|Coastal Villages Trail RI
During a Gallery hop along the coastal villages trail you can look for treasures of
bone and stone brought back by the Sea Captains of the China Trade.
A good place to start is at the Gilded Age mansions of Newport. From there head
north for the whaling town of New Bedford following Rhode Island's Coastal Villages
The roads will take you through tiny settlements where the sea captains of the
1840s had built the Mansard-roofed mansions that now share their frontage with
antique shops, art galleries, farm stands, wine tasting vineyards, a donut shop
ranked top ten in the country, and an ice-cream stand offering more than 210
Little Compton Commons will give you a glimpse of a New England village
forgotten by time. Retaining the flavor of the old New England seacoast whaling
villages and farming communities that lived by the sea and endured by the grace
of God, the common’s white clapboard church, the tallest building in town, looms
over the center of the green surrounded by old gravestones wreathed in a patina of
lichen beneath shading maples. Untroubled by civilization, the Commons is not
unusual in this region deliberately out of step with the modern world.
From there the trail heads for the west branch of the Westport River and then north
paralleling the river to Adamsville.
Legend has it that rum runners once rowed up the estuary in the dark of night to
deliver illegal whisky near the gristmill in an era that gave the town the name,
Valley of Sin.
Lamplights line the street where two general stores, the Barn Restaurant, and
several gift shops surround the plaque to the crowing rights for Adamsville, the
region’s development of the Rhode Island Red, a variety of rooster world renown
commemorated with a bronze plaque in front of the baseball park.
Nearby, the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery conducts tours of the processing rooms and a tasting
gathered around their herb garden.
Special events for include a Chef's demonstration of pairing of wines and foods that include a gourmet meal
served with the appropriate wines. The demonstrations of viticulture take place in rolling hills bathed in coastal
mist where the climate akin to that of northern France produces some exceptional wines.
In the fishing port of Westport Point, you can walk past the house of Stephen Davis, 1770, once a designer of
ship hulls, John Head, 1776, builder of colonial homes, and Gideon Davis an 1827 Captain of a whaling square
rigger. The preserved homes of the 19th Century seafarers line the narrow main street terminating at the docks
from where lobstermen and gill-netters tie up.
Herman Melville visited
New Bedford's Seamen’s
Bethel and gathered
detail for his tales of Moby
Dick, Ishmael, and
Captain Ahab’s fateful
revenge against the Great
Allen “Pappy” Manley and wife
Nancy run the Alderbrook farm,
a family operation since 1898.
Back in 1898, an event largely overlooked occurred near here when retired China Trade Sea Captain Joshua
Slocum returned after a three-year solo circumnavigation of the globe in his 37-foot oyster sloop, Spray, the first
ever solo voyage around the world. He wrote an ingenuous no-frills adventure yarn in vigorous prose sure to
To the west, Fall River attracts travelers with its factory outlets and the steel-hulled warships at the floating
museum of Battleship Cove. There we toured the Battleship Massachusetts, the Submarine Lionfish, the
Destroyer J P Kennedy, two PT boats, and a Russian guided-missile cruiser . Nearby, outlet malls occupy old
The New England Sea Captains could have never imagined such ships of steel and speed. Their life was much
slower and simpler. When they retired they used their treasures from the sea to build places of sanctuary on the
Coastal Village Trail.
These are the words of Sea Captain Joshua Slocum from his
book, "Sailing Solo Around The World", a no frills travel
journal in which he tells his story as the first ever to sail solo
around the world.
On a trip along Rhode Island's Coastal Villages Trail, you can
visit the seaports and the fishing villages where Sea
Captains like Joshua Slocum built their houses and where
they lived and worked.
Cliffwalk Newport Rhode Island
Ice cream shops,
and wineries on
Coastal Villages Trail
“ I was born in the breezes and I had studied the
sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting
all else.” Joshua Slocum
Karla Young cuts flowers
for her farm stand in Little
Compton Rhode Island
Triverton’s Four Corners offers a cluster of 30 art and
craft galleries, a gourmet bakery, ample parking, and
Grays Ice Cream Stand.
Nearby find Karla Young’s Family Farm on Route 71 in
Little Compton where you can buy fresh fruit and
vegetables from the 180 acre farm that she and husband
Tyler manage. .
Former Whaling Village of Westport
Coastal Villages Trail, Newport Rhode Island to New Bedford
The Coastal Villages Trail runs north of
Newport from Little Compton to the whaling
museum of New Bedford.
Rhode Island Sound's Sea Captain's homes
bring back history on the Coastal Villages
Rhode Island's Coastal Villages Trail
a floating museum
of WWII warships,
the Ship Museum
at Battleship Cove
in Fall River
Getting to The Coastal Villages Trail: Boston is
the nearest large city to The area along Rhode Island
Sound and the coastal Villages Trail.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and
cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From
Boston take Route 93 to Route 24. to Newport Rhode
Island 73 miles.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the
Airlines serve Providence RI (Warwick RI. (PVD) TF Green Airport) and Hartford Conn.
(BDL) Bradley International Airport, smaller cities closer to Newport than Boston or NY
Free Parking at your Airport Hotel
The early shuttle from the hotel to the airline terminal will allow you to book an early flight and save
money on the airfare. Two weeks of free parking offsets the cost of the hotel room and you do not
need to arrange for a limo from your home to the airport. Some of the hotels in the program offer 24
hour shuttles to the airport.
Most hotels offer two weeks free parking with one night stay, some three weeks or a reasonable day
rate for extra days. . Cruise passengers can take advantage of these deals also at some hotels. See
Free Airport Parking link below for Park Sleep Fly, they have detailed information about the hotels
Convenient free airport parking with a one night hotel stay could save you money on an early flight and could
enhance your experience. You will also save on transportation to the airport, and save money on less
expensive early flight tickets with a hotel stay near the airport
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From the south, New York City is a 130 mile drive on Route I-95 north to Providence.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport.
Airlines serve Providence RI (Warwick RI. (PVD) TF Green Airport) and Hartford Conn. (BDL)
Bradley International Airport, smaller cities closer to Newport than Boston or NY
The Coastal Villages Trail makes a great driving trip from Newport north through wine
country to Little Compton RI and then to the city of New Bedford.
Art galleries, wineries and lots of history on the Coastal Villages Trail
Coastal Villages Trail, Little Compton
Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery is not far from Horseneck Beach State Park Camping