February 29, 2016
Visitor’s Guide to Rhode Island: the Prep
If you decide to take on Rhode Island in aviators and a popped collar, here is a quick guide to ensure your vacation is prep-tastic.
by Grace Kelly
- Get your Sperry-covered feet over to Newport: This is the place to let your inner-prep shine forth in all its unadulterated glory; you will stand out in anything other than a polo and colored chinos with little sail boats embroidered on them. Pop into some of Newport’s quaint storefronts to add to your preppy wardrobe and nautical themed bathroom.
- Stop by Hooley Re-Sails on America’s Cup Avenue, where you can find preppy apparel and accessories made from recycled sails. Many preps may have a sailboat, but how many can claim to wear a piece of one?
- Walk down Thames Street and pop into the cute shops like Lemon and Line for nautical accessories or the Armory, where you can find antiques and that framed image of a yacht that you’ve always wanted.
2. Get sporting: You can’t be a prep without attending obscure sporting events!
- Swing by the International Tennis Hall of Fame to see the history of the sport, learn about the intense personalities of some of tennis’ greatest, or to simply take a racket to the groomed green grass courts.
- Another sporting option is the Newport Polo Series, held at Glen Farm in Portsmouth. Don a hat, bring a picnic and pop some champagne as you watch ponies and their riders duke it out on the pitch.
3. Get Glam: Because being preppy doesn’t mean you can’t break out the crystal earrings or Rolex Yacht Master watch.
- Hit up the mansions for a glance at glam days past, and make sure to stop at Rough Point, socialite Doris Duke’s eclectic vacation ‘cottage.’
- Stop at the Castle Hill Inn for dinner, where a refined take on New England’s freshest seafood awaits you. Enjoy your locally-harvested Matunuck Oysters to a waterfront view and a gentle sea breeze.