Newport, Rhode Island

The cobblestone streets of idyllic downtown Newport offer photo-ops at every turn—from historic landmarks to perfectly preserved Colonial architecture. Stroll along the Newport Cliff Walk to get a good view of the Gilded Age summer cottages (more like mansions), look for wildlife at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, or take in a concert at Sweet Berry Farm on a warm summer night.

Stay with Inspirato at five-bedroom Windflower, offering contemporary colonial style just a short drive from downtown. The sophisticated home provides views of the Sakonnet River, expansive outdoor space, and close proximity to beaches and vineyards.

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Newport has long been a playground for the wealthy, from famous yachtsmen to the Gatsby-era society set. Palatial, early 20th-century mansions dot Narragansett Bay, reminding visitors that the likes of Vanderbilt, Astor, and Duke once chose Newport as their summer home. Today, the grand history has been replaced with seaside charm and quaint New England character. Cobbled streets lead to boutique restaurants, shops, and galleries.

There’s no shortage of activities to enjoy while visiting this classic coastal New England town. Take a stroll along the Newport Cliff Walk, go paddle boarding in the calm waters of Third Beach, or go wine tasting at Newport Vineyards. If you’re a tennis enthusiast, book a private lesson with a tennis pro at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where legends like Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova are honored.

Quick Facts

  • Average Temperature
    70℉ in summer; 35℉ in winter
  • Suggested Airport
    T.F. Green Airport (PVD); Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Closest Big City
    Boston
  • Peak Season
    Summer
  • Car Recommended?
    Yes

Destination Highlights


  • The National Museum of American Illustration

    This is the first national museum to be devoted exclusively to American illustration, featuring artwork from the "Golden Age" of 1865-1945. Peruse works from Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, and other famed artists.

  • Cliff Walk

    Newport Cliff Walk meanders 3.5 miles past wildflowers and wildlife, with a view of architectural history from the town's Gilded Age. From the west, join the path at Easton's or First Beach, finishing up at Bailey's Beach on the east end.

  • Carnegie Yacht Club

    What's the next destination for your luxury yacht? Carnegie Yacht Club can dock private boats, but you don't have to bring your own; your Destination Concierge can arrange private charters, fishing excursions, and sunset sails.

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Weather


  • Forecasting Your Newport Vacation

    The best months to visit Newport are from May to September when temperatures range from the low 60s to high 70s. There are few rain showers, providing ideal weather for exploring the city's famous mansions and beaches.

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Map of Newport, Rhode Island

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