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A March 2004 trip to Newport by zabelle

Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant Photo, Newport, Rhode Island More Photos
Quote: Newport is a fascinating mix of colonial architecture and Gilded Age opulence, where modern day condos exist alongside 200-year-old homes. It's more complex than you would expect.

Ocean Cliff

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Hotel | "Oceancliff I&II"

Ocean Cliff Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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Best Things Nearby:When you walk on the grounds, they overlook the ocean. Newport and the mansions are within a mile or two.Best Things About the Resort:There is an indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, and video rentals. Resort Experience:This was my first timeshare experience, so I am not sure if it was typical. My friend’s sister has a week at this resort and was therefore able to get us a weekend night in a one-bedroom unit for $65. A two-bedroom unit would have been $75, certainly a good buy in Newport. We were not impressed at first glance. It was the carpet that we noticed first. It was dirty; there is just no other way to describe it. That was a r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2005

Ocean Cliff
Ridge road on the Ocean Drive
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 846-6667

Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Brick Alley Pub"

Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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This is a fun place to eat. It is, in many ways, a very typical pub, with lots of jovial patrons sitting at booths and tables eating from plates overflowing with snacks. There are large overstuffed sandwiches, colossal salads, and plates of nachos big enough to satisfy the largest of appetites. This is all very good, but this isn’t all by any means. If, like me, you are avoiding or watching your carbs, you will think you have dropped into heaven. Not only are you tolerated here, but you are welcomed by name and encouraged to stick to your diet, with the Dr. Atkins celery and olive plate just for starters. We decided to start with an order of Rhode Island red hot wings. These are Newport’s answer...Read More

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Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant
140 Thames Street
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 849-8291

Annie’s

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Restaurant

Annie’s Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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Where to eat breakfast was our Sunday morning mission. The downside of staying in a timeshare is that there was no restaurant at our hotel. We asked several local people for suggestions, and Annie’s was the unanimous choice If you are looking for breakfast with atmosphere, keep on looking. Annie’s is not your place. It is more dive than diva, but you are barely in the door before your first cup of coffee is on the table and a menu in your hand. We got the last table in the restaurant, the one closest to the restroom and the kitchen, which was not ideal, but believe me, if a table is av...Read More

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Annie’s
176 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
401-849-6731

Touro Synagogue

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Attraction

Touro Synagogue Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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No visit to Newport would be complete without a visit to this historic building. Keep in mind, however, that it will not be open to tourists on Saturday, because this is still an active synagogue. There has been a Jewish community in Newport since 1677, and it is believed that it may date back as far as 1656. The original settlers were Sephardic Jews who had been forced out of Spain by the Inquisition. They landed in New Amsterdam in the early 1600s and worked their way up the East Coast to Newport. Rhode Island was an oasis of tolerance in the otherwise intolerant colonies. The present building was dedicated in 1763. Peter Harrison was the architect, and the first rabbi, Isaac Tuoro, verball...Read More

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Touro Synagogue
85 Touro St
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
+1 401 847 4794

Belcourt Castle

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Attraction | "Belcourt Castle Candlelight Tour"

Belcourt Castle Photo, Newport, Rhode Island
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We couldn’t believe our luck when we drove by Belcourt Castle on Saturday evening at 5:30pm and saw a sign that said candlelight tour tonight at 6pm. We blew a hewie and pulled through the gate. We naturally didn’t have reservations. In March, this turned out not to be a problem, but I am sure at most other times you wouldn’t get a spot without one. You can get a reservation either online or at the Visitor Information Center Downtown. The tour is $15, and you must pay cash. The visitors with tickets were allowed to enter first, then the people with reservations, and then the lowly drop-ins. In the end, about 75 people were crowded into the foyer. When Oliver Hazard Perry built Belcourt Castle ...Read More

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Belcourt Castle
657 Bellevue Ave
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 846-0669