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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

  1. 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.
 National Archives and Records Administration via Wikipedia

National Archives and Records Administration via Wikipedia

  • 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!

Photo by Heather Moreton via Wikipedia

Photo by Heather Moreton via Wikipedia

  • 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.

John Phelan via Wikipedia

John Phelan via Wikipedia

  • 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.

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