With more and more people working remotely and no longer tied to one specific location, some are deciding to use that new-found flexibility to get out of the city and invest in a second home where they can spend time throughout the year, not just a week or two during the summer. If you're looking for a vacation home away from home - look no further than Narragansett.
"The epitome of New England seaside living, this Rhode Island town is situated right in the middle of 400 miles of stunning Rhode Island coastline," said Kazantzis Real Estate Owner and Agent Andrea Kazantzis. "Just minutes from Providence and historic Newport - and a doable commute from Boston, Connecticut, and New York City - this seaside town is definitely among the best Rhode Island's South County has to offer."
Narragansett's population of nearly 16,000 more than doubles in summer months and its beaches are a big reason why. Narragansett is home to four of the state's most popular beaches. That's saying something for a place with "Ocean State" as its nickname.
Located right near the iconic landmark The Towers, Narragansett Town Beach is a classic New England saltwater coastal beachfront that offers some of the best, cleanest, and accessible beach conditions for the residents and tourists in New England. With attendance up to 10,000 patrons per day, Town Beach is popular with both beachgoers and surfers alike.
Three of Rhode Island's State Beaches are also located in Narragansett.
Scarborough State Beach is the biggest of the state beaches with more than 2,300 feet of white, sandy beach. With thousands of visitors each year, it's also the most popular. However, for those who are looking for a quieter vibe and smaller waves, Roger Wheeler and Salty Brine may be better for families with small children.
If a day trip to Block Island is what you desire, you can catch the Block Island Ferry right in Point Judith. There are several departures throughout the day. The traditional ferry takes about an hour to get to the island, while the fast ferry cuts the trip in half.
Point Judith is also home to the fishing port of Galilee. If you want the freshest catch to cook up in your new home, Narragansett Bay Lobsters is sure to please. Pick up dockside or have their fresh locally sourced fish and seafood delivered 12 months a year.
"Excellent local seafood delivered fresh and for free. Had the moonstone oysters and Acadian redfish. Both fantastic and delicious. Pretty good prices for being so fresh and delivered to your door," one Facebook reviewer said.
If dining out is more your speed, Narragansett also has many great restaurants and cafes. A few of our favorites include:
Perhaps the most iconic restaurant in town, Coast Guard House is located right near The Towers - Narragansett's iconic landmark which spans over historic Ocean Drive. The restaurant - built out solid granite by the U.S. Coast Guard in the late 1800s - overlooks Narragansett Bay. Serving American cuisine, Coast Guard House was recognized by Yankee Magazine as Editor's Choice for Best Rhode Island waterfront dining.
For a first-class dining experience in an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere, you have to try Spain. Ranging from traditional Spanish cuisine to freshly caught seafood, this restaurant has something for everyone at an affordable price. During the warmer months, its charming outdoor courtyard will make you feel like you're on the Mediterranean.
"Always an exceptional dining experience! Superb service, atmosphere and food," one Facebook review said.
There's nothing better than homemade ice cream, and that's exactly what Brickley's serves. On any given day, they have more than 45 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, no-sugar-added ice cream, sherbets, and sorbets - all of which are made on premises at their Narragansett location.
"Nothing brings me joy like going to the beach then ending the day at Brickley's. best Waffle Cones, best chocolate ice cream and super friendly staff," one Facebook review said.
Overlooking the Block Island Sound in the picturesque fishing port of Galilee, George's of Galilee Waterfront Seafood Restaurant has been serving generations of families its award-winning signature dishes since 1948.
It's within walking distance of the Block Island Ferry and Salty Brine State Beach.
"The food is excellent. The seafood was really fresh. We watched the sunset from the upstairs lounge while we ate dinner. It was spectacular," one Google reviewer said.
Right across from the Ferry is Jimmy's Portside. From fresh lobster rolls and raw bar to burgers and steak, this restaurant has something for every palette. There is a large dining room as well as a lovely outside eating area where you can enjoy your meal as you watch the fishing boats glide by across the street. Young children love the outside eating area which has several ride-on attractions.
While there, you may want to try the lobster bisque.
"Best lobster bisque I've ever had. everything was delicious but that bisque is crave-worthy. I can't wait to go back," one reviewer said on Facebook.
In a state known for its clam cakes, Aunt Carrie's is THE place to go. It's been in business since 1920 and has passed down its famous recipe over four generations.
"Legend has it Aunt Carrie herself invented the clam cake," the restaurant said.
If you're looking for a sweet treat, Aunt Carrie's opened an ice cream shop across the street.
"This is the quintessential ocean seafood restaurant! The environment is beautiful and the food is delicious. This is a great place to go for fresh seafood and homemade desserts," one Facebook review said.
Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House is a Rhode Island establishment and dining landmark. Iggy's has been awarded Best Clam Shack honors from Rhode Island Monthly and featured nationally on CBS's The Early Show Taste of America series as their pick for the Best Clam Chowder in the US.
If you'd like to check out the area while searching for your perfect home (or just finding the perfect clam cake), The Break - A Narragansett Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel and the perfect spot to hang your hat and take in some great views while visiting. It's also home to Chair 5 - a beach-inspired dining experience providing rooftop ocean views and great food. Need to unwind? The Break also has a micro-spa.
The hotel has a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor and has been ranked by Conde Nast as one of the top hotels in New England.
"Totally enjoyed our stay," one reviewer said on Trip Advisor. "This boutique hotel makes you feel as if you are a guest at a beautiful old beach house, with many modern updates to enhance your visit. We enjoyed the view from the restaurant under a full moon over the water, and in the morning went for a walk on the beach which is about five minutes away. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Looking forward to going back."
Whether you're looking for a second home or a primary residence, Kazantzis Real Estate has several listings. Don't hesitate to contact us for a showing.