I never had any real interest in visiting Newport, Rhode Island until an unexpected weekend getaway practically fell on my lap last year. I had heard a lot of good things about Providence because of its large Latino community that consists of mainly Dominicans. But no one ever really talks about Newport, which is unfortunate considering there’s SO much to see and do there!
Here’s a look at a few reasons why you need to hit up this beach town this year!
If you can fit it into your budget – stay at the Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina.
This is the kind of spot you definitely want to hit up during the summertime. It’s located on Rhode Island’s gorgeous Goat Island and has everything from beautiful views of Newport Harbor, Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay, a marina that features 22 slips accommodating boats, their Seawater Spa that you’ll never want to leave and their famous outdoor restaurant, The Pineapple Club that’s known for it’s local oysters and amazing seafood offerings.
Make sure to explore The Breakers Mansion.
Newport is known for its historical mansions – especially this 70-room Italian Renaissance-style place. They do daily-guided tours and it’s a fun way to feel transported back to the 20th century.
If you eat anything in Newport – have lobster.
The beach town is known for its fresh seafood and high quality lobster. Everyone raves that The Newport Lobster Shack is perfect for buying fresh lobster and word around town is that Johnny’s at the Atlantic Resort is a great place for dining. Their lobster-filled menu includes everything from chilled lobster served with cocktail sauce, lobster mac and cheese, lobster bisque soup, a lobster salad served over greens, lobster rolls, baked and stuffed lobster, butter poached lobster and more. In other words, if you like lobster – this is where you come!
Hit up their beaches.
Newport has gorgeous beaches. Spend a day at Easton’s Beach along Memorial Boulevard if you want to stay near local shops and enjoy yourself some fresh and delicious lobster rolls on the go. Or visit Sachuset Beach if you’re looking for a more outdoorsy type experience. It borders a wildlife refuge that’s loaded with nature trails for the nature lovers.
Do wine tastings.
If you’re looking to sip on some good wine while enjoying some delicious bites and take in the beach scene, you might want to hit up Newport Vineyards that’s been producing fine ways since the 1970s.
If you’re a foodie, check out their Red food tour.
This specific tour is perfect for chicken lovers and it centers around a specific breed of chicken referred to as the Rhode Island Red, though it’s not limited just to chicken dishes. The three-hour tour takes you to at least six restaurants that apparently feeds you well. You’ll also get to check out a few historic sites on the way. Seriously, what more could you ask for in a tour?
If you’re into rum, check out the Rum Runner II.
This moto-yacht tour lets you in on all the history surround the Rhode Island’s rum trade including the secret speakeasies that were once located along Newport’s harbor during the Prohibition and the pirates that use to smuggle in booze. Did I mention the tour includes drinking on the bay?