Home from our little weekend getaway trip to Newport, Rhode Island this past weekend! I will say going into this trip I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I had heard great things about the city but had never even been to the state of Rhode Island!! When we arrived I was blown away (quite literally) by how charming it was. It was also very cold and windy so definitely bring a coat, my jean jacket wasn’t cutting it lol. Detailing out where we stayed, where we ate and what we did below. 🙂
Where Did We Stay? Newport Marriott
If looking for a central hotel location walking distance from just about everything, the Newport Marriott is a perfect fit for you. We never once had to get an Uber to dinner or lunch and all of our excursions were at the most a 15 min walk or easy bike ride. The staff was extremely friendly and the rooms super cozy & modern! I detail this out a bit more below but the first night we did app’s and cocktails at their resident restaurant the Skiff Bar and breakfast every morning at Main Sail which are each attached to the hotel and great food!
The hotel was also recently completely renovated and Kyle and I loved the boat/nautical architecture that it now has. You can choose to have a room with a balcony that faces within the hotel or go with a marina view that we had and loved!
Breakfast each morning at Main Sail. We chose to do the buffet but they also have a menu option!
What Did We Do? There is so much to do in Newport and we only got to half of what we wanted to accomplish while there! The things we didn’t get to and would love to do next time are The Cliff Walk, Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport Winery and The Marble House which is another Vanderbilt Mansion.
ADIRONDACK II – Going on a sunset boat cruise was one of the most highly requested of things to do in Newport. When I started looking into all of the different types of boat/sailing cruises it got to be very overwhelming as there are a lot in Newport, which makes sense as it is a sailing town. I decided to turn to Yelp and go with their top rated which was the Adirondack II and it did not disappoint! They had a bar on board with very cheap prices as well as blankets, water and knowledgable guides! I honestly learned so much and got to see the home that Jackie O grew up in which is only visible from the water! Highly recommend!
The Castle Hill Inn – After breakfast on Saturday we decided to drive out to the Castle Hill Inn which is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Newport! It is also the most highly requested wedding venues in the area doing almost 4 weddings a day in peak months! Even if you are not a guest of the Inn you can still head out there grab some space on the lawn, have a beer, a picnic and relax. We also explored a bit around the grounds and found these gorgeous spots to take photos!
Newport Craft Brewing – We had about an hour to kill before dinner on Saturday night so we decided to drive out to the Newport Craft Brewery! We had seen their different beers around town and wanted to do a tasting. Luckily they weren’t located that far from our hotel. They have an indoor and outdoor tasting area as well as offer tours of the brewery! My personal favorite of the beers they offer was the Watermelon Freeze but I am definitely more of a sour beer person! They also have fun games like Connect 4, Jenga, cornhole, etc!
Rosecliff Mansion – You cannot go to Newport and not see at least one of their incredible mansions! To be honest, going into this trip I had no idea about the wealth of this town. These gorgeous mansions lined up one by one was truly a sight to see and jaw droppingly stunning! Unfortunately we only had time to tour 2 of the mansions and Rosecliff (pictured above) was my favorite. Fun fact: The Great Gatsby and 27 Dresses filmed here!
The Breakers Mansion – As part of the Vanderbilt dynasty, this was the Vanderbilt’s summer home! My older sister lives in Asheville, NC so I have of course been and toured The Biltmore Mansion. It was incredible to see this home and the detailing that was put into each room. Highly recommend!
**TIP: If you do not feel like spending the money or doing the mansion tours, I recommend just going on The Cliff Walk! You are able to walk and see each mansion along the row from the outside. I have heard amazing things about it and want to do that on my next trip. 🙂
Take a Drive/Bike Ride: Mazda was kind enough to offer us their brand new 2019 Mazda3 for the trip and we absolutely loved the car! However you definitely do not need one to get around Newport. It was more for us to get to and from NYC. If you do have a car I would recommend taking a drive (you can also do this on rented bikes!!). I really wanted to find a beached area to take photos but unfortunately Gooseberry Beach cost $25 per car for parking and we didn’t have cash (definitely remember this if trying to go while in Newport). So the parking attendant sent us down the road to this pretty area, which was not a beach, but a pretty place to hang out. I also just really enjoyed getting to see more of the town. 🙂
Where We Ate? There are many, many amazing food options in Newport and we tried our best to narrow it down to a few that we loved! If you have any additional questions please DM me @courtandkelly
Clarke Cooke House – This was the most highly requested of all restaurants in Newport! When we called to make a reservation they had the option of upstairs upscale dining or downstairs causal dining. I had heard that the upstairs was gorgeous and something that you should definitely see but due to budgeting on our trip it was a little outside of our price range. Therefore we did the downstairs casual dining option instead and it was just as nice and delicious!
Skiff Bar – As mentioned above, on our first night we did app’s and cocktails at the restaurant bar attached to our hotel – The Newport Marriott. We went all out with the tots and mac and cheese! The restaurant has a beautiful view of the marina if you sit outside, which we highly recommend! *PRO TIP: They have a small shuffle board court inside, which is Kyle and I’s favorite bar game.
The Mooring Seafood Kitchen – We did lunch here on Saturday and it was the perfect choice. The outdoor seating is so modern and refreshing and the seafood was fabulous. I definitely recommend if looking to do a full seafood meal at a reasonable price while in Newport.
Midtown Oyster Bar – This was our last stop before leaving the city and heading back to New York. Kyle was adamant about finding a lunch spot with TV’s so he could watch the Women’s World Cup game and to be honest I wanted to as well. We looked up a few different spots and ended up here and it was the perfect mix of bar food and chill atmosphere. I also spotted a famous Newport blogger while there which made me feel extra confident in our choice!
What I Wore – Click below to easily shop my looks from the trip!