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Newport Wharf

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Newport Lobster Shack
150 Long Wharf, Newport Wharf
Lobster is a big deal in Newport. A group of life-long local fisherman built this shack as a type of co-op to sell their fresh catch directly to the public. The Lobster Shack is fully stocked with wild-caught crab, conch, and lobster, obviously. Feast on fresh catch cooked every way imaginable: lobster bites, bisque, cakes, and finally the best lobster roll to be found in Newport. If you’re craving a taste of Rhode Island from afar, you can have catch live shipped overnight to anywhere in the US, or why not try to recreate the Newport Lobster Shack experience at home and cook from their aptly named cookbook The Fisherman’s Table.
41 North
351 Thames St., Newport Wharf
Occupying a gorgeous shingle-style building right on the water and walking distance from Thames Street and the famous gilded mansions, 41 North has arguably one of the best locations in Newport. The hotel caters specifically to yachters (docking is actually cheaper than the valet parking) and a restaurant that overlooks the marina. In the rooms, you'll find Frette linens, marble bathrooms, and subtly nautical decor, including muted cable-knit throws and vaulted, wood-beam-lined ceilings. Ask for one of the marina-view suites with a balcony that looks out onto the water.
Shore Soap Company
302 Thames St., Newport Wharf
Husband and wife team Jake and Steph Kopper started experimenting with making natural soaps in their home kitchen, got hooked, and The Shore Soap Company was born. Inspired by the simplicity of their surroundings and lifestyle, the couple wanted to create natural, high-end products that were affordable and sustainable. The soaps became so popular that the line has expanded to include candles, moisturizers, scrubs, and more. The Kopper’s are passionate about the environment and avoid harmful chemicals when crafting their products.
Classic Cruises of Newport
24 Bannister's Wharf, Newport Wharf
Classic Cruises and their custom tours take full advantage of the amazing vantage point that is the water in Newport. Thrill seekers can relive the sea chases of the prohibition era on high-speed motorboat Rum Runner II, built in 1929. Meanwhile, the romantics can glide through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay on the seventy-two-foot schooner, The Madeleine. The incredibly knowledgeable crew will give you the insider scoop on every cove, lighthouse, and seaside home on the coastline. Aim for a sunset cruise to take in the scenery with a glass of wine‚ and for those looking for an even more special experience, the boats are available for small groups and private charter.
The Mooring
1 Sayers Wharf, Newport Wharf
Head to this big, bustling Newport Wharf restaurant for lunch before visiting the museum and library just a few blocks away. It’s a no-frills and family-friendly affair during the day (lots of kids coloring on placemats), but the casual food is super tasty. In fact, it’s perfect waterside lunch fare, from the fresh and meaty Mexican white shrimp to the delicious Cajun Redfish Wrap. The real standout, though, is their Native Scallop Chowder, brightened up with bits of dill. Be sure to snag a table out on the patio overlooking Narragansett Bay.
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