CURATED ATTRACTIONS, THINGS TO DO, SEE and EAT.
Annual events worth planning around:
The Newport Regatta – The Newport Regatta is Sail Newport’s signature event and has been a favorite of one-design sailors across the U.S. for more than three decades. It is one of the largest multi-class regattas in New England with more than 500 competitors in over fifteen racing classes. This year’s race will be held July 7-9, 2017.
Volvo Ocean Race – Newport is the official North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. Held every three years, this yacht race brings a tremendous amount of excitement to the Newport Race Village. Get close to the action and watch the operations of the sail loft and team bases. Then check out some of the interactive exhibitions and on-the-water activities. Boats are expected to arrive in Newport between May 8 and 10, 2018 with in-port racing on May 17-19 and departure scheduled for May 20.
Newport Jazz Festival – Held each year at the beautiful Fort Adams, Newport Jazz Festival highlights emerging talent and new works alongside accomplished artists. This year’s line-up will feature more than 50 individual ensembles and performances by Béla Fleck & The Flecktone, Snarky Puppy, and Branford Marsalis Quartet. The festival runs August 4-6, 2017.
Things to do:
Antiquing – The magical yard at Aardvark Antiques is an absolute treat if you are into vintage haunts on saturday morning. You might not buy anything right away, but you will feel instant connection to that one special piece, that you will come back for one day. It is an otherworldly experience.
Surfing – we’ve got the waves! For first hand surf report, head to Rhody Surf. If you need a little refresher or want to meet the Newport surf community, Rhody Surf offers lessons and events, too.
Cliff Walk – Enjoy a shimmering sunrise, and the scent of fresh, salty air on your peaceful morning stroll along Cliff Walk. This winding 3.5-mile National Recreation Trail runs along the majestic and rugged eastern shoreline of Newport’s Bellevue Avenue Historic District, just behind extravagant Gilded Age mansions built by America’s high society. Cliff Walk begins at Memorial Boulevard and ends at Bailey’s Beach, with plenty of access points to join and leave the trail. The first half of Cliff Walk is paved and handicap accessible while the second half is rocky and more challenging. If you’re up for this adventure, make sure you wear sturdy shoes and bring some water; and don’t go alone. After your walk, head over to Megs’ Aussie Cafe offering green juices for the health conscious and freshly baked meat pies for the rest of us, with classic Tim Tams for dessert!
International Tennis Hall of Fame – The International Tennis Hall of Fame is considered the birthplace of American tournament tennis. The museum collection traces eight centuries of tennis with an impressive display of artifacts and memorabilia that even non-tennis enthusiasts will appreciate. A fun scavenger hunt for kids will keep little ones entertained. The courtyard houses the oldest continuously used grass tennis courts in America, where the prestigious Hall of Fame Tennis Championships are held in early July each year. Ready for a match of your own? When not in use for tournaments, the grass courts can be reserved for public play.
Where we eat and drink:
Stoneacre Pantry – Stoneacre Pantry is well known for its support of local farms and fishermen. The brasserie-style restaurant reopens this summer in historic Washington Square with expanded outdoor seating, a butcher shop, and a deli. Also visit Stoneacre’s sister location, La Vasca at 515 Thames Street, a Basque-style tapas restaurant and wine bar – one of our favorite Newport spots!
The Clarke Cooke House – The Clarke Cooke House is a Newport institution. At some point, everyone discovers it. There are a variety of dining options available ranging from the casual first-floor Candy Store to the elegant and sophisticated third-floor Porch and Club Room. In summer, the romantic SkyBar offers an intimate setting and exquisite food. On weekends, the Boom Boom Room is the place to go late at night.
White Horse Tavern – The White Horse Tavern is America’s oldest tavern and serves up old-style Irish cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients, house-made charcuterie, and fresh seafood. Great place for dinner with in-laws or romantic cocktails. Time has really stopped here, and we love it. Before you go, remember the dress code: “Country Club” or “Business Casual”. Jackets are not required but collared shirts are expected. No hats, and mobile phones should be turned off.