Newport Insider Guide:
Our recent visit to Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race reminded us how much we love this great sailing town! Here are our favorite locations around town:
See: The Cliff Walk is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Newport. The walk takes you along the cliffs on a pathway behind all of the mega mansions that were “summer cottages” for 19th century multimillionaires. The walk itself is not difficult, and there are exits along the way if you decide to end early. You can tour inside the mansions as well – there is a multi-tour pack to maximize the experience. The views are simply breathtaking!
Do: Get out on the water with On Watch Sailing aboard the Lyra with Captain Green. On Watch Sailing offers a number of different tour options during the day or sunset sails. Have drinks at the Castle Hill Inn. This is an amazing place to watch the sunset and the sailboats go by. They have great cocktails and apps to get your evening started.
Eat: The Clarke Cooke House is a must. It’s located right in the heart of town on Bannisters Wharf. The food is delicious featuring plenty of fresh seafood. Choose from several seating areas and 4-bar areas, plus the downstairs Boom Boom Room where you can boogie away after your meal. The building itself dates back to the 18th century and the interior is adorned with all kind of racing & yachting memorabilia.
Breakfast: Belle’s Cafe at the Newport Shipyard serves the best breakfast in town. As a bonus you can check out some gorgeous yachts on the docks and out on the water.
Sunset: Grab drinks at Gurney's Resort on Goat Island and watch the sun set over the Newport bridge. Gurney’s offers great outdoor seating and an enviable cocktail bar. Cosy up next to a fire pit on a cold evening.
Shop: Island Outfitters on Thames Street is one of the largest apparel stores in town and features a great selection of HIHO. Gingy’s on Bellevue Avenue is a smart dress shop, and they also sell items from the HIHO line.
Stay: There are numerous historic bed and breakfasts, inns and hotels in Newport. Some of the top rated include Hotel Viking which has historic charm with modern amenities. The Chanler is a luxury property situated on the Newport Cliffs, at the beginning of the Cliff Walk and within walking distance of the beach, as well as downtown Newport. The perfect location to watch the boats go by is the newest addition, Gurney’s on Goat Island, surrounded by Narragansett Bay.
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