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. Listing below some top places to see when your in Newport, Rhode Island.
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 upcoming "Newport’s Oyster and Chowder Festival" taking place May 21 through 23, 2021. I am linking the website for upcoming events at the wharf here. Many visitors to Newport enjoy taking boating excursions and most depart from Bowen's Wharf.
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. You can also buy replicas of items found in the Newport mansions.
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) Sea Bags Maine: Sea Bags Maine was founded in Portland, Maine. What makes these bags unique is that they are made from old boat sails and of all American material down to the thread and rope. You can grab a member of the Sea Bags crew for a custom design or pick one out in the store. I love the designs and patterns of these bags.
Since I have been on both companies competing sail excursions leaving from Bowen’s Wharf, I am detailing both 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 Sailing Excursions. Linking their site 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.