Newport, Rhode Island Weekend Getaway

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  • Rhode Island

  • Beaches

  • Arts & Culture

  • Group Travel

  • History

  • Architecture

  • Beach town

  • Outdoors

Advisor - Newport, Rhode Island Weekend Getaway
Curator’s statement

Newport, Rhode Island, is a historic and picturesque coastal city renowned for its stunning mansions, scenic beauty, and rich maritime heritage. As a popular destination for tourists, Newport offers a charming blend of colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, and a vibrant sailing culture. Visitors can explore the Gilded Age mansions like The Breakers, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the downtown waterfront, or partake in various outdoor activities such as sailing, fishing, and cycling.

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Where to stay in Newport, Rhode Island

The Brenton Hotel

Overlooking Newport Marina, this chic luxury hotel boasts a trendy industrial-chic restaurant and a rooftop terrace.

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk

High-end hotel set in an elegant 19th-century mansion with a polished restaurant and terrace on Newport's famed Cliff Walk.

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The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection

Luxurious hotel set in a 1900s mansion with polished rooms and suites, a spa, restaurant and two outdoor pools.

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Things to do in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island Weekend Getaway - Things to do
  • Cliff walk - The cliff walk is a leisurely, scenic 3.5 mile walk along the cliffs of Newport. You can catch glimpses of the mansions and stunning views of the sea for miles. If you’re not up for walking, there’s a 10 mile scenic ocean drive that boasts similar views of rocky coastline and crashing waves.

  • Go to the Beach - there are two main beaches in Newport, Easton Beach (also known as First Beach) and Second Beach. Easton Beach is a smaller, rocky beach that can basically disappear when the tide comes up (be sure to check the tides before planning your day). Second Beach is the place to be, although recently they have only been letting people with passes (people that live there) park there. Double check before you go. Otherwise it’s practically impossible to get to with no street parking.

  • Tour the Mansions - The 11 mansions part of the “Newport Mansions” are from the 1800s where the richest of the rich would use them as summer homes. They are exquisite and luxurious even today, and worth a stop in. Tickets are $20 for an adult.
    Sunset sail - What better way to take in the coastline than from the water?

  • Ocean Drive - 10 miles of historic landmarks and sea view great for a bike ride or picnic. Best at sunset though!

  • Newport Vineyards - About a 15 minute drive from town, 60 acres of beautiful vineyards.

Best places for an Instagram photo

  • Bowen’s Wharf - The backdrop being water, boats and the sunset. Maybe you’re holding ice cream from Sprinkles Ice Cream & Espresso Bar (yum).

  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk - if you can make it here for a drink, you’ll find the quintessential white adirondack chairs placed around the lawn, boasting stunning views of the sea. If it’s rainy or cold, the interior of the hotel is just as phenomenal and I’m sure you can find a leather couch or marbled wall around somewhere (cough cough, check the bathroom).

Places to eat & drink in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island Weekend Getaway - Places to eat & drink

Where to eat

  • Corner Cafe - The Corner Cafe is a great casual spot for breakfast/brunch serving upscale diner food. There will probably be a wait if you go on a weekend morning, but it’s pretty quick and definitely worth it.

  • The Black Pearl - This 1967 restaurant is one of the best waterfront dining experiences you’ll find in Newport. In the summer they have an amazing outdoor space, reservations definitely needed for this restaurant as it is one of the most popular (but for a good reason).

  • The Landing Restaurant - It’s located dockside, at the end of Newport’s historic Bowen’s wharf in downtown. Famous for its water views and sunsets, seafood, live music and drinks.

  • Diegos - Relaxed Mexican fare with delicious craft cocktails. Famous for their margarita pitchers!

  • Smokehouse - Great BBQ dishes in the heart of downtown

  • Clarke Cooke House - Classic establishment, recommend trying their speciality drink "Newport Water"

  • Midtown Oyster Bar - Offer something for everyone and plenty of seating

  • Castle Hill Inn - Even if you aren't staying here, this place is worth checking out. Best for drinks around sunset on the lawn

Where to go out

  • One Pelham East - This is the place to be if you’re young and want to go out in Newport. They have darts, shuffleboard, and live music. 2 floors, 3 bars, dueling pianos. It can get busy so go early.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Things To Do & Insider Tips From A Boston Local.

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