Wickford Village, Newport, Narragansett and Watch Hill are among the many wonderful towns to sightsee when visiting the Rhode Island seashore. Iconic and classic New England, these waterfront and coastal communities, buildings and places are rich with friendly people, maritime charm and colonial history. Marriott has several brands in Rhode Island from Fairfield Inn to full-service. The interstate, I-95 cuts diagonally across the state and there are Marriott properties conveniently located along the route. Whichever you pick, ask for directions to Scenic Route 1A along the seashore and spend your weekend exploring the Ocean State!
HISTORIC WICKFORD VILLAGE
Home to the Wickford Annual Art Show and Wickford Yacht Club, Historic Wickford Village, Rhode Island is a waterfront town with galleries, antique shops and boutiques. It's also a great place to start your day having coffee alfresco on the waterfront.
Scenic Route 1A Wild@Wickford Alfresco dining
Home to the 'Summer White Houses' during the administrations of Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, Newport is a thriving waterfront town and the coastal gem of the state of Rhode Island. With three designated historic landmark districts, Newport has one of the highest concentrations of colonial homes in the United States. The city is also known for the many Gilded Age mansions that line Bellevue Avenue.
Newport's maritime roots are very evident. Piers jut out from the coastal streets to accomodate vessels of all sizes, each one lined with storefronts, dining, galleries, inns and more. Designated a National Historic Shrine, St. Mary's Church is where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier exchanged wedding vows in 1953. The Newport Marriott, the Newport Hyatt and Wyndham Resorts are among the lodging choices in this vibrant community.
Shops@Gidley St. Pier Nave, St Mary's Church Newport Streetscape
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Twin Towers arch over Scenic Route 1A in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Next door is the Coast Guard House Restaurant (not shown) overlooking one of the finest beaches in New England. Surfers can be seen riding the waves into the evening twilight.
The iconic Twin Towers arching over Scenic Route 1A in Narragansett
Like Newport and Narragansett, Watch Hill is a turn-of-the-century summer resort located near the eastern Connecticut state border on a peninsula south of Westerly, Rhode Island. Watch Hill sits on a cove and Scenic Route 1A loops around the village, home to many historic structures. In 1938, a hurricane ravaged the community, but residents rebuilt the town and continue the restoration effort including the 1868 Ocean House Hotel scheduled to reopen in 2010. Unfortunately, the Ocean House Hotel is not a Marriott property. When completed, the hotel will have some of the finest accomodations available throughout New England.
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The cornbelt is our nations HEARTLAND and home of the great prairie, the Missouri and Mississippi River Valleys. There's much to explore and alot of great food to enjoy. Am limited for the meantime to the east coast, fascinated with our colonial heritage and maritime traditions and hooked on fresh seafood! Stay tuned.