When you are looking for a new city to visit and explore, Narragansett, Rhode Island is a great option to consider. The city of Narragansett is located in eastern Rhode Island along the Atlantic Ocean. While it has a year round population of around 15,000, it typically more than doubles due to the variety of activities that it has to offer, which draws people from all over the northeast United States.
Head to the Beach
One of the most popular activities that people enjoy in the Narragansett area during the summer months involves heading to the local beaches. This city offers a wide range of public beaches for people to enjoy. Some of the most popular spots to head to for fun and sun include Narragansett Beach, Roger Wheeler State Beach and Salty Brine State Beach. All of these are beautiful beaches that will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the Atlantic coast.
If you enjoy being out on the water and catching fish, Narragansett has plenty of great options for you to enjoy. The city offers several different private boat fishing charter options. Some of these include Captain Sheriff’s Fishing Charter and C-Devil II Sportfishing. Both of these tours will take you to some of the best spots in the area where you can catch bass, cod and flounder and several other types of fish.
If you would like to experience the ocean without fishing, there are also a variety of options to consider. There are several different companies that offer sightseeing charters that can allow you to enjoy the coast. These include sunrise and sunset cruises or whale watching excursions.
Narragansett, RI is a great place to visit anytime of the year. During the summer months there continues to be a lot of attractions to enjoy that make this city a great place for your next vacation.
Jamestown is so charming and tranquil, I recommend planning an overnight stay. You’re only 10 minutes (by car or ferry) from the hustle and bustle of Newport, and at the end of a long day, you can return to a quiet retreat. Here are some great lodging options in Jamestown:
East Bay Bed & Breakfast
This small B&B has four guest rooms, all with private baths, WiFi and flat-screen TVs with DVD player. The decor is a mix of contemporary and antique furnishings for a clean, inviting style. Guests can enjoy the full breakfast each morning either in the formal dining room or at individual tables on the three-season porch. Complimentary bottled water and afternoon snacks is a nice touch. The East Bay Bed & Breakfast is just a short stroll to Jamestown’s restaurants.
Lionel Champlin Guest House
This lovingly restored Victorian beach cottage has five guest rooms, all with private baths and WiFi, as well an apartment with separate entrance and full kitchen. Guests are welcome to enjoy the relaxing front porch and common living areas, where they’ll find a guest refrigerator and cable TV. Coffee, tea and homemade pastries are offered each morning. The Lionel Champlin Guest House close to everything you’ll need in Jamestown.
Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn
This 31-unit timeshare property has one-bedroom units that sleep four people (there’s a sofabed in the living room). The “kitchenette” has a small sink, fridge and microwave, but not much counter space. Some rooms have nice views of the harbor and there is an outdoor pool.
Wyndham Newport Overlook
This timeshare property has 19 two-level units with two bedrooms and two bathrooms (sleeping 4 to 6). They all have a washer/dryer and full kitchen, making this a good option for families. The property is right on the water and you’ll enjoy the stunning views from your balcony and patio. There’s also an outdoor pool and hot tub.
You won’t find any hotels right in Wickford, but there are several within a 20-minute drive. These hotels are also a short drive from Providence, Newport or the South County beaches.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
This fairly new hotel is just 10 minutes north of Wickford on Route 1, across from a convenient shopping center. It has very reasonable rates, even during the prime summer season. The hotel has an indoor pool and offers free breakfast. All rooms have full kitchens, and one- and two-bedroom suites are available.
Hampton Inn & Suites South Kingstown
Just 15 minutes south of Wickford on Route 1, this hotel is in a shopping center with several restaurants and a movie theater. It’s a bit pricey during the summer, but still reasonable compared to Newport hotel prices. A hot breakfast is included in the room rates and there is an indoor pool.
Comfort Suites West Warwick
This hotel is less than 20 minutes north of Wickford, right off Route 95. It’s close to stores, casual restaurants and a movie theater. Rooms have a microwave and refrigerator and guests receive a free hot breakfast. There is an indoor pool.
- In town during the summer? Stop by the Wickford Village Farmers Market, held Thursdays from 3 – 7pm (end of May – September). The market has a variety of crafts and baked goods, as well as local meats and produce.
- If you’re in Rhode Island in mid-July, you won’t want to miss the Wickford Art Festival, which is one of the top fine arts shows in the country.
Looking for Newport, Rhode Island hotels?
If you stay in downtown Newport, you’ll be within walking distance of Newport’s historic attractions, picturesque harbor, popular restaurants and boutique shops. Many of these properties have rooms with water views. If you want to save money on lodging costs, consider staying in nearby Middletown. You’ll find lower rates (especially during the peak summer months) and free parking. The hotels in Middletown don’t have historic charm and nice views, but they are just a couple miles down the road from all Newport has to offer. If you like bed and breakfasts, check out these top Newport B&Bs;.
Newport, Rhode Island Hotels by Category
Downtown Newport has a variety of lodging options, from luxury inns to large chain hotels to timeshare properties that offer condo-size accommodations (even if you don’t own a timeshare). During much of the year, you can find affordable rates at downtown Newport hotels. During the summer, however, the prices skyrocket. Despite high prices, hotels in Newport are generally booked far in advance for special event weekends (like during the Newport Jazz Festival or Newport Folk Festival).
Newport has quite a few B&Bs. Some are steps away from the hustle and bustle of Newport Harbor; others are tucked away in residential neighborhoods…still just a short walk from top attractions.
Sometimes when hotels are sold out during big event weekends, you may be able to find a room at one of the smaller B&Bs…some even allow dogs!
Affordable Hotels in Middletown
Middletown has quite a few budget-friendly, family-friendly hotel options like Hampton Inn & Suites and Courtyard by Marriott.