Welcome to Newport
An iconic New England locale, rich with historic, scenery, and reputation
On Aquidneck Island at the northern edge of the Rhode Island Sound lies Newport
, one of New England’s most luxurious and desirable areas. Located about 35 miles south of Providence, Newport residents are afforded access to several ferries
connecting them to Massachusetts, Block Island
, and the capital city. Newport is a favorite location for yacht enthusiasts and has hosted the America’s Cup
, a world-renowned sailing regatta for several years and the oldest international competition in the world. The Bellevue Avenue Historic District
is home to some of New England’s most iconic and opulent mansions and was once the location of early 20th-century summer retreats for America’s elite. Homes along the edge of the island enjoy unrivaled views of the Atlantic and overall, and Newport residents enjoy a more grand and elevated standard of living.
Newport was founded in 1639 and is rich in American history. Many vast mansions have since been converted into museums, including Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “summer White House”
on Lincoln Drive, The Breakers
, formerly owned by the Vanderbilt family, and Beechwood
, once belonging to the storied Astor family. Much more than just a playground for New England’s affluent, Newport is a purlieu of American significance.
What to Love
- Newport is rich in American history and home to several significant mansions, many of which have since been converted to beautiful museums.
- Beautiful homes enjoy unmatched ocean views, wide-open spaces, and privacy.
- Cliff Walk is New England’s first National Recreation Trail spanning across three and a half miles, rewarding visitors with refreshing ocean mists, sea breeze, and one of the most beautiful views in New England.
- Downtown, Thames Street is one of the oldest streets in Rhode Island, home to cozy eateries, local shops, and views of yachts in Newport Harbor.
Newport residents enjoy an elevated standard of living. Luxurious amenities, oceanfront views, and a prestigious reputation have added to the story and aura of Newport over the years. Golf courses, yacht clubs, and homes from the Gilded Era
are plentiful, bringing a sort of old-world charm to 21st-century life on Aquidneck Island. Despite this, many locals are quite down-to-earth, friendly, and appreciative of their neighborhood’s charm, beauty, and quietness.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
is one of New England’s premier destinations for cozy shops, family-run eateries, fresh coffee, and homemade baked goods. Several hidden gems can be found on this street and within other enclaves of Newport.
A Newport tradition for over 40 years, Brick Alley Pub
has been voted as the best restaurant and bar in Rhode Island several times. This longstanding Thames Street institution is famous for its creamy clam chowder, lobster bisque, and other delectable seafood creations.
Meals are served in classy New England digs at Jo’s American Bistro
. One of CNN’s Best Things To Do & See in Newport has been voted as one of the best restaurants in the Ocean State many times for their savory bacon onion jam burger, lobster salad rolls, and crispy fish and chips.
Midtown Oyster Bar
features a raw bar and serves only the finest New England seafood. Fried oysters, crab cakes, and more are served alongside an extensive offering of ice-cold cocktails and beer.
is a chic Mediterranean spot for tiramisu, tagliatelle, rigatoni bolognese, and other handmade desserts on Washington Square. This cozy gathering spot features a sleek bar, streetside dining, and an impressive cocktail menu.
Things to Do
Newport is abundant in natural beauty and history. Thames Street
, which runs adjacent to the waters of the Narragansett Bay, is home to several highly rated pubs, oyster bars, coffee shops, and more. Boutiques, gift shops, salons, and art galleries are other popular businesses along this bustling street. Nearby, Fort Adams State Park
is a historical preservation site that was an active fort from the mid-1800s through the middle of the 20th century. Positioned at the mouth of Newport Harbor, the park stretches across 200 acres and is home to America’s largest coastal fortress. The Fort Adams Bay Walk is a two-and-a-half-mile loop around the park's perimeter, providing guests with unmatched views of the Harbor, Bridge, and Bay.