Fort Adams’ Long, Unwieldy Legacy

Over its lifetime, it defended the City by the Sea, crumbled with neglect and, now, is a hot spot attraction for history buffs.
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Photograph courtesy of Fort Adams Trust.

Where to eat

White Horse Tavern
Step back in time as you feast on locally sourced cuisine inside America’s oldest tavern. Dating to 1673, the White Horse Tavern offers homestyle New England food while embracing its historic roots. Enjoy a plate of fresh seafood from the raw bar or indulge in hearty selections of meats, vegetables, soups and more. 26 Marlborough St., Newport, 849-3600, whitehorsenewport.com.

Salvation Cafe
Serving a host of multicultural dishes and exotic cocktails, Salvation Cafe is an eccentric and lively bohemian restaurant on Broadway. While you may come for the vibrant ambience, you’ll stay for the tantalizing cuisine. The innovative menu offers locally sourced seasonal specialties that balance the familiar taste of home with international flavors. 140 Broadway, Newport, 847-2620, salvationcafe.com.

A short drive away
Flo’s Clam Shack
For a classic seafood experience, head to Flo’s Clam Shack along Easton’s Beach in Middletown. This local favorite is a Newport County institution and has been feeding the island for more than eighty years. Using only the freshest ingredients, it’s no wonder why Flo’s is the restaurant of choice for many. With more than forty million clam cakes sold, it’s safe to say that these folks know what they’re doing when it comes to seafood. 4 Wave Ave., Middletown, 847-8141, flosclamshacks.com.

Rhea’s Kitchen
Best known for its barbecue ribs, Rhea’s Kitchen offers homestyle cuisine in a warm and friendly space. The menu focuses on the use of fresh and organic ingredients to create high-quality comfort food. Indulge in the specialty slow-cooked ribs or keep it simple with a classic soup, salad or burger. 120 West Main Rd., Middletown, 841-5560, rheaskitchen.com.

Where to explore

Cliff Walk
This scenic three-and-a-half-mile path along the coast offers breathtaking ocean views and glimpses of Newport’s historic mansions. The Cliff Walk is one of New England’s most beloved attractions for its stunning scenery and architectural history and was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1975. Despite a lengthy history of estate owners attempting to bar access to the path, the Cliff Walk is protected as a public access site to be enjoyed 365 days a year by Newport residents and visitors alike. 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 845-5300, cliffwalk.com.

National Museum of American Illustration
Housed in the Vernon Court mansion, Newport’s National Museum of American Illustration features art by more than 150 artists and is the first national museum dedicated entirely to American illustration. Take a tour of the museum and immerse in America’s cultural history as you behold the works of Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and Howard Pyle, to name a few. 492 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 851-8949, americanillustration.org.

A short drive away
Newport Vineyards
Home to New England’s largest grower of wine grapes, Newport Vineyards is a family-owned winery and brewery offering events all year long. Learn about the winemaking process as you tour the winery and vineyards and partake in a tasting of estate-grown wines. When you’re done, visit the Taproot Brewing Company, which serves locally sourced farm-to-table food and craft beer that’s brewed onsite. 909 East Main Rd., Middletown, 848-5161, newportvineyards.com.

Dudek Bowling Lanes
Family-owned and operated since 1938, Dudek Bowling is a favorite Rhode Island duckpin alley that provides great entertainment for every age. The state-of-the-art lanes, automated scoring system and friendly service make Dudek a fan-favorite among Rhode Islanders for everything from birthday parties to catching up with friends. 409 Child St., Warren, 245-9471, dudekbowling.com.

Step back in time with reenactments of the Civil War at Fort Adams. Photograph courtesy of Fort Adams Trust.

Where to shop

Newport Sock Exchange
This fun and unusual niche store offers a plethora of novelty socks for kids and adults alike. Snag a pair featuring your favorite animals, superheroes, foods and more, or even a pair of the coveted scented socks. The best part? Every purchase benefits the Newport Coffee Cup Project, a nonprofit organization that provides seniors with free transportation services. 468 Thames St., Newport, 437-4400, newportsockexchange.com.

Aardvark Antiques
Specializing in collections of striking architectural antiques and bronze furnishings, Aardvark Antiques is a one-of-a-kind shop of vintage relics from around the world. Offering grandiose items like stained glass windows, wrought iron gates, lighting fixtures, architectural elements, furniture and stone sculptures, this is certainly not your typical antique store. Additionally, the company offers its own division of welding and restoration services. 9 JT Connell Hwy., Newport, 849-7233, aardvarkantiques.com.

A short drive away
Imagine Gift Store
If you’re seeking out New England’s largest gift store, look no further than your own backyard. Imagine Gift Store in Warren is home to three floors of unusual and whimsical toys, games, accessories, decor, apparel and more, as well as a nostalgic candy shop featuring more than 500 favorites. This Rhode Island treasure will have you feeling like a little kid all over again. 5 Miller St., Warren, 245-4200, giftimagine.com.

Barrington Books
This fan-favorite independent bookstore is a must-visit for any bibliophile. Browse a diverse range of books, toys, vinyl and unique gifts and receive personalized recommendations from friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you’re looking for a cozy place to slow down and enjoy the magic of new stories, Barrington Books is the place to go. 184 County Rd., Barrington, 245-7925, barringtonbooks.com.

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