The Shop

The latest cafe I explored was The Shop in Fox Point, Providence. We went there early in the morning, but there were several people in there already enjoying their morning. As soon as we walked in we felt welcomed. We had to get going soon, but someone sitting there with his young daughter urged us to stay and enjoy our morning before the chaos of the day begins. We took his advice, and were so glad we did – it was such a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.

The Shop was the type of place that treats everyone like family. Each person who walked through the door received an extremely warm welcome, they even knew many of the patrons by name – something you don’t tend to see very often in New England.

I got a latte and E got an espresso. We were both in Heaven as we sat there sipping our morning coffee to Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel by Townes Van Zandt. Yes, I asked Siri what the song was because it was adding to the good vibes.

Since we decided to stay for a bit, we grabbed breakfast as well. They offer many different options of toast, from ricotta, honey and pepper toast, to avocado toast, but I stuck with the OG: salted butter and local jam. It was delicious and did not disappoint. Evan got an onion and mushroom quiche, which he also loved. I was eyeing a spinach and feta quiche that I will definitely be trying next time I come by The Shop.

The atmosphere, food and coffee was everything I was hoping for and it definitely started our day on a high note. I was grateful to the man who urged us to take a moment to slow down and enjoy our morning, and will definitely find myself sitting in this cozy spot very soon.

Cheers!

Good morning Providence

This year has been nothing short of amazing. From finishing the Boston Marathon (…in a monsoon…), to our wedding and honeymoon, we now just recently moved to Rhode Island! I am loving the opportunity to re-explore Providence and surrounding towns. There are so many new restaurants, local shops, cafes, and areas to explore.

A few months back, Evan and I went on a cafe tour of Massachusetts. Every Sunday morning, we chose a new cafe to head to for coffee and maybe (definitely) a bakery treat. It was a missed opportunity to not capture that here on my Cuppa Charm – so I plan to take you along for the ride on my tour of Rhode Island.

Of course, I am partial to the Ocean State. As my hometown, I have many places here that I love so very much. I will share those places, too, but this will mainly focus on places new to me as I enter this new chapter.

I’ll start with a cafe I went to on a whim recently, Dave’s Coffee, on South Main Street in Providence.

I stopped by Dave’s quickly one morning to pick up a coffee milk latte for me (I know, so Rhode Island), and a cortado for E.

Coffee milk latte

I regretfully  didn’t get any food – but they had homemade donuts, muffins, and other treats displayed, the trendy avocado toast, and their breakfast sandwiches sounded glorious. I am a sucker for a good breakfast sandwich, so I will surely be back soon to get my hands on one of those. Also – so I’ve heard – their daily scratch-made sea salt chocolate chip cookies sell out every day.

Cheers!

Rhode Island in the summer

I know, I know — I left Rhode Island over three years ago, and have always looked back. I don’t even think it’s just my love for the State anymore though. Seriously — Rhode Island has a LOT to offer, especially in the beautiful weather.

Things to do in Rhode Island this summer:

Providence:

WaterFire

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Roger Williams University

If you have never been, this is a must-do. From sunset to midnight most Saturday nights throughout the summer, the river that goes through the middle of Providence is lit up. It is very romantic, with music playing as the gondolas float down the river lighting the fire. My favorite part of WaterFire is the smell of blazing cedar and pine. There are also many street performers and food trucks around. A perfect plan: get into Providence and grab dinner somewhere downtown, once the sun sets, head on over and enjoy the scenery. WaterFire is free to attend.

Rooftop at G

This is somewhat new, and very cool. Begin your night lounging by a fire pit up on the rooftop, watch the sun set, and enjoy a pizza and cocktail. It sounds perfect. They have a “chowdah” pizza, that I have been dying to try: topped with smoked bacon, native clams, potatoes and oyster crackers ($19). MMMMM. And, they have a DJ every night. Well, aren’t you trying to be perfect, G.

Drinks at The Dorrance

Want to feel like you’ve stepped back in time? Stop by The Dorrance, right in the heart of Providence for a drink. The interior is stunning, and the bar specializes in cleverly named cocktails.

Sit outside in Federal Hill

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Some of my favorite memories in Providence were just sitting outside in DePasquale Square. Right at the top of Federal Hill, is an outdoor area that looks like it came right out of a picture of Italy. On summer nights, they have live performers playing music in the square, and some couples will get up and dance, right there in the middle of the City. Grab some Italian food at a restaurant on Federal Hill (some favorites: Costantino’s Venda Bar & Ristorante, Old Canteen, Siena). But, save some room for dessert and stop by Pastiche on your way out. You will not be sorry.

Southern RI:

Block Island

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Ever been to a tropical island? Well, you don’t need to. Just take a 1 hour ferry and welcome to PARADISE. Block Island is mind-blowing for how fun it is, and stunningly gorgeous at the same time. Seriously, save your $$$$ flying somewhere, and make a weekend stop here. Must do: rent a moped to get you around the island, get a drink on the beach at Ballard’s, build a rock stack at Mohegan Bluffs. Dying to go ASAP.

The Coast Guard House

Whether you’re looking to have lunch outside, or just a drink on the deck overlooking the ocean, The Coast Guard House is always a go-to.

Check out Jim’s Dock

Stop by Jim’s Dock for dinner and enjoy the sunset right on the water. The restaurant is BYOB, so be sure to bring your favorite wine or beer to accompany a great seafood dish. It is also dog friendly if you want to bring your favorite little buddy.

Newport:

You cannot go wrong being in Newport in the summer. The upside: there is SO much to do. The downside: this is the most well-known area in RI, so there will be lots of tourists/congestion. But, again, there is so much to do for couples, friends, and/or families.

Some popular festivals in Newport:

Newport Folk Festival July 22-24

Newport Jazz Festival July 29-31

Bowen’s Wharf 26th Annual Seafood Festival October 15-16

Get lunch at The Chanler’s restaurant, The Spiced Pear

I already told you about this one. Have you really not done it yet?

Sunset at Ocean Drive

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Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, and some cheese and crackers and head to Ocean Drive just before sunset. It will be one of the most beautiful sights you have ever seen.

Cheers!

The Chanler

This past Sunday, I went to lunch with my Mom in Newport, RI. I had heard that there was a gorgeous boutique hotel right on the Newport Cliff Walk, called The Chanler. I had told my Mom a few months back that I wanted to visit, so we made plans for lunch. Oh. My. God. I was blown away by how beautiful this place was — and we went on a cloudy day! I can’t even imagine it on a beautiful summer day (I will be back on one of those summer days for lunch out on the patio). I’m definitely not the first to find this beauty — it was rated The Most Romantic Hotel in America (and Top 16 in the world), by Conde Naste Traveler.

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We ate at their restaurant, The Spiced Pear. I got a a lobster roll, which was delicious.

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lobster roll

And I also fell in love with the bathroom. I’m pretty certain this is the prettiest bathroom I will ever see. Not pictured: a vanity area and a full fireplace.

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It is a hotel, and has 20 rooms. Apparently I had been in one of the rooms when I was younger (so my Dad says..) but unfortunately was too young to appreciate it. One day I’ll have to check out these rooms, even if it’s just for a tour. They sound extravagant. Here is what Conde Naste had to say about them:

“20 uniquely designed rooms filled with silk and velvet, overlooking ocean and beach (some with outdoor hot tubs). Weather permitting, couples can toast s’mores, wrapped in cozy blankets, by a fire pit on the lawn before a butler-drawn bath.”

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Conde Naste Traveler

If you’re ever in Newport, it’s definitely worth stopping by for a drink and/or lunch.

Cheers!