A few summers ago I found myself up in Newport, RI seeking an escape from the city. It was far more relaxed and laid back than expected, a welcome change without a doubt. I haven’t been back since so when I was scratching at the walls to get out of hot, steamy NYC a trip up to cooler Newport was just what I needed. A calm, relaxing escape. The stay was only three days but it was enough to recharge and reset.
Read on below for my full Newport itinerary and if you have any additions to my spots please comment below as I’m already planning a trip back in the fall!
Where to stay?
There could not be a more idyllic New England spot than The Attwater, a chic boutique hotel situated right in the middle of Newport making it a great home base for our escape. We were able to walk everywhere, which even though we had a great ride thanks to Volvo, it was wonderful to be able to stroll down to dinner or walk around the cobblestone streets popping into the little boutique shops.
The Attwater is beyond charming with quite a history. The former beer hall was built in 1910 and only recently converted to the bright, bold 12-room B&B.
The eclectic décor may seem untraditional of Newport’s typical classical nautical style but there is something to be said for the juxtaposition of marrying the crisp bright whites with boho-chic ikat prints and pops of orange, purple and turquoise.
Our adorable two bedroom suite was filled with natural light, ample windows, plush robes, a wonderfully cozy bed and a bathroom the size of my living room complete with XX bath products. Downright heavenly.
Each morning we popped downstairs to be met with a solid selection of breakfast pastries, tartes, soufflés, fresh juices and pipping hot coffee. The hotel enlisted XX to curate a a seasonal menu that changes often of small breakfast items. Also the fresh baked (i.e. WARM) chocolate chip cookies that greet you after 6 PM? Unbeatable.
And the staff? If you’ve read any of my previous guides then you know that I am always honest about my experiences. The team at The Attwater were quite possibly some of the nicest in the biz – genuinely sweet, warm and welcoming with exceptional recommendations for the things to do and places to eat around Newport.
Consider this my birthday gift, I will be purchasing this Volvo S90 asap. I’ve been partnering with Volvo this year and could not be happier to work with a brand who strives to ensure the safety of its products and delivers them in a sleek, chic package too! The S90 was the perfect road trip car!
Where to nosh?
As mentioned above we enjoyed a lovely breakfast each morning at The Attwater so skipped out on any breakfast spots though I will say breakfast seems to be taken quite seriously around Newport so you won’t have a problem finding anywhere!
Perro Salado, I came across this margarita heaven via Jess Ann Kirby. The native Newport gal claimed they had the best margaritas – she was not wrong – they in fact did! I personally loved the blood orange but they whipped up a cucumber one for my mom that was pretty much summer in a glass. Sit outside on their cute patio, get some ‘ritas and chill for the afternoon.
Without a doubt you must visit Castle Hill. Go an hour or two before sunset to snag some of the Adirondack chairs on the lawn for prime views of the boats sailing to catch that perfect New England sunset.
To my surprise The Clarke Cooke House proved to be one of my favorite dinners in Newport. While it’s on a high trafficked, touristy path the food does not disappoint. With a solid array of fresh caught seafood options and people watching to rival that of NYC’s you cannot go wrong. I’ve been to Newport twice and both times I have run into friends who both reside in the area or were visiting, meaning that this restaurant is a must-visit.
Where to play?
There are three things you should do while in Newport, all of which you can enjoy over the course of a long weekend.
For starters, get thyself on a boat immediately upon arriving. I was a lake child, we had a boat and lived close enough that we were able to enjoy regular days on the water and escape the sweltering Texas heat. Since I moved to NYC I crave the water more often, I cannot find myself on a boat often enough. So once we arrived in Newport on our first night we headed out on a sunset sail. Best decision of our entire trip.
Next up, the Cliff Walk. I personally feel this is what Newport is best known for. It consists of miles of rocky coastline backing up to Newport’s infamous mansions and facing the rock filled beaches of the Atlantic.
Definitely wear sneakers – I in typical fashion had on slide sandals – big fail. And go early. We started our morning here around 8:30 AM and it was ideal. Not too many people and a refreshing breeze. The walk isn’t wide so if you go too late in the afternoon it will most definitely be a bit packed with tourists. This is of course seasonal when the weather is nice, I would hate to be out on those rocky paths come December!
The mansion tour luckily is a good spot any time of the year. These historic mansions capsulate you, brining you back to the Gilded-Age swiftly. You’ll find it hard to not envision F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Gatsby’s off high society hob-knobbing with one another. Not to be biased but I did have a personal favorite – The Breakers.
See the rest of our trip through the lens: