The charming coastal town of Newport, Rhode Island has everything you need for the perfect getaway weekend: beautiful ocean views, amazing architecture, scenic walking paths and restaurants overlooking the picturesque harbor.
Here is the perfect itinerary to maximize your time in Newport and get you back to work on Monday:
There are a lot of great options for accommodations in Newport, but we chose to stay at The Chanler at Cliff Walk and it was absolutely amazing. First of all, The Chanler is one of the most historic mansions in Newport. The structure started as a “cottage” in 1870, endured a fire in 1944 and has been in its current state since 2003. Amenities include complimentary chauffer service for guests so you don’t have to worry about parking or getting around town. Gas fireplaces, private hot tubs and yoga classes on the lawn = icing on the cake.
Friday Night: Check into The Chanler at Cliff Walk in the evening, unpack and head on down to the bar to have a sunset cocktail and take in the views from the veranda or cliff walk terrace. Have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, The Spiced Pear, which is the proud winner of the 2016 Open Table Diners’ Choice Award. Head back to your room to enjoy your own personal hot tub under the stars.
Saturday Morning: Take advantage of 24 hour Mansion Room Service for in-room dining. Have breakfast in bed, or better yet, have it on your own personal deck overlooking Easton Beach. After breakfast, plan on touring the famous mansions along the cliff walk. There are 11 historic mansions to explore, but you should narrow it down to a short list of 2-3. The Breakers is a must, as it is the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages” and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America.
Another top pick is The Elms. The estate was constructed from 1899 to 1901 and cost approximately $1.5 million to build. In 1996, The Elms was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Tickets for the mansions can be purchased online or at the properties. Admission is $25.99 for 2 mansions or $32.99 for 5 mansions, excluding Hunter House. Go to http://www.newportmansions.org for up to date information.
Saturday Evening: Head down to Newport Harbor Walk to explore on foot. There’s tons of shopping, great restaurants and amazing views of the harbor that include lots of yacht eye candy.
We recommend 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille for great drinks, delicious seafood and dessert that is to die for. But don’t forget your wallet, this one is kind of pricey.
Sunday Morning: On your final morning in Newport, head on down to the Cliff Walk for a Sunday stroll. The Cliff Walk is along the eastern shore of Newport and is world famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline with the architectural history of Newport’s gilded age. It is 3.5-miles and has been designated a National Recreation Trail. You don’t have to walk the entire path, but nothing starts the day off quite like fresh ocean air and fantastic mansion views.
Sunday Afternoon: Before heading out of town, head over to Newport Vineyards for a tour and wine tasting.
Originally planted in 1977 on a hill overlooking Rhode Island Sound, the goal was to produce fine table wines and preserve beautiful agricultural land from rapid development. Wines include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Riesling. Today the family-run winery is one of the most modern in the Northeast and offers tours and tastings daily from its 60-acre vineyard.
Our favorites include the Vidal Ice Wine (dessert), Rhody Coyote (hard apple cider), Island White and Great White.
A long weekend in Newport will be full of luxury, ocean views, history and great food. It is not to be missed.