Just a few weeks ago, I headed up to Narragansett, Rhode Island for the wedding of a close family friend. Having never been to Narragansett, I was excited to see what the town had in store for me.
After checking into The Hampton Inn, my Mom and I headed into town to see the groom’s family. We had lunch at the house they rented, which overlooked the ocean, then did a quick walking tour around town. There, we saw the beach, the wedding venue, and marveled at the cairns built out of rocks on the shoreline.
Since the family had to get ready for the rehearsal, my mom and I decided to hop in the car and explore the area a bit further. We drove down to the Port Judith Lighthouse and into the fishing port of Galilee.
All that time near the water got us in the mood for some seafood, so we made our way to Monahan’s Clam Shack By The Sea, which as the name implies has the perfect view of the ocean. It was late afternoon and we wanted to save room for dinner, so we split the clam strip roll and each got a small clam chowder.
We found ourselves a table in the shade and faced outward so we could look at the ocean while we ate. Since I’m never too full for ice cream, I had to try Monahan’s; the toffee crunch cone was exactly what I needed to cap off my meal.
Then, we decided to take another drive to see where we would be going for the wedding the following evening. After passing the church, we found ourselves on a nearby beach, where we soaked up the peaceful views that surrounded us.
After some time on the beach, we went back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner at George’s of Galilee. The restaurant overlooks Block Island Sound, but the night was foggy and even though it was warm enough to eat outside, we didn’t have a view.
We started with glasses of rosé and clam cakes, which are a specialty in Rhode Island. They reminded me a of popover, except they are stuffed with clams and are usually served with clam chowder. The next day, we discovered this was the perfect way to have them.
For dinner, we found ourselves craving lobster rolls and these ones didn’t disappoint. I also had my first oyster shooter, which I’ll admit was probably also my last.
After a satisfying dinner, we headed upstairs to the bar for another drink and some live music, but headed back to the hotel on the early side because we wanted to save our energy for more exploring the next morning and the wedding the following evening.
Saturday morning, we woke up feeling well-rested and decided to spend the morning in Newport. Just a short drive away, it had been years since we had been there, and we were curious to see if it had changed at all. After shopping and a light lunch in town, we headed back to our hotel for a nap and to get ready for the wedding.
Held in South Ferry Church, which was constructed in the 1850’s, the ceremony was a beautiful celebration of love and friendship, especially because it was officiated by the bride and groom’s two friends.
Afterwards, the guests were invited to have frozen lemonade outside of the church, which is a Rhode Island tradition. It was the perfect way to gather outside and celebrate the new marriage.
Then we headed to the reception, which was located in The Towers. Built in the early 1880’s, their original purpose was to serve as the entrance to a luxury casino and resort. This was until a fire destroyed the casino and resort in 1900, and all that was left were The Towers. In 1905, a new casino was built and in 1910, The Towers were restored. In 1965, another fire destroyed the structure once again. Through these fires and several hurricanes, The Towers remained standing, were restored, and today, they are used to host events and weddings.
On the patio overlooking the ocean, we enjoyed cocktail hour before heading inside The Towers. There were mini lobster rolls, clam cakes in mini bowls of clam chowder, and plenty of Narragansett beer to go around.
The space offered views of Narragansett, especially once inside The Towers, where a large deck overlooks the ocean. The rest of the night was filled with dancing and celebrating, as well as delicious food and drinks, including an ice cream bar featuring Brickley’s Homemade Ice Cream, a Narragansett favorite.
Narragansett quickly worked its way into my heart in just two short days, even with wedding events to attend. I hope to visit again one summer and take my time exploring all it has to offer, since the small taste I got was enough to keep me wanting more.