Newport Travel Guide

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    White Horse tavern
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    Rosecliff Mansion
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Newport Things to Do

  • The Breakers

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This was top of our list when planning our day in Newport. We love being outdoors and being active... and I love big old houses. Unfortunately we didn't really have the appropriate footwear, and the day ended up being warmer than expected so we were a little overdressed. However, we still enjoyed our stroll. The first part of the walk is a bit...

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  • Marble House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Built in 1892 by Alva and William Kissam Vanderbilt, this mansion is known for its marble façade. It was one of the earliest mega-mansions in Newport and helped spark the craze for building these monstrousities. The grounds include a replica Chinese teahouse that serves tea, snacks and a light lunch today.

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Newport Hotels

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Newport Restaurants

  • Gaslamp Grille

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is a really nice restaurant here in Newport, the food and service are quite good, but be careful if you think you'll enjoy a quite dinner especially if you happen to be here on a Saturday night past 10:00 pm. There is a band that starts playing at that time and it can get quite loud and you'll find yourself shouting at your party over the...

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  • Red Parrot

    4 out of 5 stars

    Newport has many places to eat. We decided to stop here during our visit in July 2005 and cool ourselves off in the air conditioned dining area. The service was friendly, and the food was good, but nothing special. This is a popular three-story restaurant with an airy feel to it. There is a huge menu selection with frozen specialty drinks and of...

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  • White Horse Tavern

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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 have...

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Newport Nightlife

  • 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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  • Fastnet Pub

    Was here just past noon on a Saturday. The Brunch crowd was there and I enjoyed the first drink of a mellow day. Fastnet is your typical Irish pub this place really feels more like a cookie cutter than a special place but we did like it. The bathrooms (I did not use but Liz did) were disgusting. So be warned if you choose to check it out. The...

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  • Five33 Lounge

    My wife and I usually stay at the Hyatt when visiting Newport unless we want to have a B&B experience. Five33 lounge is located in the lobby area of the Hyatt and is a nice place to relax with a drink. The lounge has a nice fireplace and seating with some beautiful water views. We love coming her for drinks while sitting by the fire and enjoying...

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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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  • Bus or Car

    I have only arrived here by bus and by car. Either way can leave you anywhere in town you want to start. There are many public parking lots around town to leave the car and get to walking. We are fortunate to live about an hour and 45 minutes from Newport by car so it can be a one day destination if we don't want a full weekend in Newport. Sadly...

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  • Walking

    The foot is the best way to get around town and see things. It is a wonderful town to just stroll around and see what you can find. Around each corner will always lead to something you have never seen before. My wife and I usually stay at the Hyatt, The Hotel Viking or one of the centrally located B&B's in Newport which makes walking around the...

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Newport Shopping

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  • Thames Street

    Thames Street is where most all the shops are located. You will find everything from your normal chain stores to small boutique stores. Many souvenir shops are located along this streete that sell tee shirts and other items. Our most recent trip to Newport was the last weekend in March 2015. There were some nice sales going in in many of the shops...

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  • Michael Hayes

    A sun hat caught my wife's eye and off we went into Michael Hayes. Upon closer inspection she didn't like the rim of the hat so she left that on the rack. After looking through the selection of skirts, tops, pants, dresses, handbags, shoes and beach coverups my wife was not interesting in a thing. Not that I can blame here; the majority of the...

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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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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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  • Artillery Enactors

    The Artillery Company of Newport was chartered in 1741 by King George II of Great Britain and is today a ceremonial unit of the Rhode Island Militia, Council of Historic Military Commands. They frequently appear in period costume at ceremonies in Newport and around the country. They fired a period canon at the ceremony in Touro Park celebrating the...

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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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  • Sidewalks

    The sidewalks here are horrible They should bulldoze them all and start new. Most streets have bushes pushing into the small sidewalk area forcing you out onto the street. The surface of the sidewalks are also quite up and down and badly broken up. So do watch every step you take over here.

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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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  • Great Seafood

    The great thing about visiting a Seaside place like Newport is the seafood. My wife and I are lovers of seafood and Newport has so many great restaurants to enjoy a seafood meal. Crab, Oysters, Loster, scallops, clams, mussels and fresh caught fish can be found in abundance on menus throughout the town. So if you are a seafood enthusiast, this is...

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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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Top 10 Holiday Lights Displays: Newport

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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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