Newport Journals

Long Weekend in Newport, RI

An October 2003 trip to Newport by take-me-away

Quote: There is so much to see and do in Newport. The history behind Newport and their famous mansions are fascinating. The beaches and beautiful sunsets are breathtaking. There are so many different shops and restaurants that everyone will be happy.

Long Weekend in Newport, RI

Overview

Quote:
The most memorable thing we did was the Cliff Walk -- it was beautiful. We also visited the mansions, and the Newport Vineyards. They make great wine. We also visited the oldest lending library in America, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum. This is an historic and beautiful town. Get out and see it. There are just so many beaches, shops, restaurants and pubs, I really can't name them all. The harbor and views of the ocean are wonderful. The sunsets breathtaking. Being a long weekend, Newport was busy. The weather was warm and great for walking around the shops. Late afternoon we sat outside the restaurant Christie's outdoor tent and listened to music. There was dancing and singing la...Read More
Quote:
Best Things Nearby:You are right in the middle of downtown Newport. You are near the shops, mansions, restaurants, and harbor.Best Things About the Resort:The best thing about this resort is the location. The staff was friendly. They offered a lot of activities. Something for everyone. Most of the activites in the Activity Packet was offered at a discount price for timeshare owners. Resort Experience:The Inn on the Harbor was a great place to stay. First of all, it is located right in the middle of the shops in downtown. We had a room that overlooked the harbor. What an incredible view. We enjoyed a complimentary edition of USA Today each weekday mornin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2003

Inn on the Harbor
359 Thames Street
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
401-849-6789

Cliff Walk: The Forty Steps

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Cliff Walk"

Quote:
The Cliff Walk is very unique. It is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. The walk runs three and a half miles and about two-thirds of the walk is in easy walking condition. It is on paved walkways. The walk starts at the western end of Easton's Beach (Newport's First Beach) at Memorial Blvd. and runs south to the east end of Baileys' Beach. There are exits at Narragansett Ave., Webster St., Sheppard Ave., Ruggles Ave., Marine Ave., Ledge Rd., and Bellevue Ave., if you want to stop and get off. You pass at your own risk on the walk, which is a public right-of-way over 33 private properties. The view of the Newport shoreline is spectacu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2003

Cliff Walk: The Forty Steps
Narragansett Avenue
Newport 02840
(401) 849-8048

Quote:
The Redwood is the oldest lending library in the country. Everyday at 10:30am they have a tour of the library. It is informative and fastinating. This library is a "membership library". The library is open without charge for research and reading, but you must be a member to take books out. The building was constructed between 1748 and 1750. It was designed by Peter Harrison and is regarded by architectural historians as one of the most significant surviving public buildings from the Colonial period. The book collections number more that 155,00 volumes. About 75 percent of the book collection circulates, along with its more than 200 periodicals and 2,500 music recordings and books...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2003

Redwood Library and Athenaeum
50 Bellevue Ave
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 847-0292

Newport Vineyards and Winery

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Newport Vineyards & Bay Voyage Wine and Dine"

Quote:
One of the activities offered by "Inn on the Harbor" was this Wine and Dine Extravaganza. For a price of $39 (reduced for timeshare owners) we received round trip transportation, winery tour, tasting, and a five-course dinner. My husband and I did not know what to expect. We thought this might be fun and it sure was. There were eighteen of us going. First, we got on the bus and went to Newport Vineyards. There we had a tour of the fields, and the winery. We were lucky because they were actually crushing grapes that day, so we got to see how they did it. The vats that hold the wine were huge and we saw the oak barrels that hold some of the wine. Our bus driver, Craig, was ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2003

Newport Vineyards and Winery
909 East Main Road
Newport, Rhode Island 02842
+1 401 848 5161

Breakers

Attraction | "The Breakers"

Quote:
The Breakers is huge. It is one of Newport's summer "cottages". It was built by the Vanderbilt's in 1893. It was finished in 1895 and consisted of 70 rooms. How's that for a "cottage"? Of course their mansion in NY at that time had 150 rooms, so I guess this was small to them. The decor and design of the house was inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. The first major room you see is a grand hall. It is amazing. It is 50 feet high and 50 feet wide. It is very striking and beautiful. The ceiling is painted with a blue sky and billowing clouds. The family quarters are on the second floor. Each room seemed to get larger and larger. Each has a private bath with both fre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2003

Breakers
Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 847-1000