The seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island has a long history as a summer destination, with wealthy socialites of the past flocking to their mansions to spend the season on the coast. However, Newport’s many attractions don’t disappear with the warm weather.
Unlike many beach cities, Newport does not shut down in the off season. It remains a vibrant destination, with plenty of things to do! Touring Gilded Age mansions such as The Elms and The Breakers remains a favorite tourist attraction throughout the year, as does Newport’s famous Cliff Walk and Ocean Drive and the Newport Harbor Walk! Some activities are reserved only for the colder months, such as seal watching tours!
Newport is a college town, and a thriving center of arts and culture. There are plenty of museums and galleries to brows and a walk down Thames Street is a treat in any season.
A walk through Newport’s thriving downtown will show you that there are plenty of places to eat, whether you’re looking for a bar, coffee shop, or a sit down meal. Newport is full of delicious bakeries, fine dining, casual haute cuisine, and great gastropubs. Try local beers paired with tasty pub grub or treat your taste buds with a fantastic meal made with local ingredients and perfectly paired with fine wine all while enjoy gorgeous views of Newport Harbor.
There are many beautiful places to stay in Newport. Step back in time and stay in lovingly renovated Gilded Age “cottages” which once played host to lavish parties for the rich and famous. Enjoy romantic getaways with sweeping views of Newport Harbor and the Bay. Or enjoy stay right on the waterfront and just a few blocks from Thames Street, in the heart of Newport, so you’re never far from any of the action!
Newport has a reputation as a summer destination, but it’s a great place to visit in the winter! You can do many of the same activities, and even have a few more options open to you! If you’re looking to getaway to a town with lots of things to keep you busy this winter, Newport is the perfect place!