Word of Mouth: Newport, Rhode Island

Restaurants, a vinyl shop, a hotel and more in the vacation destination

Best known for its lavish history during the Gilded Age and a flourishing sailing culture, Newport is the southernmost town on Aquidneck Island. Located beside Narragansett Bay, it’s a 40-minute drive from Rhode Island’s capital, Providence. While embarking on the Cliff Walk, visiting the opulent mansions and boating are all Newport classics, there are plenty of lesser-known, nuanced (and sometimes off-kilter) treasures to be found …

Repurposing the Old Mills of Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Thanks to a major boom back during the Industrial Revolution, Rhode Island has dozens of magnificent old mills—many of which have long been abandoned. While nine of those mills have been redeveloped as residential spaces, eight have been repurposed as studio spaces for artists and small businesses. And while the converted mills don’t employ nearly the same number of people as they did back when …

East Coast Tinning’s Heirloom Copper Cookware

Coppersmith Jim Hamann develops his signature Duparquet line

While in France about 10 years ago, Jim Hamann and his partner ducked into an antique shop and found a huge stockpile of old copper cookware. They purchased it and Hamann set to fixing it up. He studied, experimented and through repeat effort and refinement, East Coast Tinning was born from his love of the experience. “There are three elements to my business,” Hamann explains …