This is the farthest northeast I have ever been. I have not explored this area of the country hardly at all and especially after this visit, that has to change. Just as the northwest US has a special vibe, so does the northeast. It’s just something about those coasts…
Despite being the country’s tiniest state, Rhode Island isn’t short on beauty. It’s just such a charming little guy. If you know me at all, I love mini of anything, so maybe I love mini states too!
This lighthouse is at Point Judith. It takes a series of twisting roads off of the main highway, but it’s totally worth it. The reason we, well Sara, knew about it was because of the Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom. She found out part of it was filmed here, so it was on our list to see. The lighthouse is completely wonderful. We clambered through some bramble to get some better views, and it was wonderful.
We actually camped right here on the beach for 2 nights of our stay. Falling asleep to the ocean lightly crashing onto the rocks and sand was perfect.
Below is a quaint little road in the town of Narragansett, perfectly northeastern if I do say so.
This is the Newport Bridge as seen from the town of Jamestown. Probably half of the photos I took on the trip are of this bridge. I just love it, especially with all the little sailboats!
For some reason, I didn’t take any photos in Jamestown and I am pretty sad about that. It’s just the cutest little village. We had breakfast at Slice of Heaven Bakery. It was a wonderful little bakery and cafe and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting!
Also in Jamestown, a precious little seafood restaurant, Chopmist Charlie’s. It was our splurge seafood meal. We spent more than we planned, but we wanted fresh seafood. It wasn’t the absolute best ever, but it was still very good, and it’s actually pretty reasonably priced compared to other seafood places around.
Now onto Newport, this is the Newport bridge from Fort Adams State Park, where the Folk Festival took place. So, as you can see, we had such a wonderful view and atmosphere during the festival.
More sailboats and ocean.
We ate a couple places in Newport, but the town and restaurants were so crowded at night after the festival. Newport is a very tiny town and the festival brings in over 10,000 people so needless to say, it pretty much stuffs the town.
One of the nights, we ate at Firehouse Pizza. It’s really interesting because in the review, people either loved it or hated it. It’s definitely psychedelic and out there and it doesn’t really “fit” in Newport, it would fit in a place like Brooklyn, where it’s kind of hip but also up and coming. We liked it. They had neat and unusual combinations on pizza and we didn’t feel out of place.
Side streets of Newport
We also had a breakfast at Mokka, a coffee shop in Newport. The coffee was better than we expected and they had so many homemade pastries (favorite alert!). The whole feel of the shop was really great, it felt like you were just little at a friend’s house. It’s a definite recommendation from me! Plus, their sign (below) was witty.
My time in Rhode Island was wonderful and I’m sure that I will be back soon, hopefully next time, I’ll get to travel a bit more around the northeast.
I’ll leave you with a photo of when the sun finally came out at the end of the festival just in time for us to see a beautiful sunset over the ocean.