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 Trail.
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 flavors.
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 White Whale.
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 please.

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 mill buildings.

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, antique galleries, and wineries  on the Coastal Villages Trail
Rhode Island's
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
Coastal Villages Trail,Westport MA
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
Little Compton Commons
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 Trail
Rhode Island's Coastal Villages  Trail
Horseneck Beach Campgrounds  State Park
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 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
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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 RI
Coastal Villages Trail, Little Compton RI
Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery is not far from Horseneck Beach State Park Camping
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