Who doesn't love seaside towns.. They're chill, laid-back, and have their own culture of nautical inspired designs and fashion. Narragansett and Newport, Rhode Island (the sailing capital of the world) are only a 3 hour drive from Manhattan and two to three days gives you just enough time to sail, see, shop, drink and be merry. Here's a quick bucket list....
WHAT TO SEE / DO:
• Pick seashells along the seashore at the point Judith lighthouse.
• Drive or bike along Bellevue Ave. for some mansion gawking. (Skip the paid tours, you can walk the grounds for free)
• Go sailing then chillax at one of Newport's adjacent wharfs for drinks.
• Head for nearby Easton or Scarborough beaches .
• Take a stroll through the Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth followed by some lazing on the front porch.
• Meander the Cliff Walk just before sunset for the beautiful ocean panoramas.
Where to Eat:
In Narragansett, Turtle Soup Restaurant for their seaside view (order the walnut encrusted salmon, below) or for a 'side of the road' stint, stop at Aunt Carrie's for lunch and have an ice cream for dessert from their shop across the street.
The boutiques on Thames St. in Newport with stops at Pink Pineapple and Sequin.