Spending a week in Rhode Island truly exceeded my expectations. New England possesses so much charm and beauty during the summer months. The coastline and harbors are filled with sailboats and yachts. The streets are lined with beautiful New England architecture. The shops are small and quaint. And delicious lobster rolls are sold on every corner. Not a bad way to spend a vacation, right?!
We were lucky enough to call Newport, Rhode Island our home for a week during this stunning time of year. The town is small and walkable which is always a plus. What better way to get some exercise and stumble into shops and restaurants along the way, right?! We spent most of our time at Bannister’s Wharf which is located on the marina in downtown Newport. Bannister’s Wharf is filled with restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, bars and nightlife. Our evenings were spent sipping espresso and watching the colorful sunsets from our favorite coffee shop, The Coffee Grinder. If you’re looking for a bit of nightlife with live music, The Landing is exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to the great bar scene and live music, The Landing has delicious food and a great outdoor patio with a dance floor. Definitely my kind of place 😉
There’s no denying that Newport’s Cliff Walk is a main attraction. Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile trail along Newport’s shoreline. The walk is decorated with Newport’s historic mansions on one side and magical views of the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The majority of the walk is level ground. However, it’s best not to wear sandals as a portion of the trail does have some rocky terrain. Cliff Walk is a beautiful experience and a great way to start your day!
If you find yourself in Newport, don’t forget to spend some time sailing the coastline and touring the historic mansions. Last but not least, be sure to take a stroll down Thames Street and pop into Brick Alley for the biggest and most delicious lobster rolls you’ve ever seen!
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**Photography by Dean O’Brien**