The Love Story Behind Newport’s Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House

Romance and mystery swirl around an eighteenth-century Colonial on Broadway, once home to a playboy-turned-respectable citizen.
Photography by Chris Vaccaro

Great places for foodies

The Wharf Pub
As far as exteriors go, this one’s pretty unassuming, but it’s worth venturing inside. Nestled among the restaurants of Bowen’s Wharf, this rustic tavern has meals that fill up and satisfy. The menu features seafood, salad and sliders, but save room for the pub’s terrific tater tots: They’re bacon wrapped and tossed in BBQ sauce. 37 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 619–5672,

If you’re on a mission for a good burger or dog, check out this popular eatery. Mission grinds its meat in-house and has a special sauce that will have you lickin’ your lips. Add some other goodies to bedazzle your burger, along with an order of hand-cut fries. Don’t forget to try a house-made popsicle for a yummy, palate-cleansing treat. 29 Marlborough St., Newport, 619–5560,

Let’s be honest: Breakfast food is awesome and can (and should) be eaten anytime of day. If you’re a brekkie fanatic, this joint on Bellevue serves American comfort food and breakfast favorites from open till close. From Benedicts to omelets to hotcakes, the options are endless, and all taste good washed down with a cuppa. 176 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849–6731,

A Short Drive Away
You don’t have to travel across the pond to get a taste of Bavaria; just take a drive to Bristol. Load up on German specialties (weinerschnitzel and sauerbraten anyone?) and say a hearty prost as you drink brews served in porcelain beer steins. 444 Thames St., Bristol, 254–1188,

The Square Peg
The Square Peg knows what it’s good at and doesn’t try to fit into a round hole. Located on the corner of Water and Miller streets, this Warren restaurant flips burgers and serves up fresh seafood and sandwiches. Try the P.B.R. burger, loaded with fried pickles, bacon and homemade ranch or build your own for a one-of-a-kind creation. 51 Miller St., Warren, 215–3831,

Spinnakers Cafe
Take a jaunt across the bridge for food and ice cream by the sea. From seafood to salads to toasted subs and kiddie meals, there’s fun, family-friendly food for everyone. Try a delectable dessert, like Richardson’s Ice Cream; whether it’s in a cup, cone or sundae, you can’t go wrong. 3 East Ferry Wharf, Jamestown, 423–3077,

Pink Pig BBQ
Slabs of brisket, shredded pork and gratuitous servings of sides are heaped onto your paper tray at this barbecue joint with locations in Jamestown and Warwick. Everything comes with a side of house-made pickles, which provide a bright contrast to the hefty meats you’ll gorge on. 35D Narragansett Ave., Jamestown; 63 Airport Rd., Warwick, 297-3258,

Great places to shop

Newport Mansions Store on Bannister’s Wharf
Did you visit the famous Newport Mansions and forget to buy a souvenir? Pick up a postcard, a book or even home decor at the flagship store located on Bannister’s Wharf to remind you of your visit to beautiful Newport. All purchases support the mission of the Preservation Society of Newport County. 1 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, 849–9900,

Soap and Water
Visit this one-stop shop for bath and body products, from a fuzzy robe to keep you warm in the long winter months to an Italian throw to curl under while you read a book by the fire. Want your home smelling fresh and clean this winter? Grab a home fragrance or candle for the perfect scent. 16 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 619–5514,

Summer Ties
Make a distinctive statement with a new tie. Whether you are a necktie or a bowtie kinda guy, there are different styles and prints for everyone’s taste. Don’t forget a matching pocket square and cufflinks to pull together a clean, preppy look. 424 Thames St., Newport, 795–2040,

A Short Drive Away
Imagine Gift Store
Imagine all the knick knacks you’ll find inside here. The store is vibrant purple from the outside, so prepare to be amazed for what’s inside. With three different levels, shoppers can peruse home decor, bath and body products, jewelry and unique gifts, including local Rhody products. Don’t forget to grab a bag of candy from the candy room on the way out and snap a picture with one of the famous cows. 5 Miller St., Warren, 245–4200,

Kate and Company
This little treasure shop nestled on lower Hope Street carries gourmet food and chocolates, home decor, jewelry and clothing. Visit Angelina’s Coffee and Espresso next door to start your shopping right, then pop on in to Kate and Company for a sweet little treat. 301 Hope St., Bristol, 253–3117,

Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar
Let’s not forget about our furry best friends. Buy Fido a new toy at this pet boutique and healthy pet marketplace. A special treat from the bakery or a new collar and leash are sure to make him the talk (and walk) of the town. 31 Bradford St., Bristol, 289–2341,

Great places to explore

Fort Adams
Explore the fortress from the top of the tall walls to the depths of the underground tunnels in an hour-long guided tour. Take in the spectacular views of the bay from the fort’s scenic overlook and experience 180 years of American history and military culture. 90 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, 841–0707,

Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium
See the more than forty species that lurk around Narragansett Bay at Save the Bay’s interactive marine science center. Plunge your hand in the waters of one of the three touch tanks and give the creatures a touch if you dare. If underwater wildlife isn’t your forte, you can also take part in activities and interactive museum around the aquarium. 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 324–6020,

The International Tennis Hall of Fame
Take a guided or self-guided tour of the history of tennis, celebrate the champions and view the grounds at the Tennis Hall of Fame. Snap
pictures of your favorite players and get involved with the newly renovated interactive visits. Will you be the next hall of famer? 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 849–3990,

A Short Drive Away
Coggeshall Farm
Explore eighteenth-century farm life in Rhode Island within forty-eight acres of woodland, fields and a salt marsh. Experience the roles that men, women and children held during the founding years of our country in hands-on experiences, and be prepared to get down and dirty. And make sure to mark your calendar from February 21 to 26, because the farm is open for maple sugaring. 1 Colt Dr., Bristol, 253–9062,



Relax, Refresh and Rejuvenate

The Bodhi Spa
This rejuvenating health experience offers the art of detoxification through hot mineral baths, infrared and electric saunas, aromatherapy steams, cold plunges and organic skin care. What’s better than relaxing after a long work week in a hot, steamy bath? 654 Thames St., Newport, 619–4916,

The Apothecary Newport
A burst of bubblegum pink walls and glitzy chandeliers paint a girly picture at this premier skin care boutique and salon. Get a facial, wax or a massage to refresh your body, or try a new makeup product and have a stylist match your foundation to your skin color perfectly. 39 Memorial Blvd. W, Newport, 324–6253,

Bodycraft Massage Therapy
Allow a masseuse to weave together several massage techniques as you experience true relaxation physically, emotionally and spiritually. Close your eyes and let all your stresses wash away as the tension from your neck, back or other body parts slowly succumb to total relaxation. 174 Bellevue Ave., Suite 315, Newport, 480–3360,

Spa Fjor at the Hotel Viking
Treat yourself to a Balinese-inspired massage at this spa in the Hotel Viking. The Thai body rituals melt away the stresses of the world, with other offerings including a vitamin C treatment for damaged skin and a guy-friendly Alpha Male treatment that offers deep exfoliation and hydration. The Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 847-3300,

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