It’s hard to pick one part of Newport that always has me running back. This tiny little city, in the smallest state of the country, is packed with so many sights to see and things to do that you really need more than one weekend here. It’s quintessential New England with tons of history, simple eats and beautiful sites. It’s also a short enough drive from the Tri-state area making it the perfect destination for a quick weekend trip with the girls or a romantic getaway with your beau! I’ve gone twice this summer and there is still more to do, but until I find my way back, I’ve put together a quick little guide – summer might be over but newport is worth the visit from Spring well into the Fall!
The moment we drove over the Newport bridge we immediately went for lobster rolls. The Lobster Shack is no frills, super fresh (literally caught that morning) and a must for anyone craving yummy crustaceans. Order a lobster roll and snag a spot at one of the picnic tables for a quick & delicious lunch.
So this place is adorable and is officially my Newport breakfast spot. The Australian eatery is the perfect location to stop after a quick walk along the cliff walk for some awesome eats. The tiny restaurant is super kitschy – it’s decorated with every last Australian knickknack in North America – but the service is super friendly and the food is on point. The breakfast rolls are a must, the milkshakes will hit the spot on a hot day, and the cold brew will give you your second wind after a morning walk.
If you don’t go anywhere else, go to Mission Burger. I’m a pretty tough burger critic and rarely order one when I’m out to eat, so originally I wasn’t thrilled with our dinner decision. Yes, they have awesome reviews on Yelp and serve all natural beef but I wasn’t sold just yet. There are only three options on the menu – burgers, hot dogs and falafel – so we had to be strategic. We ordered a bunch of burgers and hot dogs to all share, grabbed our beers and our Dinosaur table number and waited. The wait wasn’t too long and when our food hit the table it didn’t last long either! Seriously, this was one of the best burgers I’ve had and I’ve had more than a few.
This stuff is addicting so proceed with caution! The entire shop is filled to brim with different flavors of popcorn for every flavor palate. With flavors ranging from sweet & salty to spicy & cheesy, there’s no way you’ll be leaving without a bag or two.
Pro-tip: salted caramel is their top selling (and my favorite!) flavor but you can try any before buying.
The Lawn at Castle hill Inn
Catching a sunset in an Adirondack chair while sipping on a glass of champagne is the best way to spend an evening in Newport. The Lawn at Castle Hill In is a must for anyone visiting! Take note of when the sun will be setting and then head over a little earlier. You may have to hover and do the mad dash for an open chair but trust me it’s worth it. Once you’ve settled in, order some small bites and watch the sailboats glide by until the sun goes down.
The oldest tavern in the country! OK yes, this is a touristy thing to do but definitely a cool sight to visit if you’re looking for a quick drink. The bar is super tiny so grab a beer and a seat at a table outside.
Whether it’s fitness or just a leisurely walk, the Cliff Walk is one of my favorite sight seeing ventures while I’m in Newport. The entire walk is around three and a half miles but you can definitely cut it short. Walk your way up and behind the mansions for some amazing views and end up at the famous 40 steps. If you’re feeling brave you can climb on the rocks at the bottom but watch out, they do get a bit slippery!
Go EARLY! I can’t stress his enough! These mansions are massive but they get incredibly packed once midday starts to roll around. Wake up early, throw on you best athleisure outfit, enjoy the sound of your voice echoing through the halls with no one else around. The Breakers is the biggest and likely the most famous but if you like go off the beaten path, the Elms is my favorite. Once your done roaming the halls, check out the massive backyard and hang under the weeping willow.
The shops in Newport reminds me a lot of the jersey shore. Slogan Tee shirts as far as the eye can see and home decor knickknacks in every other window, but that’s not to say you can’t find some gems. Lemon and Line is the cutest little shop on Thames Street. They make take marine grade rope and turn it into nautical bracelets in a super chic way. The packaging is adorable and the reasonable price makes these baubles the perfect gift. The thick hook closure comes in different color metals so there is a bracelet for the strictly silver sister or gilded girlfriend you’re buying for!
What’s your favorite part of Newport?
Bonus! Check out the edit below from our last trip!