May 14, 2021 A Day Spent Sailing: Newport, Rhode Island
Come set sail! Newport, RI is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island. Newport is known to be the sailing capital of the world. It was even host to the America's Cup for more than 50 years. Detailing my day strolling the streets of Newport, before the boat excursion. Also, providing details of different boat excursions in Newport.
Boat excursions in Newport is a main highlight when visiting. Most boat excursion's depart from Bowen's Wharf. Bowen’s Wharf is one of Newport's most popular locations, because it features many great dining and shops overlooking the Newport Harbor. The wharf hosts many events and festivals throughout the year including the "Newport’s Oyster and Chowder Festival" or "Newport's Seafood Festival". I am linking the website for upcoming events at the wharf here.
Some of my favorite shopping around the wharf includes:
1) The Preservation Society of Newport County Store: Every purchase at this store helps support the mission of The Preservation Society of Newport. The Preservation Society protects and preserves archeological sites and many of the national historic landmarks in Newport, RI. In total there are 11 sites held under this society. The gift store features many locally sourced items from Rhode Island. It is a great place to grab a souvenir and support a great cause.
2) KJP Flagship Store: KJP stands for owner Keil James Patrick with co-owner wife Sarah Patrick, who are two Rhode Islanders that have created a fashion and accessory line. The clothes represent the New England seasons while staying classic and timeless.
3) Frazzleberries Newport Country Store: A store with home decor, gifts, and and accessories unique to Rhode Island. Another great place to snag a souvenir.
Favorite Places to Dine:
Clarke Cooke House: A grand view of the wharf and marina. An upscale dining hotspot or take to the oyster bar and grab a few cocktails.
22 Bowen Wine Bar and Grille: A harbor side tavern, where once can sit port side or inside the restaurant. This is an upscale dining place known for their surf and turf options.
Diego's: A Mexican restaurant with killer tacos and margaritas.
Since I have been on different sail excursions leaving from Bowen’s Wharf, I am detailing the excursions so that you can make the best decision!
Sailing Excursions: Sam & I took an old schooner around Newport’s Bay with a sailing time of 1 p.m. I have never been on a sailboat before and loved the excitement the crew brought to manning its sails. During this excursion, we got to see Newport’s bayside mansions, military fort, lighthouses, and two yacht clubs. The views of Newport and Jamestown were beautiful. One important thing to note about this excursion is that there is minimal historical information provided by the crew. This excursion is more focused on the experience of setting sail on a sailboat. This cruise offers a mimosa morning cruise and champagne sunset cruise. The cruises sailing during the middle of the day are best for families. Linking their site here.
Classic Cruises of Newport: I went with the Rum Runner II Lighthouse & Mimosa’s Cruise when my family was in town. The cruise was around 75 minute and took us to different locations around Narragansett Bay on a 1929 classic motor yacht. This cruise focuses on a variety of lighthouses, while pointing out other points of interest. Some places that stood out on the tour was Clingstone, a home perched on top of a rocky island in Narragansett Bay where Mumford & Sons filmed a music video and where they stayed during their time in Newport, RI. Another point of interest was Jackie Kennedy’s childhood home, and although many more were mentioned, I do not want to give away the whole tour. The cruise did provide bottomless mimosas and also gave guest madeleine cookies. I recommend this cruise for more historical history and sightseeing versus just a sailing excursion. Linking their site here.
Newport Harbor Shuttle: By far the most affordable excursion of the bunch. For $15 this may be the best way to get around Newport, Rhode Island. This is a hop on and hop off ferry. This ferry takes you to six different locations to site see around Newport. The Newport Harbour shuttle also includes a 1 hour harbor loop to the six sites as well times vary for this cruise. Linking their website here.
Outfit Deets: A nautical classic summer outfit. Nothing will create a nautical themed look quite like the classic navy and white stripe top. Plus, adding a pop of red just adds a fun touch. I highly suggest bringing a jacket since both times I went there is quite a bit of wind so it can get chilly. Love this quilted jacket I bought since it can be styled in so many ways it is definitely a capsule wardrobe piece. Finally, I added my favorite boat shoes. You may be splashed on occasion so wear shoes that are durable. All pieces linked below.