GAL Travel – Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island is a charming seaside town rich with history, beautiful architecture, and a festive waterfront district. Just 70 miles from Boston and 180 miles from New York, Newport is a gem on the New England coast that is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages. Whether you’re in the mood to tour the famed socialite mansions on Bellevue Avenue, wine taste at one of the prestigious local wineries, or sail the gorgeous harbor, Newport is a must visit vacation spot that is Glam, Affordable, and Luxurious! Here are my GAL Travel recommendations for your next trip!
You can’t visit Rhode Island without sampling the local fare! At the Rhode Island Quahog Company in Newport, you can enjoy the quintessential seaside snack, a stuffed quahog, or as Rhodies call them, stuffies. The quahog is an oversized clam typically used for chowders – but here, they’re steamed, removed from the shells, ground, and mixed with a delicious blend of breadcrumbs and seasonings. Paired with a spicy Bloody Mary, you’ll have the perfect midday treat! After a long day at the beach or sightseeing, you must check out the White Horse Tavern, the oldest tavern in America. Established in 1673, the White Horse Tavern is charming and spooky all at the same time. Sit at the dimly lit bar and swig the classic Newport cocktail, the Dark & Stormy. A popular beverage with sailors of days past, this drink will warm you from head to toe with a delectable combo of spiced rum and ginger beer. You must ask the bartender to share the famous ghost stories – the hidden picture behind the bar will give you chills for the next week! Finally, have a scrumptious dinner at Newport’s famed Clarke Cooke House. This 18th century building is home to dining options galore, from the intimate Porch and casual Candy Store to the more bustling Bistro. Everything on the menu is divine, but the Summer Sushi, Newport Clam Chowder, and Miso Atlantic Salmon are my personal favorites!
The Museum of Newport History is the ideal place to start your visit in Newport. Open daily (suggested donations of $2-$4), this family friendly museum is an educational introduction to Newport’s rich history and the beauty of its architecture. Take a step back in time as you view photos and artifacts of Newport’s first settlers – you can even hop on board a replica 1890’s omnibus to view a video of historic Bellevue Avenue! No trip to Newport, Rhode Island would be complete without taking a tour of the legendary Mansions. With over 250 years of American history, these magnificent properties were once the summer playground for socialite families with names such as Vanderbilt and Astor. Take a self guided tour with the Preservation Society of Newport or if you’re on a budget, take a stroll down Bellevue Avenue – either way, you will be amazed at the stunning architecture and design of these properties. For some free family fun with a fantastic view, experience the Cliff Walk along the eastern shore of Newport. This 3.5 mile walk runs along the coast and borders some of the most famous Newport mansions. The breathtaking views and scenic landscape make for perfect picture spots for families (strollers are allowed on the North End of the walk).
Rest & Relax
If you’re going to travel to this festive city by the sea, you might as well do it right and stay at a hotel along the water. The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina is a great hotel that features either a harbor or Queen Anne Square view in every room. During your stay, wake to the soothing sounds of foghorns in the distance, enjoy a cup of coffee on one of the waterfront adirondack chairs and take a dip in the indoor pool. With a restaurant and bar on site and just a short walk to the festive downtown district, The Newport is my favorite place to stay while in this picturesque harbor town!