The weather's getting warmer, the summer clothes are coming out, and the thought of long drives with music blasting and the windows down seems more appealing everyday. New England is home to some of the most beautiful, quaint towns that emphasize close proximity to the beach and summer themed activities. These top 5 locations are perfect for a weekend road trip, so grab your bikini and explore these coastal towns with me!
1. Newport, Rhode Island
Newport is home to insane cliff faces, beautiful beaches, boutique stores, and local eats that will change your life. In addition to all these incredible sights, Newport is known for their intricate mansions that sit upon the shoreline. You can go into these mansions on tours and experience the total luxury life for a day. Newport is the perfect place for a bougie weekend trip with the girls as there are plenty of luxury shops, amazing brunch options, and beautiful walking tours along the cliffs and and beach.
Top restaurants in Newport:
Here's an insider's guide to the best Newport beaches!
2. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
The vineyard is a place near and dear to my heart, I know it inside and out as I have vacationed there every year for basically my entire life. Hop on the ferry for a scenic and peaceful ride then arrive at either the Vineyard Haven port or the Oak Bluffs port. Once you're there, I suggest renting a car so you can see every inch of the island (it's a must). Want to know the best kept secret? Cape Poge. Poge is a little Island off of Chappaquiddick where you can drive onto a private beach and camp out all day long. You'll have to purchase a $100 beach pass that is good for the whole year. Once on the beach, you'll experience the softest sand, most beautiful clear blue water, and you won't see another person for miles. Grab some sushi at Mikado then head into Oak Bluffs for a drink at Sand Bar & Grille for the best views you'll see all night.
Top restaurants in Martha's Vineyard:
Here are the top 10 beaches in Martha's Vineyard!
3. Block Island, Rhode Island
Block Island is quite possibly the best place to go for a day or weekend trip with your friends. Since the island is so small, all you need to do is rent a moped with your friends and cruise around all day. The whole town basically resides on one street, so shopping is a must when you get off the ferry. The beaches are all within walking distance, so if you don't want to pay for transportation, there really is no need. I do suggest, however, renting a bike or moped for a half a day to explore the rest of the island. Make sure you go to the famous Mohegan Bluffs and walk down the 141 stairs leading you to a picturesque beach at the bottom of the cliffs. When day turns to night, Block Island is a whole different place. For appetizers and drinks, consider dressing up and going to the Spring House Hotel. It has the best views, cocktails, and tasty tapas. If you're looking for the perfect day party spot, hit up Ballard's Bar for live music and drinks throughout the whole day. I mean, it's 5 o'clock somewhere right?
Top restaurants on Block Island:
Here's a guide to Block Island's best beaches!
4. Chatham, Cape Cod (MA)
The cape is perfect for a weekend getaway, girls trip, family vacation, or for a romantic trip with your loved one. Chatham is a quaint, clean, and picturesque town with boutique shops, souvenir stores, and amazing fresh food. Be sure to get some seafood while you're here, it's always fantastic. The beaches are usually quiet and beautiful, allowing for total relaxation. Most beaches allow you to stay after dark and there really is nothing like a warm summer night and bonfire on a Cape Cod beach. I suggest going to Chatham Lighthouse Beach for calm waters, no crowds, and a great views. This beach is a short walk from town and across the street is a US Coast Guard monument featuring the crew of the Pendleton and those that were lost at sea. Visit Chatham for rich history, beautiful beaches, boutique shops, and amazing dining.
Top restaurants in Chatham:
Here are the 6 best beaches in Chatham!
5. Portland, Maine
Where's the lobstah'?? Portland is a beautifully beachy New England town posted right along the water. Portland is home to (what I think) is the best lobster in the US. There are so many amazing places to choose from when it comes to eating lobster, but here are some of the top picks from locals. Portland is also home to amazing breweries where you can try numerous different flights of beer and cider all around town. Make sure you tour some of the Portland lighthouses to learn about the rich history of Maine and explore their insane beauty. For some of the best views of the harbor, head to the Portland Observatory, the country's last standing maritime signal tower. The observatory is open from late May through early October from 10 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. In July and August, it is open until 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6 through 16.
Top restaurants in Portland:
Here are 7 top rated beaches in Portland, Maine!
Visiting amazing beach towns this summer is definitely top of my list. These vacations are perfect for your next trip as they offer outdoor (COVID friendly) activities for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check out these top destinations for a little summer road trip where you can have fun while being safe. Grab your friends and family and start planning your next trip!
What's your favorite beach town? Let us know in the comments!