A Fun Day Trip From Newport, RI

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By Jess
23 May 2023

If you’re looking for a fun and easy day trip from Newport this summer, don’t miss the quaint and charming towns of Tiverton and Little Compton. About a 30-45 minute drive from Newport, over the Sakonnet River Bridge, Tiverton and Little Compton provide a wonderful escape from the crowded streets of downtown Newport.

What To Do In Tiverton/Little Compton

Groundswell Cafe + Bakery

With a touch of Parisian flair right in historic Tiverton Four Corners, you’ll love the menu offerings, ambience, and the well-stocked home store across the street. Try their insanely tasty baked goods (the croissants are fantastic), breakfast sandwiches, fresh-made salads, and sandwiches—it’s hard to make a wrong choice here. It’s an ideal spot for breakfast and lunch. 

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Gray’s Ice Cream

There’s nothing like a homemade ice cream cone and Gray’s Ice Cream is open year-round. Featuring a ton of classic and seasonal flavors, all of the ice cream is homemade. The grassy area off the parking lot offers a nice scenic spot to enjoy your cup or cone before you head home. 

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Walker’s Roadside Farm Stand

Open seasonally, there’s no better place to pick up the freshest fruits and veggies for dinner. The hard part is making sure you don’t overcommit because everything looks so good! Stocked with a sampling of artisanal food items too, you’ll have everything you need to whip up something tasty. 

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Fogland Beach

The drive out to Fogland is half the fun! Pass rolling fields and pretty views, the beach itself feels like a little bit of a hideaway. Small and intimate, one side is lined with beach grass covered dunes and beach roses. 

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Boat House

Come for the stunning sunset views, but stay for the classic New England offerings. The Boat House has tasty cocktails, fresh raw bar, and plenty of seafood and American-style main dishes on the menu. A comfortable atmosphere and attentive service means it’s usually busy, so make a reservation ahead of time. 

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Plouf Plouf

Another hidden gem, you’d never expect to find exquisite French cuisine tucked in this tiny spot in Tiverton. But seriously, we’re not exaggerating when we say that these menu offerings are on par with what you’d get in Paris. Steak frites, croque monsieur, French onion soup, and so much more—you have to make a stop while you’re here. They are open seasonally, so check their hours before you come. 

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The Bayside Restaurant

A little further out than Little Compton, this family-owned restaurant is in Westport, MA. Serving up all of your favorite seafood dishes like chowder, calamari, cod cakes, and more, it feels very classic New England but thanks to its size, the menu offerings are great if you’re undecided on what you want for dinner. There are plenty of creative options!

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Dundery Brook Trail

If you’re looking for an easy and relatively quick hike this might be the perfect trail for you. Less crowded than some of the touristy spots down in Newport, you can enjoy more space and a calmer vibe here. Plus, a large portion is a boardwalk trail.

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Peter’s Attic

Peter’s Attic is a fabulous multi-level antique store filled with old furniture, farm tables, vintage clothing, and more. It shares a space with Patina Studio.

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