Thursday, March 29, 2012

Royal Male and The Black Pearl, Newport, Rhode Island

Chuck Ramsay, in a guest post last year, put forth a list of great pairs of places to shop and then places to eat afterwards.   This is a Newport addition.

First, Royal Male is an absolute "don't miss" store.  It is difficult to say which is more impressive, the sheer density of high quality clothing (mostly European) or the extraordinary depth of knowledge of the family that owns the store.

Housed in a beautifully restored 18th century house (and, as legend goes, was once a brothel), Royal Male is overwhelming in the best possible way.

Happily, owners Etienne and his mother Lynn are there to expertly guide one through the store.

A Little Saint James and Dubarry

 Lynn was right down on the floor outfitting the tiniest pack member.

They also carry Mackintosh.

A Good Drawer of Socks

They have been doing this for thirty years and it shows.


...and this Slocum.

By this point, Etienne's sweater had come off to help contrast garments with seams and without.
It is a store that requires several visits to fully appreciate how much there is, but for those who will not be making it to Newport,  they have a website and ship.





The second half of this Ramsay pair is The Black Pearl and their clam chowder was beckoning.






The 12 Metre Yacht Club - Newport Station




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New England Boatworks, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Spring unofficially arrives when boats are prepped for launch.  And there are few better places to see this than New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  There was a busy and focused hum yesterday.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

York, Maine

Here at York Harbor Beach, low tide is spectacular and the view provides a straight shot to the Gulf of Maine.

Just before The Piscataqua Bridge to New Hampshire is York, Maine.  And it is always nice to have an excuse to go to York (the Yorks to be specific), especially off season.  

Rich in history, including our own, York holds the title of the first chartered town in the country (1641).

York Town Hall

First Parish Congregational Church
York has an impressively rigorous historical society which owns and operates nine historic properties.

Methodist Church
The southern Maine coast is very different from Mid-Coast and Down East Maine.   While points further north have a great many peninsulas, islands, inlets, protected harbors and are just rockier in general, southern Maine has far fewer outcroppings and has instead its dramatic sandy beaches.




Vintage or kit car? 

York is also home to the very popular, 9-acre Stonewall Kitchen Headquarters/Company Store/Production/Cooking School,  and the famous Nubble Lighthouse. And of course, York Harbor is known for its grand (late) 19th century Shingle Style houses.

It is incredible that a lovely town like York can be only about 6 miles away from the cacophony of the Kittery Outlets including the Barbour and Orvis outlets, which fortunately are right next to each other.



However, this being Maine, here is what is right behind both stores.