By Lisa K. Berton
Lace up your walking shoes, fill your wallet, and grab a few reusable tote bags because we're going shopping.
Located 73 miles South of Boston, MA and 86 miles East of Hartford, CT this section of Newport, RI aims to please window shoppers and spenders of every level. When you need a break, take in some history or entertainment. Craving some sugary treats? Worry not, your options are spread out from end to end.
Parking options include small scattered lots and if you're lucky, a space on the street. Make life easier and use the Newport Gateway Center Lot at 23 America's Cup Ave. During the off season parking is usually free. Come mid-Spring, fees apply through Autumn. 2018 rates have not been announced as of yet.
The Newport Gateway Center Lot is adjacent to Newport Visitor Center. Pick up some maps and flyers. Take advantage of the restrooms and check hours of operation. Should you require a rest stop before getting back into your car, there's a Marriott hotel next door.
Now, you're ready to hit the bricks. Starting with the lower numbers, one of the first places you'll come across is Brick Market Museum and Shop at 127 Thames St. Rhode Island themed gifts on the first floor and a museum upstairs, both run by Newport Historical Society. The museum asks for a donation as your entry fee. Check out the antique printing press.
T-shirts, sweatshirts, water globes, and knick knacks of every kind are within a stone's throw. Comparison shop for the best deals.
Add some Asian touches to your home decor. Ask Janet the proprietor at Asian Caravan for some ideas. Technically the address is 103 Swinburne Row, Brick Market Place, but the door faces Thames St.
Vinyl records, both old and newly pressed are at Music Box Toy Box, 164 Thames St. Call and check if they're participating in Record Store Day on April 21st. Yes, they also sell toys, all of which are new.
If you're wondering about nearby overnight accommodations, there are several other options aside from the Marriott. Whether you prefer a large waterfront resort, an intimate bed and breakfast, or something in between, they're all close to or on Thames St. America's Cup Inn, pictured below, sits on the corner of Thames St and Mary St.
As you continue along, you'll find restaurants at, below, and above street level. Have a burger, sushi, pizza, fish 'n chips, or a sandwich. Hidden in the underbelly of Newport Bay Club you'll find Surf Club, a restaurant and bar with some humongous booths and long tables. Bring everyone you know to 337 Thames Street, there's room.
Cups, lids, straws, travel mugs and drinkware essentials line shelves at Tervis, 192 Thames St. Discover what mermaid kisses and a salty mariner smell like at Shore Soap Co, 302 Thames St.
Dealers fill the Armory Antique Marketplace with paintings, jewelry, toys, print advertising, furniture, ship parts, lanterns, clocks, maps, and an incredible selection of much more. Give yourself time to examine merchandise and find must have treasures. Located at 365 Thames St.
You'll come across historic homes that belong to Newport Restoration Foundation. Pictured below is the James Boone House. There's no information about the gentleman readily available. The home sits at 422 Thames St.
Step inside Vintage to Vogue for women and men's fashion. Designer labels? Yes. Non-designer labels? Yes. Shoes and bags? Yes. Remember, everything comes back into style. Find it at 489 Thames St.
The shops featured are just a tiny example of what you'll discover. Newport is a great place to spend a day. Make it a weekend excursion or build it into a visit to Rhode Island. Glam it up in mansions, set sail on a boat, watch a ball game or sip afternoon tea. Whatever you decide, it's sure to be memorable.