A couple weeks ago I took a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island, one of my favorite summer destinations. Newport is less than an hour and a half drive from Boston, 45 minutes from Providence and three hours from New York City. It’s easily accessible by Greyhound bus or car (you can find parking on the street or pay a day rate in a lot, unless your hotel has parking).
So why go to Newport? It’s one of the top sailing cities in the world and hosts multiple famous annual events like film and music festivals. But even if you aren’t there to sail (I just like to look at all the pretty boats) or attend something specific, there is plenty to do. It’s the perfect mix of New England charm and modern amenities.
top: H&M // shorts: Forever 21 // bag: Little Black Bag // bracelet: Nasty Gal
Pictured above is the view of the sunset from Forty 1 North, a trendy luxury boutique hotel and one of my favorite places to get cocktails (the prices are on the high side, but you’re paying for a gorgeous view and chic ambience). I’d definitely recommend stopping here for a pre- or post-dinner drink.
Where to eat? There are endless options but the two I like are The Mooring (great for seafood dinner on the water, but make reservations) and Diego’s (great for when you get sick of all the seafood or are craving some fish tacos!). For breakfast, my favorite spot is Corner Cafe. Everything is delicious and there are plenty of healthy options on the menu. Just get there EARLY – it’s very popular and there’s almost always a wait!
For some more off-the-beaten-path places, check out Keenwah: A Superfood Eatery, which serves up healthy and delicious options (and juices!). For dinner, I absolutely love Perro Salado. It’s Mexican food with a modern twist, served in an old-fashioned New England home. You’re literally eating in what was once a guest room with a closet, fire place and everything. It’s so cozy and the food is ah-mazing.
Before dinner, take a preemptive strike against all those calories by doing the Cliff Walk. Walk along Newport’s shoreline and behind many of Newport’s famous mansions. It’s definitely a must-see while you are there.
Back in town, there’s plenty of cute little shops to visit for jewelry, clothing, antiques and home decor. Walk down Thames Street and you’ll find adorable dresses, statement jewelry, glass ornaments and more.
One of my favorite places to stay is the Hyatt Regency Newport, which is always a no-fail option right on the water. Their outdoor bar is a fun and bustling place to grab cocktails, and there’s an outdoor pool.
The Hotel Viking – A Noble House Hotel has more of a boutique hotel feel and is located about a five minute walk from the waterfront. This hotel also has surprisingly healthy and unique omelette options for breakfast, and a hidden rooftop bar with drinks and live music!
Now I didn’t really talk much about the beach, but that’s because I’m just not a fan of New England beaches. They’re pretty to look at, but usually way too freezing for swimming. But there ARE nice beaches in Newport if that’s your kind of thing!
I just got back from Ocean City, Maryland which is probably the complete opposite of the spectrum from Newport when it comes to beach towns – stay tuned for my next post.