Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island Overview

Newport, Rhode Island is a charming old seaport peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Rhode Island Sound to the south and the Newport Harbor on the west.

Once the summer playground of the Astors, Vanderbilts, Belmonts and other wealthy American families, Newport was a symbol of the lifestyles and opulence of the Gilded Age. Extravagant cottages were built along Bellevue Avenue and the ocean, one more magnificent than the other. Summer was a time for parties and entertaining, of houseguests and romance.

Newport today is a thriving resort community renowned as the sailing capital of the East. Summer weekends are for racing and parties and eating and drinking in Newport’s wonderful bistros and pubs. Vestiges of past wealth remain. Just as astonishing as the mansions of bygone years are the mansions old and new in which people actually live! Set on bluffs overlooking the sea and surrounded by acres of land, some of the nouveau properties are as spectacular as the old.

Take a stroll along the wharfs and you will marvel at the sheer number and size of the yachts and sailboats moored at the docks. If they are any indicator, our economy is in fine shape.

Most of the restaurants and shops are located in the downtown area along the Newport Harbor, making it an easy place to navigate during a weekend away. To the east the terrain climbs the rocky cliffs overlooking the Atlantic and you can enjoy the 3.5 mile Cliff Walk fronting the Mansions. To the south are parks and beaches and the 10 mile bike run following Ocean Avenue.

Newport is an ideal weekend escape particularly for those within driving distance from Maine to New Jersey. You’ll get to see how the other half lived, enjoy some wonderful food and some amazing accommodations.


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Where To Stay

Castle Hill Inn

OVERVIEW The stately and elegant Castle Hill Inn is a top choice for accommodations in Newport. Slightly formal, yet very comfortable. The property sits on 40 acres of magnificent oceanfront, just a short drive from town on Newport’s renowned Ocean Drive.  Perched atop a small bluff, the water views from almost anywhere are nothing short...…

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Cliffside Inn

OVERVIEW Just outside of town and about a block from the legendary Cliff Walk is one of the most charming B&B’s we have seen, the Cliffside Inn. Once the home of noted artist Beatrice Turner, it has retained all the wonderful subtleties of days gone by, while including all the modern conveniences travelers look for...…

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Francis Malbone Inn

OVERVIEW Conveniently located downtown, within walking distance to everything, The Francis Malbone is our choice as the best B&B in downtown Newport. That says something because this town is filled with wonderful B&B’s. This gorgeous inn was built in 1790 for a shipping merchant and stands today as an elegant respite from the frenzy of...…

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Where To Eat

22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill

Can a steak house be romantic? If it's 22 Bowen's it can be. A waterfront setting with great views, soft lighting, small dining alcoves, beamed ceilings, white linens, sparkling crystal, with great food and an amazing wine list, all add up to a superb experience. I love the Bubbles & Oysters to start with six…

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Bouchard

Newport might seem an unusual place to find a classic French restaurant, but the Bouchard story makes sense. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Chef Albert honed his skills working at four-star restaurants such as The Dupuy Canal House in High Falls, New York, Chez Hosten in France for 2…

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Cara’s

Nearly floor to ceiling windows capture the spectacular ocean vistas from Cara's elegant dining room. White walls, striking artwork create a backdrop for coral colored chairs adding a splash of brightness. Chandeliers and candles cast a warm glow on a room with beautiful crown moldings, a marble fireplace, crisp table linens and sparkling tableware. Our…

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May 2020: Little Nell

This months featured property is… charming and sweet. THE ROOMS In 2017, Champalimaud Design refreshed all 86 rooms and suites and all guest floor corridors. The approach was to reinvigorate the spaces to be fresh, light and welcoming, utilizing palettes of blue, tan and grey to complement the relaxed nature of Aspen. Key features include… read more.

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