This November, Sip and Sail in NYC

Enjoy a fine wine (plus incredible sights) while sailing the New York Harbor this November. (Photo by Instagram user venus_illigitima.)

Enjoy a fine wine (plus incredible sights) while sailing the New York Harbor this November.
(Photo by Instagram user venus_illigitima.)

It’s November, but you don’t need to say goodbye to outdoor adventures just yet. One way to enjoy this brisk weather, along with beautiful views of the New York skyline, is to book one of many sailing trips available along the Hudson and the East River. The best part is when you can double your fun on yachts with food and wine events on board.


Here are three picks for food- and drink-themed sails taking place around Manhattan this November:

Wine & Cheese Pairing Classes on Yacht Manhattan

Between November 13 and December 19, 2015, there are six Holiday Wine Tasting cruises departing from Chelsea Piers. For two or three hours (depending on scheduling, with the shorter trip priced accordingly), guests will enjoy five wines selected from a specific region. They’ll learn about the region’s grapes and climate during a discussion guided by Wendy Crispell. Each wine is paired with an artisanal cheese–along with dried fruit, nuts and bread. Guests are also welcome to pack and enjoy their own meals if they desire greater sustenance during the cruise. The Holiday Wine Tasting cruises will take place aboard either the Manhattan or Manhattan II, with the vessel and pier to be named closer to the date of departure.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise

Many people turn to tradition on Thanksgiving. But just as many residents and guests of New York seek novelty and lasting memories to mark the holidays. This year, Thanksgiving dinner takes on a new dimension with a special one-day cruise that will offer Thanksgiving dinner along the Hudson and throughout New York Harbor. The three-hour cruise includes multiple courses of American classics, including the turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, brussels sprouts and stuffing. That includes several wines during dinner (or apple cider for the kids), with additional adult drinks available from cash bars. For dessert, cruisers will enjoy pumpkin cheesecake or apple caramel bread pudding. The cruise departs at 5 p.m. from Pier 40.

World Yacht Thanksgiving Cruises

Another option for Thanksgiving Day is a lunchtime cruise aboard the World Yacht Duchess. It’s a way to get incredible food without the fuss of making it all by hand, but it’s also an opportunity to sightsee with family of all ages. That’s especially great for those with guests in from out of town during the long holiday weekend. The lunchtime cruise departs from Pier 81 (by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum) at 1:30 p.m. It features your classic fare (turkey being the centerpiece, of course) with some special culinary twists. The three-hour cruise features a Gold Premier package with an open bar serving beer and wine. There’s also a Thanksgiving Day dinner cruise starting at 7 p.m.

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