Dock and Shop with a Waterfront View
One of the best ways to experience the sizzle of September is on a boat. Thanks to plentiful public docks and a stretch of enticing waterfront businesses that welcome you to dock quayside, you can enjoy a bit of retail therapy on dry land then go right back to exploring the harbor’s charming waterways. Like the sound of that? Here’s where to go.
1. Lido Marina Village
Dock your boat in this nook of town, and you’ll soon understand why it’s one of Newport’s go-to shopping destinations. Getting ready to stock up on fall closet essentials? Head over to Bailey44, where you can pull together a tightly edited capsule wardrobe at the drop of, well, a hat. Or Planet Blue, which keeps things boho and beachy. Does your skincare routine need a little facelift? Duck into Aesop, an Australian-born purveyor of skin, hair and body products, or Cos Bar, which stocks its shelves with high-end, luxury formulations, some of which are exclusive to the store. Lido Village Bookstore has a title for everyone in their thoughtfully curated selection. Lido Marina also houses salons, doggie boutiques and fragrance stores that sate every shopper’s appetite.
If you’re a local, you know. If you’re just passing through, you’ll know soon enough. Because A’maree’s storefront, which boasts a commanding glass facade and, from the inside, some seriously stunning views, is hard to miss. Ever since this family-run business moved into the landmark a little less than a decade ago, it’s become a favorite shopping haunt, stocking high-fashion brands like Céline and Balenciaga. (You know it’s a swanky spot when Vogue makes a mention of it). In other words, it’s the perfect place to find a showstopper dress you never knew you needed for your next wedding event. Or a pair of perfectly cut jeans that you’ll look forward to sliding into every day this fall, and next, and the one after that.
Like what you see at A’maree’s but don’t fancy the hefty price tag? Park your boat at one of Balboa Island’s marinas, and head over to A’maree’s Sale Away. Tucked away on Marine Avenue—aka the neighborhood’s Main Street—the store carries last season’s duds, special pieces from the archives of its parent store, and a vast array of other treasures. In fact, as long as you’re breezing through town, pop into some of the area’s other shopping destinations like Isabelle’s Cabinet and Laura Matthews Designs. Don’t want to leave without something for your tots? Make a pit stop at Minnow, a California-based boutique children’s swimwear label, offering style-conscious garb for boys and girls up to 10 years old.