Welcome to Newport!

Jennifer (Jen)
Jennifer (Jen)
Welcome to Newport!

Neighborhoods

I'm happy to live here...it's good in the hood! This is a fun and funky area of the city that's been revitalized in recent years. There are lots of shops and restaurants leading down to Washington Square and the heart of downtown. Beyond Washington Square is Thames Street. Thames is one-way southbound and runs parallel to Spring Street (one way northbound) and Bellevue Avenue (two-way traffic); it's one of the main traffic arteries in the city, and as such it's given to heavy traffic congestion in the summer months.
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Broadway
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I'm happy to live here...it's good in the hood! This is a fun and funky area of the city that's been revitalized in recent years. There are lots of shops and restaurants leading down to Washington Square and the heart of downtown. Beyond Washington Square is Thames Street. Thames is one-way southbound and runs parallel to Spring Street (one way northbound) and Bellevue Avenue (two-way traffic); it's one of the main traffic arteries in the city, and as such it's given to heavy traffic congestion in the summer months.
Mansions and breathtaking views of the ocean are what everyone knows Bellevue Avenue for. It's dominated by Gilded Age mansions built by the best architects for the captains of industry and the robber barons of the late 19th century. Many of these opulent summer homes, including the Breakers and Marble House, are open for tours. The world-famous Cliff Walk lies between the mansions and the Atlantic Ocean. NB: Be very careful and vigilant of your footing/surroundings on the Cliff Walk: it’s narrow and there are places that people fall from regularly, ie at least once per year. UPDATE: March 2022: a 20-foot section of the Cliff Walk fell into the ocean. Obviously, the path is now closed off for the foreseeable future; the affected portion is just behind Ochre Court, on the Salve Regina University campus. I believe it's still accessible between Forty Steps/Narragansett Avenue and Memorial Boulevard; and on the other side, at Ruggles Avenue, just past the Breakers. www.Newportmansions.org Doris Duke’s Rough Point is worth a visit just for the art and the amazing view from the back lawn as it rolls down to the rocky coastline. www.Newportrestoration.org
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Bellevue Avenue
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Mansions and breathtaking views of the ocean are what everyone knows Bellevue Avenue for. It's dominated by Gilded Age mansions built by the best architects for the captains of industry and the robber barons of the late 19th century. Many of these opulent summer homes, including the Breakers and Marble House, are open for tours. The world-famous Cliff Walk lies between the mansions and the Atlantic Ocean. NB: Be very careful and vigilant of your footing/surroundings on the Cliff Walk: it’s narrow and there are places that people fall from regularly, ie at least once per year. UPDATE: March 2022: a 20-foot section of the Cliff Walk fell into the ocean. Obviously, the path is now closed off for the foreseeable future; the affected portion is just behind Ochre Court, on the Salve Regina University campus. I believe it's still accessible between Forty Steps/Narragansett Avenue and Memorial Boulevard; and on the other side, at Ruggles Avenue, just past the Breakers. www.Newportmansions.org Doris Duke’s Rough Point is worth a visit just for the art and the amazing view from the back lawn as it rolls down to the rocky coastline. www.Newportrestoration.org

Food scene

I love this place! Although I miss the pre-pandemic live music events, I still go for the food. They have a great brunch and a small but amazing selection of entrees and appetizers, along with daily specials.
Parlor Bar & Kitchen
200 Broadway
I love this place! Although I miss the pre-pandemic live music events, I still go for the food. They have a great brunch and a small but amazing selection of entrees and appetizers, along with daily specials.
Sit outside for prime people-watching. Order the Broadway All-Star or a refreshing fruit cocktail. Great menu with a nice small plate selection. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
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Caleb & Broad
162 Broadway
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Sit outside for prime people-watching. Order the Broadway All-Star or a refreshing fruit cocktail. Great menu with a nice small plate selection. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Their Greek-style pizza is the best in town! They have awesome grinders (aka subs), gyros, salads, and desserts. It's just up the block if you want to eat in or carry out; they also deliver, but it might take some time to arrive.
A1 Pizza
306 Broadway
Their Greek-style pizza is the best in town! They have awesome grinders (aka subs), gyros, salads, and desserts. It's just up the block if you want to eat in or carry out; they also deliver, but it might take some time to arrive.
My Chinese-American New Yorker ex-husband eats Chinese food here, exclusively. It’s really good! They deliver and have a nice dining room as well.
Ching Tao Restaurant
268 W Main Rd
My Chinese-American New Yorker ex-husband eats Chinese food here, exclusively. It’s really good! They deliver and have a nice dining room as well.
They just expanded their menu, so I'm pretty excited about that! My mouth waters just thinking about the barbacoa! Eat-in, take-out, order at http://www.tijuanaburritogrilltogo.com/
Tijuana Burrito Grill
66 Broadway
They just expanded their menu, so I'm pretty excited about that! My mouth waters just thinking about the barbacoa! Eat-in, take-out, order at http://www.tijuanaburritogrilltogo.com/
Nearly all of the recommendations in this guidebook are based on my personal experiences and preferences; Leo's is the exception. I have heard nothing but good things, so I'm passing on the opinion of everyone who's eaten there: it's the best Latin food around.
Leo's Market & Restaurant
162 Broadway
Nearly all of the recommendations in this guidebook are based on my personal experiences and preferences; Leo's is the exception. I have heard nothing but good things, so I'm passing on the opinion of everyone who's eaten there: it's the best Latin food around.
A new outlet for local seafood, this no-frills lobster shack is located on the edge of State Pier # 1, AKA the Louie Jagschitz pier. Parking is available on the pier, and there are picnic tables overlooking the harbor.
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Newport Lobster Shack (Kitchen)
150 Long Wharf
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A new outlet for local seafood, this no-frills lobster shack is located on the edge of State Pier # 1, AKA the Louie Jagschitz pier. Parking is available on the pier, and there are picnic tables overlooking the harbor.
The only place worth going for ice cream without breaking your budget. Also the only place around that has coffee soft-serve! Cash only (there's an ATM) or local checks. PS Fear not, the line moves fast.
Frosty Freez
496 E Main Rd
The only place worth going for ice cream without breaking your budget. Also the only place around that has coffee soft-serve! Cash only (there's an ATM) or local checks. PS Fear not, the line moves fast.
Killer breakfast and lunch menu, huge servings. There's a line to get in, year-round. They're also open select evenings for dinner.
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Corner Café
110 Broadway
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Killer breakfast and lunch menu, huge servings. There's a line to get in, year-round. They're also open select evenings for dinner.
Right up around the corner...pastry, bread, bakery stuff, coffee. In the summer months, there are tables outside.
Provencal Bakery
311 Broadway
Right up around the corner...pastry, bread, bakery stuff, coffee. In the summer months, there are tables outside.
Located on Bellevue Avenue, Annie's has a great variety of Egg Bennies. I like the Crow's Nest, myself. You can get time-limited free parking at the Bellevue Gardens chopping center across the street.
Annie's
176 Bellevue Ave
Located on Bellevue Avenue, Annie's has a great variety of Egg Bennies. I like the Crow's Nest, myself. You can get time-limited free parking at the Bellevue Gardens chopping center across the street.
So rich, so creamy, so many choices! The menu is posted daily on their website. They have that dairy-free stuff, too, if that's your thing. Close to First Beach. Parking is REALLY limited (like 3 or 4 spaces), so leave it at the beach if you're already parked there.
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Clementine's Homemade Ice Cream Middletown
62 Wave Avenue
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So rich, so creamy, so many choices! The menu is posted daily on their website. They have that dairy-free stuff, too, if that's your thing. Close to First Beach. Parking is REALLY limited (like 3 or 4 spaces), so leave it at the beach if you're already parked there.
Located in Middletown, out of the fray, this is a nice choice for some yummy Thai food.
Bangkok City
23 Valley Road
Located in Middletown, out of the fray, this is a nice choice for some yummy Thai food.

Drinking scene

The newest player in the Newport brewery scene. Vintage video games, rockin' music, special events, and outdoor seating overlooking "Big Pond" and Easton's Beach. Diego's Barrio Cantina adjoins the brewery and will deliver to your table or the bar.
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Rejects beer co.
124 Aquidneck Avenue
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The newest player in the Newport brewery scene. Vintage video games, rockin' music, special events, and outdoor seating overlooking "Big Pond" and Easton's Beach. Diego's Barrio Cantina adjoins the brewery and will deliver to your table or the bar.
Take a taste of Newport home with you. Locally produced beers and spirits.
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Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
293 JT Connell Hwy
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Take a taste of Newport home with you. Locally produced beers and spirits.
Locally produced wine and hard apple cider. I haven't been here in ages, but they've expanded and there's a bit of a gastronomic complex there now!
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Newport Vineyards
909 East Main Road
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Locally produced wine and hard apple cider. I haven't been here in ages, but they've expanded and there's a bit of a gastronomic complex there now!

Sightseeing

Free admission to a stunning wildlife preserve. With access to the shoreline, people go fishing and bird watching. There’s a snowy owl that hangs out here sometimes. If you patiently look through the small rocks at the water’s edge, you’re bound to find some sea glass.
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Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
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Free admission to a stunning wildlife preserve. With access to the shoreline, people go fishing and bird watching. There’s a snowy owl that hangs out here sometimes. If you patiently look through the small rocks at the water’s edge, you’re bound to find some sea glass.
World-famous! Be very careful--people fall off the Cliff Walk all the time!
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Cliff Walk
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World-famous! Be very careful--people fall off the Cliff Walk all the time!
This is a War of 1812-era fort that's had lots of work done so it can be open to visitors. When I was a teenager, my friends and I would sneak in and explore--there are listening tunnels under the fort, some of which actually extended across the bay to Jamestown. They're mostly blocked off now, but you can still take a tunnel rat tour! Sensible shoes are strongly encouraged. While visiting, you may have the good luck to see Tall Ship The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which sails as Rhode Island’s Official Sailing School Vessel. Fort Adams has a small beach and hosts Sail Newport. On the western side, behind the fort, there's a great view of the East Passage and Jamestown. Also some bunkers and other good spots to explore.
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Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI
80 Fort Adams Drive
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This is a War of 1812-era fort that's had lots of work done so it can be open to visitors. When I was a teenager, my friends and I would sneak in and explore--there are listening tunnels under the fort, some of which actually extended across the bay to Jamestown. They're mostly blocked off now, but you can still take a tunnel rat tour! Sensible shoes are strongly encouraged. While visiting, you may have the good luck to see Tall Ship The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which sails as Rhode Island’s Official Sailing School Vessel. Fort Adams has a small beach and hosts Sail Newport. On the western side, behind the fort, there's a great view of the East Passage and Jamestown. Also some bunkers and other good spots to explore.
Most visitors tour the mansions and you should too. Why? The visual impressions of the magnitude of wealth held by the captains of industry and robber barons, old money vs new money, is astonishing. Tour guides dish dirt sometimes, too. Not fun for kids.
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Newport Mansions Preservation Society
424 Bellevue Avenue
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Most visitors tour the mansions and you should too. Why? The visual impressions of the magnitude of wealth held by the captains of industry and robber barons, old money vs new money, is astonishing. Tour guides dish dirt sometimes, too. Not fun for kids.
Wildlife education and conservancy. Lots of hiking trails and spots for birdwatching. Their Harvest Fair has always been fantastic and we all hope it comes back.
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Norman Bird Sanctuary
583 3rd Beach Rd
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Wildlife education and conservancy. Lots of hiking trails and spots for birdwatching. Their Harvest Fair has always been fantastic and we all hope it comes back.
The Greenway is always enlarging, thanks to donations and trusts that will keep the land intact for wildlife conservation and human enjoyment forever and ever. It's a beautiful expanse with numerous entry exit points, some with parking, some on the bus line.
Sakonnet Greenway Trailhead
388 Mitchell's Ln
The Greenway is always enlarging, thanks to donations and trusts that will keep the land intact for wildlife conservation and human enjoyment forever and ever. It's a beautiful expanse with numerous entry exit points, some with parking, some on the bus line.
Ten miles of natural beauty and ginormous homes. Brenton Reef is the most southern point of Aquidneck Island, a rocky and wild reminder of Mother Nature’s unrelenting strength. While people go out on the rocks to explore or catch big fish, I would recommend staying away during high tide. The powerful waves and slippery rocks are extremely dangerous and people are regularly washed away. Brenton Point State Park is a wide-open expanse where people fly kites and picnic. Trails have been cut through the wooded area at the eastern border of the park creating a nice nature walk leading to an observation tower. The old building, now fenced off, was the stable for the estate called The Reef that once occupied the area.
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Ocean Drive Historic District
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Ten miles of natural beauty and ginormous homes. Brenton Reef is the most southern point of Aquidneck Island, a rocky and wild reminder of Mother Nature’s unrelenting strength. While people go out on the rocks to explore or catch big fish, I would recommend staying away during high tide. The powerful waves and slippery rocks are extremely dangerous and people are regularly washed away. Brenton Point State Park is a wide-open expanse where people fly kites and picnic. Trails have been cut through the wooded area at the eastern border of the park creating a nice nature walk leading to an observation tower. The old building, now fenced off, was the stable for the estate called The Reef that once occupied the area.

local favorites

Reject’s Beach is the western end of Bailey’s Beach, a high-falutin’ members-only beach, now called Spouting Rock Beach Association. There’s no parking whatsoever, but it’s easily accessible by bicycle, scooter, and on foot. It’s located at the very end of Bellevue Avenue and Cliff Walk.
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Bailey's Beach
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Reject’s Beach is the western end of Bailey’s Beach, a high-falutin’ members-only beach, now called Spouting Rock Beach Association. There’s no parking whatsoever, but it’s easily accessible by bicycle, scooter, and on foot. It’s located at the very end of Bellevue Avenue and Cliff Walk.
Sachuest Beach in Middletown, also known to locals as Second Beach, is far superior to Newport’s Easton’s (or First) Beach because of an abundant amount of gross red seaweed in the water in most days. Whichever beach you choose, don’t drive a car. Parking is really expensive, if you are even able to park.
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Second Beach
315 Sachuest Point Road
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Sachuest Beach in Middletown, also known to locals as Second Beach, is far superior to Newport’s Easton’s (or First) Beach because of an abundant amount of gross red seaweed in the water in most days. Whichever beach you choose, don’t drive a car. Parking is really expensive, if you are even able to park.
This may be the last dive bar in town! Really good food, nothing fancy, always fresh. Friendly staff, biker-friendly.
Rusty's
44 Wave Avenue
This may be the last dive bar in town! Really good food, nothing fancy, always fresh. Friendly staff, biker-friendly.

other places

This is the closest recreational cannabis retailer.
Northeast Alternatives Marijuana Dispensary Fall River, MA
999 William S Canning Boulevard
This is the closest recreational cannabis retailer.
head shop, piercing, and a smattering of my Wicked Stitch original designs. Stop in and say hi to Rich!
Holy Smokes
9 Broadway
head shop, piercing, and a smattering of my Wicked Stitch original designs. Stop in and say hi to Rich!
Rhode Island currently requires a valid medical cannabis card from any state in addition to an unexpired government ID.
Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center
1637 West Main Road
Rhode Island currently requires a valid medical cannabis card from any state in addition to an unexpired government ID.
Local artisans showcase and sell their unique, extraordinary, beautiful, and eclectic wares. Please support local artists...they are important.
Ohanga Newport
225 Goddard Row
Local artisans showcase and sell their unique, extraordinary, beautiful, and eclectic wares. Please support local artists...they are important.

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No legal issues necessary

We're not crime-free, but still pretty safe; Pay attention to personal safety. Move valuables in your car out of sight, and lock your car: lost drunks wake up in all kinds of places. Seriously. They do. Occasional break-in sprees happen, too. Don’t get yourself a court date by carrying a cocktail down the street. Even if you've camouflaged it in a coffee cup. At 2 am. The NPD is a savvy bunch and you will get busted. I can't bail you out. Sorry. The other big reason people return to our fair city is to stand before a judge is urinating in public. Really. Just don’t.
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Pro-tip: bike, scooter, Uber, city bus, heel-toe express

Newport offers transportation options so you can keep your car out of the logjams that are the bane of every summer visitor and local alike. Please, I implore you...be considerate when parking in neighborhoods. While you might not mind paying for a parking ticket, the person with the resident parking sticker will be left without a legal place to park and might get a ticket too. Park in a paid lot for the same price as a ticket and become a hero by spending that money with a local business: bike or scooter rentals, or a pedi-cab from downtown.
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Remember that people do live here...

...and their kids play outside, so please be mindful of speed limits and local laws. While it’s really hard to imagine, people die on crosswalks or while riding their bicycles every year in Newport. A few years ago a man in a wheelchair was killed in a crosswalk at the intersection of Memorial and Bellevue! When you've been sitting at the light on Bellevue for 3 cycles and you just want to gun it through that red light...don't. We all feel your pain and curse that light daily. But our community also feels the pain of the families who've lost loved ones to an impatient or reckless driver.
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Just a couple of thoughts from your Hostess with the Mostest

Newport has been America’s first resort since Giovanni da Verrazzano sailed in and spent a couple of weeks moored off Aquidneck Island almost 400 years ago. We have survived and prospered through wars, slavery, natural disasters, civil unrest, and Bob Dylan going electric. We have welcomed people from around the world, including royalty, US presidents, movie stars, refugees, runaway slaves, and sailors from far and away.
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Bicycling Information

BikeNewport.org for maps, rentals, info, shop space, bike park & ride, advocacy. Bike lanes are all over Newport.
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The signs say you can get there from here...

Public transit: RIPTA.com: Local and statewide bus service: airport, trains, attractions. Also ferry svc Npt->Prov. Newport Harbor Shuttle: 6 stops around the Harbor Visit DiscoverNewport.org ~or~ DestinationNewport.com for any and all information. So much information...What's your pleasure? Info provided as a courtesy to my guests. I guarantee nothing. I don't receive anything in exchange. Just trying to help. There are no lawsuits. ✌
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Lots of different things to do in Newport

International Tennis Hall of Fame, Rail Explorers, Fort Adams Bay Walk, Newport History Walking Tours, Newport Car Museum, Audrain Car Museum, Museum of Newport History, The Firehouse Theater, Christmas in Newport, Viking Trolley Tours
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A fun way to travel around the city!

The Harbor Shuttle is fun and super-flexible. It departs every hour from Perrotti Park, a 5-minute walk from the Visitors Center bus stop. A hop-on/hop-off daily pass is available and reasonably priced. https://newportharborshuttle.com/
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Here's a great resource for visitors!

https://www.discovernewport.org/
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Other resources for visitors

https://whatsupnewp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/newportsocial/ https://www.newportthisweek.com/