the views along the 2-hour sunset sail included:
- The New York City skyline on one side and the Jersey City skyline on the other
- Battery Park, a 20-acre park at the southern tip of Manhattan, where artillery has been stationed over the centuries
- The new Freedom Tower with its spire affixed, officially dubbed One World Trade Center
- Ellis Island, the immigrant doorway to America from 1892 to 1954
- The majestic Statue of Liberty with the sun setting behind her
I’d highly recommend this excursion/adventure. There’s something so peaceful about being on a boat, and these views were truly stunning. But, I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking for this post.