NEWPORT, Rhode Island – Head on over to the littlest state and stake your claim on one big summer weekend.
22 Liberty St., Newport; +1-401-846-7444
The feel of a B&B and the look of a Jonathan Adler store come together nicely at this twelve-room hotel, where freshly baked banana bread wafts through the air and downtown is just steps from the front door.
Enter at First Beach, Newport
Catch a glimpse of the stately mansions with their manicured lawns on this 3.5 mile walk around the island’s edge.
144 Bellevue Ave., Newport; +1-401-619-4199
Pick up a bottle of sweet milk facial exfoliate at this natural skincare apothecary or book a post-beach massage with aromatic oils and fragrant herbs.
Green Animal Topiary Garden
380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth; +1-401-847-1000
A topiary menagerie, including an elephant, lion, and growly bear, dot the grounds of Brayton House, a classic country estate overlooking Narragansett Bay.
Sweet Berry Farm
19 3rd Beach Rd., Middletown; +1-401-847-3912
Susanna’s homemade ice cream uses local ingredients like seasonal farm fruit and freshly roasted beans from Middletown’s custom house coffee.
The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn
590 Ocean Dr., Newport; +1-401-849-3800
Summer cocktails and small plates are delivered straight to the Adirondack chairs overlooking the water. Try the Narragansett Bay shellfish tasting with the housemade hot sauce for an extra kick.
1260 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston; +1-401-463-6190
Cool off with this frozen lemonade, a Rhode Island classic.
181 Bellevue Ave., Newport; +1-401-846-6332
Another local mainstay, the Awful Awful, is a milkshake with a really fun name.
254 Thames St., Newport; +1-401-846-8768
Pull up to the bar for cold beers and freshly shucked oysters. Sunday happy hour is a nice way to wrap-up the weekend.
The Clarke Cooke House
1 Bannister's Wharf, Newport; +1-401-849-2900
Everybody goes here for dinner — it's on the harbor, so the views are nice, the food is fresh, and the bar is hopping.
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Inset photos, from top left: Courtesy of The Attwater; courtesy of The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn; courtesy of Newport Creamery