Newport Travel Guide

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Newport Highlights

  • Pro
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     America's Castles by the Sea 

  • Con
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     Large crowds during summer months 

  • In a nutshell
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     Historic, Nautical town with great shops 

Newport Things to Do

  • The Breakers

    The Breakers is the largest and most magnificent of the Newport Summer house mansions. It was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1893 and has over 65,000 sq feet of indoor space along with a 13 acre lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. if you visit only one Newport Mansion, this should be it.

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  • Cliff Walk

    It was a rainy day but there was no way I was coming to Newport without visiting the Cliff Walk. The 3.5 mile hike, of which I did about half, features the oceans on one side and the famous mansions on the other--although those tall fences to protect privacy has made many of those mansions hard to see. Still, it is a terrific walk and something...

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  • Rosecliff

    Rosecliff is a beautiful mansion, although not as ostentacious as the other ones. You could almost see yourself living a normal life in this one (albeit, with the largest ballroom in Newport). Take a tour of the home to see artifacts from the family, paintings, photographs and just a good sense of what life was like for the people who owned the...

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Newport Hotels

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Newport Restaurants

  • Yesterday's and the Place

    This is always a nice place to grab a drink and a snack at the bar or enjoy a meal. Yesterday's is located in Washington Square which makes it rather easy to walk to from most of the area hotels and very close to shopping on Thames. My wife and I always enjoy stopping in when we are staying in Newport. The atmosphere is nice and casual; we can...

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  • White Horse Tavern

    The White Horse Tavern is America’s oldest Tavern being constructed in 1652. It is a Newport Landmark as well as a tavern/restaurant. Our first visit here ; my wife and I were visiting Newport during Easter weekend in 2012 and celebrating our five year anniversary together; so we decided to dine at the White Horse for our celebratory dinner. We...

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  • Kilwin's Chocolate & Ice Cream

    Kilwin's is the place to go if you are looking for a sweet treat. The shop carries a variety of candy, chocolate, coated rice crispie treats, covered pretzels, covered marshmallows, lollipops, fudge, ice cream and specialty treats such as caramel coated Twinkies. Candy is sold in boxes as well as by the piece. My wife and I recently visited...

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Newport Nightlife

  • Five33 Lounge

    AFter a day of exploringa nd shopping we headed back to the Hyatt for some relaxation before dinner. We deceided to stop and have a drink at the Five33 lounge in the hotel. The loung loked so inviting with a large fireplace and beautiful water views. My wife and I decided to have a seat on the couch right in front of the fire to warm up from the...

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  • Yesterday's

    I have now been to Yesterday's on every trip to Newport with Liz. The bar is a comfortable place to relax and have a drink. It's also off the beaten path of the local bars that can get too crowded. On our most recent visit it was a chilly day and we had just spent the past couple of hours walking around shopping. We ducked in here for an escape...

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  • The Wharf Pub

    This bar/restaurant is located on Bowen Wharf and a great place to grab a few drinks or even a bit to eat. Although a nice place to hang out, this isn't our choice of bar in Newport for the simple reason that they do not carry my Leffe Blonde. If I'm not having a Leffe Blonde, we will stop by when we are walking along the wharf, especially after...

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Newport Transportation

  • Newport Trolley (RIPTA)

    Park your car at the Gateway Visitor's Center for just $2.00 all day and enjoy the Trolley service to the mansions, Bellevue Avenue shopping, the Cliff Walk, Rough Point and more on the Yellow Line (Rte. 67). There is an all-day pass which will allow you to get on the trolley as many times as you wish along the route. Prices for individuals are...

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  • Car .

    We always arrive in Newport by car and depending on whether we visit any of the mansion we will then park the car in the mansion parking lot, which is provided for free while visiting the mansion. You can also leave your car in one of the many mansion lots and come back when you have done your touring (for those mansion in close proximity). If we...

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  • Walking

    I spend a lot of time exploring a location walking around at my leisure. I park my car usually at that Visitor's Center and walk America's Cup Ave to the wharfs and around the waterfront. I love walking because it allows me the freedom to stop for something to eat or drink, peruse a store, do some shopping, wander with no worries about where to...

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Newport Shopping

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  • Newport Mansion Stores

    There is a Newport Mansion store at Bannister's Wharf and locations at the mansions. The stores carry books, housewares, christmas ornaments, children's toys, bath products, jewelry and post cards. The store has a large book selection covering the history of Newport, architecture, famous Newport residents, children's books and nautical tales. Liz...

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  • Newport Black Dog General Store

    The Black Dog General Store has clothing and accesories for men, women and children. Their Black Dog Logo can be seen on their tees, sweatshirts, hats and outerwear. So if you'd like to sport some clothes with a big black dog logo, stop in and buy something. Liz and I always wander in here for some reason. Neither one of us buys anything, we...

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  • Thames Street

    The magic store has been in business for 15 years and is a must see. The Magic Studio is both an entertaining and educational store. There are magicians working at the store and are very familiar with products. It is amazing to see the magicians do the magic tricks. We end up buying a magic trick that we take home to learn. The Magic Studio has a...

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Newport Local Customs

  • Jamestown Bridge

    On April 18, 2006 they demolished the old bridge on the right side of this pic. It has always been a point of attraction as I bring yet another VTer to Newport. It was quite strange when I first returned to Newport after the demolition as the view had forever changed. The old bridge was on the seaward side, your right as driving to Newport.

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  • Red Sox Country

    Rhode Island is Red Sox Country. I am a Yankee fan and it is disappointing to come to Newport during baseball season and have to endure the Red Sox on the TV. We did once find the Yankees on the TV in the One Bellevue Bar.

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  • Red Sox Country

    Rhode Island is Red Sox Country. I am a Yankee fan and it is disappointing to come to Newport during baseball season and have to endure the Red Sox on the TV. We did once find the Yankees on the TV in the One Bellevue Bar.

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Newport Warnings and Dangers

  • Cliff Walk

    When we lived in Rhode Island, the Cliff Walk was closed because parts of it were crumbling off into the sea. The 1938 and 1954 hurricanes had destroyed part of the cliffs and there were some unsafe areas so in the 1970-1976 time frame (about when we would have visited) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent about two years supervising basic...

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  • Parking Enforcement

    When Newport is crowded, parking can be difficult to find. If you find a spot, mind the rules to avoid a ticket. There are parking areas at many of the mansions, the wharf area and near the cliff walk.

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  • Drinking and Driving

    DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE...This is serious folks. Some people just don't understand how serious it is to drink and drive. The person doing the drinking and driving usually survives an accident, killing or seriously wounding innocent people. Please don't drink and drive, or what happened to this kid will happen to you!!!

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Newport Tourist Traps

  • Ask the locals where to eat.

    Just got back from a wonderful 3 day trip to Newport. The two nights we spent there, we asked the front desk clerk for a good local non-tourist place to eat. Her recommendation was wonderful. The next day, we visited an out of the way glass blowing shop and asked again for a good restaurant that was not touristy. Again, we walked down this little...

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  • The castle of squalor

    Oi, it was awful! It was a classic bait and switch. They were not honest as to what we would see. It's not a castle as anyone can see. The tales of hauntings and such added ridiculous mumbo jumbo to the absurdity we endured.Go to The Breakers and Marble House.

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  • Mansions smansions

    Okay, I know these babies keep the town dressed to the nines, but I think they are a huge tourist trap. Look at the pictures online, maybe take the Cliff Walk, but don't bother wandering through these hulking examples of way too much money. Limit yourself to just one mansion and the Cliff Walk. Site is at...

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Newport What to Pack

  • Always be prepared

    Make sure to bring a good pair of walking shoes for touring the mansions. Most of them have marble floors and that can be hard on your feet and back. Also, make sure you have good flat shoes if you are going to walk the Cliff walk. There is a stretch where you will not be walking on paved paths, so you'll want to be prepared.While you're at it, a...

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  • Don't Leave Home Without....

    A small rollaboard or overnight bag. Most of our trips are long weekend visits. We normally visit Newport in the Fall, Spring and Winter (for the holiday season). Clothing depends on the wether but we always come prepared if the weather turns chilly or it snows.Comfortable shoes are a must since we like to walk the town and the sidewalks are often...

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  • We pack lite for a weekend getaway!

    Our stays are normally for a few days and a small roller board or weekend bag is enough to hold everything we need for those days. No matter what time of year you travel to Newport always have a sweater/jacket or a shawl (I usually have my pashmina) as the weather can be chilly. It's usually a casual weekend for us so we pack a few jeans, Ferni...

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Newport Off The Beaten Path

  • Porta Potties?!

    Yes Newport has PortaPotties right by Cliff Walk near the Breakers. I was a bit surprised and shocked they were there but I guess it could be worse...I think.

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  • Channing Memorial Church

    Channing Memorial Church was constructed in the 1880 and dedicated to William Ellery Channing on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The church is constructed mainly of porphyritic granite, featuring stained glass windows designed by John LaFarge and Donald MacDonald. The most famous parishioner of Channing Church was Julia Ward Howe, author of...

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  • Commodore Matthew C Perry Monument

    The Commodore Matthew C Perry Monument stands in Touro Park facing Bellevue Avenue in the heart of Newport, RI. The statue was designed by John Quincy Adams Ward, erected in 1869, and dedicated by Perry's daughter. Commodore Perry is buried in Newport's Island Cemetery.Commodore Matthew Perry was the younger brother of Commodore Oliver Hazard...

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Newport Sports & Outdoors

  • Baseball - Newport Gulls

    The local minor league team plays right across from the visitor's center. A great way to pass a couple hours on a hot summer's day. The entire 2008 schedule seems to have no home games. Games are played from June through July with the league playoffs being in early August. The signs outside the stadium in 2012 say tickets are $4. $2 for seniors....

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  • Sailing

    Sailing is a very important part of Newport which has a very rich deep rooted history. You'll get a glimpse of just how important sailing is to Newport when you visit one of the mansions (will be back with that info). Walking along America's Cup Ave you'll come across hundreds of boats either docked or out on Newport Bay.

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  • The Cliff Walk

    The Cliff walk is a 3.5 mile hike along a paved path with ocean cliffs overlooking the Atlantic on one side and some of Newport's most famous Gilded age mansions on the other. As of this writing (2013) a large portion of the walk is closed for repair.

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Newport Favorites

  • The Mansions

    Most people visit Newport to see the mansions, and why not? They are the result of wealth and oppulence during this nation's growth. The three main mansions are quite stunning and retain most of their original furnishings. The mansions conduct tours and you are not allowed to see them on your own. There is no photography and no touching allowed....

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  • Our Love of Trees

    My wife and I love trees. Wherever we travel we find interesting specimens. Newport in particular has some very old and unique trees.

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  • Enjoying the Suite Life

    We have frequented several of the Historic Inns of Newport; Adele Turner, Abigail Stoneman and Cliffside. We have always stayed in suites with beautiful decor, fireplaces and large bathing salons. We love staying in small B&B's with their personal service and friendly staff. I couldn't imagine staying in a regular hotel in Newport especially if it...

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Top 10 Holiday Lights Displays: Newport

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While much coverage of holiday decorations is focused on lights, there are many other kinds of decorations, and few buildings in the world are as ornately constructed and decorated without holiday embellishments as the Mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. Originally built for coal magnates and railroad barons, the Mansions are a symbol of post-Industrial Revolution wealth, but also an important moment in American History – seven of the eleven historic properties are National Historic Landmarks. The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House are filled with thousands of poinsettias, evergreens, and wreaths, as well as every window in each mansion lit with individual white candles, keeping with the colonial tradition. The Elms' ballroom features a 15 foot tall poinsettia "tree" made up of approximately 150 individual red poinsettia plants. All three houses are decorated and open daily for tours from Saturday, November 17 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. For those wanting to share their Christmas wish list with Santa, each Sunday in December until Christmas, he makes a public appearance at once of the Mansions.

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