How To Do Newport, Rhode Island in a Weekend

Ever been to Newport, Rhode Island?  I’ll tell you how to do Newport, Rhode Island in a weekend.  Preferably a long weekend.


Newport Rhode Island Breakers Dining Room

Newport Rhode Island Breakers Dining Room



You can do Newport, Rhode Island on a  long weekend by car or train from New York, New Jersey, or from the Washington DC area.  You can also fly to Providence and ferry or Uber down to Newport. Once in Newport the city, is very walkable.  Shops, bars, restaurants, etc. are all in a compact, gorgeous waterfront setting!


Lodging in Newport, Rhode Island


You can stay in a variety of smaller chain and boutique hotels right in Newport.  You can also stay just outside of Newport in Middletown Rhode island.  When staying in town, most of the hotels are walkable to many attractions.  Though some will be in more noisier areas than others, I’ll give you hand in making the best selection for your needs.  Here’s an example of a place I stayed in for one night – The Newport Bay Club.


What to do

More on How To Do Newport, Rhode Island in a Weekend: At first blush it is all about touring the amazing mansions.  However, this town offers great shops, restaurants, and bars – many are right on the water.   I decided to join the  Newport Preservation Society which provides unlimited access to most of the popular mansions.


Newport Rhode Island Harbor Cruise

Newport Rhode Island Harbor Cruise



We also took a harbor cruise with a great guide.  Newport Harbor is simply spectacular, and you’ll see some of the largest yachts in the world; you can charter some of these yachts for between $300k – $500k per week – plus expenses of course..  Newport is home to multiple America’s cup boats and hosts multiple events.  You can also enjoy a harbor tour on a sailboat or even a sunset cruise.




Newport Rhode Island Rosecliff Stairs

Newport Rhode Island Rosecliff Stairs


Do you like the movie, True Lies?  Part of the movie was shot on the above staircase in the mansion known as Rosecliff.

Where to Eat


We wandered around/in/out of multiple places our first night in Newport trying to find a place with a less than hour wait and a menu that worked for all of us.  We found the Red Parrot and waited in the bar for a good while.  Totally worth it as the food, ambiance, and our waiter were great!  There is a large amount of unique restaurants all over town.  The Breakers has its own cafe right on the grounds of the mansion.


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