Newport + The Coast

Newport + The Coast Travel Guide

Admission: Adults: $16.50; Children: 6-17 $4

Compared with Newport, its famous neighbor to the west, Little Compton remains off the beaten path. The town's pebbly beach and pastoral mood is a refreshingly quiet haven on the shores of Narragansett Bay.

From the ocean-side trail you can trace the shore, enjoying views of majestic boats along with monied mansions (and often, their sumptuous pools) from their ocean-facing business ends.

Rent bikes near the ferry and then explore the stretches of flat terrain that run along the shore.

Gray’s has been an institution in Tiverton, across the river from Newport, since 1923. Current owner Marilyn Dennis keeps frozen pudding—a rum-based concoction with fruit—on the menu for the old-timers and adds such newer hybrids as strawberry cheesecake.