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A Local's Guide to Newport, Rhode Island • The Blonde Abroad

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Local's Guide Newport Rhode Island

Penelope of Is This Seat Taken? is giving us an inside look into Newport, Rhode Island!

Newport, Rhode Island, has been my go-to vacation spot since I lived in Windfall in school. It was at all times the proper seaside day escape or weekend tour with the ladies.

The city instinctively feels particular due to the setting: glamorous mansions and colonial properties, epic ocean views, and lovely boats. It sounds prefer it ought to be pretentious, however the Rhode Island locals are pleasant and every part is accessible!

Right here’s my native’s information to Newport, Rhode Island!

The Greatest  Time to Go to

Newport excels in the summertime! It’s a coastal metropolis with a proud crusing previous and outstanding Gilded Age historical past. The result’s a city with an emphasis on oceanfront actions, out of doors leisure, and seasonal points of interest, excellent for a summer time getaway.

That being stated, September is one of the best time to go to because it’s nonetheless heat and the vacationers have left. The low season is unquestionably quiet however the city oozes appeal across the holidays too!


Renting a automobile isn’t obligatory! The city is simply 11 sq. miles and Ubers/Lyfts are broadly accessible.

RIPTA buses additionally journey all through the city. The 67 RIPTA line is definitely a trolley that stops at a few of the important Newport websites. For $6, you will get an all-day move and use it to hop-on and off.

Throughout the hotter months, strolling and biking is a implausible choice. There are many bike rental outlets on the town and it’s an effective way to see the mansions and points of interest at your individual tempo.

Alongside the streets, there are signposts and markers explaining any notable landmarks and the historical past behind them.

The Chanler at Cliff Stroll

The place to Keep


If we’re speaking an all-out splurge, e book a room at The Chanler at Cliff Walk. Every room has its personal opulent theme, the eating is world-class and the view may have you feeling like a Vanderbilt very quickly.

Forty 1 North is a waterfront boutique lodge proper off Thames Road. This lodge has all the trendy touches and tech upgrades however can be eco-friendly. In case you don’t keep right here, you’ll be able to at all times go to the favored Pavilion Bar.

In case you worth your privateness, go for one of many Castle Hill Inn beach cottages off of Ocean Drive. The cottage could look humble from the skin, however it’s outfitted with a moist bar, espresso maker, flat-screen TV, and deck that opens out onto a non-public seaside.

If that’s not sufficient to persuade you, yoga lessons, bonfire nights and a Hinckley yacht can be found for personal excursions.


Hotel Viking is a superb selection for a middle-of-the-road price range. That is the historic district of Newport. It has cozy rooms and all of the facilities: pool, spa, health heart, roof deck lounge, and complimentary bikes.


For a reasonable choice within the coronary heart of city, the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina will do the trick! The rooms are fundamental however the lodge provides in a single day parking, plus bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards to be used.

What to Do + Native Highlights

The Cliff Stroll

The Cliff Walk ought to be first on the precedence checklist! It’s a three.5-mile path and behind the scenes take a look at the attractive mansions, historic properties (64 personal residences!), and Salve Regina College buildings.

Although the path begins out on a mud path, it transitions by tunnels, on boulders and rocks, and even has entry to some seashores.

Marble Home Mansion

Nationwide Museum of American Illustration

Experience the Gilded Age

Taking a tour is the best way to experience the magic of the Gilded Age mansions, or “summer cottages” as they were. The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms are the three most visited and for good cause!

For one thing totally different, Rough Point was Doris Duke’s house and has been left “as is,” frozen in time! Alternatively, Belcourt is within the strategy of being restored, so you’ll be able to see the method behind the scenes.

The National Museum of American Illustration is my favourite lesser-known attraction. It’s a two-for-one deal since you get entry to each a Gilded Age mansion and a museum that homes a singular assortment of unique work, all supposed as pictures for magazines, newspapers, posters and commercials.

There are guided excursions included within the admission value each Friday at three:00PM.

Store on the Many Boutiques

There’s a stunning quantity of buying choices in Newport! Bellevue Ave, Thames Road, and Broadway Road are crammed with boutiques and New-England impressed retail.

My favourite shops for choosing up distinctive items or nautical souvenirs are alongside Bowen’s and Bannister’s Wharves.

First Seashore

As a substitute, Gooseberry Seashore is on the opposite aspect of city and fewer touristy. Going to this seaside can be the proper alternative to discover scenic Ocean Drive. I like to recommend a motorcycle journey route alongside Ocean Ave, by kite-flying Brenton Level State Park and out to Fort Hill.

On the return journey, take Harrison Ave to see the Newport Nation Membership golf course and peaceable farmlands, together with Hammersmith Farm the place Jackie O’s household resided.

Go on a Crusing Tour

Because the “crusing capital of the world” in response to Forbes, it will be a waste to not see town by way of the water!

There are boats and sails that exit for a “Mimosa Sail” to daytime excursions or sundown cruises. The Schooner Madeleine Schooner and Adirondack II are each excellent choices.

Take a Step Again in Time

Take a look at one of many oldest institutions within the nation, and there are quite a bit in Newport! Redwood Library and Athenaeum is America’s oldest steady lending library and has a wide selection of artwork too.

Subsequent is the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame, which was established in 1954.  It’s each a museum that preserves tennis historical past, in addition to the present website for matches on indoor and out of doors courts. This location hosted the primary U.S. Nationwide Garden Tennis Championships, at present often called the U.S. Open!

Trinity Church is Rhode Island’s oldest Episcopal congregation and Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue constructing nonetheless standing within the US.

After exploring these locations, you could possibly finish with the White Horse Tavern, America’s oldest tavern with two intimate bars and award-winning meals.

Watch a Polo Match

Newport Polo is the house of America’s first polo membership, established in 1876. Ten years later, Newport hosted the inaugural Worldwide Polo Match. The custom has stayed alive and there may be now a sequence match each Saturday at 5:00PM in the summertime or four:00PM in September.

At half time, friends are inspired to stomp the divots! The sector is positioned in Portsmouth, a couple of 20-minute drive north of Newport.

Go Wine Tasting

Newport does have a number of vineyards! Greenvale Vineyards Winery is positioned alongside the attractive Sakonnet River and provides tastings and a spot to calm down. Jazz concert events are on Saturdays beginning at 1:00PM.

The place to Eat

Corner Café is a favourite amongst locals and provides a very hearty breakfast. With specialty coffees, an expansive menu, and massive parts, it is a nice solution to begin the day.

CRU Cafe is my go-to lunch spot! The restaurant/bakery serves sandwiches, salads, and soups with recent and native components. Order forward of time and pack a seaside picnic!

Newport Creamery is a diner-style Rhode Island establishment that gives “really feel good” meals. Get the “Terrible Terrible” for a particular ice cream deal with.

Gurney’s Resort on Goat Island options The Lounge and The Pineapple Club.

Each provide seating below twinkly lights with hearth pits and views of the Claiborne Pell Newport suspension bridge, Goat Island lighthouse, and naturally, the resident goats to maintain you firm.

On a pleasant day, make a reservation for drinks and apps on Fort Hill’s Inn’s The Lawn with out of doors seating and Adirondack chairs to intensify the waterfront view.

The Clarke Cooke House is the setting for a Mediterranean-influenced American Delicacies meal. The hidden SkyBar upstairs and romantic candlelit summer time porch are excellent for a date evening. However the Bistro Room eating space and bar are simply as cozy.

Unbeknownst to the subtle diners, the “Growth Growth Room” is positioned simply downstairs when you’re within the temper to bounce.

 Things You Have to Eat

The freshest local fish, clams, oysters, and lobsters come from Rhode Island’s 384-mile coastline. You can’t go wrong with any seafood in Newport, but these stand out: Midtown Oyster Bar, The Mooring, The Black Pearl, and Flo’s Clam Shack.

New Englanders love their ice-cream and Newport excels of their class. Ben & Jerry’s, Kilwins, and Sprinkles are all within the heart of city.

Del’s Lemonade is a model of soppy frozen lemonade. Initially created in Naples, Italy in 1840, the unique proprietor took his method to Rhode Island and the household has been serving it up ever since.

There’s a brick-and-mortar location on Thames Road, however you’ll additionally come throughout meals vehicles and road carts round city. Fast tip: don’t drink with a straw!

Useful Ideas + Enjoyable Details

Aquidneck Island consists of three cities: Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth.  In case you’re attempting to save cash, keep in Middletown or Portsmouth!

Newport has extra colonial properties in use than every other location within the US. The mansions ought to be prioritized, however don’t underestimate the cool historic properties round city. Most may have a plaque with the yr constructed, the unique proprietor, and typically the historical past.

Right here’s some extra information to assist plan your journey:

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