Weekend in Newport, RI
Growing up in Southern Massachusetts we heard stories of Newport; palatial summer residences of Manhattan’s elite (pre-hamptons). I had been maybe once or twice in my youth, but since I hadn’t been back in New England in years it was time to take a trip and experience Newport for myself as an adult. And experience it I did! I’m sharing my itinerary for a perfect weekend trip to Newport for a fun cultural experience.
Day 1: Begin at the Visitor’s Center where you can stock up on ideas for your trip and see all of the brochures and pamphlets for the many many activities the town offers.
Next up, the famed Cliff Walk. This 2.5 hour walk along the edges of the island gives you gorgeous views of the water as well as the mansions and summer homes of the rich and elite. Taylor Swift even has a home here, though it would be hard to pick out which one is hers! Bring some sun screen as its a sunny walk, and wear comfortable shoes; some parts of the cliff are rather… cliff-y.
Follow this up with some lunch - I love Benjamin’s Raw Bar for great people watching and a solid salad for vegs, and plenty of great seafood for those that eat it.
Now it’s on to some Mansions! The first one you need to see would be The Breakers. This historic landmark was the summer home of Manhattan’s Elite, The Vanderbilts. Baroque details, charming rooms and decor, and views for days give you a peak into old fabulousness. Plan to spend about 1.5-2 hours here exploring.
Now that you’ve seen how the other half lives it’s time to treat yourself! I’m talking wine time baby! Newport Vineyards s a great place to start. With a huge tasting area, gorgeous grounds, and even a shop of kitshy decor to bring back, this place is sure to please. Feeling hungry? They’ve got snacks including a cheese plate and/or pretzels.
Day 2: After a night of rest you should be ready for round two. Start with brunch at Ellie’s just north of Newport. They’ve got a great range of farm to table eats including some vegan options, like my above tofu scramble with avocado and potatoes. Grab plenty of eats while you can because afterward it’s time for another mansion tour! This time we’re headed to The Elms, the summer home of the Berwind family, who were notable architects and business folk in New York City. The best part of this mansion would probably be the gorgeous picture windows and the sprawling grounds; lush greenery for acres.
Feeling like seeing more bougie-ness ? Go all in and take a tour of the Rosecliff Mansion, which has some of the most gorgeous gardens in Newport, and more expansive decor and palatial rooms.
Now that you’ve had your fill of feeling poor it’s time to feel the POUR.
Terrible pun, I’m so sorry. But we have to get back to wine time - today with Greenvale Winery. This glorious place is a little calmer than Newport Vineyards, with a more rustic aesthetic. the small tasting room is made bigger by the patio, yet still maintains an intimate feel. The staff is a little more family/small business run, too, giving it a boutique feel. I will note, however, that Greenvale doesn’t offer food.