Just a stone’s throw from the bustle of Newport, this nine-square-mile island packs all the maritime excitement of its neighbor in a cozy, quiet package.
Jamestown’s off-the-beaten-path vibe is precisely what attracts people to this community of around 5,500. “It has the appeal of a small town from the ’50s or ’60s,” says resident Lisa Sallee. That’s all thanks to quiet streets that snake through the one-stoplight town, where family-owned businesses take the place of chain stores, and grocery shopping often means hitting one of the island’s nine working farms on the weekends.
Left: Conanicut Marina on Narragansett Bay