A Little Bit Of Rhode Island

Distant view of the Claiborne Pell/Newport Bridge from Narragansett, Rhode Island

Some might say that it is hard to do a lot in Rhode Island, but I don’t think that is true.  While it’s a small state, it packs a lot into a small area.

Waterfront homes along Ocean Road in Narragansett, Rhode Island

We had originally planned to just spend a day in the state, but when we made a last-minute adjustment to our itinerary we were able to add an overnight in Narragansett before backtracking just a bit to Connecticut.  Narragansett is a lovely seaside town with lots of beautiful waterfront homes, without the hustle, bustle and big money of Newport.  We spent an evening and most of the next day exploring the town as well as Cape Elizabeth and the Port of Galilee.

Waterfront homes along Ocean Road in Narragansett, Rhode Island

And I had my first of many Lobster Rolls!  It wasn’t the best one I had, but you never forget your first one. 😉

Fishing boats in the Port of Gallilee in Narragansett, Rhode Island

On our drive from Mystic to Rockport, MA we passed through Newport.  We had originally wanted to overnight in Newport but were put off by high hotel prices and low availability.  When we drove through we quickly realized why – it was the first day of the annual Newport International Boat Show!  Duh – our research had not discovered that. 🙁  So we gritted our teeth, drove through the crowded streets and out to Fort Adams State Park for views of the Newport Harbor, the Claiborne Pell/Newport Bridge and views back toward Narragansett.  As it turned out, we were very glad to have spent the extra time in Narragansett, as we would have ended up really shortchanging the state without it.

Seagull on Narragansett Bay in Narragansett, Rhode Island

By the standards of a Rhode Island local, we certainly missed a lot.  I’d be happy to return someday, possibly even to Newport.  But we saw and photographed enough to “check it off the list” and moved on to the rest of New England.  More to come, soon!

Point Judith Lighthouse near Narragansett, Rhode Island
The Beavertail Lighthouse overlooking Narragansett Bay near Jamestown, Rhode Island. The lighthouse, built in 1749, is the nation’s third oldest.
Fishing boats in the Port of Gallilee in Narragansett, Rhode Island
The Claiborne Pell/Newport Bridge over Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island
The Narragansett Towers, built in 1883, are the only remaining part of the original Narragansett Pier Casino. One of the most recognizable landmarks in Narragansett, The Towers currently hosts weddings, dances, dinners, plays, and fashion shows. Its location, adjacent to Narragansett town beach, makes it an ideal venue for social events.

4 thoughts on “A Little Bit Of Rhode Island”

  1. Now I’m hankering for a lobster roll. Some nice looking homes there but way out of my price point and way to big. After seeing your posts kinda makes me want to visit the northeast coast.

    1. I’ve not been a fan of whole lobster, partly because eating one is a lot of work for what you get, and mostly because I’m not sure I ever had ‘good’ lobster. There’s nothing like getting it fresh from the water, or at least within a day or two.

      The homes in the photographs, while quite nice and also out of my price range, were on the smaller end of some we saw. Those were hidden behind walls and fences, and viewable only from the water. There’s a lot of money up there, and while many of them are second or third homes for some of the folks, they are still impressive.

      I think you would enjoy the northeast coast. Sounds like you need to get cracking on that sleeping arrangement for your Subie and get to planning! 🙂

  2. Great shots. My daughter went to college in Rhode Island and we always enjoyed visiting for a weekend. The ocean and shore is beautiful. Nice places to eat and walk. Cute towns. Loved it. You bring it all back with your photos .

    1. We really enjoyed the smaller seaside places like Narragansett, Mystic and Rockport. The larger towns are nice but not our thing. I could never afford to live there and could not take the winters, but it is a nice place to visit, for sure!

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