Jamestown (Rhode Island)
Jamestown is a town in Rhode Island that is located on Conanicut Island. The island is located in Narragansett Bay about 25 miles south of Providence just to the west of Newport, RI. The island is 9 miles long and 1 mile wide. There is a large amount of open space and the roads are lightly traveled which allows visitors to enjoy biking and walking around the island. Jamestown is full of hidden treasures such as small beaches and winding trails that make the small island a great weekend getaway. Not only is Jamestown picturesque but it also has an interesting historical background. In the early 1300's Native American's made their home on Conanicut Island and were the lone settlers until the 1600's. The Europeans, mainly English, began to settle on the island after they made arrangements with the Native Americans to use the land for their sheep grazing. In 1775 during the Revolutionary War, the British Navy arrived in Newport and shortly after invaded Jamestown. The British attacked Fort Getty and Fort Wetherill. Today these sights are RI State Parks and are a great place to visit.
- T.F. Green Airport (IATA: PVD) (ICAO: KPVD), Warwick, (Exit 13 off Interstate 95), Phone: +1 401-737-4000, ext 283, .
Even though Jamestown in located on an island, you may access it by car. You can use the Newport (Pell) Bridge or Jamestown Bridge. Keep in mind when using the Newport Bridge there is a $2 toll each way.
- Conanicut Marina, One Ferry Wharf, Phone: 401-423-7157, Fax: 401-423-7152, Dockmaster VHF: 71, .
- Jamestown and Newport Ferry, Ferry Wharf, Phone: +1 401-423-9900. Stops at Bowen's Landing in Fort Adams Park, Newport and Goat Island. 9:50AM-8PM (9PM on weekends). $8 one-way, $14 round trip.
Besides the great ocean views this small island town offers, the museums, events, and do sections sums what what needs to be seen when traveling to Jamestown.
- Beavertail State Park and Lighthouse Museum, Beavertail Rd., Phone: +1 401-423-3270. One of the oldest lighthouses on the east coast, it now houses a small museum and aquarium. Museum open June-Labor Day 10AM-4PM. Free.
- Watson Farm, 1796 North Road, Phone: 401-423-0005. Take a step into the past and get a glimpse of what farm life was like over two hundred years ago. Open June 1 through October 15, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. $4 for the general public, Historic New England / SPNEA members and Jamestown residents free.
- Jamestown Fire Department Memorial Museum, 50 Narragansett Avenue. Phone: 401-423-0062. A museum for antique fire fighting equipment, including a Lafrance steam fire engine. Admission is free.
- Jamestown Penguin Plunge - January 1st, Noon, Mackerel Cove, Phone: +1 401-823-7411. Hundreds of swimmers take the frozen plunge into the water to raise money for charity.
- Fool's Rules Regatta- mid-August, Begins at 9AM, East Ferry, Phone: "+1 401-423-1492. A grand day for laughs and water. Each participant has to build a water craft from found objects and keep it afloat. The one who lasts longest wins!
- Fort Wetherill State Park, Ocean St., Phone: +1 401-423-1771. Great swimming, snorkeling or diving spot.
- Jamestown Country Club, 245 Conanicus Road, +1 401-423-9930,. 9 holes, par 72, 6096 yards, rating 69.7, slope 110.
- Jamestown Skate Park, McElroy Park. One of the best skateparks in RI, this is a concrete flow park. Not open during school hours.
Except for gas stations, Jamestown does not host a single "chain" or non-local business. Don't expect to find a Wal-mart; every restaurant and property on the island is, if not owned directly by a local, probably run by one. The shops on the island are geared toward novelty items, crafts, and handmade gifts. Many items (furniture, clothing, etc) are simply not available and both locals and non-locals must travel off-island to purchase them.
- Jamestown designs, 17 Narragansett Avenue. An art gallery that sells cards and handcrafted jewelry.
- Purple Door, 123A Narragansett Avenue. A store specialization in bead making and offers classes for jewelry making. Also sells antiques and gifts.
- R&R gallery, 47 Conanicus Avenue. A gift shop, selling postcards and collectables, home and garden supplies, and local interest books.
- Rum Runner, 47 Conanicus Avenue. Screen printed and embroidered apparel.
- Paws and Claws, 23 Narragansett Avenue. Selling pet essentials and gifts for animals.
- Grapes and Gourmet, 9 Ferry Wharf. A store with a full service deli and food shop, along with selling wine and liquor.
- McQuandes Market, 6 Clarke Street. The only full line supermarket and video rental store.
- Stonecraft Sterling, 34 Narragansett Avenue. Selling a variety of jewelry and gifts.
- Stearns Farms Organic Produce, 915 East Shore Road. A farmstand that offers locally-grown organic vegetables and herbs. Open Saturdays 9-1 and Wednesdays 2-6, from July to October.
- Baker's Pharmacy of Jamestown, 53 Narragansett Avenue. Family-owned full-service pharmacy selling toiletries, Over-The-Counter medicines, cosmetics, children's toys, greeting cards and other useful items. To fill a prescription rather than purchase an item, walk to the back counter of the store.
Jamestown offers a great variety of restaurants so whether you are in the mood to splurge or just grab a bite to eat, you will be satisfied. Keep in mind, you will not find a Burger King or Chilis on the island.
- Theatre Family Restaurant, 34 Narragansett Ave., 1+ 401-423-0907. Basic lunch and dinner served.
- Portuguese American Club 134 Narragansett Ave., 1+401-423-9909. American and Portuguese Specialties offered in a casual atmosphere.
- House of Pizza, 23 Narragansett Ave., 1+401-423-3060.
- East Ferry Deli, 47 Conanicus Ave., 1+401-423-1592. Sandwiches, salads, bakery items, soups and bagels. Patio seatings offers great waterfront views.
- Village Hearth Bakery, 2 Watson Av., Phone: +1 401-423-9282. W-Sa 7AM-4PM, Su 7AM-2PM. Artisan breads from hand-milled grains baked in a wood-fired oven. Pizza Su eves.
- Bay Voyage Inn. 150 Conanicus Ave, Phone: 1+401-423-2160 Fine dining located on the water offering great views of Narragansett Bay.
- Trattoria Simpatico, 13 Narragansett Av., Phone: +1 401-423-3731. Dinner daily. Lunch F-Su. Live jazz, weather permitting on some nights.
- Jamestown Oyster Bar, 22 Narragansett Ave., Phone: +1 401-423-3380.
Casual Night Out
- Chopmist Charlies, 40 Narragansett Ave. 1+401-423-1020. Casual atmosphere offering New England Seafood.
- Tricia's Tropical Grille, 14 Narragansett Ave. 1+401 423-1490. Casual dining offering Caribbean, Cuban and Southern Specialties. Key West inspired.
- Slice of Heaven Bakery and Cafe, 32 Narragansett Ave, 1 401-423-9866. European Style Bakery and Deli offering gourmet sandwiches and fresh soups. Also serving coffee and smoothies. Full Liquor license. Open year round.
The Villagae Hearth Bakery 2 Watson Ave.401 423-9282 (next to Cumberland Farms)-Artisan breads and pastries from scratch every Friday, Sat, and Sunday; also the best Brick Oven Pizza in Rhode Island! every Sunday night from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The Narragansett Cafe- Great bar with live music every weekend
You will not find any chain hotels, or large resorts in Jamestown. Instead, the lodging locations are mostly comprised of cozy bed and breakfasts, and small condos.
- Bay Voyage, 150 Conanicus Avenue, phone: 401-423-2100. A historical hotel with modern accommodations, and Victorian charm, complete with an award winning dining room. A more romantic choice for those looking for a getaway with a loved one. It is within walking distance from Beavertail State Park.
- East Bay B&B, 14 Union Street, phone: 401-423-0330. A beautiful Victorian with four guest rooms, which features homemade breakfast. Located conveniently in walking distance from novelty shops and restaurants on the island, and steps away from the ferry to Newport County.
- Newport Overlook, 150 Bay View Dr., phone: 401-423-1886. A time share condominium property, a more expensive choice for visitors to the island.
- Captains Cottage, 12 Friendship Street, phone: 401-423-3182. Carriage house apartments that sleep four.
- Jamestown Bed & Breakfast, 59 Walcott Avenue, phone: 401-423-1338. A small bed and breakfast located right in town.
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