Take a  gallery hop along Rhode Island Sound to New Bedford MA and hunt the many antique shops for the treasures of bone and stone brought back by the Sea Captains of the China Trade and the whaling cruises.    
At the eastern end of the Coastal Villages Trail the villages of New Bedford MA and Fairhaven were whaling ports during the 1850s.
In the late 1800s, Joshua Slocum started the rebuilding af a sloop at Fairhaven.  He would eventually launch that sloop and be the first ever to sail solo around the world. New Bedford is the town where Slocum started his voyage.

If you follow the Coastal Villages Trail along Rhode Island Sound  south of New Bedford,  the  road will take you through tiny settlements where the sea captains of the 1840s had built their Mansard-roofed mansions and salt box retreats.
These old buildings have become antique shops, art galleries, farm stands, wine tasting vineyards, and historic museum homes along the Coastal Villages Trail,
Karla Young's Farm Stand
Herman Melville visited New Bedford's Seamen’s Bethel and gathered detail for his tales of Moby Dick. The whaling Museum in New Bedford across the street displays  Slocum memorabilia.
  • Padanaram
Padanaram is home since 1938 of the famous Concordia sailing yawls and a place of worship for small boat sailors.
Back in 1898, an event largely overlooked occurred near here when retired China Trade Sea Captain Joshua Slocum returned after a three-year solo circumnavigation of the globe in his 37-foot oyster sloop, Spray, the first ever solo voyage around the world.
He wrote  an ingenuous no-frills adventure yarn in vigorous prose sure to please.

To the west,
Fall River attracts travelers with its factory outlets and the steel-hulled warships at the floating Museum of Battleship Cove. There you can tour the Battleship Massachusetts, the Submarine Lionfish, the Destroyer J P Kennedy, two PT boats, and a Russian guided-missile cruiser . Nearby, outlet malls occupy old mill buildings.
Along the coastal roads in the mid 1800s lived Sea Captains like  Joshua Slocum, a Captain of the China Trade. When he retired he sailed alone around the world in a thirty seven foot sloop, the first ever to do so.

He started in Fairhaven near the whaling village of New Bedford by rebuilding a derelict sloop.
We can still get the flavor of the times by visiting  the seaports and fishing villages where the Sea Captains lived and worked along the Coastal Villages Trail.
Rhode Island's
Coastal Villages Trail
“ I was born in the breezes and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else.”
Horseneck Beach
Between New Bedford and Triverton’s Four Corners, You will find Padanaram, a famous wood boat building harbor with many art and craft galleries.
Coastal Villages  Trail, Rhode Island, New Bedford Museums
The Coastal Villages Trail Rhode Island has as its eastern end at the Whaling town of New Bedford and its Whaling Museum of New Bedford, MA
Rhode Island's Coastal Villages  Trail
Buzzards Bay Brewing

Coastal Wineries

New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford history of whaling.
Zeiterion Theatre

Vines to Wines Tours
B&B  will arrange transportation from their Inn to the area's wineries.

Northeast Wineries
How to Reach The Coastal Villages Trail: Boston is the nearest large city to The area along Rhode Island Sound and the coastal Villages Trail.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities.
Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route 93 to Route 24.  to Newport Rhode Island    73 miles.
From the south, New York City is a 130 mile drive on Route I-95 north to Providence.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities.
Rental cars are available at the airport.
Airlines serve Providence RI (Warwick RI.   (
PVD)  TF Green Airport)  and Hartford Conn. (BDL) Bradley International Airport, smaller cities closer to Newport than Boston or NY
 selection, price, and ease of booking on the web. . Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose a model with adequate luggage space,  two door, four door and other options.  You can also shop and book your Air and Hotel with AutoEurope
Renting a car in Boston or booking a hotel in Newport, Cape Cod, or the South Coast along Rhode Island Sound,  check AutoEurope's selection and price. They broker the best deal and present it on a website that makes it easy to shop and book on the web.
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