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4 Welcome to Newport 6 A Brief History of Newport 8 Attractions Historic Sites Mansions Museums 12 Recreation Nature Family Fun Water Excursions Sports 18 Beaches 22 Dining 28 Drinks 29 Vineyards & Breweries 30 Culture Visual & Performing Arts Art Galleries 32 Shopping 34 Accommodations 48 Getting Around



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2020-2021 EDITORIAL

Editor Fred Albert falbert@newportri.com Market Editor Rebecca Chace Editorial Intern Sophia McCluskey Graphic Designer Veronica Musch vmusch@newportri.com Contributors Jake Cathers, Rachael Thatcher

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hether this is your first visit to Newport or the local landmarks bear your family name, the city you’re seeing right now might be different from the one you were expecting. Like the rest of the world, Newport has changed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Things we once took for granted – like restaurants, shops and live music – are either on hiatus or aren’t doing business the way they once did. But the things that make this region so distinctive haven’t changed. The narrow streets are still lined with houses that have stood since the days of Jefferson. Sandy beaches still beckon with lapping waves and the flicker of sails across the horizon, while gulls circle overhead and the smell of fried clams wafts in the breeze. Stroll along Cliff Walk, and your mind still reels from the glory of the ocean on one side and the glittering excess of the Gilded Age on the other. By the time you read this, the wedding parties may have returned and the restaurants may be filled. (The parking spots, too.) Whatever the state of affairs, I can assure you that the locals will be delighted to see you and will do everything possible to make your stay a pleasant one. If we’ve learned anything from recent events, it’s that life is precious and joy can be fleeting. We hope this guidebook introduces you to a destination, a meal or an experience that brings you happiness … and memories to last a lifetime.

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Lithograph depicting Newport ca. 1740 BY FRED ALBERT


erched at the southern tip of Aquidneck Island as it extends into Narragansett Bay, Newport has long been blessed with a stellar setting and storied past. But the Colonial landmarks and Gilded-Age mansions only tell part of the city’s rich and complex history. Newport was founded in 1639 by English settlers fleeing Boston in search of religious freedom. Many of those first settlers were Baptists who embraced the separation of church and state and wrote those principles into the town statutes. Those egalitarian precepts drew others, most notably Quakers and Jews, who arrived in the 1650s and helped transform the sleepy agricultural community into one of Colonial America’s most prominent seaports. The town became home to some of the most skilled craftsmen in the colonies, but it was trade that really fueled Newport’s economic growth. Boats loaded with rum, fish, candles, silver, furniture and other goods set sail from Newport’s harbor – many a part of the infamous “triangle trade” responsible for bringing slaves to America. By the mid-18th century, Newport’s prosperity had prompted a building boom, along with a

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fervor for independence. But the British pushed back, taking over the city in 1776 and occupying it for the next three years as half the population fled. By the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783, Newport’s economy was in tatters. Newport’s fortunes started to mend in the mid-19th century, when wealthy families began to build summer cottages here and spurred an interest in boating that continues to this day. Around this same time, the U.S. Navy began to develop a significant presence, leading to the establishment of the Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Naval Station Newport and other divisions, and making Newport home to the Cruiser-Destroyer Force of the U.S Atlantic Fleet. When the fleet departed in 1973, Newport was forced to reinvent itself yet again. Building on the burgeoning historic preservation movement and a revitalized downtown, the city’s mansions were opened to the public, and tourism became a major driver in Newport’s economy, drawing millions of visitors each year thanks to the region’s scenic beauty, iconic architecture and abundant attractions.

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Attractions The past is present around every corner in Newport. Drink in the sights as you stroll the streets, or pay a visit to one of the historic homes, museums or public spaces.

HISTORIC SITES *All phone numbers are area code 401 unless otherwise noted.

THE COMMONS Rt. 77 to Meeting House Lane, Little Compton, 635-4400, little-compton.com A traditional 17th-century town green and historic burial ground circled by churches, a one-room schoolhouse, a library, and many Greek Revival and early Victorian homes.

FORT ADAMS STATE PARK 90 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, 841-0707, fortadams.org America’s largest coastal fortification, where guided tours take you through underground tunnels, historic quarters and scenic outlooks. Visit Eisenhower House or stroll the perimeter walkway for spectacular views. FORT BARTON Highland Road, Tiverton, 633-2037, tiverton.ri.gov Built in 1776, this National Historic Landmark features an observation tower and 3 miles of trails. GREAT FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE 21 Farewell St., Newport, 841-8770, newporthistory.org Built in 1699, Rhode Island’s

oldest surviving house of worship was a symbol of the Quakers’ political, cultural and economic dominance in the 1700s. Tours by appointment. GREEN ANIMALS TOPIARY GARDEN 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, 847-1000, newportmansions.org Eighty topiary works fill the gardens of this Victorian house overlooking Narragansett Bay. HUNTER HOUSE 54 Washington St., Newport, 847-1000, newportmansions.org An outstanding example of Georgian Colonial architecture from the mid-18th century, Hunter House is decorated with period furniture, pewter and paintings. Open seasonally. IDA LEWIS LIGHTHOUSE 170 Wellington Ave., Newport The lighthouse and adjacent keeper’s cottage are named for the celebrated lightkeeper, and are now part of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club. Not open to the public.


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MIANTONOMI TOWER Hillside Avenue, Newport Built in 1929 and sited on a promontory in Miantonomi Memorial Park, the tower offers exceptional views of the surrounding area. Open limited hours in summer.

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COLONY HOUSE Washington Square, Newport, 841-8770, newporthistory.org Built in 1739, the Colony House is the fourth oldest statehouse still standing in the U.S. The scene of many dramatic events, including a reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 20, 1776, the building is open for guided tours by appointment.

barracks in the 1700s before construction of a lighthouse in 1870. The light and grounds are now open seasonally for touring via the Jamestown/ Newport Ferry. SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE 18 Market Sq., Newport, 847-4260, seamensnewport.org A haven for seafarers since 1930, Seamen’s Church Institute includes an exquisite mural-covered chapel, interactive educational exhibition, library, lodging and free Wi-Fi.

REDWOOD LIBRARY & ATHENAEUM NEWPORT HISTORY TOURS Departing from Brick Market, 127 Thames St., Newport, 841-8770, newporthistorytours.org Discover five centuries of American history on these small guided tours, available in February and from April to December.

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NEWPORT RESTORATION FOUNDATION 847-8344, newportrestoration.org The Newport Restoration Foundation has preserved over 80 18th- and 19th-century buildings on Aquidneck Island, representing one of the largest portfolios of historic architecture owned by a single organization in the United States. Their properties Rough Point, Whitehorne House and Prescott Farm are open to the public for touring.

TIVERTON FOUR CORNERS Junction of Routes 77 and 179, Tiverton, tivertonfourcorners.com A crossroads of importance since 1710, featuring a collection of quaint shops, galleries, casual restaurants and historic buildings.

was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1892. The ground floor is open to visitors 9 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays. PRESCOTT FARM 2009 West Main Road, Middletown, 849-7300, newportrestoration.org Free to visitors, this 18thcentury farm sits on 40 acres and includes a restored windmill, buildings and gardens. QUAKER MEETING HOUSE 11 Middle Road, Portsmouth Located near town hall, just off East Main Road, this ca.1700 structure has been beautifully restored and is still used as a house of worship.

NEWPORT TOWER Touro Park, Bellevue Avenue, Newport Is it an observatory built by Norsemen before Columbus’ arrival, or a 16th-century timekeeping device designed to give Queen Elizabeth I a foothold in North America? You decide.

REDWOOD LIBRARY & ATHENAEUM 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org Founded in 1747, it’s the oldest community library in the U.S. still occupying its original building. An expansive portrait gallery features works by Gilbert Stuart, and there are galleries with rotating exhibitions, as well as lectures and concerts. Open daily; guided tours 10:30 a.m. Mon.–Sat.

OCHRE COURT 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, 847-6650, salve.edu Salve Regina University’s main administration building

ROSE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Newport, 847-4242, roseisland.org Rose Island housed fortifications and army

TOURO SYNAGOGUE 85 Touro St., Newport, 847-4794, tourosynagogue.org Designed by Peter Harrison and dedicated in 1763, Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the U.S. Tours available various days seasonally; no tours Saturdays and Jewish holidays. TRINITY CHURCH Queen Anne Square, Newport, 846-0660, trinitynewport.org Built in 1726, Trinity features beautiful stained-glass windows and a rare tripledecked pulpit. WANTON-LYMANHAZARD HOUSE 17 Broadway, Newport, 846-0813, newporthistory tours.org Newport’s oldest surviving house, this ca. 1697 residence was the site of the infamous Stamp Act Riot of 1765. Fully restored, it’s furnished with period decorative arts and furniture, and is open by appointment.

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*All phone numbers are area code 401 unless otherwise noted.


THE BREAKERS 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, 847-1000, newportmansions.org Newport’s most palatial summer residence was built in 1895 and features 70 rooms decorated with rare marble, platinum leaf, alabaster and gilded woods.

THE ELMS 367 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-1000, newportmansions.org This 1901 summer retreat features wall-sized Venetian paintings, Chinese lacquer panels and tapestries. ISAAC BELL HOUSE 70 Perry St., Newport, 847-1000, newportmansions.org This masterpiece of the American shingle style features arts and crafts interiors, Japanese-inspired columns and a sweeping floor plan. Open seasonally.

CHATEAU-SUR-MER 474 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-1000, newportmansions.org One of America’s greatest Victorian homes, noted for its fine period furnishings and stenciled wallpapers.

KINGSCOTE 253 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-1000, newportmansions.org This 1841 Gothic Revival “cottage” includes one of America’s greatest dining rooms, as well as rare furniture, silver and Chinese decorative arts. Open seasonally.

CHEPSTOW 120 Narragansett Ave., Newport, 847-1000, newportmansions.org This 1860 Italianate-style villa houses a collection of 19thcentury American paintings, including landscapes by Hudson River School artists.

MARBLE HOUSE 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-1000, newportmansions.org Alva Vanderbilt’s 1892 temple to the arts was modeled after the Petit Trianon at Versailles and contains 500,000 cubic feet of marble.

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THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY 847-1000, newportmansions.org The Preservation Society protects, preserves and presents one of America’s most comprehensive collections of historic houses, landscapes and decorative arts. Tours available of The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Rosecliff, The Elms and Marble House, as well as Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth. Some properties open seasonally. The Breakers and The Elms are decorated for the holidays. ROSECLIFF 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-1000, newportmansions.org Built for a Nevada silver heiress, Rosecliff hosted spectacular parties and has been used as a set for several Hollywood movies. ROUGH POINT 680 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-8344, newportrestoration.org The Newport home of heiress, philanthropist and art collector Doris Duke is still decorated as she left it, with French furniture, European art, Chinese porcelains and Flemish tapestries.

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BELCOURT OF NEWPORT 657 Bellevue Ave., Newport, belcourt.com Designed by Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1894, this grand estate is now owned by Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian, who is restoring the home and offering tours.


*All phone numbers are area code 401 unless otherwise noted. ARTILLERY COMPANY & MILITARY MUSEUM 23 Clarke St., Newport, 846-8488, newportartillery.org Built in 1836, the museum and armory house an extensive collection of military artifacts, historic cannons and uniforms. AUDRAIN AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM 222 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 856-4420, audrainautomuseum.org Exhibiting the most technologically advanced, historically significant, fastest and most expensive cars from around the world. INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849-3990, tennisfame.com An interactive experience showcasing the history of tennis and its greatest champions, housed in a landmark shingle-style building and surrounded by grass courts available for public play.

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JAMESTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 92 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, 423-0784, jamestownhistoricalsociety.org Built in 1885 as a one-room schoolhouse, this historical museum offers special exhibitions. Open seasonally or by appointment.

MUSEUM OF NEWPORT IRISH HISTORY 648 Thames St., Newport, 848-0661, newportirishhistory.org Exploring the impact of Irish immigrants from the 1600s to today, with exhibits, photographs, videos and artifacts.

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 848-8200, newportartmuseum.org Outstanding contemporary and historic regional art inside a landmark 19th-century building. Enjoy exhibits, concerts, lectures, events, tours and art classes year-round.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION 492 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 851-8949, americanillustration.org Paintings by Rockwell, Parrish, Wyeth and 150 others. Open limited hours; children under 5 not admitted.

NEWPORT CAR MUSEUM 1847 West Main Road, Portsmouth, 835-2374, newportcarmuseum.org This private collection of 70+ automobiles focuses on seven decades of modern industrial automotive design, celebrating cars as works of art.

NATIONAL SAILING HALL OF FAME 365 Thames St., Newport, 324-5761, nshof.org Scheduled to open in 2020 in the old municipal Armory, the NSHOF promotes America’s sailing legacy, celebrates its heroes, and engages future generations with programming and exhibitions.

SAMUEL WHITEHORNE HOUSE 416 Thames St., Newport, 847-2448, newportrestoration.org See the Doris Duke Collection of 18th- and 19th-century Newport and Rhode Island furniture, including work by famed Newport cabinetmakers Townsend and Goddard.

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE MUSEUM Naval Station Newport, Newport, 841-4052, nwcfoundation.org Torpedo displays and exhibits on naval warfare history and the naval heritage of Narragansett Bay. (Call two business days in advance for access.)

THE WILBOR HOUSE 548 West Main Road/Rt. 77, Little Compton, 635-4035, littlecompton.org This c. 1690 house is one of eight historic buildings on the property, and features archival manuscripts, photos and artifacts. Hours vary seasonally.

LOEB VISITORS CENTER 52 Spring St., Newport, 847-0070, loebvisitors.org A museum celebrating Jewish liberty, tolerance and the separation of church and state in colonial America. MUSEUM OF NEWPORT HISTORY 82 Touro St., Newport, 841-8770, newporthistory.org Explore nearly four centuries of history at this museum run by the Newport Historical Society, or sign up for one of their popular walking tours.

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EXPLORING NATURE Escape the cobblestones and crowds and commune with Mother Nature at one of these scenic destinations. BALLARD PARK Wickham Road at Hazard Road, 845-5800 Located directly across the street from Rogers High School, Ballard Park offers a scenic trail including overlooks of a quarry and distant views of the ocean. BRENTON POINT STATE PARK Ocean Drive, 849-4562 This 100-acre stretch of rocky coastline is a favorite spot for fishermen, picnickers and kite-flyers. Open year round, sunrise to sunset. CASTLE HILL LIGHTHOUSE Ocean Dr. at Castle Hill Inn This 34-foot-tall icon was established in 1890 and automated in 1957. Public access through an easement on the far end of the parking lot at this private resort.

CLIFF WALK Beginning near Easton’s Beach on Memorial Boulevard, 845-5300, cliffwalk.com This 3.5-mile path runs along the eastern edge of Newport, offering ocean vistas and glimpses of glorious Bellevue Avenue mansions. Accessible at multiple spots along the trail, with public restrooms on Narragansett Avenue. Leashed pets allowed. FORT ADAMS STATE PARK 80 Fort Adams Drive, 847-2400, riparks.com The 2.5-mile Bay Walk takes you around the fort with stunning views of Newport Harbor. This is a great place for sunsets and watching sailboats, yachts and cruise ships navigate the local waters. Leashed pets allowed.

FORTY STEPS End of Narragansett Avenue This was a famous gathering spot in the late 1800s when there were, in fact, 40 rickety wooden stairs leading down to the water. Today, 48 granite steps are embedded in the rocks. NEWPORT HARBOR WALK newportharborwalk.com A scenic 4-mile stroll along the city’s waterfront, consisting of a South Walk encompassing the main harbor, and a North Walk covering the Point neighborhood and Goat Island. Leashed pets allowed. OCEAN DRIVE oceandrivenewport.com Located on the southwestern tip of the island, Newport’s fabled 10-Mile Drive offers stunning ocean vistas and peekaboo views of decadent mansions. Join the kite-flyers at Brenton Point State Park or take a salt-air stroll along the shore. SAVE THE BAY EXPLORATION CENTER Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., 324-6020, savebay.org Touch tanks, aquariums, interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day.


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*All phone numbers are area code 401 unless otherwise noted.

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MIDDLETOWN NEWPORT EQUESTRIAN ACADEMY 287 Third Beach Road, 837-4188, newport equestrian.com Explore the tranquil beauty of Middletown’s beaches on horseback. NEWPORT HELICOPTER TOURS 211 Airport Access Road, 843-8687, newporthelicoptertours.com Experience RI from the air with a private helicopter tour. Shuttle available from Newport Visitors Center.

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NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY 583 Third Beach Road, 846-2577, normanbird sanctuary.org More than 300 preserved acres and 7 miles of trails to hike and explore, including Hanging Rock. Guided bird walks, vacation and summer camps, public programs, welcome center. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. No pets.

DUNDERY BROOK TRAIL Portsmouth, visitors can experience pastoral views of woodlands, farms and wildlife habitats. Open year-round, sunrise to sunset. Leashed pets allowed.

PURGATORY CHASM Adjacent to Sachuest Beach on Tuckerman Avenue, 842-6500 One of Aquidneck Island’s best-kept secrets is this geological cleft that runs 50 feet down to the ocean’s surface. Surrounding trails overlook Second Beach and the water.

SKYDIVE NEWPORT 211 Airport Access Road, Middletown, 845-0393, skydivenewport.com Whether you are a seasoned skydiver or looking for your first jump, you can see Newport from above in a way few get to experience.

SACHUEST POINT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 769 Sachuest Point Road, 619-2680, fws.gov/refuge/ sachuest_point More than 3 miles of walking trails offer stunning views of the coastline and natural wildlife habitats, as well as saltwater fishing, a nature center and guided walking tours. Trails open sunrise to sunset daily; nature center open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. No pets.

GREEN ANIMALS TOPIARY GARDEN 380 Cory’s Lane, 683-1267, newportmansions.org This 7-acre estate has more than 80 trees and shrubs sculpted into the shape of animals and geometric forms, along with formal flower beds and fruit and vegetable gardens.

SAKONNET GREENWAY TRAIL 125 Mitchell’s Lane, 849-2799, ailt.org With over 10 miles of trails covering Middletown and


GREENVALE VINEYARDS 582 Wapping Road, 847-3777, greenvale.com Enjoy estate-grown, awardwinning wines and wonderful music on a historic farm alongside the beautiful Sakonnet River. Tastings and tours daily.

NEWPORT & NARRAGANSETT BAY RAILROAD 1 Alexander Road, Portsmouth, 295-1203, trainsri.com Step back in time as you enjoy views of Aquidneck Island from a restored vintage passenger train. SAKONNET GREENWAY TRAIL 298 Linden Lane, 849-2799, ailt.org With over 10 miles of trails covering Middletown and Portsmouth, visitors can experience pastoral views of woodlands, farms and wildlife habitats. Open year-round, sunrise to sunset. Leashed pets allowed.

JAMESTOWN BEAVERTAIL LIGHTHOUSE AND STATE PARK Beavertail Road, 884-2010, beavertaillight.org Visit the third oldest lighthouse in the country for a nearly 360-degree view of Narragansett Bay, a sea creature museum and a small aquarium. Open houses, group tours.

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Family FUN

Newport has a great variety of attractions for kids of all ages. EASTON’S BEACH CAROUSEL 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 845-5810 This vintage carousel is located at Easton’s (First) Beach and is open Memorial Day–Labor Day. FLY A KITE AT BRENTON POINT Ocean Avenue, Newport, 324-9335, newportkitefestival.com Ocean Avenue’s ocean breezes are great for flying a kite. A kite rental kiosk is open during the summer. MINIATURE OCCASIONS 57 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849-5440, miniatureoccasions.com If you have a doll-lover in your life, This hidden gem has unique, handcrafted and custom-made dolls, as well as a doll hospital for repairs. RAIL EXPLORERS 1 Alexander Road, Portsmouth, 877-833-8588, railexplorers.net Ride self-propelled pedalpowered rail bikes on a 6-mile round-trip excursion atop tracks bordering Narragansett Bay. RYAN AMUSEMENT CENTER 268 Thames St., Newport, 846-5774, ryanfamily.com Give the kids a video game experience unlike anything they might have at home. NEWPORT CAR MUSEUM 1847 West Main Road, Portsmouth, 848-2277, newportcarmuseum.org This interactive museum showcases more than 70 cars spanning seven decades. SAVE THE BAY EXPLORATION CENTER AND AQUARIUM 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 324-6020, savebay.org Interactive aquarium offering a hands-on introduction to wildlife on Aquidneck Island.

CONANICUT BATTERY NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK Battery Lane, off Beavertail Road, 423-7202, jamestown historicalsociety.org Revolutionary War site on 22 acres, open year-round. FORT WETHERILL STATE PARK 3 Fort Wetherill Road, 884-2010, riparks.com A former defense battery and training camp on 100-foot cliffs overlooking the Bay, with 61 acres open daily for hiking, fishing and picnics. Public boat ramp and scuba diving; leashed pets permitted. JAMESTOWN WINDMILL North Road, 423-0784 Built in 1787 and in operation until 1896, this three-story octagonal structure has cloth sails and is open weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. mid-June to mid-October. KIT WRIGHT TRAIL AT FORT GETTY 1050 Fort Getty Road, 423-7260 If you don’t want to walk the trail, the campground and boat ramp provide alternative outdoor activities. WATSON FARM 455 North Road, Jamestown, 423-0005, historicnewengland.org/ property/watson-farm A 1796 farmhouse on 280 acres of inviting countryside, with guided and group tours available.

TIVERTON EMILIE RUECKER WILDLIFE REFUGE 116 Seapowet Ave., 949-5454, asri.org This 50-acre wildlife refuge borders the Sakonnet River and features woodland and salt marsh trails, as well as excellent bird-watching. No pets. FORT BARTON WOODS 360 Highland Road All that remains of the original Revolutionary War fort is

some skeletal earthworks, but you can venture into the surrounding woods on a series of walking trails. PARDON GRAY PRESERVE Route 77, 625-1300, tivertonlandtrust.org More than 230 acres of preserved farmland and woods originally settled in 1696. Leashed dogs welcome. WEETAMOO WOODS East Road/Route 179 Choose from three interconnected trails spanning this 230-acre preserve and encompassing historic sites, woods and ephemeral wetlands. Horses and leashed dogs permitted.

LITTLE COMPTON DUNDERY BROOK TRAIL 29 Meetinghouse Trail, 331-7110 Explore a variety of natural wetland habitats from the comfort of a boardwalk-style walking trail. SAKONNET POINT Rhode Island Road Follow the trail to a rocky beach leading to the point and panoramic views of Sakonnet Light, rocky islands and the Atlantic Ocean. SIMMONS MILL POND MANAGEMENT AREA 212 Coldbrook Road Well-groomed paths weave through this picturesque landscape, showcasing some of Rhode Island’s coastal ecology. Leashed dogs permitted. WILBOUR WOODS West Main Road at Swamp Road Wilbour Woods’ 1.5-mile dogand kid-friendly loop guides you through this wooded part of Little Compton.

WATER EXCURSIONS Experience Narragansett Bay with these charters, tours, lessons and rentals. BLOCK ISLAND FERRY 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, 866-783-7996; Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave., Newport blockislandferry.com Climb aboard the traditional ferry year-round from Point Judith in Narragansett, or board the high-speed passenger-only ferries from Point Judith (May–Dec.) and Newport (June–Sept.). BUBBLES DIVE CENTER 55 Chapel St., Newport; 338-2250, bubblesdive center.net Scuba rental, servicing, instruction and excursions. ELEMENTAL SURF CAMP 86 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 846-4421, elementalsurfcamp.com Surfboard, kayak and stand up paddle board rentals, as well as private and group instruction. Available at Easton’s (First) Beach in Newport, and Sachuest (Second) and Third beaches in Middletown.

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ISLAND STYLE PARASAIL 9 Bowen’s Ferry Landing, Newport, 601-0330, islandstyleparasail.com Parasailing along the beautiful coastline of Newport and Jamestown with three different levels of flights available. ISLAND SURF AND SPORT 86 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown; 846-4421, islandsurfandsport.com Make your trip to the beach more fun with surfboards, paddle boards, wetsuits and lessons. RHODY SURF Sachuest (Second) Beach, Middletown, 216-9283, rhodysurf.com Individual or group surf and SUP lessons and rentals.

SCHOONER AURORA RUM RUNNER II Departs from Bannister’s Wharf, 847-0298, cruisenewport.com Cruise on the Prohibition-era high-speed motor yacht Rum Runner II, with daily departures May–Oct.

SCHOONER AURORA 5 Marina Plaza, Newport, 849-6683, newportexperience.com/ schooner-aurora Relive the era of tall ships aboard this 101-foot schooner with its striking red sails.

SAIL NEWPORT Fort Adams State Park, Newport, 849-8385, sailnewport.org Experience Narragansett Bay with sailboat rentals, as well as private and group instruction for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Open daily.

SCHOONER MADELEINE Departs from Bannister’s Wharf, 847-0298, cruisenewport.com Sail aboard the 72-foot schooner Madeleine daily on cruises of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, May–Oct.

SAILING EXCURSIONS 22 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 847-0000, sail-newport.com Step aboard the legendary schooner Adirondack II or sloop Eleanor for a private charter. SAVE THE BAY SEAL CRUISES Bowen’s Ferry Landing, Market Square, Newport, 203-7325, savebay.org/seals These guided, one-hour bay tours are available Nov.–April.

SEASTREAK FERRY Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, 800-BOAT-RIDE, seastreak.com This ferry operates May– October, connecting downtown Newport to Bristol and Providence. SIGHTSAILING OF NEWPORT Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 849-3333, sightsailing.com Sightsailing offers seasonal daily sailing tours and private charters aboard the 80-foot schooner Aquidneck, 46-foot sloop Sightsailer, and the O’Day 34, Starlight.

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Newport is a virtual playground if you know where to look. Check out these options for staying active. NEWPORT COUNTRY CLUB

GOLF AQUIDNECK CLUB (Private) 125 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth; 682-6000, aquidneckclub.com GREEN VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB 371 Union St., Portsmouth; 847-9543, gvccri.com JAMESTOWN GOLF COURSE 245 Conanicus Ave., Jamestown; 423-9930, jamestowngolf.com

MONTAUP COUNTRY CLUB 500 Anthony Road, Portsmouth; 683-0955, montaupcc.com

NEWPORT NATIONAL GOLF CLUB 324 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown; 848-9690, newportnational.com

NEWPORT COUNTRY CLUB (Private) 280 Harrison Ave., Newport; 846-0461

SAKONNET COUNTRY CLUB 79 Sakonnet Point Road, Little Compton; 635-4821, sakonnetgc.com

NEWPORT INDOOR GOLF 1947 West Main Road, Portsmouth; 847-1947, newportindoorgolf.com

WANUMETONOMY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 152 Brown’s Lane, Middletown; 847-5141, wanumetonomy.com


HUNTER PARK Van Zandt Avenue, Newport, 845-5800 INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME INDOOR AND LAWN COURTS 11 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 849-6043, tennisfame.com LAWN AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 79 Watson Ave., Jamestown, 423-7260

MURPHY PARK Corner of Ruggles and Carroll avenues, Newport, 845-5800 POP FLACK COURTS King Street, Newport, 845-5800 PORTSMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 120 Education Lane, Portsmouth, 787-0281 ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL Old Fort Road, Newport, 845-5800 VERNON PARK Freeborn Street, Newport, 845-5800

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CYCLING BIKE NEWPORT 62 Broadway, 619-4900, bikenewportri.org Not a rental facility, but a nonprofit celebrating all things bicycle with education, advocacy, assistance with equipment, and recommended routes.

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There are lots of beaches to choose from in Newport County, so we’ve organized them by location and rated them from one to five waves to help you decide. Private ones are not open to visitors; public ones usually charge a fee that can vary depending on your place of residence, the season and the time of day.

All phone numbers are area code 401 unless otherwise noted.

NEWPORT BAILEY’S BEACH (Private) 34 Ocean Ave., 847-1900, spoutingrockbeach.com An elite private beach club with facilities to match its exclusive membership, here you’ll find valet parking and an endless supply of towels — along with a dress code that’s as rigid as the sand is soft.

GOOSEBERRY BEACH 130 Ocean Ave., 847-3958 Protected from the open ocean in a sheltered cove, this sandy hideaway is a perfect spot for families, with calm water and soft sand. There are public showers, restrooms and a cafe. Plan to arrive early as the parking lot is known to fill up.

CASTLE HILL BEACH (Private) 590 Ocean Ave., 849-3800, castlehillinn.com At Castle Hill Inn’s south-facing beaches, you can get lost in the privacy of your own slice of sand and ocean. Any guest of Castle Hill can enjoy this hidden gem, but it’s not open to the public.

HAZARD’S BEACH (Private) 164 Ocean Ave., 849-8075 This private club shares the same strip of coastline as Gooseberry Beach. It has all of the luxuries you would expect in a posh private beach club, including cabanas, valet parking, shower and restroom facilities, and a snack bar.

EASTON’S (FIRST) BEACH 175 Memorial Blvd., 845-5810, cityofnewport. com/departments/easton-s-beach Easton’s Beach (also known as First Beach or Newport Beach) is the largest public beach in Newport. It’s a family-friendly spot with bathhouses, restrooms, shower facilities and a snack bar. There is ample parking and beach chair, umbrella and boogie board rentals in season. FORT ADAMS STATE PARK BEACH 80 Fort Adams Dr., 847-2400, fortadams.org Tucked away in Fort Adams State Park is a quaint beach looking into Brenton Cove. You can enjoy the benefits of the adjacent park and take advantage of the restrooms, shower facilities and public parking.

KING PARK BEACH Wellington Avenue, 845-5800 King Park sports scenic views of the Newport Bridge, but the beach is short (often disappearing at high tide) and the water can show the wear and tear of a busy waterfront. Parking is scarce; public restrooms are available. KINGS BEACH 6 Price’s Neck Road One of the best-kept secrets in Newport, this beach sits at the end of a dirt road off of Ocean Avenue. Small compared to its betterknown neighbors, its surface is a combination of rock and hard sand. This is state-owned land, but there are no facilities or lifeguards, and parking is limited. Newport V i s i t o r s G u i d e .com 19


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PEABODY’S BEACH (Private) Third Beach Road, peabodysbeach.com The northern edge of Middletown’s Third Beach is a private beach called Peabody’s Beach. It’s difficult to tell the difference on the sand, but the parking and entrances are separate. There are restrooms and snack facilities for club members only.

ISLAND PARK BEACH Park Avenue This beach offers picturesque views of Tiverton and Portsmouth, but the beach is small and the sand is coarse and rocky. There are no lifeguards or other amenities, but restaurants are nearby.

THIRD BEACH Third Beach Road, 849-2822, beach.middletownri.com A little off the beaten path you’ll find peaceful Third Beach. The sheltered, northeast-facing cove offers calm waters accompanied by soft, clean sand. There are restroom facilities, but not much else. Parking is limited.

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NEWPORT BEACH CLUB (Private) 195 Newport Harbor Dr., newportbeachclub.com This prestigious gated community features many luxuries you would expect, including a private beach. Ownership of a home here grants access to this beautifully manicured waterfront oasis. SANDY POINT BEACH Sandy Point Avenue, 683-2101, portsmouthri.com/168/Beaches Facing the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue, Sandy Point Beach offers calm, shallow waters that are sheltered from the open ocean, making it a perfect spot for families. Amenities include a changing room, bathrooms, parking and a concession stand. TEDDY’S BEACH 710 Park Ave. This small beach is on land owned by the state, but does not have lifeguards, changing facilities or trash receptacles.

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SACHUEST (SECOND) BEACH 315 Sachuest Point Road, 842-6522, beach.middletownri.com Picturesque Sachuest Beach, also known as Second Beach, has the softest sand on the island and beautiful, grassy dunes. You can stay all day, with shower and bathroom facilities and a full snack bar to keep the kids happy. The eastern edge, known as “Surfers End,” is the best place to catch a wave.



FORT GETTY RECREATION AREA 1050 Fort Getty Road, 423-7260, jamestownri.gov This small, rocky beach is a popular spot for launching kayaks, paddle boards or even boats. The boat ramp, adjacent dock and nearby campground accommodate a variety of uses.

BRIGGS BEACH (PRIVATE) 100 Shaw Road, 635-0168 This private beach on the southern coast of Little Compton offers stunning ocean views and, rumor has it, a 14-year waiting list to join.

FORT WETHERILL STATE PARK 3 Fort Wetherill Road, 884-2010, riparks.com/ locations/locationfortwetherill.html The beach is accessed via a steep climb down the rocks — not for the faint of heart. The park is better known for its scuba diving, as well as picnicking, boating, fishing and hiking. MACKEREL COVE Beavertail Road, 423-7260, jamestownri.gov This family-friendly beach offers calm waters and a shallow sandbar that deflects ocean currents. For much of the summer, it’s only open to residents and long-term renters. There is limited parking, but food and restroom facilities are available.

GOOSEWING BEACH South Shore Road, little-compton.com You need to walk through South Shore Beach to enjoy the secluded sands and tranquil waters of Goosewing Beach. It’s worth the extra effort, but there are no facilities at Goosewing. SOUTH SHORE BEACH South Shore Road, little-compton.com This pristine stretch of shoreline offers unobstructed views and soft sand. Parking is limited, so try to arrive early. WARREN’S POINT (PRIVATE) 9 Atlantic Dr., 635-9501 This secluded stretch of beach has all of the perks with the solitude of a private club.

TAYLOR POINT/POTTERS COVE East Shore Road, 423-7260, jamestownri.gov Located on the eastern shore of the island and adjacent to Route 138 under the shadow of the Pell Bridge, this small beach is known for boating, fishing and picnics.

TIVERTON FOGLAND BEACH Fogland Road, tiverton.ri.gov This beach is free to residents, but visitors will pay to enjoy the shell-encrusted sands. Better known for kayaking and windsurfing, this family-friendly spot offers changing rooms and restrooms.

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GRINNELL’S BEACH 1860 Main Road, tiverton.ri.gov With beautiful views of Portsmouth, this small strip of sand is a great spot to watch the sunset. Recent renovations and its proximity to Tiverton’s commercial area make it a favorite for locals. SEAPOWET BEACH Seapowet Avenue This secluded, state-owned strand is known for its coarse and rocky sand, and lacks official designation as a state park or beach. There are no facilities or lifeguards, and parking is limited.

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hile Newport might appear to be like any other beach town, it’s got its own special drinking and dining scene. To get you in the right Rhode Island frame of mind, start by picking up a Del’s lemonade while strolling Thames Street. But don’t use a straw unless you want a “TOURIST” sign flashing over your head. The Black Pearl is the spot for clam chowder, and when it comes to stuffies, well, every Rhode Island family has its own sacred recipe. (Since you’re visiting, you probably aren’t aware that a stuffie is a minced clam and breadcrumb mixture baked on the half shell of a quahog clam.) Looking for a quick lunch between activities? Stop at the Newport Lobster Shack or Flo’s Clam Shack. The latter has been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel on a number of occasions, plus the kiddos will want a picture with Bruce the shark. After a day at the beach, Frosty Freez is worth waiting in line for. It moves fast, and although I can’t put my finger on what it is, there’s something special about that soft serve. If you’re not interested in the snack shack at the beach (although you should be — they have a great lobster roll deal at Easton’s Beach), pick up sandwiches and chips at Ash Mart Deli to throw in the cooler. If you’re doing something special or celebrating a milestone, that’s where the City by the Sea thrives. A surf and turf at 22 Bowen’s, seafood pasta at Castle Hill Inn, or the tasting menu at Cara at The Chanler will each do the trick. If you want the celebratory experience without the high price point, consider going to The Mooring and ordering the “Bag of Doughnuts” (a sack of lobster and shrimp

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fritters) with some bubbly. For a more casual experience promising cheaper (yet arguably just-as-tasty) eats, head up to Broadway. This more eclectic neighborhood a short walk from downtown Newport offers an entirely different atmosphere from the waterfront or Bellevue Avenue. Salvation Cafe and Pour Judgment are among the highlights. If it’s between June and September, or if the weather happens to be great, you’ll want to make a reservation for dinner. Afterward, when you’re looking for a spot to get cocktails, try The Fifth Element. If you’re in a dancing mood, follow the sound of live music back downtown to the Newport Blues Cafe, Midtown Oyster Bar or Speakeasy Bar & Grill. Happy hour isn’t a thing in Rhode Island, so don’t go looking. That said, a number of restaurants offer food specials at certain times or on particular days — like the Buck-a-Shuck oysters from noon to 2 p.m. daily and all day Tuesday at Benjamin’s. History buffs will appreciate a meal by the fireplace at the White Horse Tavern, otherwise known as “America’s oldest tavern.” And those fascinated by the latest and greatest should check out the newest restaurant gracing the waterfront, Giusto at Hammetts Hotel, opening summer 2020. As for views, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina takes the cake. Stroll the property and grab a drink for spectacular sunsets and views of the Pell Bridge. For a different perspective, head to the Top of Newport, the rooftop deck at the Hotel Viking. Enjoy your time in Newport. You’d have to try really hard not to have fun here.

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22 BOWEN’S WINE BAR & GRILLE 22 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 841-8884, 22bowens.com Known for their steak and seafood entrees, as well as their extensive cocktail and wine offerings.

ANTHONY’S SEAFOOD 963 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 846-9620, anthonysseafood.com Clam shack–style dining and seafood market. Fish ‘n’ chips, fisherman’s platters, clam boils, lobster rolls, beer and wine ANTONIO’S PIZZA 150 JT Connell Highway, Newport, 846-1124, antoniospizza.com Serving 50+ varieties of pizza by the pie or slice at lunch and dinner. Full bar, 12 large TVs.

THE BLACK PEARL’S FAMOUS CLAM CHOWDER BENJAMIN’S 254 Thames St., Newport, 846-8768, benjaminsrawbar.com A great selection of local seafood from shellfish to crustaceans, plus a diverse menu of cocktails, beer and wine. BEN & JERRY’S 359 Thames St., and 33 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, 846-2663, benjerry.com/thamesstreet Cool off with Vermont’s fabled ice cream.

AQUIDNECK PIZZERIA & BAR 27 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 849-3356, aqpizza.com Ocean-view restaurant serving specialty pizzas, pastas, calzones, salads, burgers, sandwiches and a full breakfast menu.

THE BLACK PEARL 1 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, 846-5264, blackpearlnewport.com This time-honored establishment offers an authentic New England dining experience for the entire family.

ATLANTIC GRILLE 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 849-4440, atlanticgrille.com Lauded for its award-winning breakfasts, Atlantic Grille is also a great family spot for lunch or dinner.

BOAT HOUSE 227 Schooner Drive, Tiverton, 624-6300, boathousetiverton.com This popular restaurant overlooks Mt. Hope Bay and features fresh seafood and local produce wrapped in nautical charm.

BAR ’CINO 22 Washington Square, Newport, 619-8201, barcinonewport.com Slice into grilled pizza with scissors or savor bolognese in front of an open kitchen at this intimate Italian eatery.

BRICK ALLEY PUB 140 Thames St., Newport, 846-6334, brickalley.com An icon among locals and visitors alike, this dining hotspot offers a wide-ranging menu with something for everyone.

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BOTTEGA BOCCONI 36 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 324-5766, bottegabocconi.co Italian market, deli and cafe serving high-quality imported and homemade fare. BUSKERS PUB & RESTAURANT 178 Thames St., Newport, 846-5856, buskerspub.com This gastropub offers a diverse menu of gourmet burgers and sandwiches, Irish cuisine and over 20 beers on tap. CALEB & BROAD 162 Broadway, Newport, 619-5955, calebandbroad.com This hip, stylish lounge blends the best of bar and restaurant to bring patrons something unique. CARA AT THE CHANLER 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 847-2244, thechanler.com/ cara-restaurant Located in the Chanler hotel bordering Cliff Walk, Cara features a menu inspired by the cuisines of France, Italy and Spain, and a view that’s second to none. CASTLE HILL INN 590 Ocean Drive, Newport, 849-3800, castlehillinn.com The setting is exquisite, and so’s the cuisine and wine list, whether you choose to eat in the elegant Dining Room or dine al fresco on The Lawn.

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A-1 PIZZA OF NEWPORT 306 Broadway, Newport, 849-2213, a1pizzanewportri.com Award-winning pizza, calzones and wings, plus gyros, grinders, salads and appetizers.

CLARKE COOKE HOUSE 24 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, 849-2900, clarkecooke.com Sophisticated spot for a celebration or intimate meal, with an extensive menu and attentive service in a waterfront setting. CODDINGTON BREWING COMPANY 210 Coddington Highway, Middletown, 847-6690, coddbrew.com Nachos, ribs, chicken, steaks, pasta and more. Beer is brewed onsite and is available in growlers. Children’s menu, TVs, pool table. CUSTOM HOUSE COFFEE 796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 842-0008, customhousecoffee.com Custom House roasts and blends its own arabica coffee beans. Enjoy bagels, muffins, panini sandwiches and more on the patio or to go. DIEGO’S 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 619-2640, diegosnewport.com; or 116 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 619-1717, diegosmiddletown.com The Bowen’s Wharf outpost offers fine craft cocktails and fresh Mexican cuisine with a twist, while Middletown delivers farm-to-table fare in a more casual setting.

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THE FIFTH ELEMENT 111 Broadway, Newport, 619-2552, thefifthri.com A lively local music vibe complements the extensive menu and signature cocktails at this Broadway establishment.

FRISKIE FRIES 404 Thames St., Newport, 324-5652, friskiefries.com French fries as you’ve never seen them, loaded with meats and sauces, and even served as dessert. GIUSTO 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, 216-8081, hammettshotel.com Chef Kevin O’Donnell’s latest outpost is this Italian restaurant in the new Hammetts Hotel. IDA’S 21 Valley Road, Middletown, 849-3377, idasrestaurant.com Open kitchen with Italianinfluenced menu serving dinner only. Extensive wine and beer selection, custom cocktails. IHOP 159 West Main Road, Middletown, 847-9818 Breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Outside patio dining. Senior (55+) menu and free parking. IL FORNO ITALIANO 372 Thames St., Newport, 848-5555, ilfornoitalianotogo.com Authentic Italian dishes available for dining or takeout.

IMBRIGLIO’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA 30 Memorial Blvd. W., Newport, 849-6312, sardellas.com/imbrigliosresto-bar Serving up authentic Neapolitan pizzas fresh from the state-of-the-art oven. JO’S AMERICAN BISTRO 24 Memorial Blvd. W., Newport, 847-5506, josamericanbistro.com Classic fare and unique specials complement a great selection of cocktails and a welcoming atmosphere. LA FORGE CASINO RESTAURANT 186 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-0418, laforgenewport.com A Newport landmark open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as private events. THE LOBSTER BAR 31 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 619-2890, lobsterbarri.com Expect unobstructed water views and plenty of the titular shellfish, along with other seafood offerings. LOBSTER ROLL HEAVEN 376 Thames St., Newport, 848-2100, lobsterrollheaven.com Extra-meaty rolls in a variety of styles.


FLO’S CLAM SHACK 4 Wave Ave., Middletown, 847-8141; or 324 Park Ave., Portsmouth, flosclamshacks.com New Englanders have enjoyed Flo’s fried clams since 1936. Popular raw bar, too.

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Channel “upscale-beachy” vibes. Gentlemen typically sport a polo, khakis and boat shoes, while the ladies are fond of sundresses and sandals.

THE MOORING MISSION 29 Marlborough St., Newport, 619-5560; or 58 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 324-5811, missionnpt.com Eat in or take out from this burger spot that’s a favorite with locals.

MALT 150 Broadway, Newport, 619-1667 Cozy restaurant serving fresh, local food and over 31 draft beers, along with an extensive menu of scotch, bourbon and Irish whiskey.

MOKKA COFFEE HOUSE 469 Thames St. at Spring Wharf, Newport, 619-1530 Breakfast and lunch nook just off of Thames Street, featuring an eclectic decor.

MEGS’ AUSSIE MILK BAR 111 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 619-4811 Authentic dishes from the Outback made with locally sourced ingredients and served with Australian flair. MIDTOWN OYSTER BAR 345 Thames St., Newport, 619-4100, midtownoyster.com Large seafood raw bar, as well as steaks, sandwiches and salads. Three dining rooms, two bars and two outside decks.

THE MOORING 1 Sayers Wharf, Newport, 846-2260, mooringrestaurant.com Seafood worth savoring, with a bountiful raw bar, acclaimed wine list and indoor and outdoor seating in a nautical setting. NEWPORT LOBSTER SHACK 150 Long Wharf, Newport, 847-1700, newportlobstershack.com This fisherman’s co-op catches, sells, cooks and ships local lobsters and crabs. Eat familystyle on the water or take home live seafood.

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NEWPORT VINEYARDS 909 East Main Road (Rte 138), Middletown, 848-5161, newportvineyards.com Enjoy lunch at the Taproot Eatery with a full menu of farm-focused sandwiches and artisanal cheeses to go with the craft-brewed beers. Visit the tasting room to sample the collection of estate wines, then stay for dinner at Brix and delve into locally sourced delicacies from land and sea. NEW SEA SHAI 747 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 619-0968, seashai.com Restaurant, sushi bar and grille serving traditional Japanese and Korean cuisine. NIKOLAS PIZZA 38 Memorial Blvd. West, Newport, 849-6611, nikolaspizza.com This popular pizza place offers lunch, dinner and late-night dining, as well as takeout or free delivery. NITRO BAR 2 Pond Ave., Newport, thenitrocart.com Trendy coffee drinks and tasty bites in a stylish, modern space.

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LUCIA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 186B Thames St., Newport, 846-4477, luciarestaurant.com Authentic Northern Italian cuisine, including bruschettas, pastas, meat dishes, pizza, seafood, vegetarian offerings and homemade desserts.

NOREY’S 156 Broadway, Newport, 847-4971, noreys.com Craft-brewed beer matched with homestyle cooking and atmosphere. PASTA BEACH 138 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-2222, pastabeach.com A little taste of SOHO in Newport, featuring exquisite pasta and pizza dishes and signature cocktail options. PERRO SALADO 19 Charles St., Newport, 619-4777, perrosalado.com Classic Mexican cuisine with an artisanal twist in a warm, intimate setting. THE RED PARROT 348 Thames St., Newport, 847-3800, redparrotrestaurant.com This landmark hotspot in the heart of downtown offers three floors of family-friendly food and drink. THE REEF 10 Howard Wharf, Newport, 324-5852, thereefnewport.com Waterfront restaurant offering New England eats with a Caribbean flair.

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SALVATION CAFÉ 140 Broadway, Newport, 847-2620, salvationcafe.com Fresh, seasonal fare in a hip setting, with outdoor dining in the courtyard, Sunday brunch, and a bar that’s open until 1 a.m. SARDELLA’S 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport, 849-6312, sardellas.com Classic pasta and other Italian dishes dominate the menu, which also includes Neapolitan pizza. SCALES & SHELLS 527 Thames Street, Newport, 846-3474, scalesandshells.com With an open-air kitchen and daily menu written on a blackboard, this seafood hotspot has a casual, hometown feel.

SCARPETTA NEWPORT 1 Goat Island, Newport, 851-3325, scarpetta restaurants.com Located at Gurney’s Resort, Scarpetta brings you seafood and Italian fusion fare in a waterfront setting. SIMPATICO JAMESTOWN 13 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, 423-2000, simpaticojamestown.com Tucked away in downtown Jamestown, Simpatico’s Italian-influenced menu offers something for everyone, including an outdoor patio. SPROUT AND LENTIL 796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 426-0500, sproutandlentil.com Meatless burgers, plantbased soups and other vegan offerings to go. STONEACRE BRASSERIE 28 Washington Square, Newport, 619-7810, stoneacrebrasserie.com A neighborhood restaurant in the heart of the city, with an ever-changing seasonal menu highlighting locally sourced meats, fish and produce. SURF CLUB 337 Thames St., Newport, 6195701, surfclubnewport.com Located downstairs at the Newport Bay Club, the Surf Club specializes in brick oven pizza and upscale bar cuisine. SWEET BERRY FARM 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown, 847-3912, sweetberryfarmri.com Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the Farm Café or picnic areas, or shop for local products, gourmet food, take-home dinners and ice cream. TIN CAN CRAB SHAKE 472 Thames St., Newport, 608-2300 Seafood boils by the pound, prepared Cajun style and served in a bag.

TITO’S CANTINA 651 West Main Road, Middletown, 849-4222, titos.com A taste of old Mexico, serving classic dishes and unique margaritas and frozen drinks. TSK 509 Thames St., Newport, 846-0400, tsknpt.com Thames Street Kitchen focuses on local and seasonal ingredients, accompanied by an eclectic wine program. VIESTE SIMPLY ITALIAN 515 Thames St., Newport, 324-5905, viestesimplyitalian.com Antipasti and authentic Italian fare like parmigiana di pollo, veal cutlets, gnocchi and rigatoni con bolognese. WHARF SOUTHERN KITCHEN & WHISKEY BAR 37 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 619-5672, wharfsouthernkitchen.com Southern-style cuisine incorporating New England ingredients, available with modern and classic whiskey cocktails. THE WHITE HORSE TAVERN 26 Marlborough St., Newport, 849-3600, whitehorsenewport.com America’s oldest operating restaurant has been serving diners since 1673, offering today’s guests contemporary cuisine in a white-linen setting. WINNER WINNER 677 Thames St., Newport, 848-2449, winnerwinnernpt.com Chicken dinner is the specialty here, served a variety of ways in a fun setting.

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Kick off your crawl in style at Malt (150 Broadway), where the bartenders can educate you on the varieties of scotch and whiskey available. Next door is Norey’s (156 Broadway), where you can choose from over 100 beer and cider options. Just a few steps away is Salvation Cafe (140 Broadway). Their authentic, seasonal mojito bar will quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Farther south on Broadway, you’ll find another cluster of watering holes. The Fastnet Pub (1 Broadway) brings a taste of Irish lore to the menu. (We highly recommend a pint of Guinness to take the place of dessert.) Across the street, saunter into Pour Judgement (32 Broadway), which offers another immense menu of both mainstream and craft beer selections. Before you leave the neighborhood, double back to The Fifth Element (111 Broadway) and try a Cooper Union, enjoying some live music and a great crowd while you savor this blend of Irish Whiskey, St-Germain and orange bitters. 28 Newport V i s i t o r s G u i d e .com


Start out on the southern end of Thames Street at Zelda’s (528 Thames St.), known locally as a hangout for sailors. Begin your trek with a Dark and Stormy, the yachtsman’s drink of choice. Venture up the street just a bit and visit O’Brien’s Pub (501 Thames St.) for a frozen Mudslide on the outdoor patio (weather permitting), a great spot to people watch. Continue north on Thames Street until just before Memorial Boulevard. Plan to have a Dance with the Devil at Midtown Oyster Bar (345 Thames St.), which features several bars, including a rooftop deck. Just a few short steps away you can dive into the basement of the Newport Bay Club and sample the signature mai tai at Surf Club (337 Thames St.). Next, take a break at Smoke House (31 Scott Wharf), open seasonally from the end of April through Columbus Day weekend. It’s another great spot to watch the world walk past. Continuing on America’s Cup Avenue, take a turn toward the ocean and join the crowd at Diego’s (11 Bowen’s Wharf). Whether you’re on the patio or inside the bar, the jalapeñoinfused tequila in the Bride of Carlos will give you a little kick. No downtown pub crawl would be complete without a stop at Brick Alley Pub (140 Thames St.), where by this point you might need some food. Order a huge plate of Ultimate Nachos and wash it down with a cold Narragansett Lager.

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refer to see Newport from a bar stool? The city is a lively spot for libations, with watering holes centered around downtown and the nearby Broadway neighborhood, where you can rub shoulders with the locals. Here are two itineraries for the ultimate pub crawl.




hen you grow tired of drinking in the sights, check out some of our sites for drinking. Newport County has an impressive selection of vineyards and breweries where you can savor the local libations and take home some samples.


CAROLYN’S SAKONNET VINEYARDS 162 West Main Rd., Little Compton 635-8486, sakonnetwine.com Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards bills itself as New England’s oldest vineyard, offering a selection of nearly 20 wines produced from local grapes that are aged in oak barrels.

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GREENVALE VINEYARDS 582 Wapping Rd., Portsmouth 847-3777, greenvale.com Located five miles north of downtown Newport, Greenvale features an assortment of estate-grown wines served in a tasting room converted from a historic stable. Live jazz offered seasonally on Saturday afternoons. NEWPORT VINEYARDS 909 East Main Rd., Middletown 848-5161, newportvineyards.com Occupying 100 acres of historic farmland, Newport Vineyards produces an array of fine wines, which it serves and sells in a stylish setting that recalls Napa Valley. Check their online calendar for live music, daily tours and frequent events. *All phone numbers are area code 401.


CODDINGTON BREWING COMPANY 210 Coddington Hwy, Middletown 847-6690, coddbrew.com Coddington offers a constantly changing selection of seasonal and specialty ales and lagers brewed right on the premises. NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING & DISTILLING CO. 293 JT Connell Hwy., Newport 849-5232, newportcraft.com An ever-changing selection of beers made from local ingredients, as well as brews aged in barrels and a variety of spirits. NOREY’S 156 Broadway, Newport, 847-4971, noreys.com Norey’s brews their own suds, which they serve alongside a consummate selection of international craft beers. RAGGED ISLAND BREWING COMPANY 200 Highpoint Ave. #B6, Portsmouth (moving to 54 Bristol Ferry Rd. in 2021) 318-2991, raggedislandbrewing.com This Portsmouth taproom offers a diverse and constantly evolving lineup of beers. TAPROOT BREWING CO. 909 East Main Rd., Middletown 848-5161, taprootbeer.com Newport Vineyards’ brew house produces small batches of unfiltered, hop-forward beers brewed for immediate enjoyment. Newport V i s i t o r s G u i d e .com 29


The City by the Sea offers a variety of visual and performing arts options to complement your visit. Schedules may be impacted by public health concerns, so check with the sponsor before making plans.



BRIDGEFEST, a live local music festival in late July/early August that “bridges” the gap between the Newport Folk and Jazz festivals, various locations, newportbridgefest.com. (At press time, 2020 festival canceled.)

ISLAND MOVING COMPANY, contemporary ballet troupe that performs citywide, 847-4470, islandmovingco.org.

COMMON FENCE MUSIC, folk and world music concerts Sept–May, Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, 683-5085, commonfencemusic.org NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL, legendary music festival held annually in late July/early August at Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, 848-5055, newportfolk.org. (At press time, 2020 festival canceled.) NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL, celebrated music festival held annually in early August at Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, 848-5055, newportjazz.org. (At press time, 2020 festival canceled.)

ART AUDRAIN AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM, 222 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 856-4420, audrainautomuseum.org. FOUR CORNERS ARTS CENTER, (The Meeting House), exhibitions, concerts, dance, theater and special events in a ca. 1800 house at 3852 Main Road, Tiverton, 624-2600, fourcornersarts.org. JAMESTOWN ARTS CENTER, exhibitions, events and classes, 18 Valley St., Jamestown, 560-0979, jamestownartcenter.org. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION, 492 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 851-8949, americanillustration.org.

NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL, fall and winter classical music festival in various locations, 849-0700, newportmusic.org.

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

NEWPORT STRING PROJECT, year-round chamber music concerts at various locations, newportstringproject.org.

NEWPORT CAR MUSEUM, 1847 West Main Road, Portsmouth, 848-2277, newportcarmuseum.org.


NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT, 5–8 p.m. the second Thursday of the month from February to December, newportgallerynight.com.

THE BIT PLAYERS, live improvisational comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, Newport, 849-FIRE, firehousetheater.org. NEWPORT CHILDREN’S THEATRE, various locations, newportchildrenstheatre.com. NEWPORT MURDER MYSTERY, various locations, 324-9436, newportmurdermystery.com. NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE & CABARET RESTAURANT, 102 Connell Hwy., Newport, 848-PLAY, newportplayhouse.com.

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FILM ISLAND CINEMAS 10, multiplex located at 866 West Main Road in Middletown, 847-3456, cinemacluster.com. JANE PICKENS THEATER & EVENT CENTER, art house cinema featuring first-run movies, documentaries, art films and special screenings, 49 Touro St, Newport, 846-5252, janepickens.com. newportFILM, year-round documentary screenings at various locations, 649-2784, newportfilm.com.

ART GALLERIES *All art galleries are free of charge. ALLOY GALLERY 125 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 619-2265, alloygallery.com Works by leading contemporary art jewelers. ANDREA S. KEOGH ART & DESIGN 59 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 340-9977, akeoghartanddesign.com Specializing in paintings, prints and works on paper by modern and contemporary masters. ARCH CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS 18 East Road, Tiverton, 816-0550, archcontemporary.com A fine ceramics gallery specializing in unique handmade pottery and sculpture. ARNOLD ART GALLERY 210 Thames St., Newport, 847-2273, arnoldart.com Three floors of marine and landscape artwork by regional and international artists. ART ON SPRING 140 Spring St., Newport, 487-0014, artonspring.com A working studio and gallery featuring oil paintings and stained glass.

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ATELIER NEWPORT 200 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 619-0700, ateliernewport.com An eclectic mix of contemporary painters, sculptors and woodworkers.

COASTAL CONTEMPORARY GALLERY 491 Thames St., There’s Newport, 612-6121, NO SALE S TA on art in X coastalcontemporary R.I. gallery.com Exhibiting traditional to contemporary art, with an emphasis on work by regional and national artists. JESSICA HAGEN FINE ART + DESIGN

CORY SILKEN PHOTOGRAPHY 518 Thames St., Newport, 203-7245, corysilken.com Dynamic yachting photography and vibrant local landscapes by nautical photographer Cory Silken.

ONNE VAN DER WAL GALLERY 1 Bannister’s Wharf, Second Floor, Newport, 849-5556, vanderwal.com Fine art nautical photography.

DeBLOIS GALLERY 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 847-9977, debloisgallery.com A cooperative art gallery presenting all mediums, from experimental to traditional.

ROGER KING FINE ARTS 138 Spring St., Newport, 847-4359, rkingfinearts.com Newport’s oldest fine art gallery, featuring American paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries.

DOWNTOWN DESIGNS Corner of Broadway & Marlborough streets, Newport, 845-9661, downtowndesigns newport.com An eclectic gallery and studio featuring handcrafted jewelry and paintings created by adults with disabilities.

SHELDON FINE ART 59 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, 849-0030, sheldonfineart.com Representing contemporary artists, both domestic and international.

GALLERY AT FOUR 3848 Main Road, Tiverton, 816-0999, galleryatfour.com Contemporary art by regional and national artists.

BAILEY ART GALLERY 42 Spring St. #5, Newport, 848-2919, baileyfineart.com Works in pen and ink, watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils by owners Jane and Mike Bailey.

JESSICA HAGEN FINE ART + DESIGN 9A Bridge St., Newport, 835-7682, jessicahagen.com Painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry by some of the finest artists working in the Northeast.

BLINK GALLERY 89 Thames St., Newport, 619-3717, blinkgalleryusa.com Working studio and gallery of native Newport photographer Alexander “Sandy” Nesbitt.

THE KINGS LENS AND FRIENDS 7 Carroll Ave., Newport, thekingslens.com Photography and contemporary work by local artists.

JEFF SODERBERGH 549 Park Ave., Portsmouth, 845-9087, jeffsoderbergh.com Sustainable wood furniture and contemporary art. SPRING BULL STUDIO & GALLERY 55 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849-9166, springbullgallery.com Offering original fine art in many styles that reflect the diverse visions of its cooperative members. WILLIAM VAREIKA Fine Arts Ltd. 212 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849-6149, vareikafinearts.com Specializing in the purchase and sale of quality 18th, 19th and early 20th century American art.

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SHOPPING THE BELLEVUE GARDENS SHOPPING CENTER 181 Bellevue Ave., Newport All your shopping needs in one location, with A Market Natural Foods, Bank of America, CVS Pharmacy, Bellevue Wine & Spirits, Newport Creamery, Post All Packing & Shipping, and Wave Lengths Salon & Spa.

BELLEVUE SHOPPING DISTRICT Bellevue Avenue, Williams Street & Memorial Boulevard, bellevueshoppingdistrict.com Brimming with restaurants, boutiques, cafes, galleries, salons, spas and the Tennis Hall of Fame — just blocks from the harbor and Newport’s fabled mansions. CORY FARMS PAST & PRESENTS 3124 East Main Road, Portsmouth, 683-3124, coryfarmsri.com Attractive selection of gifts and antiques displayed in an 1849 farmhouse and outbuildings. COTTAGE & GARDEN 9 Bridge St., Newport, 848-8477, cottageand gardennewport.com A one-of-a-kind shop offering vintage and modern design treasures, all curated with a discerning eye. DEBORAH WINTHROP LINGERIE 103 Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, 682-2272, deborahwinthrop.com Popular source for undergarments, bathing suits and pajamas. DURIS STUDIOS 480 Thames St., Newport, 849-1540, durisstudios.com A handmade jewelry gallery highlighting pieces by Kevin Duris and a select group of other local artisans.

SHOPS AT LONG WHARF GINGY’S 196 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 619-4300, gingys.com Women’s apparel that’s perfect for a day at the beach or drinks at Castle Hill, along with gifts and home accessories.

ISLAND PURSUIT 364 Thames St., Newport, 851-8901, islandpursuit.com Casual, preppy, nautical and resort-inspired clothing for men and women.

GROOVE NEWPORT 477 Thames St., Newport, 619-2449, groovenewport.com From skirts and denim to swimwear and accessories, get your groove on at this funky boutique with fashion for tweens and moms.

ISLAND SURF & SPORT 86 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 846-4421, islandsports.com Surfing gear, stand up paddle boards, boogie boards, and kayak and windsurfing rentals and lessons, as well as clothing and swimsuits.

GROOVY GATOR 474 Thames St., Newport, 845-0084, thegroovygator.com A unique collection of timeless fashions and inspired gifts and accessories for children of all ages. HELLY HANSEN 154 Thames St., Newport, 849-6666, bigweathergear.com Clothing and outerwear for your active lifestyle. HARPER & TUCKER 146 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 236-2623, harperandtucker.com Contemporary women’s fashion boutique with a curated collection of unique pieces from labels that respect the planet and its people. ISLAND BOOKS 575 East Main Rd., Middletown, 849-2665, islandbooksri.com Newport County’s independent community bookstore.

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JAMESTOWN OUTDOORS 35 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, 924-2885, jamestownoutdoors.com Fine casual apparel for men and women, plus stand up paddle board, kayak and bicycle rentals. JASON & CO. 57 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, 841-9900, jasonandco.net Exquisite handmade jewelry for men and women, featuring Anna Beck, Cape Cod Jewelry, Ed Levin, The Touch, Sea Glass Jewelry, Tiffany Jazelle, Steven Douglas, Colby Davis and more KIEL JAMES PATRICK 3 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 619-4647, kjp.com Men’s and women’s apparel and accessories inspired by coastal New England.

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BELLEVUE KIDS 206 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 846-7700, bellevuekids.net The latest threads by wellknown designers, and toys to inspire young minds.

MARC ALLEN FINE CLOTHIERS 142 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 619-5750, marcalleninc.com Upscale men’s clothier emphasizing classic styles with an Italian aesthetic.

PORTOBELLO JEWELERS 211 Goddard Row, Newport, 846-4137, portobellojewelers.com Antique, estate and fine jewelry, as well as custom designs and gemstones. Appraisal and repair services available.

MICHAEL HAYES 204 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 846-3090, michaelhayesnewport.com Men’s and women’s clothing from international designers emphasizing contemporary styles and emerging trends.

THE PORTSMOUTH SHOP 2511 East Main Road, Portsmouth, 683-2184, theportsmouthshopri.com A local destination for gifts of all kinds from graduations to birthdays and holidays.

SALTZMAN’S WATCHES 117 Swinburne Row, Newport, 841-0011, saltzmans-watches.com Fine watches by Breitling, Movado, Raymond Weil, Victorinox Swiss Army and more. Repairs, too.

PRIMAVERA NEWPORT 4 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 841-0757, primaveranewport.com Large selection of gifts, jewelry, housewares and accessories focusing on local artisans.

SEASHELLS IN BLOOM 33 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, 508-493-0245, seashellsinbloom.com Seashell flowers, jewelry, gifts, apparel, décor and more for lovers of the sea.

ROCHELLE’S BOUTIQUE 381 Thames St., Newport, 619-5228, rochellesboutique.com Beautiful. Stylish. Classic. From weddings to work to everyday, your ideal wardrobe awaits.

SOLE DESIRE 131 Swinburne Row, Newport, 846-0067, shopsoledesire.com Popular spot selling casual footwear for men and women.

THE NARRAGANSETT 15 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 847-0303, thenarragansett.com Offering a wide selection of timeless sportswear for men. NEWPORT MANSIONS STORES At The Breakers, Bannister’s Wharf, Marble House, Rosecliff, The Elms, Green Animals and online at newportstyle.net A fine selection of gifts, note cards, books, jewelry and more. NEWPORT SCRIMSHANDERS 14 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 849-5680, scrimshanders.com This store offers nautical and local scenes engraved on ivory jewelry, knives and handcrafted treasures, plus Nantucket baskets.

ROUGHAN McCARTHY 135 Spring St., Newport, 619-4888, roughanmccarthy.com One-of-a-kind vintage finds, curated beach lifestyle goods and luxury travel accessories.

ROYAL MALE 104 Spring St., Newport, 846-8465, royalmale.com Quality British and European men’s and women’s clothing and accessories for a discriminating clientele.

STALISE 105 Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, 293-5445, stalise.com Clothing boutique appealing to women of all ages and sizes. TEAM ONE NEWPORT 561 Thames St., Newport, 848-0884, team1newport.com Outfitter for sailors, racers and businesses, offering everything from technical gear to shore gear, embroidery and gifts.

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TIVERTON FOUR CORNERS RI Route 77, Tiverton, tivertonfourcorners.com An eclectic collection of locally owned shops, galleries and studios situated at the crossroads of Americana in scenic Tiverton. UPPER DECK CLOTHING 27 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 848-2539, bowenswharf.com Embroidered and imprinted clothing for the whole family.


WATER BROTHERS 39½ Memorial Blvd., Newport, 999-9283 Surf and skate shop featuring WB Originals clothing and skate and surf equipment.

ACCOMMODATIONS *All phone numbers are area code 401 unless otherwise noted. ADMIRAL SIMS’ HOUSE 73 Catherine St., Newport, 841-0009, admiralsimsnewport.com Spacious, bright rooms with private baths. Close to town center. ATLANTIC STARS 847-0298, atlanticstars.com One-stop shopping for a group of inns around Newport’s downtown: Yankee Peddler Inn, the Jailhouse Inn and Harborside Inn. BRENTON HOTEL 31 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, 849-3100, brentonhotel.com Debuting in 2020 on Newport’s Long Wharf, with waterfront views and 57 luxurious suites. THE CHANLER 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 847-1300, thechanler.com Luxurious European villa overlooking Easton’s Beach and Cliff Walk. EAST ISLAND RESERVE 985 East Main Road, Middletown, 845-8300, eastislandreserve.com Miniature townhouses just outside of Newport, each with a full kitchen and laundry. FORTY 1° NORTH 351 Thames St., Newport, 846-8018, 41north.com Modern elegance on Newport’s waterfront, with dining options and marina access. GURNEY’S RESORT & MARINA 1 Goat Island, Newport, 849-2600, gurneysresorts.com Waterfront views and outstanding sunsets; Gurney’s is ideal for dining, drinks, family fun and wellness. HAMMETTS HOTEL 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, 216-8018, hammettshotel.com New downtown waterfront hotel within walking distance of most major attractions.

HAMPTON INN & SUITES 317 West Main Road, Middletown, 848-6555, hamptoninn3.hilton.com Minutes from Newport, offering an indoor pool, hot breakfast, fitness room and free Wi-Fi. HOMEWOOD SUITES 348 West Main Road, Middletown, 848-2700, newportmiddletown. homewoodsuites.com All-suite hotel with indoor pool, fitness center, putting green and free breakfast. HOTEL VIKING 1 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-3300, hotelviking.com This stately landmark features spacious rooms with period furnishings and a rooftop deck, spa and restaurant. HOWARD JOHNSON INN 351 West Main Road, Middletown, 849-2000, newporthojo.com Two miles from Newport, with an indoor pool, fitness room and free breakfast. THE JAILHOUSE INN 13 Marlborough St., Newport, 847-4638, jailhouse.com This restored Colonial jail in the heart of Newport has oversized rooms, parking and continental breakfast. MILL STREET INN 75 Mill St., Newport, 849-9500, millstreetinn.com This converted 19th-century mill on Historic Hill features townhouses and studios, a rooftop patio and spa services. NEWPORT BAY CLUB & HOTEL 337 Thames St., Newport, 849-8600, newportbayclub.com Suites in the heart of downtown with kitchens, living rooms and dining areas.

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NEWPORT HARBOR HOTEL & MARINA 49 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, 847-9000, newporthotel.com Offering 133 rooms plus an indoor pool. NEWPORT MARRIOTT 25 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, 849-1000, marriott.com Downtown hotel boasting spacious rooms, waterfront views and resort-style comforts. OCEANCLIFF 65 Ridge Road, Newport, 619-7925, newportexperience.com This wedding venue also offers rooms overlooking Narragansett Bay. RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT 325 West Main Road, Middletown, 845-2005, newportresidenceinn.com Features an indoor pool, sports court, fire pit and hot breakfast. THE VANDERBILT 41 Mary St., Newport, 846-6200, aubergeresorts.com The epitome of Gatsby-era luxury, with an indoor pool and spa, car service in a vintage auto, and rooftop bar. THE WAYFINDER HOTEL 151 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport, 849-9880, thewayfinderhotel.com Boutique hotel offering dining options and a poolside raw bar. WELLINGTON RESORT 551 Thames St., Newport, 849-1770, wellingtonresort.com A family-friendly destination with indoor and outdoor pools and rooms for all budgets. YANKEE PEDDLER INN 113 Touro St., Newport, 846-1323, yankeepeddlerinn.com Period home in the heart of Newport’s Historic Hill offering 19 guest rooms with private baths.

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*All phone numbers are area code 401 unless otherwise noted.

BANKS & FINANCIAL BANKNEWPORT 10 Washington Square, Newport, 846-3400; 528 West Main Road, Middletown, 846-3610, banknewport.com BANK RI 132 East Main Road, Middletown, 856-4033, bankri.com BERKSHIRE BANK 100 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, 608-1694, berkshirebank.com CITIZENS BANK 8 Washington Square, Newport, 847-4411, citizensbank.com PEOPLE’S CREDIT UNION 858 West Main Road, Middletown, 846-8935, peoplescu.com SANTANDER BANK 42 Valley Road, Middletown, 849-2777, santanderbank.com

CAY ELECTRONICS 1 Maritime Drive, Portsmouth, 683-3520, cayelectronics.com CLARK BOAT YARD & MARINE WORKS 110 Racquet Road, Jamestown, 423-3625, clarkboatyardandmarine works.com CONANICUT MARINE SERVICES 1 East Ferry Wharf, Jamestown, 423-1556, VHF 71, conanicutmarina.com GOAT ISLAND MARINA 5 Marina Plaza, Newport, 849-5655, VHF 09, newportexperience.com HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM/AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME 1 Burnside Street, Bristol, 253-5000, herreshoff.org

THE HINCKLEY COMPANY 1 Little Harbor Landing, Portsmouth, 683-7100, hinckleyyachts.com HUNT YACHTS 1909 Alden Landing, Portsmouth, 324-4201, VHF 07, huntyachts.com MARITIME SOLUTIONS 1250 East Main Road, Portsmouth, 682-2244, maritimesolutionsusa.com NEW ENGLAND BOATWORKS 1 Lagoon Road, Portsmouth, 683-4000, neboatworks.com NEWPORT MARINA 26 Lee’s Wharf, Newport, 849-2293, newportmarina.com NEWPORT MOORING SERVICE 4 Wheatland Court, Newport, 742-8490


TD BANK 553 West Main Road, Middletown, 856-4524, tdbank.com WEBSTER BANK 716 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 849-4719, websterbank.com


BANNISTER’S WHARF 1 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, 846-4500, VHF 09, bannistersnewport.com BROOKS MARINE GROUP 449 Thames St., Newport, 619-5411, brooksmarinegroup.com CASEY’S MARINA 1 Spring Wharf, Newport, 849-0281

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AQUIDNECK MOORING COMPANY 37 Elmwood Ave., Middletown, 851-1212, aquidneckmooring.com

NEWPORT NAUTICAL SUPPLY 186 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport, 847-3933, newportnautical.com NEWPORT SHIPYARD 1 Washington St., Newport, 846-6000, VHF 09, newportshipyard.com OLDPORT MARINE SERVICES 1 Sayer’s Wharf, Newport, VHF 68, 847-9109, oldportmarine.com PIRATE COVE MARINA & YACHT SALES 109 Point Road, Portsmouth, 683-3030 SEVEN STAR MARINE ENGINEERING 190 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport, 683-6222, sevenstarmarine.net STANDISH BOAT YARD 1697 Main Road, Tiverton, 624-4075, standishboats.com

DOG BOARDING LUCKY DOG RESORT 599 East Main Road, Middletown, 835-0680, luckydogresortri.com THE WIGGLE ROOM 741 West Main Road, Middletown, 849-0044, thewiggleroomri.com


VHF 16 Barrington: 437-3930 Block Island: 466-3204 Bristol: 253-1700 Jamestown: 423-4340 Little Compton: 835-4474 Middletown: 846-1144 x7081 Narragansett: 640-1038 Newport: 845-5815 Portsmouth: 683-0300 x4 Providence: 243-6132 S. Kingstown: 641-0620 Tiverton: 625-6708 Warren: 245-6341 Warwick: 921-9633 Westerly: 714-4114 Wickford: 294-3311 x8255

HEALTHCARE LIFESPAN HEALTH SYSTEM 444-3500, lifespan.org Lifespan operates award-winning Rhode Island hospitals and provides health services at dozens of locations throughout the state.

FIFTH WARD LIQUOR 695 Thames St., Newport, 847-4545, fifthwardliquor.com ISLAND WINE & SPIRITS 289 Broadway, Newport, 847-2641, islandwineri.com

OCEAN STATE URGENT CARE 67 Valley Road, Middletown, 847-4950, walk-ins welcome

NEWPORT VINEYARDS & TAPROOT BREWING 909 East Main Road, Middletown, 848-5161, newportvineyards.com

NEWPORT HOSPITAL 20 Powel Ave., Newport, 846-6400, newporthospital.org


LIBRARIES JAMESTOWN PHILOMENIAN LIBRARY 26 North Road, Jamestown, 423-7288, jamestownri.com MIDDLETOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 West Main Road, Middletown, 846-1573, middletownpubliclibraryri.org NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY 300 Spring St., Newport, 847-8720, newportlibraryri.org PORTSMOUTH FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, 683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org REDWOOD LIBRARY & ATHENAEUM 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org

LIQUOR & WINE ALLEN’S WINE & SPIRITS 3001 East Main Road, Portsmouth, 683-4030, allenswines.com BELLEVUE WINE & SPIRITS 181 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 846-7993, bellevuewinespirits.com BRIDGE LIQUORS 23 Connell Highway, Newport, 848-9200, bridgeliquors.com NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING & DISTILLING CO. 293 JT Connell Hwy., Newport, 849-5232, newportcraft.com

CHANNING MEMORIAL UNITARIAN CHURCH 135 Pelham St., Newport, 846-0643, channingchurch.org EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH 42 Dearborn St., Newport, 847-0675, emmanuelnewport.org EVANGELICAL FRIENDS CHURCH 70 Bliss Mine Road, Middletown, 847-1490, efcnewport.com FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 4 Everett St., Newport, 847-1749, fpcnewport.org ST. AUGUSTIN CATHOLIC CHURCH 2 Eastnor Road, Newport, 847-0518, staugustinnewport.org ST. COLUMBA’S CHAPEL 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown, 847-5571, stcolumbaschapel.org ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 61 Poplar St., Newport, 848-2561, saintjohns-newport.org ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 5 Mann Ave., Newport, 847-0065, stjosephsnewport.org ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 12 William St., Newport, 847-0475, stmarynewport.org ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 12 Marlborough St., Newport, 846-0966, stpaulsumcnewportri.com ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 525 Broadway, Newport, 846-9567, stpetersri.org

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ST. SPYRIDON GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 390 Thames St., Newport, 846-0555, stspyridonchurch.org TEMPLE SHALOM 223 Valley Road, Middletown, 846-9002, templeshalomrhodeisland.org TOURO SYNAGOGUE 85 Touro St., Newport, 847-4794, tourosynagogue.org TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 141 Spring St., Newport, 846-0660, trinitynewport.org UNITED BAPTIST CHURCH 30 Spring St., Newport, 847-3210, ubcnpt.com BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY/ NEW ENGLAND PRIME PROPERTIES 208 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849-1800, ownnewengland.com CENTURY 21 TOPSAIL REALTY 2525 East Main Road, Portsmouth, 683-4900; 1808 Main Road, Tiverton, 625-5878, c21topsail.com COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 8 Freebody St., Newport, 845-6900, coldwellbanker.com GUSTAVE WHITE SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 37 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849-3000; 3848 Main Road, 2nd floor, Tiverton, 816-4060, gustavewhite.com HOGAN ASSOCIATES 129 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 680-6588; 294 Valley Road, Middletown, 845-9500, hoganassociatesre.com ISLAND REALTY 4 East Ferry Wharf, Jamestown, 423-2200, islandrealtyri.com LILA DELMAN 3 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 848-2101, liladelman.com

TERI DEGNAN REAL ESTATE & CONSULTING 77 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd., 1C, Newport, 209-2993, teridegnan.com VANDERBILT INTERNATIONAL PROPERTIES 19 Brown & Howard Wharf, Newport, 862-2793, vip-newport.com WILLIAM RAVEIS 268 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 846-3800, raveis.com

SPA & NAILS BE.YOU.TIFUL SALON & SPA 203 Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, 293-0001, beyoutifulsalonandspa.com THE BODHI SPA 654 Thames St., Newport, 619-4916, thebodhispa.com ENVY SALON & SPA 800 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown, 846-7775 ISLAND WELLNESS 102 West Main Rd., Middletown, 684-0407, theislandwellnesscenter.com THE PRESERVE 1038 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 300-0757, thepreservenewport.com

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Getting Around TAXI A1 Car, Cab & Van 841-0411


Atlantic Taxi Service 239-6600

Jamestown Outdoors 924-2885, jamestownoutdoors.com

Greyhound Bus Newport, 846-1820, greyhound.com

Orange Cab 841-0030, newportcabs.com

Pedal Power 846-7525, pedalpowerri.com


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CAR RENTAL Avis 849-3034, avis.com Budget 847-0313, budget.com Enterprise Rent-A-Car 849-3939, enterprise.com Hertz 846-1645, hertz.com Newport Classic Car Co. 465-1246, newportclassiccarsri.com Drive the streets of Newport in an antique car. Zipcar 866-494-7227, zipcar.com

Ten Speed Spokes 847-5609, tenspeedspokes.com

TRAIN Amtrak Kingston Station, West Kingston Providence Station, Providence, 800-872-7245, amtrak.com


Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) Boston, Mass., 800-235-6426, massport.com/logan-airport Newport State Airport (UUU), Middletown, 846-9400 pvdairport.com T.F. Green Airport (PVD), Warwick, 691-2471, pvdairport.com

PARKING IN NEWPORT Bellevue Gardens Shopping Plaza, Bellevue Avenue Brick Market Place, Thames Street Easton’s Beach, Memorial Boulevard Long Wharf Parking Lot, between 100 and 128 Long Wharf

Mary Street Parking Lot, accessible from Mary or Church streets between Thames and Spring Newport Visitors Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave. Touro Street Parking Lot, accessible from Clarke Street

Metered parking May 1– Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free parking is available around town, including on Spring Street, 48 Newport V i s i t oand r s GBroadway, u i d e .comif you can find a space. Lower Thames

Peter Pan Bus Newport, 800-343-9999, peterpanbus.com Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority RIPTA provides local trolley and bus service. Pay as you go or purchase a day pass. 784-9500, RIPTA.com Viking Tours Newport, 847-6921, vikingtoursnewport.com

BOAT Block Island Ferry Sails from Perrotti Park in downtown Newport mid-June–Sept., 783-7996, blockislandferry.com

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Jamestown & Newport Ferry Connects downtown Newport, Rose Island, Jamestown and Fort Adams, 423-9900, jamestownnewportferry.com Newport Harbor Shuttle 847-9109 x2, newportharborshuttle.com Providence-Newport Ferry 800-262-8743, ridethebayri.com *All area codes 401 unless otherwise noted.

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Start at the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House Turn right on Farewell Street and walk one (ca. 1690), located at 17 Broadway. This is block to reach the White Horse Tavern at the thought to be the city’s oldest existing house, corner of Marlborough Street. Founded before and is a perfect place to begin a historic walk 1673, this is the oldest operating restaurant in of Newport. It’s a typical the United States, and was structure from the Colonial said to be favored by George period with only a few later Washington on his several modifications. visits to Newport during and Proceed down Broadway after the Revolutionary War. one block to the back of Across the street and the Old Colony House visible from this same corner (1739), designed and built is the Quaker Friends by Richard Munday. This was Meeting House (ca. 1699). one of seven statehouses This is one of many colonial actively used for Rhode Island houses of worship that WHITE HORSE TAVERN government until 1901, when served different faiths when the new statehouse was Newport was one of the few completed in Providence, and is where the places—not only in the colonies, but in the court scenes were shot for Steven Spielberg’s world—that enjoyed true religious freedom in film Amistad. the 17th century. 50 Newport V i s i t o r s G u i d e .com

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There are few places in America where a person can see more National Historic Landmarks and other seminal structures than in Newport, Rhode Island. In a 60–90-minute walk one can view important buildings from five different centuries. Although there are a hundred different routes you could take, here’s one that will pass many important buildings designed by some of America’s preeminent architects.

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and is still an important civic hub today. This area was also known as The Parade, as it is where civic marches and functions were frequently held. On the right side of the park is the Newport Opera House (ca. 1864). Newport has long been one of America’s foremost resort communities and musical performance was an important part of the city’s social life. This building was turned into a triplex movie theater in the 1950s, but is now being restored to its former glory. Proceed east along Touro Street one block past the park to the Touro Synagogue (1763), which will be on the left side of the roadway at no. 85. This building was also designed by Peter Harrison and is the oldest synagogue building still standing in America. It is another reminder of the freedoms which existed in Newport during its early days of settlement,


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Turn left and walk down Marlborough Street two blocks to Cardines Field (1937), which is one of the oldest urban sports venues in the country and home to the Newport Gulls, a premier collegiate league baseball team. Across America’s Cup Avenue, which was built in 1979 as an urban clearance project, is the Gateway Visitors Center, built on what was once a marsh and later a train yard. Today it is where buses to other parts of the city, state and country arrive and depart. Turn left and walk south one block to Long Wharf (ca. 1650). Long Wharf began, as its name implies, as the main commercial dock where goods would arrive and depart from Newport. It was Newport’s main commercial axis and where George Washington and his entourage arrived in March 1781 to meet with the leaders of the French forces during the Revolutionary War. It became a pedestrian mall in the late 1960s. Turn left and proceed east one block through the outdoor mall to The Brick Market (1772) designed by Peter Harrison, one of the Colonial era’s foremost architects. This is the building where food and goods were brought from boats and sold to citizens of the town. Today it is a museum operated by the Newport Historical Society and is open to the public year-round. To the east of this location is Washington Square (1640). Originally dubbed Queen Anne Square and renamed after Washington’s death, it was the commons for the Newport Colony

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and were very rare at that time. Each year there is a public reading of a letter written by George Washington to the congregation of the synagogue proclaiming the importance of freedom of religion. Walk three more blocks up the hill to the Redwood Library (1747) at 50 Bellevue Ave., which is yet another building designed by Peter Harrison. This is the oldest community library still occupying its original building in the U.S., and is one of the first examples of neoclassically inspired architecture built in North America. This building, which has been added onto many times over its history, still functions as a library and athenaeum, where lectures and other presentations are regularly held for the benefit of its members and the public. Continue south another block to the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Mill Street. Mill Street is home to the Newport Tower (ca. 1583) which sits in the center of Touro Park. The tower is one of the oldest structures in Newport, has often been the subject of poetry, legend and lore, and was perhaps Newport’s very first tourist attraction during the Victorian Era. Directly across from Touro Park at 76 Bellevue Ave. is the J.N.A. Griswold House (1863), which is now home to the Newport Art Museum. This building was designed by Richard Morris Hunt. He was the first American to complete the architectural program at the École de Beaux Arts in Paris, which was the foremost school of architecture in the world during the 19th century. The house was sold to the Newport Art Association in 1915, so the building has only ever had two owners. Walk another block and a half to the south to stand in front of the Newport Casino (1880) at 186–202 Bellevue Ave., now the



home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. This building was America’s first country club and the first building to be designed by the famous partnership of McKim, Mead and White, which was America’s preeminent architecture firm of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This complex of buildings epitomizes the Shingle Style, which remains popular across America today. Walk one more block to the south to Kingscote (1841) at 253 Bellevue Ave., designed in the Gothic Revival style by Richard Upjohn. Originally built for Southern plantation owner George Noble Jones, it has been enlarged several times and was renamed as a result. It is one of 10 properties owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County and is open seasonally for visitation. Looking south from this point you will see mansions on either side of Bellevue Avenue (ca. 1860) for the next two miles. This grandest of avenues is the by-product of the Gilded Age, a time of enormous growth (and display) of wealth in America — but that can be the subject for another walking tour!

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When downtown Newport gets a little too intense, it’s good to know that respite can be found just a bridge away. Here are three destinations that are a short drive from Newport and blessed with small-town New England charm.

Jamestown has a lot of the best attributes of Newport, minus the crowds: an attractive coastal village, beautiful beaches, lighthouses, historic sites, and an assortment of shops and restaurants. “A lot of people who don’t know about Jamestown stop here on their way to the Cape or Newport and say, ‘Wow, what a great spot,’” observes Dianne Grippi, an island resident who has served as board chair of the Jamestown Arts Center, which hosts a wide variety of public art exhibitions, lectures and movies. Narragansett Avenue is the heart of Jamestown, which is actually the name of the town, not the island (which is Conanicut, but rarely used except by the local yacht club). The deck at the Slice of Heaven cafe is the best spot in town for breakfast, the Pink Pig BBQ serves ribs, brisket and sausage right out of the smoker for lunch, and Simpatico Jamestown is a magical experience for dinner when its leafy

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courtyard twinkles with fairy lights. Evenings can be capped at the Narragansett Cafe, one of the best live-music venues in Rhode Island. Outside of town, quiet lanes lead south to the beaches and north to Watson Farm, where you can tour an 18th-century farm maintained by Historic New England, and can purchase the grass-fed lamb and beef raised on-site. Nearby is the picturesque Jamestown Windmill, built in 1787. Warding mariners from the southern tip of the island is the Beavertail Lighthouse, the third-oldest in the U.S., set on a rocky point popular with fishermen. The ruins of Fort Wetherill, a former coastal defense battery, are also open for exploration. The seasonal Jamestown Newport Ferry allows easy transit between the two seaside communities without having to deal with traffic or parking hassles. “Jamestown is really accessible to everything,” Gripp says.

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There are two distinct faces to Tiverton: to the north, the town abuts the urban streets of Fall River, Massachusetts, and is home to the Tiverton Casino Hotel, with 1,000 video slot machines and 32 table games. The southern half of Tiverton is a rural coastal community where generations of locals have stopped at Evelyn’s Drive-In for clams and lobster rolls on summer nights, and families cool off on the shores of Fogland Beach and Grinnell’s Beach, which has been spruced up with a new bathhouse, promenade and shaded pavilion. “There’s no other road in Rhode Island like Route 77, where you can see the water on the whole drive,” says Jane Bitto, owner of Evelyn’s. “I love that about Tiverton.” Beyond the beach, there’s plenty to do outdoors in Tiverton, from hiking the 7 miles of trails in Weetamoo Woods (look for the remnants of old colonial homes and roads) to climbing the observation tower at the site of Fort Barton, a Revolutionary War redoubt that played a role in the capture of a British general. Closer to the shore is the small-but-beautiful Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, an Audubon Society of Rhode Island preserve with trails along the Sakonnet River. Tiverton has more than clam shacks to tempt the palate: two fine-dining options include the waterfront Red Dory and the elegant Boat House. Four Corners, a charming country crossroads, is home to the venerable Gray’s Ice Cream, the Four Corners Grille, and a variety of galleries displaying works by the town’s surprisingly diverse artists’ community. “We’ve always had a lot of artists here, but the community has expanded and grown,” says painter and sculptor Kelly Milukas. “Art isn’t seasonal here — it’s year-round.” Newport V i s i t o r s G u i d e .com 55

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It says something that the most popular destination in Little Compton is a vineyard: The southeasternmost town in Rhode Island remains largely a coastal agriculture area — a combination that’s increasingly rare. “Little Compton is like stepping back in time,” says actress Arden Myrin, a Little Compton native who starred in the Netflix series Insatiable and makes stops at old favorites like Walker’s Roadside Stand and the Art Cafe whenever she’s in town. “It’s a place you can unplug — it’s kind of the opposite of what the world is now.” Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards remains a mandatory stop for wine tasting, live music and small bites at the Bar and Board Bistro. But the real heart of the community is its archetypal New England commons, a green triangle bordered by the town hall, library, post office, general store and “front porch” restaurant, the Commons Lunch. The Old Commons Burial Ground includes the grave of Elizabeth Alden, thought to be the first white child born in New England. If you go to breakfast at the Barn Restaurant in the village of Adamsville, be sure to try the lobster Benedict and pay a visit to the statue of the Rhode Island Red rooster across the street — it’s the state bird. From Adamsville, it’s just a short drive to the shoreline, where you’ll find the peaceful South Shore Beach and the Nature Conservancy’s Goosewing Beach Preserve, Sakonnet Point with its ca. 1884 lighthouse, and the hiking trails of Wilbour Woods. Little Compton has but one hotel, but it’s special. The Stone House, built in 1854 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has 16 guest rooms and faces the ocean near Sakonnet Point.

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