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Establishment neighborhood
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.
Sweet Berry Farm
915 Mitchell’s Ln., Middletown
This achingly cute farmstand actually started as a hobby project by farmers Jan Paul and Michelle Eckhart, who finally made it into a full-time operation in the '90s. The farm specializes in the kinds of things that make incredible housewarming gifts, like fresh-cut flowers and jams. You can also come to the stand for breakfast, lunch, and take-home platters for dinner. A major win for the littles: year-round, pick-your-own produce, offering berries and peaches in the summer, apples and pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees in the winter.
Brickley’s Homemade Ice Cream
921 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett
Described by locals as the best ice-cream in New England, Brickley’s has been a Rhode Island institution since the '90s when it was first opened by husband-and-wife duo, Steve and Chris Brophy. Lines are long, but the creamy homemade scoops of everything from traditional chocolate and summer fruit flavors to decadent coffee oreo are worth the wait. We recommend getting yours in one of Brickley’s signature, crunchy, homemade waffle cones. For those with a more moderate sweet tooth, try one of the equally delicious, no-added-sugar flavors like pistachio and vanilla. Take note, Brickley’s is old school, so cash only.
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.
Antique Yacht Collection
31 Bowens Wharf, Newport Wharf
Locals will tell you that the best way to see Newport is by boat—from the Narragansett Bay, you'll have gorgeous views of the town's rocky coastline and beautiful mansions, plus the over-the-top yachts and sailboats the town is famous for. Husband-and-wife team Greg and Alana have several stunning antique boats in their lineup, with the capacity for a romantic sunset cruise for two, or up to 68 passengers on a tall sailing ship. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks, or Alana can arrange for catering through the company.
Newport Polo Club
250 Linden Ln., Portsmouth
Newport's polo club is the oldest in the country (founded in 1876), so it's no surprise that the grounds are a huge part of the appeal here; the original property was called Glen Farm, and was complete with an incredible stone barn and stable. There are matches every Saturday in the summer, and the tailgate is an important part of the scene–regulars will have huge spreads and tents, but all you need is a bottle of champagne, cheese, and a picnic blanket to take part. Elaborate Kentucky-Derby-style hats are highly encouraged.
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