Welcome to Newport, RI!

The very name of Newport, RI carries an air of mystery, of the past, of lives well lived and stories long told. This little beach town drips in history, is shrouded in the lore of the Gilded Age, and oozes charm around every corner. Be prepared to take in all this hamlet has to offer over the next few days and fall in love with this tiny corner of the world!

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Welcome!

Welcome to Newport, a tiny town in a tiny state with a big legacy. Known as the City by the Sea, this little strip of land with its lighthouses & mansions are enough to make you never want to leave. From Presidents to celebrities to the Gilded Age, this town is a postcard & a love story all rolled in to one.

Finding Your Way

Newport is a small town, getting around isn’t hard. The city itself is adorably walkable, cobblestones & all. If you’re going a little further out, the Trolley is a great choice, taking you to landmarks like the Cliff Walk & the Mansions & runs every 15-20 minutes or so. The trolley is only $2 per ride or a one day pass for $6 - but beware, it’s cash only paid on the trolley. There are also cabs & Lyfts available if that’s more what you’re after. Also, check with your hotels, there may be a shuttle into the heart of the city if you’re staying closer to the beach!

Airport Deets

The closest airport to Newport is nearby Providence, RI, about 25 miles outside of town. If you’re renting a car, you can pick it up at the airport before heading the 30-40 minutes into Newport. A car certainly isn’t necessary to get around however, so feel free to grab a cab or Lyft, which should cost about $45-50 each way & negates any parking headaches of keeping a car in this tiny town.

History

Newport has lived at the heart of America since before America even existed. This tiny seaside town established itself due to its location early own & with the addition of the Newport Pell Bridge connecting it to the rest of the country, it would begin to soar. The tycoons of the Industrial Age would flourish & grow here, entering in the gilded age of yesteryear. Even once that had come to an end, Newport hung on to its unique personality, becoming home to celebrities & artists galore as it became a beloved secret tucked away on the edges of New England.

Why Am I Here?

You come to Newport to fall in love. Be prepared to wander cobblestone streets, explore cliffs as the waves crash, sail the high seas, explore mansions, or relax with a local glass of wine. This little town abounds with things to do & is a perfect escape from the hustle & bustle of the outside world.

Weather

Due to its seaside location in the Northeast, Newport experiences all four seasons. The winter is blustery & snowy, ranging from the low 20’s to the high 30’s. The spring is rainy with temperatures from the low 40’s to the high 60’s. The summers are bright & warm with a wonderful breeze of the water, seeing temperatures in 60’s to 80’s. The falls round off the year with awe inspiring leaves & a brisk range from the 50’s down to the 30’s.

Local Delicacies

You’re at the City by the Sea, so it’s no wonder that the seafood is incredible - think clam chowder, stuffies, clams casino. The signature drink of RI is Coffee Milk; 100 years old, it is coffee & sugar syrup spun with frosty milk. The signature snack of Newport though has to be Del’s frozen lemonade. It doesn’t matter the season, it’s always a treat. And lastly, if Chicago has thick crust & Philly has the cheesesteak, Little Rhody has the Hot Weiner - a concoction between a hot dog & a sloppy Joe that locals take very seriously.

Souvenirs

Anything nautical is a signature of Newport. One of our favorites is bracelets by Kiel James Patrick (KJP). As we mentioned above, Coffee Milk is beloved here as is frozen lemonade - we recommend buying a bottle or two of Dave’s Coffee Milk or a frozen lemonade mix from Del’s.

Style

Think stylish beach-farer, Jackie O, relaxed & elegant. The wind is no joke, so bring lots of layers no matter the season. Don’t forget comfy shoes for all of the walking!

Must Know

Newport is steeped in history. Keep your eyes open, you’ll be stumbling across everything from the oldest US tavern to the oldest house of worship to the oldest schoolhouse in the country just to name a few.

The town was Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A., Earth, Solar System, Milky Way

- Kurt Vonnegut