There are few things more classic - or classy - than a trip to Newport, Rhode Island. While Newport is famous for the Cliff Walk and the stunning Gilded-Age Mansions, there are several fabulous things to do in Newport, RI, and this summer is the perfect time to experience them!
The historic town of Newport is located on Aquidneck Island on the shores of the picturesque Narragansett Bay. Given that it's surrounded by water, it should be no surprise that getting out on the water is one of the top things to do in Newport, RI. It's so much more than a sailing and boating destination, though.
Whether you've been to Newport, RI before, or this is your first time visiting this acclaimed City by the Sea, you'll find a superb range of things to do in Newport, RI. There's enough to keep you entertained for days, from admiring beautiful art and architecture to shopping, dining, and exploring the charming downtown.
More importantly, you'll find that life slows down a bit when you're in Newport. Here, you'll have the time to breathe in the salty ocean air, feel the gentle ocean breezes on your face, and completely relax and unwind in a way you can't do in your everyday life. There's a reason so many of America's most storied families made Newport their go-to destination for their summer "cottages."
If you want to embrace the upscale elegance of Newport throughout your time here, there's no better place to stay than either of our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts in Newport, RI. Both Newport, RI Bed and Breakfasts are housed in historic homes, harking back to a bygone era. There’s nothing ordinary about our Select Registry member Bed and Breakfasts, where you'll find every detail of your stay is carefully tended to. If you're ready to experience all of the best things to do in Newport, RI this summer, it's time to book your room at one of our Rhode Island Bed and Breakfasts.
As mentioned briefly, Newport, RI, became a famous summer playground for some of America's wealthiest and most prominent families during the Gilded Age. During these summers, families like the Vanderbilts, the Astors, and the Morgans, spent six weeks basking in the sun, sailing, playing tennis, and otherwise enjoying a break from the city.
Though Newport, RI is no longer a destination only for the rich and famous, it still has remnants of these years on display, most notably in the form of the magnificent Newport Mansions. Today, what visitors will find in Newport are not only these beautiful reminders of a very different past but a town that embraces its coastal character and laid-back charm.
This summer, visit the mansions but stay for a while to experience the best this area offers. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Newport, RI:
All it takes is one glance to see why visiting the Newport Mansions is among the top-rated things to do in Newport, RI. Some visitors come here just for the day to see these magnificent architectural gems. They are such a storied part of Newport's past that they deserve a bit of dedicated space to talk about just how special they are.
Inside the Newport Mansions, you'll find an impressive display of opulence once enjoyed by America's wealthiest families. These Gilded-Age titans certainly lived largely, but with the immense beauty of these properties come fascinating tales of American Society.
Though not all Newport Mansions are open at all times, here are the eight mansions that are periodically open to the public. Of these eight Newport Mansions, only The Breakers, Marble House, and the Green Animals Topiary Garden are open to the public, though more will open by summer.
Though the Newport Mansions we've listed above are the most popular to visit, there are other mansions worth visiting in the area. They include Blithewold Mansion, which offers sweeping views of Narragansett Bay, and Rough Point, once owned by Doris Duke. Other buildings include the Isaac Bell House, Hunter House, and Chepstow.
Of course, when you're done touring the Newport Mansions and enjoying the top things to do in Newport, RI, the only thing left to do is put your feet up and relax. There's no better place to do that than our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts in Rhode Island.
Built in 1760 for shipping merchant Francis Malbone, our historic inn was designed by famed Newport architect Peter Harrison who also designed Newport's famed Touro Synagogue and Redwood Library. Located along Newport's harbourfront, The Francis Malbone House Inn exudes luxury & romance.
Each guestroom offers Italian linens, plush robes, fireplaces, and modern baths. Enjoy afternoon tea or gourmet breakfast in our manicured garden or spacious fireplaced dining room. Proudly placed on the National Register of Historic Properties. The inn is Newport’s only Five Star Diamond award-winning property.
This 1856 property was constructed by the noted Newport architect, Dudley Newton. Newton built homes mostly in Newport and was famous here for the 'Newton Roof.
This Newport, RI bed and breakfast property is recognized by the Rhode Island Historical Society for its architectural details and uniqueness. The inn was completely remodeled/redesigned in the winter of 2004/2005. Guest suites at the bed and breakfast in Newport, RI are very large and have jacuzzi spa tubs, fireplaces, flat-screen televisions, free internet service, two-person showers, and steam baths, and free long-distance telephone calling in the US.
Built in 1858 and renovated into a bed and breakfast in 2003, this Italianate Mansion is full of charm and original touches. All 14 rooms offer a private bathroom, are appointed with period furnishings, and feature their own temperature controls. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast and locally roasted coffee in our sun-filled dining room.
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