Newport Majestic Cruises provides finless mammals with opportunities to take in the seaside sights of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Embark on a two-hour, coast-hugging harbor tour aboard the Majestic, Newport’s beautifully buoyant luxury yacht. Passengers pause inside the climate-controlled cabin before emerging as boat-born butterflies on one of three exterior decks while voice-over veterans nourish brains with sightseeing scoops, maritime mythology, and fresh air. The boat’s refreshments feature a buffet luncheon prepared on board by the cruises' Executive Chef, Percy Cook, providing mariners with enough beverage and snack options to satiate out-to-sea appetites and includes also includes. Guests can also revel in features that include two full service bars and climate controlled interior decks.
Visitors to Rhino Bar & Grille can wipe the words “bored” and “hungry” from their vocabularies. In addition to a menu of hearty, fun-to-eat food such as saucy wings, Black Angus burgers, and fish 'n' chips, the bar offers bottles of Heineken by the bucketful, keeping patrons hydrated enough to sing along with frequent live music from local bands. DJs also amp up the atmosphere, and a pool table ensures that there is always someplace for customers to lie down for a communal nap.
Now in its 16th season riding the rails, the Newport Dinner Train whisks up to 200 passengers through the lush lands and rich history of Aquidneck Island. A 44-ton diesel engine powers the locomotive, which pulls vintage 1940s dining cars, similar to the ones grandparents had to haul barefoot through the snow on their way to school each morning.
When sitting down to eat inside the Bay Voyage Inn's waterfront dining room, the view of Narragansett Bay expands to the horizons, the waters calm and blue beneath a cordial sky visible through the wall-spanning windows. The Victorian-style house feels so rooted here that it's hard to believe it was actually built across the bay on Aquidneck Island and was floated on a raft to its current roost. Ever since that day in 1889, the classic Victorian beach house has rested no more than 40 feet from the shore on Conanicut Island, with its myriad windows forever turned toward the bay. No longer a house, it now contains a traditional New England inn and gourmet restaurant.
In the Bay Voyage's kitchen, head chef Casey Shea whips up American dishes with local and organic fish and produce to form recipes of his own invention. During the resort's holiday brunches, which have earned the title of the state's best brunch from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, he lays out eggs benedict, carving meats, and house-made pastries. Servers ferry these plates, and those of lunch and dinner services, to white-clothed tables throughout the nautical-themed dining rooms. An 1890s-style lounge area with a bar finished in dark mahogany stands toward the front of the house to welcome patrons and confuse visiting time travelers.
From balconies in any of the inn's 33 one-bedroom suites, guests can peer out at sailboats cavorting by the bridge and along the bay. Each room contains Victorian furniture and all the modern creature comforts of home. Outside the rooms, a host of amenities such as a fitness center, outdoor pool, and hot tub let guests exercise or relax. With just a short walk along the harbor, guests can explore Jamestown's historic buildings or take on an afternoon of windsurfing and parasailing.
K. LaMay's Steamed Cheeseburgers charms taste buds with trademark patties, which have garnered a Best Burger ranking from the Record-Journal in 2009, 2010, and 2011 in addition to hearty press coverage. Slices of sharp cheddar cheese migrate from Wisconsin to roost atop beef slabs fresh from the steamers, creating single ($4.50) or double ($6.50) steamed cheeseburgers engineered by vapor king Kevin LaMay and his jovial staff. Diners can veer jaws and dexterous elbows away from the joint's namesake to nosh on a steak sandwich ($4.99) or a dozen chicken nuggets ($3) and repose their meaty treats on crispy beds of fries or onion rings ($2.50). Patrons can prompt bubbly abdominal sensations with sips of locally made Foxon Park sodas ($1.50), which perch in a cooler alongside hunks of the signature cheese available for purchase.
Originally hailing from Trelawny, Jamaica, the friendly gourmands at JerkFish whip up well-prepared Jamaican dishes synthesized from fresh ingredients each day, providing diners with authentic, down-home cooking in a casual, comfortable environment. A wide array of piquant dishes pepper the expansive menu with a host of island flavors not limited to Kraken. Spice up your stamp-licker with zesty starters like the jerk wings ($5.95 for seven wings, $9.95 for 14 wings), before proceeding to belt-chafing plates like the tasty oxtail ($7 small, $9 medium, $11 large) or well-behaved curry chicken ($5.50 small, $7.50 large, $9.50 large). Leaf lovers may wish to dig into a pile of veggie-friendly selections such as the plantains ($1.50 small, $3 large) or vegetable patties ($1.75 each), while digestive shepherds can usher a herd of curried goat down their gullets ($7 small, $9 medium, $11 large).