Newport County and East Bay: Places to Explore


Tiverton/Little Compton

The southeastern corner of Rhode Island was originally inhabited by the Sakonnet tribe, led by Awashonks, a cousin of Metacomet (known as King Philip). The name means "the black goose comes." Tiverton and Little Compton were part of Massachusetts until 1747.

From Route 24 at the Sakonnet River Bridge, take Rte. 77 (Main Road) south for about 5¾ miles to reach historic Tiverton Four Corners, where you'll find Gray's Ice Cream, art galleries, an artisanal cheese shop, an arts center, and the 1730 Chase-Cory House. Continuing south to Little Compton you'll pass rolling estates, lovely homes, farmlands, woods, and a gentle western shoreline. The distance from Tiverton Four Corners to Sakonnet Point is 9 miles. Consider a hike in Tiverton's Weetamoo Woods or Little Compton's Wilbur Woods. Options for dining and accommodations are rather limited in the area, though you will find it a pleasant afternoon drive from Newport or Bristol. Open from mid-May through mid-November is the Stone House at Sakonnet Point, an intimate 13-room hotel with a restaurant, The Tap Room, serving New England comfort food.

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