Taylor Swift's Guide to Rhode Island

PizzaPlace Westerly Restaurant in Rhode Island
Photo: Charlotte Melia

In 2013, pop star Taylor Swift dropped some $17.75 million (reportedly in cash!) on an 11,000-square-foot mansion on the shores of Rhode Island.

Since then, it's become one of Swift's favorite vacation spots, most notably for her star-studded July 4th parties (the last of which happened in 2016). The Watch Hill mansion and its history were also the inspiration behind a song on her 2020 album, folklore.

And so, because 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.

01 of 09

Olympia Tea Room

Olympia Tea Room in Rhode Island
Joshua Behan Photography

The Olympia Tea Room is a 100-year-old, family-owned restaurant with a view of the gorgeous Rhode Island sunsets. Swift has been spotted here with numerous celebrity friends, including Lena Dunham, Ed Sheeran, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Szohr, Jack Antonoff, Calvin Harris, Joy Williams, and Tom Hiddleston. She's been known to enjoy the restaurant's famous Avondale Swan pastry with whipped cream and fudge.

02 of 09

Goddard Memorial State Park

Goddard Memorial State Park in Rhode Island
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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. Swift has posted some pictures of this park on her Instagram.

03 of 09

The Cooked Goose

The Cooked Goose Restaurant in Rhode Island
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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.

04 of 09

Ella's Fine Food and Drink

Ella’s Fine Food and Drink in Rhode Island
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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. The star has been spotted at the restaurant near her home, taking cooking classes with Lorde. The friends made tuna tartare tacos, which are apparently Swift's favorite.

05 of 09

Napatree Beach

Napatree Beach in Rhode Island
Courtesy of Pete via Flickr

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.

06 of 09

Misquamicut State Beach

Misquamicut State Beach in Rhode Island
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This half-mile stretch is one of the more popular beaches in Westerly. Swift has been spotted here with Hiddleston in the past.

07 of 09

Watch Hill Beach

Watch Hill Beach in Rhode Island
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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.

08 of 09

McQuade's Marketplace

McQuade’s Marketplace in Rhode Island
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Swift has been seen stocking up on groceries here on numerous occasions, so keep an eye out when you do your Sunday shopping.

09 of 09


PizzaPlace Westerly Restaurant in Rhode Island
Charlotte Melia

This pizza shop, which offers pies made with organic ingredients, hosted Swift, Steinfeld, and Szohr one Memorial Day weekend.

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