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Take the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry – From Quonset Point

Take a Lobster Themed Trip to the Island!

Cruise in a luxurious fast ferry to the island of Martha’s Vineyard and arrive in style for a weekend stay or a day trip.   Enjoy the sundeck or sit in plush air-conditioned comfort, you will be amazed at the breathtaking scenery along the way.   Avoid all the Cape Cod traffic and get to the island faster. It’s a fun way to travel!

Martha’s Vineyard is 20 miles wide and nine miles in length –  that’s about 125 square miles in total with six beautiful towns teaming with lobster restaurants boasting waterviews and small charming eateries.  The island views are sure to delight.

Why we love it: Pack a lobster roll lunch and enjoy it at sea!

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Point Judith Lighthouse – Amazing Sunsets!

Gorgeous Waterviews!

Point Judith, part of the town of Narragansett, extends more than a mile from the Rhode Island coast and marks the entrance to Narragansett Bay to the north and Block Island Sound to the south. With beautiful ocean views you can photograph beautiful shots during your visit to the grounds of this 1857 lighthouse. Although the lighthouse tower itself is not open to the public, this is a fantastic place to visit and relax.

We also recommend this amazing spot for a picnic (yes, lobster roll style.)  Grab a picnic to go and one of the local restaurants and enjoy some splendid ocean views with lobster lunch!

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Awe inspiring place for a Shelfie (lobster inspired selfie) and lobster roll picnics!

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Salty Galilee – A Fishing Village and Boat Lovers Delight!

Sounds of Seagulls Fill the Air

If you love fishing boats, this is the place for you!  Galilee is a fishing port and a great place to watch the boats and Block Island Ferry come and go. Flocks of seagulls follow these vessels with their haul of fresh seafood and makes for fantastic scenery.   There is also a nice beach and jetty to enjoy the waves and salt air with views of the sea.

Make it a day trip to wander the piers and have lunch or plan around a sunset dinner.  Galilee is filled with seafood restaurants and most offer views of the water.  Straight off the boat, the seafood is incredibly fresh and enjoying lobster in this fishing village, is an experience!  {Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Lobster lunch or dinner feels so authentic here. 

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  • Intersection of Great Island Road and Galilee Escape Road
  • 24 Miles from Newport
  • Part of Narrangansett
  • Boasts Largest Fishing Fleet in Rhode Island
  • Two State Beaches: Roger Wheeler and Salty Brine
  • Site of the Block Island Ferry

 

Lighthouse Cruise on Narragansett Bay

See 10 Rhode Island Lighthouses by Boat

This 90-minute cruise showcases some of Rhode Island’s most beautiful lighthouses. The captain will take you throughout Narragansett Bay bringing you up close and personal to these historic landmarks. This truly is a one-of-a-kind cruise that you will remember forever. Lighthouses include locations in Newport Harbor, Jamestown and Wickford to name a few. Don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars!

The departure location in Quonset Point, North Kingstown is convenient and easy to reach from anywhere in Rhode Island, whether you are in South County, Warwick, Providence or Newport -it’s just a short drive away.   Rhode Island Bay Cruises also offer free dockside parking for all of the cruises.  So pack up a lobster roll lunch and cruise in lobster style!

Why we love it:  Lighthouses and lobster just go well together!

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Napatree Point – Solitude Hike with Gorgeous Views

Discover An Ecological Treasure

A beach hike like no other!!  Napatree in Westerly offers a beautiful 1.5 mile beach facing the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a view of Little Narragansett Bay on the other.  This is also a wildlife preserve, so be careful for the piping plovers, osprey, and migratory birds.  There is a surprise at the end of the walk, which includes a cool old abandoned fort.

Don’t forget your camera as this is a wonderful place for photos.  From atop the dunes you gain a fabulous view of the point, Fischer Island, million dollar homes, Ocean House, and the lighthouse.  Worth the trip!

Why we love it:  It’s a lovely barrier beach that instantly lifts your spirits and your appetite for lobster!

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Prudence Island Lighthouse – Fun Day Trip by Ferry

Let Prudence & Bay Islands Transport Take You There

Take a little water cruise for a view of the bay with the Prudence Island ferry!  Departing from Bristol, the trip takes less than 30 minutes and the views of the Mount Hope Bridge and the Newport Bridge are lovely.  Once on island, there is only nature to enjoy – so plan for a visit of solitude, quiet and scenic views.

The island lighthouse itself is a mildly strenuous walk of about a mile from the ferry landing, and please note the tower is not open to the public.  Our favorite way to enjoy the island, is with lobster rolls you’ve packed in town and then have a picnic on the island.  {Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Accessible only by ferry, a truly unique way to spend the day!

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Historic Warren – Water Street Makes a Great Trip!

Features One of the Oldest Working Waterfronts in New England

With tons of locations for water views, Warren RI makes a fun and delicious day trip!  With a long history and many historic homes to boot – the town of warren is filled with artists, shops and restaurants.  Our favorite way to stroll this little gem, is to head towards water street.  Running along the bay you will find lovely harbor views, waterfront eateries and unique shopping opportunities.

Choose from several great seafood restaurants like Wharf Tavern or Traffords, or go casual with Blount’s outside Clam Shack! If you get a lobster roll and chowder to go, you can hunker down for a waterfront park picnic down the street – at Burr’s Hill.  Breathe the salty air, hear the seagulls and relax!

Why we love it:  Charming, waterfront and scenic.  

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Scenic Bristol – Quaint Town and Lovely Harbor

Always Something to Discover Here!

The gem of a town is located on 10.1 square miles of a peninsula that includes a smaller sub-peninsula on the west called Poppasquash, with Narragansett Bay to the west and Mount Hope Bay to the east.   Offering miles of lovely coastline, 14 parks, and the starting point of the East Bay Bike Path, Bristol is a great place to spend a day.   This quaint town offers several historical attractions, independently owned shops, and great dining options.  This is a great bet year round!

Stroll the tree lined Hope Street, enjoy lunch at one of the waterview restaurants or plunk yourself down in front of the Harbor.  In summer, the water fills with boats and the Independence Park offers hours of idyllic ways to pass the day, from picnics to frisbee and just plain relaxation.

Why we love it:  Lobster lovers rejoice with a salty lunch at Bristol’s Lobster Pot restaurant!

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Blithewold Mansion – Tour and Lobster

Just Pulling Up to the Mansion is Stunning!

Want to experience a world away from everyday life? Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical.  An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project sets the stage for a visit that is romantic, fresh and inspiring – anytime of year.

The perfect way to experience Blithewold is with lobster, and your visit can be paired with lunch or dinner in the nearby town.  Bristol’s Lobster Pot is right down the street and offers waterviews anytime of the day.  Delicious history!

Why we love it:  A bit of lifestyles of rich and famous!

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  • Mansion: Open April – mid October
  • Garden and Grounds: Open Year Round
  • Admission Ticket Required
  • 101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114) , Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
  • (401) 253-2707
  • info@blithewold.org
  • www.blithewold.org

 

Colt State Park – Lobster Roll Picnic Perfect!

Lots of Wide Open Space for Fun in the Sun

Talk about a gem along the Bristol waterfront!  This park is arguably one of the best picnic spots in Rhode Island. Colt State Park is 464 acres of lawns, stone walls, and curving drives along one of the state’s most spectacular shorelines.

Colt State Park is often referred to as the ‘Gem’ of the State Parks System. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Open year round, the park offers four miles of bicycle trails passing along the Bay and through 464 acres of groomed fruit trees, carefully nurtured flowering bushes, and manicured lawns. Rich in history, it proudly displays ten large playfields, a historical museum, six picnic groves containing 400+ picnic tables, and its popular open air Chapel-By-The-Sea.

Why we love it :  Lobster roll picture perfect, anytime of year!

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Herreshoff Marine Museum – America’s Cup and Lobster

Learn About Legendary Boat Building

The Museum, bordering beautiful Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is a boat lovers dream!  We suggest a visit either before or after a fabulous lobster lunch in downtown historic Bristol.  Your visit will encompass the story of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, a famous boat manufacturer.  Their most legendary accomplishment was the construction of eight consecutive successful defenders of the America’s Cup from 1893 to 1934.

The Museum boasts over sixty significant boats and has great displays and information on America’s Cup.  Its collection include plaques honoring the inductees; half-hull models of challengers and defenders; artifacts including spars, steering wheels, and tank test model hulls; and special exhibits about the America’s Cup.You will leave feeling quite nautical and inspired by the surrounding waters of Bristol!

Why we love it:  An incredible piece of maritime history.

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East Bay Bike Path – Roll for the Day!

Work Up an Appetite for a Lobster Roll

Weaving its way through Bristol, this is part of the larger East Bay Bicycle Path.  Hugging the shores of Narragansett Bay, it is a 14 mile paved path from Bristol in the south and north to India Point Park in Providence.  You can take detour paths off the main route, like lovely Colt State Park in Bristol.  Spend an hour or spend the day!

In Bristol, watch for an intersection on the path marked by bike racks. Here, a path leads to the Rhode Island Audubon Society’s Environmental Education Center. The center features a state-of-the art, fully accessible natural history museum and aquarium, as well as all-season guided tours, nature walks and special family programs.

Why we love it:  This is a beautiful bike path, lots of water views and shady sections.

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Southeast Lighthouse – Photos, Views and Lobster Picnics

One of Two Stunning Lighthouses on Block Island

With gorgeous ocean views you can photograph beautiful vistas over the bluffs and this lighthouse.  If you fancy a stroll to this beauty it is 30 mins from the ferry terminal (Block Island is accessible via ferry from Point Judith, RI, New London, CT, and Montauk, NY. )  Of course many visitors reach the Southeast Light by bike as part of a great lobster themed day on Block Island!

For fun and exploration, there is a small museum and gift shop in the lighthouse, and the tower is open for tours in the summer.  Established in 1875, this historic light offers one of the best sunrise photo opps on the island – but we also recommend this amazing spot for a picnic (yes, lobster roll style.)  Grab a picnic to go and one of the local restaurants and enjoy some splendid ocean views with lobster lunch!

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Awe inspiring place for a Shelfie (lobster inspired selfie) and lobster roll picnics!

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Lighthouse and Lobster Afternoon – Worth the Bike/Hike

Located on the Northern Tip of the Island

With gorgeous sunset views, the North Lighthouse makes for a perfect pairing of a late lobster lunch and sunset on Block Island.  However, this is also a perfect place to visit any time of day.  The North Light is surrounded by waterviews and white sand dunes.  A must visit for those touring the island by bike!

Visitors should note that reaching the lighthouse requires walking for about 20 minutes from the parking area on a sandy beach.  The lighthouse is open daily from late June to mid-September, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; weekends only in spring and fall.

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it:  Peace inspiring place for a Sunset Shelfie (lobster inspired selfie.)

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Roll Around Block Island – By Bike or Moped

Fun Way to Tour the Island

This lovely, serene and pristine island is perfect for day trips or getaway weekends.  A perfect day includes a bike rental so you can see the sights at a leisurely pace.  Island Mopeds & Bikes is conveniently located right in town, a quick jaunt from the traditional ferry landing. A perfect place to start your day on wheels is Block Island’s Historical Society which is right down the road (entrance is free).

A suggested next stop on your pedal tour is Mohegan Bluffs, the most amazing view on the Island.  Head back to Old Town for Lunch (steamed lobster or a lobster roll) and then spend the afternoon visiting the two lighthouses (South and North Light.)  Stop in between for a beach rest and stroll the sandy shores or just gaze out and fine your island inner peace.

Why we love it:   You can tour Block Island at your own pace!

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  • 7 Miles Long and 3 Miles Wide
  • 12 Miles from the Rhode Island Coast Line
  • New Shoreham is Block Island’s Only Town
  • www.blockislandinfo.com

Newport Mansions Tour with Lobster – At Your Leisure

Lavish Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Nothing seems more luxurious sometimes than indulging in Lobster. However couple that with a visit to a Newport Mansion or two and you have a perfect pairing.  Newport is world famous for Mansions and of course seafood (a la Lobster.)

The Newport Mansions are presented by The Preservation Society of Newport County, with 11 historic properties and landscapes – seven of which are National Historic Landmarks.  Located on what is affectionately know as Ten Mile Drive, these jaw dropping mansions were built in the the late 1800s when many wealthy New Yorkers escaped to Newport during warm summers.  These families starting building “summer cottages” with each growing increasingly larger than the next.   Tours are available for one of several as a package and makes for a stunning day in Newport.

Be sure to head into town before or after for a steamed lobster or lobster roll.  Bon Appétit!

Why we love it:  Ironically, in the 1800s lobster was considered food for servants. Now, it’s a symbol of luxury living!  

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Cliff Walk and Lobster – A “Must Do” Newport Experience

One of Newport’s Top Attractions!

An incredible day time activity with breathtaking views of the ocean and mansions, the Cliff Walk along the eastern shore of Newport, RI is world famous as a public access walk.  It combines the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline with the architectural history of Newport’s gilded age.   What makes Cliff Walk unique is that it is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District.

Important to note?  The walk runs 3.5 miles and about two-thirds of the walk is in easy walking condition.  Wear good shoes and remember you can do all of the walk, or just a short portion – this incredible walk is taken by people of all ages.   Accessing the Cliff Walk?  Five State of RI designated rights-of-way to Cliff Walk are marked with brass plaques at Webster St., Narragansett Ave., Ledge Rd., Ruggles Ave., and Seaview Ave.

Of course, you WILL work up an appetite for lobster with all this exercise.  Spiced Pear is at one end of the walk and is more of a fancy lobster option.  If you head back into the nearby town, Brick Alley Pub and Clark & Cooke House are favorites.

Why we love it?  You can eat as much lobster as you want and then burn off the calories!

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  • Free / 365 Days A Year
  • Sunrise to Sunset
  • Several Public Access Points
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes
  • www.cliffwalk.com

Mohegan Bluffs – Natural Bucket List Experience

Serene and Spectacular Overlooking Lighthouse Cove

Located on the southern shore of Block Island,  Mohegan Bluffs are large clay cliffs about 150 feet high, with breathtaking views and beach. There is a fun staircase with over 135 steps leading down to the beach and can be quite a climb – but well worth it!  Pristine and untouched by time, this rocky and picturesque stretch at the bottom of the bluffs offers beach combing, sunbathing, walks and of course in incredible place for a lobster roll picnic.   Please note that the surf can be very rough so not an ideal place for swimming, however it’s mesmerizing to sit and watch the waves roll in.

You can get here by a walking, an island taxi or by bike/moped.  Spend an hour or a day and be sure to pack water and snacks as there are no facilities. Serene and spectacular, this is one of our favorite spots to take a Shelfie (a lobster inspired selfie.)

Why we love it?  One of…if not THE highlight of a lobster inspired trip to Block Island!

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Block Island – A Lovely Lobster Day for Friends and Family

Quintessential New England 

You can only travel to Block Island by ferry and that is part of its charm.  Pristine and lovely, it is quintessential New England with white sand beaches, towering bluffs, quaint town and historic inns.

Steps from the traditional boat – you have Ballard’s.  With a mammoth dining hall, outdoor oceanfront seating and drink service on the beach, this is heaven for the lobster lovers’ friends and family.   Lobster dinners, lobster rolls, and other seafood and non seafood specialties are sure to please everyone.  The view and laid back style truly feels like a mini vacation and absolutely memorable.

Another option for toes in the sand, is the National Hotel across the street from the Old Harbor Ferry.   Offering a harbor view, nice breezes and covered outdoor seating – this is another lovely place for a lobster roll and relaxation. Kick back and watch the world walk by while eating and glory in the history with a peek inside the  hotel lobby before leaving.

Enjoy the day with a bike or moped rental, browse little shops in the small but charming town or eat and bask in the sun.  Block Island is a world unto itself and a must do once in your lifetime.

Why we love it:  Melt away the stress with sand, sun and lobster!

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  • Year Round Ferry Service from Point Judith, RI and Newport RI and Fall River, MA
  • New Shoreham is the only town on Block Island
  • Tourism Council: 40 Center Road, Block Island, RI 02807
  • (401) 466-5200
  • www.blockislandinfo.com

Newport Food Tours – Including Lobstah!

Enjoy a Neighborhood Food & Cultural Walking Tour

Newport Food Tours cover a lot of ground and foods (including lobster.)  It’s great to have a guide on this walking tour!  Experience culinary dishes from historic taverns to a waterfront cafe, a hip hamburg & hot dog haven, a hidden seafood shack and local bakery cafe.  This fun tour supports locally owned restaurants, pubs, taverns and farms where the locals know to go.  In addition, explore the early colonial architecture and culture of Newport wand share the neighborhood history.

Newport Neighborhood Food Tour Guide Sheet offers fun facts and tasting location info with a map – so you can know where to go back to later. Tours (scheduled April – November) are held rain or shine and tickets must be purchased in advance you could try here.  Have fun!

Why we love it? An engaging, fun and delicious way to explore foodie Newport.

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Fish ‘n Tales Adventures – Lobster Boat Tours

Learn What It’s Like to Fish for Lobster

Want to see lobsters up close and personal? Head down to the end of Bowen’s Wharf in historic Newport and climb aboard the 50′ Maine-built wooden lobster boat F/V Northeastern for your 90-minute marine adventure!  You’ll motor out to some of the best lobster fishing grounds in New England and watch  how lobster traps are hauled up from the sea floor.   Then, you’ll get to work helping the crew sort the catch, throwing the small lobsters back into the sea, and re-baiting the traps.

Learn what’s it’s like  to be a lobsterman on beautiful Narragansett Bay from Capt. Rob DeMasi, a commercial lobsterman who set as many as 1,200 traps from north of Rocky Point to Deep Hole –  30 miles southeast of Point Judith.   His in-depth knowledge of marine biology and the fishing industry comes from years of bringing fish, shellfish and lobsters to local markets.    Call for tickets and schedule information.

Why we love it:  It’s a part sightseeing, part “roll up your sleeves”  lobster learning adventure!

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Newport, Rhode Island Offers Amazing Scenery

Lovely Seaside Town Full of Lobster Restaurants!

Newport Rhode Island is a visual stunner, overflowing with seafood restaurants, wonderful inns and nautical shops.  It makes for a great place to visit for a day, a weekend or a week!

Stroll along the quaint streets, soak in harbor views (lobster boats mixed with yachts) and enjoy the endless lobster dining options.  If you stay, make sure to book in-town to live like a local.  Everything is in walking distance and this is quite a place for people watching.  Sit outside in warmer months, boat watch, have sunset cocktails, enjoy a steamed lobster dinner and plan a lobster roll picnic lunch as picnic along world famous 10 Mile Drive.

Why we love it:  World famous for sea, sailing, mansions, scenery and lobster dinners.

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  • Approximately 75 Mile South of Boston
  • Known for Gilded Age Mansions and Cliff Walk
  • Easton’s Beach – Most Popular, Public Beach
  • www.discovernewport.org

Newport RI Ocean Drive – Bucket List #6

Newport, Rhode Island

Bucket List Must:  Just visiting Newport is in itself high on our list.  While in Newport do Ten Mile Drive (also known as Ocean Drive) which offers incredible mansion viewing and amazing coastline.  Bring lobster rolls for lunch and find numerous spots to have a picnic lunch along the drive.  If seeking a sit down with a fantastic number of lobster entrees for lunch and dinner, Benjamin’s in town offers cozy seating in winter or covered porch in summer (our favorite is the 2nd floor.)

Along your journey be sure to stop at Brenton Point State Park which offers an incredible picnic spot, ocean views, scenic strolls and Shelfies (lobster inspired selfies.)  During the summer, there are usually kites flying high in the breeze and an ideal spot to linger during your ride.   Certainly one of the (if not most) picturesque drives in Rhode Island.

Why we love it:  This is one of the most popular drives in the country! 

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  • Start at Thames Street (on the water side of the street). 
  • Highlights include Brenton Cove Shore, East Passage of Narragansett, Ocean Drive
    and Bellevue Avenue
  • www.oceandrivenewport.com

Summer Lobster Boils on Rhode Island Beach

A Quintessentially New England Experience

On select Friday evenings throughout the summer, join in on a traditional New England lobster boil and bbq, held on the private Ocean House beach.

Relax on the sand and watch the sunset while you enjoy a buffet of local seafood, grill classics and sides, and listen to live music from a local band. $110 per adult and $55 per child, includes buffet, limited bar and entertainment (excludes tax and gratuity).

Why we love it: Although it’s on the beach, this place is ultra fancy.  Lifestyles of the rich and famous!

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  • Reservations Required
  • Summer Only
  • 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, Rhode Island 02891
  • (855) 678-0364
  • www.oceanhouseevents.com

 

Explore a Lobster Lovers Day Trip #1 – Beach It Up!

Fun in the Sun Along the Coast

Lil ‘o Rhody is affectionately known by locals as Rhode Island.  A small state but packed with beaches, seafood and charm!  From any points in the Ocean State or Southeastern Massachusetts, South County RI makes a great day trip.  As you drive towards the beaches, the stress slips away and the air becomes filled with salty breezes and seagulls.

One of our favorites is East Beach in Rhode Island which is 3 miles of gorgeous shoreline and it usually includes a visit to Matunuck Oyster Bar .  This lovely little slice of seafood heaven has plenty of lobster and endless other seafood delights.  It’s airy, delicious, and come as you are. It’s a destination in itself! If you go: The outdoor patio at Matunuck Oyster Bar turns magical at night.

Why we love it:   The beach is a natural treasure!

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Newport RI Sternman – View the Lobster Boats

Catching the Lobster on Our Plates

Brad has been helping lobster boat Captain Lanny for three years. With his wife working a few hundred feet away in the Newport Lobster Shack, Brad is part of an effort to sell lobster fresh from the boat. The shack is part of a co-op made up of independently owned lobstermen who sell their catch directly to hungry lobster lovers!  The “shack” is just that situated on Pier 9 in scenic downtown Newport.  This is the place to see some lobster boats up close, with marine vessels of all sizes and plenty of seagulls in the air.

In order to provide a steady stream of lobster for consumers to enjoy, Brad and fellow lobster fishermen are up in the morning around 4 am to start work. The delicious end result is the option to purchase live lobster to make at home or to enjoy steamed with drawn butter on rustic picnic tables nearby.

Why we love it:  Grab an overstuffed lobster roll at the shack and enjoy while checking out the lobster boats.  Be on the lookout for Brad!

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Fort Adams State Park – Pack a Lobster Roll Picnic

Fun for the Family 

A visit to Newport Rhode Island is a fun trip anytime of year.  It’s harbor, shops, restaurants and scenic drives make this a great place to play, stay and indulge in lobster.   So many choices abound in this beautiful town by the sea, and dining ranges from ultra fancy to lobster shack chic.  Today, we are leaning toward the take and go kind of lobster, where you can eat it on a picnic and not worry about butter dripping down your chin.  Head to Fort Adams State Park.    Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, this public space offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.  In addition to picnicking, the park offers a wide range of activities including salt water bathing, fishing, boating and more!

Where to get lobster for your picnic?   Visit the Newport Lobster Shack  just 6 or 7 miles from the park.  Owned and operated by local lobstermen, Newport Lobster Shack offers steamed lobster, lobster rolls, and even something called lobster belly bombs – similar to a clam cakes but made with lobster.   At last check this lobster shack closes at 6 pm, so get there early.  Find it at 150 Long Wharf Newport RI (State Pier 9.)

Why we love it:   The views!   Great place to kick back and soak up the sun. 

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Sail Away – Ferry to Fairy Tale Block Island

Getting There is Half the Fun! 

Accessible only by ferry, Block Island off on mainland Rhode Island is about quaint as they come.  Oozing old New England charm, historic inns and sand beaches – you can step off the boat and 100 yards to lobster roll heaven.  The ferry ride itself is a thrill, with the traditional ferry taking 55 mins or the fast speed ferry with a shorter time frame (30 mins) and air conditioned comfort. No matter how you get here, outdoor seating beckons – beach front, harbor front or inside for A/C.

The Block Island Ferry is worth the ride all be itself as you watch the Galilee area slide by, with cute beach shacks and a rock jetty with people waving. Riders can sun themselves on the outside decks with sounds of seagulls and enjoy the salty air.  Soon, Block Island itself slips into view and arrival views are lovely.  Whether on the traditional or high speed ferry, upon arrival and spilling out onto the island docks…you know you are somewhere special.  Head for the beach (there are many perfect for a lobster roll and ocean views) or stop into one of the numerous restaurants and enjoy a roll “al fresco”.

Why we love it:  Same day / roundtrip fares available.  

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