How to See Newport in 3 Days
Newport is a seaside city that lies on the island of Aquidneck in Rhode Is
land. It is widely known for the America’s Cup sailing race, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and its Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue. Newport is a quaint and friendly city with a classic New England coastal charm. Want to know all that you can see and do in Newport in just three days? Read on!
My stay in Newport began in the late afternoon on Tuesday. I was greeted by a friendly staff at the Hotel Viking located on Bellevue street. I was not disappointed, and I was very pleased with the accommodations. The room was beautifully decorated and very comfortable. After getting my things settled, I had time to explore Bowen’s Wharf on America’s Cup Avenue. This area has a lot of shopping, a few ice cream parlors and a handful of restaurants. To name a few, I hit stores like Seabags, Monelle’s, The Black Dog, and finally the KJP Flagship store.
After exploring the wharf, I returned to my hotel and enjoyed a light dinner and drink on the rooftop of Hotel Viking. I’ll have to let you know more about the restaurant scene next visit because I did not have the opportunity to explore the dinning in Newport as I was a busy bee taking in all the sights of the island.
I am an early riser. So, on Wednesday I was at the coffee shop when the doors opened. Pinic is a local coffee shop and patisserie on Bellevue Street across from the Hotel Viking. I enjoyed some quiche and my go-to coffee order, an americano no room, outside. Then I took a morning walk down some of the old streets of Newport. Mid walk I discovered St. Mary’s, a breathtaking Catholic Church on William Street. It was perfect timing; the Wednesday morning mass had just begun… so I attended Mass! Fun fact about the church! It is where JFK and Jackie were married. The rest of my day included a short hike from the Castle Hill Inn to the Castle Hill Lighthouse and an afternoon on the lawn of the Castle Hill Inn.
After relaxing in the Adirondack chairs for a while I went up to the inn’s restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner. The menu had a great variety of things to order. I ended my day on Goat Island to see the lighthouse. The lighthouse on Goat Island is adorable. You have to go through the hotel there to get to it, but if you kindly ask the hotel staff to see it they will show you the way. This is also a great place to get a nice view of the Newport Bridge.
Thursday was my last day in Newport before I headed to Nantucket for a couple of days. I went on another walk which ended at another coffee shop… shocked I know, right? This coffee shop is down at the end of the wharf overlooking the water and beautiful boats in the harbor. It is called the Coffee Grinder and the owner is the most adorable thing ever and so friendly. If you like coffee and pretty views, this place is a must! I ended my morning routine of coffee, reading, checking social media, and editing some pictures just as the rest of the shops in the wharf opened at 10. There were a few things I still had my eye on and wanted to purchase before my stay was over. Oh, and you must stop at Anchor Toffee to pick yourself up a little treat! My day consisted of touring the Gilded Aged Mansions on Bellevue Street.
I chose two to see, but you can do the Cliff Walk and see all of them if you would like. What was nice about this activity was that I paid $24 to see two of the mansions and I can return anytime and see up to three more for just $7 more. My last day ended with a light dinner on the rooftop of the Hotel Viking and an ice cream from Kilwin’s which is located across the street from Bowen’s Wharf.
I had the most pleasant three days in Newport and I can’t wait to go back to this seaside town!