Everyone has their preferred weekend jaunt, mine being Newport. We've been going up there forever and every single time we discover new places to visit, to eat, and so on. For me, it's one the best sailing venues in the world (no wonder the Volvo Ocean Race had a stopover there), you have perfect New England eatery, and the views aren't too shabby.
In this travel guide, I've not only included places in Newport but surrounding areas like Point Judith, and other stops that we frequent during the drive. Since I not only visit during the summer, I've experienced the town off-season as well.
If you've been to Newport, share your top locales in the comments below- I would love to hear your favorites!
:: TO WANDER ::
Ocean Drive: First have lunch/brunch at Castle Hill Inn, then take a drive down Ocean Drive to enjoy the views of the Atlantic and the impressive mansions that line Ocean Drive (most of them built by the Vanderbilts throughout the 20th century).
Cliff Walk: Similar Ocean Drive, Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles of the natural beauty of New England, along with sprawling gardens and exquisite architecture. Keep in mind that the majority of the walk is easy, but about 1/3 of it becomes rocky and challenging sans good shoes (skip them heels, k?).
Point Judith: Roughly about 45 minutes from Newport (excluding traffic), you'll experience classic New England seafood- try George's of Galilee- and pretty beaches. Not to mention, the Block Island Ferry leaves out of Pt. Judith which also makes an easy day trip.
The Farmer's Daughter: Our go-to nursery. Every time we drive up and down to the Ocean State, we make sure to stop and pick up fresh plants and when in season, fruits and vegetables.
:: TO EAT ::
22 Bowens: A Newport classic. Even though I'm dairy free now, their mac & cheese is the best thing ever. Works on a cold, rainy Winter day or during the heat of summer followed by a stroll in the Wharf and ice cream.
Tallulahs on Thames: A farm to table eatery that truly showcases Rhode Island's yummiest cuisine. The portions are on the smaller side, so I would recommend going for either the six course night or having a big lunch.
Washington Square Cafe: Once our favorite Newport diner shut for a bit, we discovered this place! I like to think myself as a breakfast professional- have it be pancakes or an omelette, I'm all in. I had both.