Weekend Newport Rhode Island
July 17, 2014
Newport is a quaint seaside city nestled on the Rhode Island coast. Renowned for it’s beautiful architecture and breathtaking New England views, Newport is the perfect place to spend a weekend unwinding. Whether you want to get outdoors and see the picturesque views, appreciate architecture and history or just indulge in classic New England seafood, Newport has something for you - and only two hours from your home at The Waypointe.
New England is renowned for it’s seafood and Newport, Rhode Island is no exception. Stop by Flo’s Clam Shack (4 Wave Avenue) for some no-frills, authentic New England seafood. Try their famous clam cakes and soak in the great ocean views - but remember to bring cash, they don’t accept cards. For a modern, waterfront dining experience try The Mooring (Sayers Wharf), which offers unique and favorite seafood dishes and a raw bar in a sophisticated but not stuffy New England atmosphere. If you’re looking to splurge, head to 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille (22 Bowens Wharf), their luxury New England dining experience (and perfectly curated wine list) is sure to please.
If seafood isn't quite your thing, there are plenty of land-based Newport dining options for you. The Red Parrot (348 Thames Street) on charming Thames Street has a great menu variety and is perfect for kids. Of course there’s still seafood and a raw bar (this is New England after all), but they also offer everything from ribs to corn dogs to pizza all guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Or head to famous Sardella’s Restaurant (30 Memorial Boulevard), winner of Best Italian Restaurant in Newport several years running, and enjoy a nice pasta dish in Newport’s oldest italian restaurant.
No trip to Newport would be complete without a relaxing stroll on Newport’s Famous Cliff Walk. This three and a half mile stretch winds along the coast offering some of the best views of picturesque New England and the historic waterfront mansions Newport is known for. Be sure to look out for Forty Steps, a dramatic staircase that leads to the ocean and relic of Newport days-gone-by.
Brenton Point State Parkalso offers an unparalleled Newport shoreline experience. You can walk on the beach or explore woodsy hiking trails, fly a kite, have a picnic or even fish. When you leave, remember to drive along Ocean Drive for ten miles of stunning coastal views.
Newport is also known for it’s beautiful beaches. Eastons Beach (Memorial Avenue) features a playground, carousel and aquarium - in addition to views of the beautiful Cliff Walk.
Fort Adams, the country’s largest coastal fortress, is a must-see destination in the Newport area. In addition to guided tours that feature the former soldier’s quarters, architecture and engineering, the location also offers spectacular views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.
And of course there are the mansions! Newport’s thirteen elegant and architecturally stunning mansions are renowned the world over. Experience 200 years of history at each unique and fully preserved mansion, which offer different architecture, design, history and landscapes. Tour The Breakers (Ochre Point Avenue), one of Newport’s most iconic and opulent mansions, and immerse yourself into the bygone Gilded Age era of ballgowns and banquets.
You can’t fit everything Newport has to offer into only one day! But don’t worry, when it comes to hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts, there are plenty of options in Newport:
The Vanderbilt Grace- an historic boutique hotel
Newport Marriot- located near Newport Harbor, and many Newport attractions
Thames Street Guest House- quaint B&B on charming Thames Street, in the heart of historic Newport
The Attwater- stylish boutique inn, nestled off the beaten path but still close to all Newport has to offer
Mill Street Inn- romantic, boutique hotel, located right in the middle of downtown
So what are you waiting for?