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Newport, Rhode Island Travel Guide

The Best of What to See,
Do and Eat in
Newport County

The Dahlia Shed

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  • Summer

Honestly this is one of my best kept secret spots for flowers so as much as I like to keep it to myself, it deserves a spot in the guide. The Dahlia Shed is a family operated flower farm, growing seasonal blooms in Middletown. The self service stand is filled daily starting July until frost. You can find wrapped bouquets and single stem blooms for building your own bouquets. I look forward to Amy’s dahlias all year long, they are SO beautiful. Please note when you visit the Dahlia Shed this is a family home with kids and pets so please be careful when driving on the property.

Shore Soap Co

Location Marker 302 Thames St., Newport
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  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

The branding alone will make you want to buy every, single thing in this store. From the beautiful packaging to the carefully curated shelves, Shore Soap Co is a must stop when you’re in Newport. A local couple started the brand out of their kitchen and turned it into what it is today. I also love that they are cruelty free, sulfate & paraben free and use responsible packaging to reduce environmental impact. From candles, to skincare to soaps they have a really nice assortment of products to shop. I particularly love the face mist and sea spray candle. Their scent Mermaid Kisses has a bit of a cult following.

Tora Surfboards

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Neil Toracinta is a born and raised local. He’s also one of the nicest, hardworking most down to earth guys you will ever meet. He started shaping boards his junior year at high school and turned his hobby into a full time business (he’s one of the few board shapers in New England). Craig and I both have boards from Neil, and whether you order one of his classic designs or something custom, you know it’s going to get the same love and dedication he puts into everything he creates. So if you want to add something to your quiver, are a first time surfer or even looking to give someone the best gift ever Neil is your guy.

The Mooring

Location Marker 1 Sayer's Wharf, Newport
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  • Fall
  • Good for Groups
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

Whether you’re looking for oysters and a cocktail or dinner on the harbor the Mooring is a great option for lunch and dinner. One of my favorite things about the Mooring is their gluten free and vegetarian menus (takes the guess work right out of it so you don’t have to sit there wondering what you can and can’t eat). A great option if you have a larger group as it’s a big space and they take reservations. In the winter the roaring fireplace makes it feel extra cozy. In the summer you can sit out on their enclosed deck that overlooks the harbor, a pretty great place to watch the sunset too.

Atlantic Grille

Location Marker 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown
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  • Fall
  • Good for Families
  • Good for Groups
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

The Grille as it’s referred to by locals is a staple on the island. What used to be everyone’s favorite breakfast spot has grown over the years and now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s the perfect place for casual dining (very kid friendly too). If you head there for breakfast on a summer weekend though be prepared to wait. It gets really busy during tourist season and holidays, so go early or mid-week if you can. They have great dinner specials too.

Del’s Lemonade

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You know what they say, stop at the sign of the lemon! A quintessential Rhode Island treat, Del’s lemonade is the perfect slushy and refreshing goodness you need on a hot summer day. There are Del’s trucks at all the beaches and you can usually find them at state parks like Brenton Point and Fort Adams.

DeCastro Farms

Location Marker 1780 East Main Road, Portsmouth
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  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer

DeCastro farms is a family run and locally owned garden and produce stand in Portsmouth. They have tons of seasonal fresh produce, local speciality foods like Narragansett Creamery and Aquidneck Honey, and seasonal plants. They’re open from April-December so you can find pumpkins in the fall, christmas trees for the holidays and lots of flowers and trees for the summer. If you’re looking for really fresh fruits and veggies, make a stop at DeCastro.

Verde Garden Shop

Location Marker 89 Dr Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport, RI 02840
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  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

The first thing I thought when I walked into Verde Garden Shop was, finally. This is what Newport has been waiting for. This cute little shop reminds me of a store you’d stumble upon in San Francisco, beautifully merchandised shelves filled with plants, books and potions. It’s the kind of shop you pretty much can’t leave without buying something (guilty). You can also order an espresso at the counter to sip while perusing plants. Make sure to check the website for store hours.

Newport Flower Show

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  • Summer

The Newport Flower Show is one of the summer kick-off events in town every June. On the grounds of Rosecliff, you can walk through and browse the beautiful arrangements in the mansion and out onto the lawn where the judged floral designs, garden exhibitions and lectures are located. Various vendors are also set up for plenty of shopping.

The Black Pearl

Location Marker Bannister's Wharf, Newport
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The Pearl is a Newport establishment known by locals (and visitors) for it’s famous clam chowder. A cozy spot for a meal in the winter and a lively destination in the summer, the Black Pearl is a year-round favorite. Their patio in the summer months is a more casual spot for drinks, seafood and burgers. With three different menus for the Commodore’s Room, the Tavern and the Patio there’s plenty of options depending on what you’re in the mood for and the time of year.