Newport & Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Happy Saturday, readers! This week, Evan and I went on a quick trip to two of our favorite spots in Rhode Island: Newport and Watch Hill. Here’s how we spent our two days!

Day 1: Newport

10:00 am: Breakfast at CRU Cafe

We stopped for our breakfast (aka Vacation Fuel) at CRU Cafe. This is a fabulous local breakfast/lunch place with their own coffee brew. I nabbed the Avocado Toast and Evan got the CRU Breakfast. So tasty!



11:00 am: The Elms

Evan and I have visited the other historic Newport Mansions during previous trips, but we realized we had never explored The Elms! The Elms has gorgeous sculptures and gardens. We went on a gorgeous day, so exploring the outdoor spaces was as fun as seeing all of the art and furnishings inside the house! I could spend all day here, but Evan started to get hungry after our tour, so we departed for lunch.


1:00 pm: Lunch at Diego’s

As a person with a dairy allergy, eating at a Mexican restaurant can sometimes be a minefield of avoiding sour cream and cheeses. Not at Diego’s, where they have separate vegan and gluten-free menus in addition to their Mexican classics. They have accommodations for everyone! Evan and I shared the Braker’s Guac, I got an order of Street Tacos, and Evan ordered their Barbacoa Burrito. Save room for their Cinnamon Nutmeg Churros!


2:00 pm: Check In at Bouchard Restaurant & Inn

If you’ve never stayed at one of the Bouchard Inns, I can’t recommend it enough. We stayed in the Cathy Room, above Bouchard’s sister restaurant, Revolving Door. The Bouchard Inns are known for their food, French influence, and accessible location. But the staff were all so kind!


2:45 pm: Del’s

Once we checked in, we decided to go for a stroll along Thames Street. There is a reason Del’s is so enduring, so iconic, so evocative of Rhode Island summers. Their frozen lemonade is simply the best and most refreshing thing to drink on a hot summer day in Newport. You really can’t visit Rhode Island without stopping at one of Del’s many stands or trucks–after all, they started in Cranston.


3:15 pm: Kiel James Patrick Flagship Store

Like every good New England girl, I’m a big fan of Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers’ style. I own a couple of their anchor bracelets but wanted to check out their flagship store in Newport (okay, okay, in the hopes that they would be there with their son, Harry, or their dog, Bennie). Alas, no Patricks in sight, but wow their store is everything my heart could have wanted. The softest sweaters. Adorable accessories. (I’m particularly obsessed with the Sarah Patrick jewelry collection; everything looks like ginger jars.) I customized a bracelet with my initials in nautical flags!



4:30 pm: Scenic Day Sail with Classic Cruises of Newport

There are a ton of companies that offer sails around Newport, but the minute I saw the schooner Madeleine online, I knew she was the one I wanted to get on. Classic Cruises of Newport offers a variety of itineraries for your interests. Want to take a sunset sail with champagne? Specifically interested in Newport’s lighthouses–or mimosas? What about a formally narrated tour of Newport’s waterfront? I reserved Evan and I seats aboard the Madeleine’s Scenic Day Sail. It was a really lovely way to get to know Newport from a new perspective! Definitely glad I packed us some light jackets though; it got chilly on the water!


6:10 pm: Shopping at Bannister’s Wharf

We briefly checked out some of the other shops Bannister’s Wharf has to offer before dinner.


6:45 pm: Dinner at The Mooring

A packed restaurant right off of Bannister’s wharf–reservations STRONGLY recommended. We grabbed the Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread, Jonah Crab, Scallop Crudo, and Fish & Chips for a delicious, fresh-caught dinner at The Mooring.


8:00 pm: Back to the Bouchard for a Quick Change

We stopped back at our inn to drop off our bags and change into more appropriate attire for the cool night ahead–for me, that meant switching into my banana-leaf jumpsuit and denim jacket.


8:30 pm: Drinks at Surf Club

A secluded, quiet bar and restaurant on the middle of Thames Street? You’ll see Surf Club’s Shack right on the street (a dog-friendly bar with bowls of water for your pup) but go inside and down the stairs at 337 Thames Street–next to a souvenir shop–and you’ll find a little gem below the bustling street. I ordered the Blood & Smoke cocktail: Mezcal, Blood Orange Juice, Agave, Lime, Grapefruit Soda (YUM!) and Evan tried some of their draft beers. I had to take photos in the lady’s room: the wallpaper matched my jumpsuit!


9:30 pm: Sleep!

After a long day, Evan and I tucked in for a restful night in our incredibly comfy king bed. I always have trouble sleeping in hotel beds, but I slept like a log that night!


Day 2: Watch Hill

8:30 am: Breakfast at Bouchard Inn

A delicious breakfast of fresh pastries and yogurt parfaits (a fruit cup for me!) was delivered straight to our door! Our room was also outfitted with a Keurig and mini-fridge stocked with orange juice and milk. After a great start to our day, we packed our bags and got in the car to travel to Watch Hill.


11:00 am: Lilly Pulitzer, Watch Hill

From the Lilly Jeep parked out front to the yellow-and-white striped awning, the Lilly Pulitzer store in Watch Hill is a colorful, adorable shopping experience. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scoping out some items for the After Party Sale (when are they going to announce the dates?!)


12:00 pm: Lunch at St. Clair Annex

Sometimes you just need a good sandwich–and St. Clair Annex goes good sandwiches. Definitely a great place for families and more affordable meal options.


12:30 pm: Watch Hill Beach

With on-sight changing rooms and a bottled Del’s stand, Watch Hill Beach is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. We went on a beautiful day, so it was pretty crowded, but we still had plenty of space for our beach blanket. Brisk, refreshing waters felt good on a hot day.


3:00 pm: Head Home!

We live in Southeastern Connecticut, so we’re able to be home from the Westerly, RI area in about an hour. We spent the rest of the day unpacking, watching Friends, and going to bed early!


Okay y’all, what did I miss? What are your favorite things to do in Rhode Island? Let me know in the comments!

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