The Area

Newport, Rhode Island was founded in 1639 and is located on Aquidneck Island.  Referred to as “America’s First Resort,” Newport has something for everyone. Whether you are coming for a relaxing visit, to see our historic architecture,  shop in our many unique boutiques, or participate in our many water activities; Newport is the perfect place!  Scroll down for a list of area attraction links.

By far, the most popular attractions are the Newport Mansions. Take a  tour of  the Vanderbilt’s Marble House and Breakers, or visit the Elms and take the Servant Life Tour.  Visit Rosecliff with it’s beautiful ball room and the setting of many movies. There are ghost tours at Belcourt Castle.  Doris Duke’s impressive Rough Point is open from mid-April to early November. Also open seasonally, Hunter House and the Samuel Whitehorne House are wonderful examples of 18th and 19th architecture and both showcase fine examples of exquisite Goddard-Townsend colonial furniture. In the winter, three of the Preservation Society Mansions are open and decorated for the holidays.

Another “must see” is the scenic Cliff Walk.  Cliff Walk begins at Memorial Boulevard and runs for 3.5 miles ending at the end of Bellevue Avenue.  To one side are panoramic views of the ocean, and to your other are beautiful residences, mansions, and Salve Regina University.   Whether you want to go for a leisurely stroll or for a run, the views are amazing!

If you love beautiful coastal views, then you must take the 10 mile Scenic Ocean Drive.  You can begin at either the end of Bellevue Avenue or downtown at Wellington Avenue and you can drive or go by bicycle.  Along the way there are places to pull off and enjoy the ocean views.  You can also stop at Brenton Point State Park where people take picnic lunches and fly kites.  Fort Adams State Park, located on the harbor side of Ocean Drive, is another beautiful place to walk, picnic, take a tour of the historic Fort or visit the Museum of Yachting (both open seasonally).

In addition to the mansions, there are many museums open year round.  The International Tennis Hall of Fame offers a great history of the sport.  Trinity Church, Touro Synagogue and the Redwood Library are all wonderful living examples of Newport’s unique architecture.  You may also want to visit one of our two vineyards or Newport’s own brewery

In the summer, there is no better way to see Newport than from the water!  You can go for a relaxing sail, take a narrated tour, or crew on an America’s Cup yacht.  For experienced sailors, there are sailboats that can be rented if you choose to sail yourself.   Motor boat and kayak rentals are also available.  Newport is ideally located for excellent fishing, there are half and full day options of professionally Captained boats.

For more summer fun, there are beaches, hiking trails, and sports adventures!  Newport has several beaches, some with great waves for surfing, others are tranquil alcoves on the coast.  We will help you decide which is the right for you and provide you with a beach bag and towels.  Every Saturday afternoon, polo is played at the Glen, just a 20 minute drive from downtown-take a picnic supper!

For the more adventurous traveler, you can sky dive, take a helicopter tour above the island, go for a horseback ride, surf, or go kitesurfing.  A great way to see the island is by bicycle, there are many places where you can rent a bike or two-person scooter.  If you enjoy hiking, we recommend visiting the Norman Bird Sanctuary or Sachuest Nature Preserve, both offer wonderful views.

Area Attraction Links:

Newport offers many wonderful dining options.  A few of our favorites are:

Formal/Fine Dining/Romantic Restaurants:

The White Horse Tavern-traditional fine dining in an historic Colonial building (401-849-3600)

Bouchard-Fine French Cuisine (401-846-0123)

Clarke Cooke House, The Porch-roof top restaurant with view of the harbor.  Located on Bannister’s Wharf.   Unique dishes and ingredients, less formal dining downstairs in the Grill and Candy Store Dining Rooms (401-849-2900)

Caste Hill-wonderful views of the harbor make reservation earlier for the sunset (888-466-1355)

Black Pearl, Commodore’s Room-traditional fine dining, wonderful fish and chowder on Bannister’s Wharf, less formal dining in the Tavern and patio (401-846-5264)

Informal, yet still very nice:

Clarke Cooke House-the Candy Store or Grill dining rooms, see listing above

Black Pearl-the Tavern, see listing above

Café Zelda’s-located on lower Thames Street, a French American bistro, cozy dining room.  Zelda’s offers Monday night specials.  (401-849-4002)

22 Bowens-located on Bowen’s Wharf, a wine bar, we describe as an upscale steak house with seafood (401-841-8884)

The Mooring-located on Sayer’s Wharf on America’s Cup Avenue, serving primarily seafood, they also have an outdoor patio (401-846-2260)

Asterisk –an eclectic menu in a unique atmosphere, located on Lower Thames St. (401-841-8833)

Scales and Shells-a Seafood Only Restaurant in an open kitchen dining room (cash only) 401-846-3474 (FISH)

TSK (Thames Street Kitchen)- A field to fork, chef-driven eatery, offering locally sourced cuisine in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Menu changes weekly. 401-846-9100

Diegos-Mexican style dishes with a modern twist 401-619-2640

Pasta Beach-authentic Italian food in a fresh atmosphere 401-847-2222

Mamma Luisa-traditonal Italian cuisine in a cozy atmosphere 401-848-5257

Sardellas-Italian cuisine served in several dining rooms or outdoors on the patio 401-849-6312

More Casual:

Benjamins Restaurant and Raw Bar-three floors of dining located downtown on Thames Street offering primarily seafood (4-7 PM dinner specials) 401-846-6786

The Landing Restaurant- waterfront seafood restaurant located on Bowen’s Wharf 401-847-4514

The Lobster Bar- new seafood restaurant located at the very end of Bowen’s Wharf with great views (you walk through a lobster/fish market to get to the restaurant) 401-847-4514

Flo’s Clam Shack- a very casual “shack” serving seafood-located at 4 Wave Avenue in Middletown 401- 847-8141

Sumo Sushi- offering Sushi and Japanese and Korean dishes-located on Thames Street, BYOB 401-848-2307

Pour Judgement-located on Broadway offering great food and a variety of beers at reasonable prices in a bar atmosphere 401-619-2215

Smokehouse- summer barbecue served al fresco 401-848-9800

Fastnet Pub- authentic Irish Pub located on Broadwway, reasonable prices  401- 845.9311

Brick Alley Pub- a pub style restaurant on Thames Street, 401- 849-6334

Yesterday’s- an ale house bar and grill located at Washington Square 401-847-0116

Red Parrot- bar/grill with a  Carribean flair, located at the corner of Lower Thames Street and America’s Cup Avenue 401-847-3800