Island Feels

Patty J takes on Jamestown

Photography by Rick Payette

Sure, you’re probably already well-acquainted with the lighthouse, water views, and the walking trails at Beavertail. Or maybe you’ve enjoyed dinner and drinks on the patio at Trattoria Simpatico. (We actually had Thanksgiving there one year and it was fab!) Well, there’s even more to adore about this charming, nine-square-mile, mostly island in Newport County. Here are five must-stops:

1. East Ferry Market & Deli
The sandwiches at this spot are outstanding! Dig into your order and do some people watching on the deck out front that overlooks.

2. The Jamestown Windmill in the Windmill Hill Historic District
Go for a drive past the farms and historic Quaker meeting house and suddenly it’s helloooo, Holland! Dating back to 1787, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1970s, the Windmill has become Insta Famous, attracting a variety of professional and amateur photogs from RI and beyond. There’s also an incredible view of the Newport Bridge from the back. All in all, a terrific photo opp.

3. Village Hearth Bakery & Café
Go for a delicious latte, freshly baked breads, or their special Saturday and Sunday night-only wood-fired pizzas that people have been known to line up for.

4. Fort Wetherill State Park
Channel your inner style blogger or Madonna circa her Borderline video and style arc from back in 1986 at the former American Revolutionary Fort. Graffiti for days, and then some. Add your own a la Keith Haring (joke) or bring along a friend to take a ton of snaps of you at the area that’s also been deemed “the Devil’s Playground” by some (There’s talk it’s haunted by the ghost of a dog that dates back to its Revolutionary days.).

5. Tallulah’s Taqueria at The Shack
Holy guacamole! Yes, it’s true; one of your favorite Providence hotspots does set up shop in the Dutch Harbor Boat Yard from Memorial through Columbus Day. So, now you can tuck into your Tallulah’s tacos without having to leave JT.