6 Unique Stays in Rhode Island

Atypical accommodations ready for when you need a change of scenery


Feel like satisfying wanderlust but fatigued by keeping up with travel rules and restrictions? Stay local! In addition to typical lodgings, the Ocean State lists a variety of extraordinary spots outfitted to help get away from it all, no passport required. Whether it’s hanging with goats or sleeping in boats, check out these cool and quirky spots.

Shipping Container

Try on tiny house living for size in this charming retrofitted shipping container. The wooded North Kingstown property has views of the Narragansett Bay, perfect for watching the swiftly moving stream while enjoying your morning coffee. Cook up some local veggies from neighboring Casey Farm in the gourmet kitchen. When you’re ready for sleep, stretch out on the electric drop-down, full-sized bed. 

1972 Airstream

Take an Insta-worthy glamping holiday in a fully remodeled 1972 Airstream Ambassador at the Melville Ponds Campground in Portsmouth. The site is full-service but glamping in an Airstream means all the amenities of home are at your disposal, including a bathroom, a television, induction cooktop, refrigerator, and microwave. Hiking and walking trails abound at the property, with beaches and City by the Sea nightlife are a short drive away. 

Working Farm

Round up your besties for a long weekend at Hurricane Hill Farm. This working farm raises Leicester Longwool sheep, an endangered breed known for their lustrous fleece, and offers cozy lodgings in a four-bedroom, two-bath cottage. With 48 acres, there are plenty of walking trails, and host Drake invites guests to hang out with the goats and sheep. With a firepit on the grounds, as well as croquet, bocce, and a selection of indoor board games for all ages, an autumn getaway is as simple as a ride to Western Cranston. 

Lighthouse Keeper

For a Hallmark Channel-worthy romantic jaunt, boat on over to the Rose Island Lighthouse. Set on an 18acre island in Narragansett Bay, the historic lighthouse boasts five different options for a few days of solitude, all with ample privacy for a second (or first!) honeymoon. Hike the trails scattered throughout the property for quiet contemplation or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of coastal Newport. 

Sleep Aboard

Grab your crew and feel like a pirate on the Salty Marine Trader Trawler, docked at a mooring off Newport Harbor. Snug and no-frills, this particular boat made excursions to the Caribbean and back before being repurposed as this jaunty getaway. With space for up to five people, grab a beer from the cooler and catch some rays on the deck before letting the movement of the sea lull all landlubbers to sleep. AirBNB: Salter Marine Trader Trawler

Quonset Hut

It’s hard to believe that this elegantly appointed space was once used to store ammunition in the 1940s. Lovingly restored by the Moore family, the Quonset Hut is an aesthetic marvel. From the baby grand piano that adorns the sitting room to the hot tub and fire pit on the deck, this 2,400-square-foot haven is an uber luxurious offering close to home but a world away in pastoral Tiverton. 


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