I’ve spent every summer that I can remember visiting the idyllic town of Newport, spending sandy days on 2nd beach, nights slurping chowder at Brick Alley, and youthful afternoons scheming about how to avoid a guided mansion tour for more exciting adventures.
For the 20-something years I’ve been spending exploring Newport’s nooks and crannies, I’d never once been to Narragansett until this summer. When the opportunity arose to partner with Lark Hotels on a summer getaway series, I was so excited to have an excuse to venture beyond the bridge to another beautiful beach town. Best friend in tow, we escaped the city for a weekday getaway that I’ll never forget.
The Break, our hotel abode for the trip, was such a pleasant surprise. The comfortable, coastal decor made this boutique hotel immediately feel like home. The Break is a member of Lark Hotels, a hotel group that embraces location and sense of place in the playful way each iconic hotel is decorated.
Thoughtful details like gas fireplaces in each room, a welcome bag of cookies, and iPads for guests added an even warmer welcome. I ended up having to work a half day from the hotel room, and I loved sprawling out across my lush window seat and catching some ocean breezes while enjoying my surroundings. There are only 16 rooms in the hotel, so it really feels like you’re in your own bedroom!
The heated pool was my favorite part; not only was this where we enjoyed a delicious breakfast each morning, but we enjoyed champagne at twilight and felt like we were in our own backyard. Thanks to those New England temps, it gets chilly at night, and the warm pool temps made it very inviting!
The next favorite part for me was the nautically-themed rooftop bar, where we watched the full moon rise over the ocean while we sipped on cocktails. It was a relaxed vibe and a beautiful view, and we loved that we didn’t have to go far for a fun night scene. It allowed us to be leisurely before our dinner plans. It was also bumping for a residential area; we totally could have stayed for the night.
The staff was so warm and friendly, offering us beach towels, a beach bag, and tons of local tips about parking, food, and where to spend our day. We were sad to leave such wonderful service when the trip came to a close.
1208 Ocean Rd
Chair 5 at The Break
Each morning, The Break’s lovely restaurant, Chair 5, had a tapas-style small plates spread of unique breakfast items. This was not your average hotel buffet.
Throughout our two-day stay, we snacked on everything from overnight oats to bite-sized French toast. I went back for seconds on the housemade yogurt served in mason jars and the miniature bacon pancake, and I loved that they made me a French press to start the day. The breakfast here really was top notch, and a total perk to the hotel stay. Plus, how adorable is the surf board communal table we ate on each morning?! 1208 Ocean Rd
Cool Beans Cafe
We found ourselves at Cool Beans before we headed to the beach and became instant fans of their massive iced chai lattes and vegan baked goods. This was top notch local coffee, and a buzzing beach scene to boot. If you’re in the market for heavier bites, they also offer an array of healthy breakfast and lunch options. If I had a bigger stomach and more time, I would have ordered one of their heaping acai bowls, which everyone around us was feasting on. Next time! 18 Kingstown Rd
Narragansett Town Beach
You would be remiss to visit Narragansett without having a beach day. We decided to spend ours at Narragansett Town Beach, because there was free roadside parking and we were walking distance to coffee and cocktails. There are many other beautiful beaches along the main drive with more complicated parking situations but less people, so it’s total personal preference. I’m just a hassle-free kind of a beach gal. You can also rent surfboards and sign up for lessons right at the entrance.
Coast Guard House
We completed our beach day with a late afternoon stop at Coast Guard House for cocktails in Adirondack chairs on the patio, looking out onto the ocean. There was an unbeatable view and we couldn’t resist ordering a lobster corn tamale to share while we sipped on our (very strong) cocktails. 40 Ocean Road
There’s a reason there is a two hour wait on a Thursday at Matunuck Oyster..It’s because it’s the best! We managed to score an outside bar table, which we were incredibly thankful for because we would have otherwise eaten dinner at 10 p.m. We celebrated by ordering practically everything on the menu. From the shrimp raw bar, to the selection of local oysters, to our fresh seafood mains, everything was delicious.
Note that you can couple a Matanuck visit with a 90-minute daytime farm tour if you’re looking for a beach alternative. Tours start from the bar – free and open to the public!
629 Succotash Rd
Getting an Uber was no problem, no matter the time, so don’t drink and drive. I’d recommend getting a car if you’re interested in exploring the surrounding area during the day, although the main area of town is very bike-able.