One of my favorite easy trips is a weekend getaway in Newport, RI. It’s quintessentially New England with cranberry red colonial homes, cobblestone streets and views of the water. Recently, my guy and I headed to Newport for our second annual late-fall getaway. We love visiting in the off season, particularly November, because there’s still plenty of things to do but it’s much more calm and peaceful, It feels like the whole city is all yours to explore. Here are a few of my quick tips for a weekend getaway in Newport, Rhode Island.
Where we stayed:
This year we stayed at the The Attwater hotel. It’s located right off of Bellevue Ave which makes it super easy to to walk downtown. I love how colorful and adorable all of the rooms are; the hotel felt so cozy. Last year, we stayed at the Mill Street Inn which is a bit closer to the main street, with more of a rustic feel versus the Attwater’s preppy vibe. I highly recommend both!
Favorite things to do:
Newport Mansions. If you’re a history buff, into architecture and design or just love all things pretty – be sure to pop into one of the many Newport Mansions. The Breakers is a must-see. It was once a summer “cottage” of the Vanderbilt family (imagine?!). Rosecliff is another iconic “home”, think chandeliers and all marble everything. Visiting in December? Be sure to see the mansions all dressed up for the holidays.
Cliff Walk. This 3.5 mile walk runs along the rocky coast. From the walk, take in spanning ocean views and the backyards of the Newport mansions. The Cliff Walk is a perfect to-do during the summertime. Tackle sightseeing and being active. Win, win.
Ocean Drive. Grab a latte and hop in your car. You’ll see miles and miles of breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and gorgeous homes. There are plenty of stop-off spots for photo ops, too! Insider tip? Ditch the “itinerary” and plan to hop in and out of your car to see the numerous points of interests on the way. Are parks your scene? Visit Fort Adams State Park for salt water bathing (in the summertime, obvs), boating and picnicking. Or if you’re a total JFK and Jackie O fanatic, be sure to check out Hammersmith Farm aka where JFK and Jackie’s wedding reception was held. Looking for a dining option? Or maybe wine-ing? Check out Castle Hill Inn for drinks with a view.
Stroll downtown. One of my absolute favorite things when visiting Newport (or anywhere) is just strolling around and taking it in. If you’re looking for shopping, head down to Thames Street. The storefronts have historic charm. Be sure to wear comfy shoes to tackle those cobblestone streets! If you’re looking for shopping plus seaside scenery, head down to Bowen’s Wharf. There you’ll find local shops and restaurants upon restaurants down by the water. Stroll down to the dock for panoramic views.
J.Crew. A classic, go-to. If you’re like me and never seem to pack the right clothes (or maybe you just have your eye on something), be sure to pop in here to have a look around. You’re sure to find a thing or two.
Yummiest places to eat: Disclaimer: there aren’t any actual pictures of our food because it was so delicious we just couldn’t wait. Last year, we ended up staying in Newport during Restaurant Week without knowing and it was the best thing ever. Aka a foodie’s dream. So this year, we were sure to head back to Newport’s Restaurant Week and book our fave places. We also added a few new faves, too.
Perro Salado. An upscale take on Mexican food. The vibe in here is seriously so dreamy. Also, the blood orange margarita is everything.
Jo’s American Bistro. If you’re looking for classic, yummy eats – visit Jo’s. We stopped in here for lunch to warm up with a sandwhich and a glass of vino.
Diego’s. Another amazing Mexican option located in Bowen’s Wharf. Think of this place as more laid back and casual. Be sure to try their margaritas, too (I love the passion fruit one – do you see a trend forming?)
22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for a special-occasion-kind-of-place, this is it. From date night to a celebratory dinner. Picture a candle-lit setting with views of the water (during the day, that is). Their french onion soup is seriously one of my favorites. 22 Bowen’s is definitely our go-to when we visit Newport.
The best part about this mini-itinerary? It can easily be done any time of the year. I’ve visited Newport numerous times in both the summer and late fall and it’s just as gorgeous and are there are just as many things to do in the off season.
If visiting in the summer, be sure to add a beach day or two! My personal fave is Second Beach.
We love to keep it low-key when visiting Newport so we always leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.