A Day Trip to Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Day Trip

Some weekends just urge for adventure, and being in New England, adventure doesn’t live too far away. In fact, it can often times be just a drive away!

In this upcoming series, I will highlight the best day trips from Boston, whether you want to head north to Burlington, Vermont or south to Nantucket. Some locations are best for winter or summer travel but all offer a special something to this great New England culture.  Pack your tote with day trip essentials.

First up: Newport, Rhode Island Day Trip!

Newport is about 90 minutes from Boston and celebrates all things preppy by the sea.

When to go:

The high season is the summer months. Head down for the Newport Folk Festival in August, Newport Wine & Food Festival in September, and in the off-season, the Newport Winter Festival in February.

What to do:

– Tour the great mansions, like Rosecliff and Marble House, and enjoy history and glamour.

– Walk the Cliff Walk to take in beautiful ocean views.

– Watch the surfers and catch some rays on Second Beach.

Where to eat & drink:

Flo’s – the best in fried seafood. Open early March through New Year’s Day each year.

TSK – farm to table with a changing menu and BYOB!

Perro Salado – delicious Mexican cuisine with a great margarita menu (also pop into their sister taqueria, El Perrito).

Newport Day Trip - Egg and Dart

Where to shop:

Egg & Dart – an adorable shop curated with home decor, books, art, and more.

Pink Pineapple – the destination for jewelry of every style and color, plus selected clothes & home decor.

Downunder Jewelry – a small shop with excellent taste, carrying brands such as Alexis Bittar and Chan Luu.

Newport Day Trip - Pilgrim Inn

And if you’d like, where to stay overnight:

Hotel Viking – a beautiful mix of old and new Newport.

The Attwater – this new, boutique hotel just opened in 2014. The decor is fun, fresh, and colorful, designed by Boston-based designer Rachel Reider.

The Pilgrim House – this bed and breakfast is in a great location, affordable, and has a (not-so-secret-anymore) roof-deck!

Jaime shares fun day trip ideas – be sure to keep an eye out for her other posts (read them all here!) as you adventure around New England. Catch up with Jaime on her blog, La Vie Jaime, and on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo credit: Jaime Ganson

  1. Anna says:

    ah! It’s on my to-visit list along with Providence, but a guess such a trip would be more appropriate later on when it will be warmer!

  2. Monica Larson says:

    Don’t forget the Newport Jazz Festival (also in August) and going sailing. Newport is, after all, a sailing capital. I took my kids on a day sail on one of the small private charters, NewportKat, and actually listened to the music from out on the water. Pretty chill.