Items For Your Newport Itinerary
Viking Trolley This entertaining, 90-minute scenic trolley tour ventures through downtown Newport and along mansion-clad Ocean Drive. The trip is chock full of history lessons and random facts. For example, did you know the New York Yacht Club is housed in Newport, or that Moonrise Kingdom was filmed in Newport?
St. Mary’s Church The oldest Catholic parish in Rhode Island was established on April 8, 1828 and became a major tourist attraction following the wedding ceremony there of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John Fitzgerald Kennedy on September 12, 1953.
Fort Adams The largest coastal fort in the United States stands across Newport Harbor in Fort Adams State Park and hosts several local festivals, such as the Newport Jazz Festival.
Gourmet Row Peruse “Gourmet Row” on Bellevue Avenue between Catherine Street and Kay Street with shops like Newport Wine Cellar, Le Petit Gourmet, and La Maison de COCO.
The Moorings is a mustn’t-miss spot for fresh seafood.
One Bellevue Restaurant Live like aristocracy with a high tea extravaganza at the Hotel Viking. Enjoy tea, Kir Royals, and a decadent three-tiered tray of tea sandwiches, cakes, and the best scones you’ve ever tasted. The English never had it so good!
Diego’s Head to Bowen’s Wharf for New England’s superlative Mexican food. Try the famous Crispy Baja Calamari with Diego’s secret spicy seasoning.
The Mooring Feed your most sumptuous seafood fantasies at this institution on Newport’s historic waterfront. Start with a bowl of the award-winning native scallop chowder. Then, feast on the Bag of Doughnuts (lobster, crab, and shrimp fritters with chipotle-maple aioli) and Guinness-battered fish ‘n’ chips with homemade tartar sauce.
Muse by Jonathan Cartwright Dress to the nines for a superb evening at this fine dining restaurant helmed by renowned New England chef Jonathan Cartwright. While Cartwright impresses with all his dishes, the lobster masterpieces are most memorable. Indulge in the deconstructed “Lobster Bisque” with crispy lobster wontons and Cognac crème fraiche, the Butter Poached Smoked Lobster over a bed of sweet corn purée and paprika butter sauce, or the “Open Ravioli of Poached Lobster.”
Muse, a fine dining spot renowned for its lobster offerings.
Spiced Pear The handsome bar of the Chanler Inn’s acclaimed restaurant specializes in fine wines and pear-inspired libations. Kick off the evening with a “Spiced Pear Martini” (pear vodka, amaretto, pear nectar, cinnamon, and lemon juice), an “Incredible Pear” (pear vodka, Hpnotiq, Grand Marnier, pear nectar, and pineapple juice), or more than a dozen other cocktails.
The White Horse Tavern Newport first-timers should most definitely grab a pint at the oldest tavern in America, circa 1673.
Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen Enjoy an aperitif or a nightcap at Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, renowned for its seasonal craft cocktails and artisan wines.
Closest domestic airport T.F. Green Airport (PVD), 26 miles away.
Closest international airport Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), 74 miles away.
Total area 11.4 square miles (7.7 square miles land; 3.7 square miles water)
County Newport County
Population 24,672 residents.
Median household income $59,388.
Number of households 10,616.Median property value $429,000.
Public parks Brenton Point State Park, Fort Adams State Park.
Former famous residents Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, William KissamVanderbilt.
Claims to fame Newport Regatta, Newport Mansions, America’s Society Capital.