How to spend a winter day in Newport, Rhode Island
I love off-season travel.
The lines are non-existent, restaurant reservations are abundant, and the sidewalks are clear.
Winter in Newport is especially magical if you can make it there around Christmastime. The old homes and buildings are draped in garland and dotted with wreaths. The brisk air from the ocean rolls in, and while chilly, it feels fresh.
I love a good weekend in Newport, though this time all we had was a short afternoon. BUT, we did get to bring Clover which made it a special little trip! We brought him all over downtown Newport on a brisk 5 mile walk. And, I think he loved it. He may be a southern pup, but we’re confident that he’ll learn to love the northeast, in time.
Are you heading to Newport this winter (or in future winters, for that matter)? Here’s how we suggest spending your chilly day in town.
Where to go
We love walking down all the little side streets and ogling at all the beautiful, historic homes. They’re reminiscent of the 1800s and transport you so quickly back in time. Spring Street is a favorite of ours, it’s a fairly main street set back a few blocks from the water and has some of the most beautiful storefronts in town. From antique shops to stunning old churches and homes, the walk alone is so lovely.
After all that walking, I say a coffee/tea/snack is in order, wouldn’t you? The Nitro Bar is a favorite of ours. Their coffee is DELICIOUS, and they’ve got tasty snacks on hand, too! I love that they always have oat milk (I’m obsessed) and their specialty coffees are top-notch.
If you’re looking for some of our other favorite spots in Newport, check out our little weekend in Newport list.
Oh, one more thing! Before you head out of town, drive out to the mansion! I haven’t taken a mansion tour just yet, but The Breakers is a crowd favorite. Alternatively, we love Castle Hill Inn if you make it before/after their annual winter hiatus. We visited last spring and enjoyed cocktails and wine out on the lawn. They have Adirondack chairs that you melt right into it and a celestial view of the water.
Gosh, I’m a total winter fan but now I’m dreaming of another warm sunny day out on that famous lawn.
What to wear
I’m not here to tell you what to wear, but this is a special occasion. It can get chilly in Newport! We lucked out with a semi-warm December day, so we didn’t need to be as bundled as you’d normally need to be in winter in Rhode Island. If you’re not as lucky as we were, bring a scarf, gloves, hat of some sort, and walking shoes. You’ll want to explore by foot, trust me.
Though, that’s another excellent reason to visit Newport in winter – there’s so much parking! It can be really tough to find a spot in the summer, but it’s a bit easier in the winter. We suggest parking somewhere near Hotel Viking and walking around the city for the day.
What do you think, feeling ready to head to Newport for the day?