New England Coastal Summer

by Kitchen Ladies


Castle Hill Inn has probably one of the best views in Newport and its sprawling lawn is perfect for getting together with friends and enjoying the sunset with a few libations of course.

As the month of May slips from my hands I cannot help but let my mind wander. What will this summer in Jamestown and Newport bring, compared to years past? I could write a book filled to the brim with places, events and people that make these summers on Narragansett Bay so perfect. Here are a few of my favorites…


NewportFILM is a non-profit that started up a few years ago. Every summer they host an outdoor series, where the public is invited to come and enjoy some “off the beaten and path” movies in some of Aquidneck Island most storied locations.


Perro Salado will always have a special place in my heart, as it was my first apartment’s neighbor. This little Mexican gem is hidden on a side street in downtown Newport and every Thursday the HonkyTonk Knights fill the bar with some great music to compliment the killer margaritas and guac.


Rejects Beach is set at the end of the Cliff Walk off of Bellevue Avenue in Newport and looks right out to onto the open ocean. On the weekends you will find this place packed with fellow islanders, but my favorite time to go is on a Monday or Tuesday, right before the sun is about to sink into the sea, with a picnic blanket, girlfriends and some light fare.


 Newport’s Folk and Jazz Festivals are two of the most fun events of the season…drawing in crowds from all over to Fort Adams State Park. Every year, to avoid the crowds onshore, we get friends together and anchor the boat off the point facing the festival – there is no better way to enjoy music. 


We’ve been going to Green’s Pier in Jamestown since we were little ones and though it may not look like much, there is no better place to soak in the sun. Every summer, all of the same families return to Green’s with the kids getting older and older and soon bringing their own kids. Every time I open that gate, to walk out to the pier and diving board, a strong wave of nostalgia comes over me. The people may grow older and there may be new additions, but this place will never change.

~ See you soon, Kir