The Coastal Villages Trail follows Rhode Island Sound through the tiny villages that were once home to the Sea Captains of Joshua Slocum's day.   

Extend the trip to include the
Gilded Age mansions of Newport with a mansion tour and then head north through vineyards and farming towns to the Whaling Museum of New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA..
Follow the Rhode Island Coastal Villages Trail and go through some old New England farm country, through tiny settlements where the sea captains of the 1840s had built the Mansard-roofed mansions, buildings that now share their frontage with antique shops, art galleries, farm stands, wine tasting vineyards, a donut shop ranked top ten in the country, and an ice-cream stand offering more than 210 flavors.

time. Retaining the flavor of the old New England seacoast whaling villages and farming communities that lived by the sea and endured by the grace of God, the common’s white clapboard church, the tallest building in town, looms over the center of the green surrounded by old gravestones wreathed in a patina of lichen beneath shading maples. Untroubled by civilization, the Commons is not unusual in this region deliberately out of step with the modern world.

Head from there to  Westport Harbor, an elegant beach community on the west branch of the Westport River and then north paralleling the river to Adamsville. Legend has it that rum runners once rowed up the estuary in the dark of night to deliver illegal whisky near the gristmill in an era that gave the town the scurrilous name, Valley of Sin.      
Lamplights line the street where two general stores, the Barn Restaurant, and several gift shops surround the plaque to the crowing rights for Adamsville, the region’s development of the Rhode Island Red, a variety of rooster world renown  commemorated with a bronze plaque in front of the baseball park.
Nearby, the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery (MA) conducts a near clinic on wine making for nascent vintners that includes tours of the processing rooms and a tasting gathered around their herb garden.
Special events and demonstrations of viticulture fascinate in these rolling hills bathed in coastal mist where the climate akin to that of northern France produces some exceptional white wines.

Nearby in the fishing port of Westport Point  Stephen Davis, 1770, once designed ship hulls, John Head, 1776, built colonial homes, and Gideon Davis in 1827 captained a whaling square rigger. The preserved homes of the 19th Century seafarers line the narrow main street terminating at the docks from where the whalers once sailed the world and now lobstermen and gill-netters coax a living from the sea.
Karla Young's Farm Stand
Herman Melville visited New Bedford's Seamen’s Bethel and gathered detail for his tales of Moby Dick, Ishmael, and Captain Ahab’s fateful revenge against the Great White Whale.
Allen “Pappy” Manley and wife Nancy run the Alderbrook farm, a family operation since 1898.
1938 of the famous Concordia sailing yawls and a haven for small boat sailors.
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.

The New England Sea Captains could have never imagined such ships of steel and speed. Their life was much slower and simpler. When they retired they used their treasures from the sea to build places of sanctuary on the Coastal Village Trail,
The spirit of Rhode Island was expressed by Sea Captain Joshua Slocum, who started and ended his first ever solo voyage around the world in Rhode Island Sound,
In his book Captain Joshua Slocum simply told what forces drove him to sail alone around the world in a thirty seven foot sloop, the first ever to do so.
Courage and freedom exude from the pages of his book,
Sailing Solo Around the World, His  near  obsession, to taste life so full inspires us. While we might not be able to sail around the world like Joshua Slocum  did we can still visit the seaports and fishing villages of Rhode Island Sound where Slocum lived and worked.  
Cliffwalk Newport
Rhode Island
Ice cream shops, Ice cream shops, antique galleries, and wineries  on the Coastal Villages Trail
Rhode Island, Coastal Travel, Rhode Island Sound
“ I was born in the breezes and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else.”
Joshua Slocum
Karla Young cuts flowers for her farm stand in Little Compton
Triverton’s Four Corners offers a cluster of 30 art and craft galleries, a gourmet bakery, ample parking, and Grays ice cream stand.
When summer brings the scent of fresh produce on the wind and you find just the right farm stand at just the right time it gets no better. Stop at Karla Young’s Family Farm on Route 71 in Little Compton and stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables from the 180 acre farm that she and husband Tyler manage.      .
Former Whaling Village of  Westport
Little Compton Commons
Sailing Narragansett Bay
Rhode Island Sound, Coastal Villages
Rhode Island Sound  Travel
Jamestown
Newport Harbor
Rhode Island Vineyards
Battleship Cove, Fall River MA.
Rhode Island Home of painter Gilbert Stuart in Jamestown
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.
Cape Cod Biking
Getting to 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
Follow the Rhode Island Coastal Villages Trail and go through some old New England farm country on Rhode Island Sound to visit antique shops, art galleries, farm stands, and wine tasting vineyards.
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