Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Guide

For Easter weekend I flew to Newport, RH and my family drove up and we spent the weekend exploring the town. We all really loved it I would love to go back in the summer when it is a bit warmer. The weather was sunny but definitely chilly. Between Covid and it being off-season not everything was open but we still got to see a lot of the town. The only thing we would have done differently is to make sure we made more dinner reservations earlier in the week because things booked up really quickly that weekend. 


Where we stayed? 

We stayed at Hotel Viking right in the center of town. It is an older hotel but very well kept. The room we had was very nice. We had drinks at the restaurant Saturday night and went to the pool/spa. You had to sign up for a time but it was a really nice pool. They have a really cool rooftop bar open in the summer but sadly that was not up and running yet. They also have bikes you can check out free of charge. The location was central to everything in both directions of town. I would definitely stay here again when visiting! They even had free parking behind the hotel. 

Friday Night 

After my parents picked me up from the airport we headed to the hotel and checked-in. We had dinner at the Brick Alley Pub. This was one of the only places in town that was still open later and that we didn't need a reservation for. We did have to wait quite a while for a table but the food was very good. I had a hamburger which I almost never order at a restaurant but it had bacon jam on it so I couldn't pass it up. 


We started with breakfast at Cru Cafe in town. They had tables to sit outside and you could order up at the counter. They had a large menu and some amazing looking baked goods. I had a chai tea and egg breakfast. The chai tea was so good! 

After breakfast, we checked out some of the shops along the main road including a nice J McLaughlin that was in town. After that, we made our way down to the Bowen's wharf area. There is tons of shopping down that way including Black Dog, Sea Bags, Kiel James Patrick, Soft As A Grape, and Southern Tide. We also walked down to the Lilly signature store Anchored in Pink. Which I didn't get anything but I always love to try on items I think I might want to pick up during the after-party sale. I did get one shirt from Southern Tide I couldn't pass up. 

We had a really early dinner at Midtown Oyster Bar. We made a reservation on Open Table Friday night but options were VERY limited so we couldn't be picky with our time slot. We sat upstairs and I had a lobster roll (minus the bun). The food was very good and would recommend this place. They did even have an outside seating area but it was a bit chilly for that. 

After our early dinner, we walked down to the waterfront and checked that area out. Before heading back to the hotel for a swim and dinner at the bar we got dessert at Charlie's Cupcakes. They actually had a lot of gluten-free options. I got a cupcake and it was amazing especially as a late-night snack! 


It was Easter so not a ton of options were open in town for breakfast so we ended up back at Cru Cafe because we all loved it and they had GF bread (major plus for me)! 

After breakfast, we headed to the International Tennis hall of fame right next to Cru. No one in my family is a huge tennis freak but it was really cool. You could walk around the grounds where all the tennis courts are. We also went into the hall of fame which was way bigger than we thought it would be. Even better we ended up getting in free because we are Bank of America card members. I don't know if this was a special for the weekend but worth asking because the tickets were fairly expensive. 

From there we toured the Marble Mansion which was right on the waterfront. It was owned by the Vanderbilt family and was a summer home. The inside and grounds of the house were open to view. The house had major Bridgerton vibes. There are a few other mansions in town you can tour but this was the only one that was open when we went. 

Our last stop before heading back to the hotel was the cliff walks. We didn't walk the entire thing but it was worth seeing and the views were amazing. 

For Easter dinner, we had reservations at 15 Point Road. It was about 20 minutes from downtown Newport in Portsmouth. It was right on the waterfront. We all agreed this was one of the best meals we had all had in a long time. The drinks and dinner were fantastic. We also got dessert too which they had lots to choose from. I had a flourless chocolate torte which was one of the best I have had. It was the perfect end to a really fun weekend! 




My flight was in the early afternoon so we had breakfast at Empire Tea & Coffee. Then we quickly checked out the beaches before hitting the road. We all said we would go back again and visit! 

Places We Wanted To Check Out But Didn't: 

1. Newport Lobster Shack - They were closed because of low fish supply. Their lobster rolls looked really good! 
2. Clarke Cooke House - They kept coming up on Google 
5. Del's Lemonade - Sadly they were not open yet for the season 
6. Ben & Jerry's - Also not open 
7. Polo Match - Only in the summer 
8. Spend time at the beach

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