Under the guidance of experienced cyclists with spellbinding quadriceps, you'll gleefully glide atop a 21-speed hybrid all-terrain bicycle as you soak in stellar views of the City by the Sea. Tour itineraries are flexible enough to accommodate the abilities and desires of each group of riders, but tours often pass through the scenic Sachuest Point National Wildlife Preserve, Norman’s Bird Sanctuary, downtown Newport, and Bellevue Avenue's row of historic mansions without the crippling financial risk of landing on Park Place. The pace of pedaling is determined by each group, with complete roundabouts ranging between one and two hours in length and traversing anywhere from 5 to 20 miles of land. At the time of your tour, you may choose to upgrade to a two-hour journey for an additional $15 charge.
Every year come springtime, Jamestown Newport Ferry's vessels wake from their winter slumbers to tote passengers around lower Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. Since 1974—when boats finally replaced motorized sea turtles as the main form of water transportation––the service has made summer travels a cinch with one-way and round-trip ferry rides to the region's scenic shores. Passengers enjoy unlimited hop-on, hop-off capabilities that allow them to sightsee, join historical tours, visit museums, and savor new dining experiences. Jamestown Newport Ferry rents out its ships, Jamestown and Katherine, for special events, too, including birthdays, weddings, and company outings.
The Preservation Society of Newport County protects and showcases Newport's one-of-a-kind architectural heritage. During tours of Newport's museum-houses, visitors get a glimpse into three centuries of American history, from the French Baroque styling of Rosecliff, high-Victorian splendor and fancy French name of Chateau-sur-mer. Tourists can trace the steps of some of America's most wealthy families as they explore latter-day castles such as Cornelius Vanderbilt II's The Breakers or the Isaac Bell House. Special events give guests a hands-on insight to the everyday people that worked in New England's most famous mansions, while annual occasions such as the Newport Flower show celebrate the treasured traditions and landscapes of Newport each year.
From its bustling downtown perch, Life is Good Newport doles out its own brand of casual, comfortable duds, which don signature, light-hearted graphics exemplifying life's wonderful advantages. The men's crusher-tee Sailing Icon displays the wearer's love for careening along frothy spumes ($25), while the Enjoy the Ride sleep tee prepares men for nights of counting sheep or spooning with their power tools ($26). The Good Ol' Days Café creamy tee ($25) and Daisy Deep Magenta creamy long-sleeve tee swaddle womanly torsos in silky-soft, 100% sueded cotton ($36). Parents can wrangle rug rats into the Orange Rhino baby romper ($25), or pack nutritious goodies in the Good Kids daisy-rouge lunch box ($15).
Alex and Ani's jewelry is designed to be not only beautiful, but inspirational and unique. Within the shop, customers can take a seat in the formidable designers' chair at the bangle bar to begin the process of customizing their choice of adornment. Each piece is expandable to ensure a perfect wrist or finger-hugging fit. From stacks of Russian gold wrist bangles piled high with Byzantine coin pendants and metal beads, to simple hoop earrings dripping with glass teardrop beads, to men's wire bracelets, there is something for everyone in the Alex and Ani treasure trove. Browse their chic yet trendy collection of bracelets, rings, earrings, and hair accessories to bedeck yourself for the holiday season or give the gift of glimmering appendages.
It takes a village to plan a wedding. Engaged couples need a lot of help planning their nuptials, a quest which can include finding a hairstylist that can mold the perfect pin curl or reserving a reception space that can accommodate an enormous guest list. Rhode Island Wedding Group streamlines the wedding research process by allying 38 local wedding-industry vendors into one unstoppable wedding taskforce. Brides- and grooms-to-be can call upon their assistance via email or by tossing a bouquet into the night sky to act as a homing beacon. Couples only need to fill out a brief request form to get a steady stream of information on vendors that meet the couples' nuptial needs.