As collective consciousness begins to emerge from its year-long hibernation, many are gnawing their way out of town. For New Englanders, a road trip to Newport, RI might be the perfect thing to get rid of travel spider webs. Read on for three reasons to visit Newport, RI this spring.
1) Lots of beautiful places to walk in Newport, RI
The rise of the “silly little walk” has been well documented throughout the pandemic. Americans have certainly fallen in love with long, winding walks, and in Newport, even if you don’t have a specific destination in mind, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some gorgeous views the whole way. There are also many options! The famous ‘Cliff Walk’, a 3.5 mile stretch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, stretching between Bellevue Avenue and Memorial Boulevard, offers views not only of the sea but also of the mansions of the Golden Age. for which Newport is known. There is also Avenue Bellevue itself. Once you’ve viewed the mansions from the waterfront, head inland and stroll down the famous Bellevue Avenue itself, with sidewalks on both sides of the street, catch the impressive entrances and gardens. mansions from this point of view, while walking up the steps. And finally, Newport town center is full of lovely shops and restaurants, which makes Thames Street a very suitable place to take a stroll as well.
2) The beautiful renovation of the Viking hotel
The Viking Hotel has been a part of Newport’s social scene since 1926, when it hosted guests of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and other Golden Age figures. They have recently undergone a complete renovation of their meeting rooms, restaurants and spa. While the hotel retains its historic vibe, the cool interiors are light, airy, and modern. You’ll find classic New England touches throughout the space along with a coastal color palette.
Located at 1 Bellevue, the hotel is a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city center and only a short drive from the mansions. The on-site restaurant, One Bellevue, is also worth a visit. Not only has the restaurant recently had a facelift, its menu has also been recently refreshed for the spring season. Menu items like locally caught fish and braised short ribs instantly remind you that you are visiting a quintessential, yet modern, New England destination.
3) Newport, RI has alot of outdoor dining
As we move into the warmer New England months, patio seating is back at a premium in many places. However, Newport restaurants have always maximized outdoor seating for their customers to enjoy the view of the water! And this season is no different. With restaurants both new and old constantly reinventing themselves during this odd time, a few are worth checking out in Newport: The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn and The Reef in Downtown Newport.
The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn overlooks Jamestown Island and the Atlantic Ocean, while serving dishes like lobster rolls, clam chowder, and craft cocktails in a stylish setting. Le Reef is a brand new downtown restaurant that recently opened. Their expansive outdoor terrace surrounds their restaurant, offering diners a direct view of the harbor and is sure to become the place to see and see this summer. Laid-back pub fare and friendly, friendly staff are on the menu – and the location on Howard Wharf puts you right in the middle of the action.