As classic as khakis and blue-and-white-striped tees, Newport, Rhode Island, endures as a destination that’s always in style. Here, tucked on a peninsula of Aquidneck Island and hemmed by Narragansett Bay, the glamour of 19th-century mansions and sleek yachts intersect with seafood snagged from the sea the same day and eclectic shopping along cobblestone streets.
Remnants of the city’s 300-year-old past are visible in Colonial architecture in the Old Quarter — a wonderfully walkable neighborhood (Newport’s oldest) filled with restaurants, boutiques and three centuries of stories. Enjoy a guided visit or poke around the Redwood Library, Colony House and Trinity Church on your own. Sit down for lunch or dinner at the White Horse Tavern, in operation since 1673, to feast on dishes featuring local ingredients from the briny waters and agriculturally rich area farms. Don’t miss the chance here or at other downtown restaurants to nosh on fresh lobster, clams, oysters, crab cakes, plus plenty of catches of the day.
It is easy to work up an appetite in the “City by the Sea.” Stroll the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk, which winds past the backyards of America’s Gilded Age summer homes on one side and views of sheer cliff drops and crashing waves on the other. Take a harbor tour to see the sublime panoramic from the deck of a yacht or schooner. Newport, the “Sailing Capital of the World,” claims the largest fleet of America’s Cup 12-meter yachts in the world, many of which are available to charter.
Be sure to treat yourself to the opulence of Ochre Point Avenue and Bellevue Avenue, where lengthy driveways lead to the front doors and glitzy interiors of The Breakers, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer and more “cottages” of the Vanderbilts, Doris Duke and other iconic American families — most open seasonally for tours. Finally, relax on a local beach, where your sailor-inspired bathing suit is the perfect choice for this timeless maritime community.
— Amity Moore Joyce
Soak up the charms of Newport! Call your local AAA Travel Agent at 800-750-5386 and book your Rhode Island getaway today!