We boaters don’t know the word “quit” so we always try to have a few last minute boating holidays. There are several options to choose from.
1. Boat parade
Where can you go boating if you are not ready for winter yet? Check out the boat parades that are offered in many communities. People in Old Town Alexandria and Washington, DC take part in the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Dozens of boats are decked out in festive lights and sail on the Potomac. Tempe, Arizona’s Festival of Lights, is a western equivalent, with boats cruising the shores of Tempe Town Lake. Many of the best boating lakes and waterways have similar festivals. So check to see if there’s one around.
2. Last minute boating vacation
Some people combine travel and boating, and there are some boating vacations on offer at this time of year. Of course, you can go to England and cross one of the channels and save money. One service is called rentboat.com and it will stop in small towns and villages as you drive through the English countryside. Bangers and mash and a pint of Guinness have never tasted so good.
3. When is the best time to go boating?
Not now for me, the ice will be on the lakes soon. I’ve been thinking about combining vacations with boating by going to the tropics. A few ideas for my cheap boating vacation came up while looking at boats for rent in the Virgin Islands. The cost is a bit expensive, but if I can share the tariffs with my family or friends, they are more than reasonable.
Last minute boating vacation offers appear every day. Perhaps the best way to ring the doorbell in 2017 and 2018 is by boat. The truth is a local, foreign, or tropical trip that sounds good to me.
Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.