Taylor Swift's Guide to Rhode Island
In 2013, pop star Taylor Swift dropped some $17.75 million (in cash!) on an 11,000-square-foot mansion on the shores of Rhode Island. Since then, Swift has been spotted around town, most recently hosting a star-studded July 4th party and, in mid June, new beau, actor Tom Hiddleston.
And so, because Taylor Swift has an affinity for drawing famous young people into her orbit, this tiny New England state has become something of an “it” destination.
For those looking to experience Rhode Island as Swift does (without, perhaps, the casual procurement of beachside estates with eight fireplaces), here’s your guide to what Rhode Island’s press cohort insists are her favorite digs.
From where she eats to where she hangs out, these are the places Swift frequents when she’s in town.
Olympia Tea Room
Celebrating its 100th year, the Olympia Tea Room is a family-owned restaurant with a view of the gorgeous sunsets in Rhode Island. Taylor has been spotted here with numerous celebrity friends, including Lena Dunham, Ed Sheeran, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Szohr, Jack Antonoff, Calvin Harris, Joy Williams and more recently, her new boyfriend Tom Hiddleston. The new lovebirds split the restaurant’s famous Avondale Swan pastry with whipped cream and fudge.
Goddard Memorial State Park
Goddard Park is Rhode Island’s most popular metropolitan park, with fields and forests as well as a golf course and an equestrian show center. Taylor has posted some pictures of this park on her Instagram.
The Cooked Goose
The Cooked Goose is best known for its breakfast and brunch. Swift, who has in the past brought along fellow pop star Selena Gomez, has been repeatedly spotted eating eggs with hot sauce here.
Ella’s Fine Food and Drink
Ella’s Fine Food and Drink serves contemporary American, French and Asian foods and is committed to sourcing and serving the freshest products available on the market. Near the star’s home, this restaurant is where she has been spotted taking cooking classes with Lorde, making tuna tartare tacos, which are apparently her favorite.
An ecologically fragile barrier beach and protected bird sanctuary, this 1.5-mile slice of coastline is considered one of the state’s hidden gems. It’s a great place to relax and look at deer, fox and ospreys. The singer has been spotted paddle-boarding here.
Misquamicut State Beach
This half-mile stretch is one of the more popular beaches in Westerly. This is where Swift and Hiddleston were spotted kissing on the rocks.
Watch Hill Beach
This beach abuts Swift’s manse, and she has been known to use her property often for parties with friends. Be sure to stop by the Watch Hill Carousel, the only surviving flying horse carousel and oldest continuously operating carousel in the U.S.
Taylor has been seen here doing her grocery shopping on numerous occasions, so keep an eye out when you do your Sunday shopping.
This pizza shop, which offers pies made with organic ingredients, hosted Swift and friends Hailee Steinfeld and Jessica Szohr on Memorial Day weekend.