Newport will always be a place I call home. I went to college, got my first apartment, my husband, and got married here. My best friends and I wonder why, even though none of us life in the city by the sea any longer, we continue to insist on meeting there every time we get together. So I am happy to share our most loved places and the perfect itinerary for one day in our favorite city.
Start the day with an Ice House from Mokka Coffeehouse. A homemade flavor shot, two shots of cold espresso, cold brew coffee, and a topping of cold foamed milk make this the perfect drink to wake up with. Mokka’s courtyard is dog friendly and filled with unique antiques for sale. Sit for a while on the giant swing or take a stroll down the public wharf to the docks and watch the boats get ready for the day.
The most important meal of vacation is definitely brunch. There are a few great brunch places in town but most only offer itnon the weekends. For any day of the week I have two suggestions. If you can get in, Corner Cafe on Broadway is cozy and offers delicious classic breakfast choices and it is BYOB. We also love Franklin Spa in Spring Street for a low key diner experience and their house hot sauce is the perfect addition to any of their breakfast wraps or classic dishes. Big portions, fresh food, and fast service make this a favorite of locals and tourists alike. For a more upscale brunch try Diegos for a $5 menu and amazing drinks with a Mexican twist (only on Saturday and Sunday).
What To Do
Newport is full of unique places and fun things to do. After brunch you could take a couple of different routes for your day. Rent a scoot coupe from Scooter World on Christie’s Wharf and head out to Ocean Drive. This beautiful ocean side road will give you a view of the mansions both old and new. If you start by heading up Memorial and down Bellevue (you’ll hit a little traffic, yes) but you can make the Ocean Drive loop and stop at Castle Hill for a drink on their lawn (where I got engaged) before taking Spring Street back to return your scooter.
If you would prefer to see the Newport Mansions from within, I recommend Rosecliff, and The Breakers is a must see. Another fun Newport experience is the Cliff Walk which starts on Memorial near First Beach (Easton’s Beach) and heads along the coast past Salve Regina University (Hey, Alma Mater) and the Breakers.
Lunch at the Smokehouse is an absolute must. Try the Deviled Eggs (I know, trust me) or Hog Wings. The Nachos are a favorite, too, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu! Another option is Benjamin’s for raw bar, burgers, the best fish and chips, and just about the best mimosas you can get in town. Head up to the third floor “Crow’s Nest” for outdoor seating. The Lobster Bar is another great option for seafood fans!
Sunset in Newport is a ritual that must be celebrated with a cocktail and, in most places, cannon fire. There are so many great places to catch a sunset in this town. My favorite is the roof deck at The Vanderbilt Grace. Definitely get a seat by the railing, a glass of rosé, and an order of truffle fries.
Other spectacular places for sunset are Pineapples out on Goat Island and, a favorite of most, The Lawn at Castle Hill.
After sunset, head to dinner. There are so many great restaurants in town that you really can’t go wrong. Old favorites like Brick Alley or Diegos (if you didn’t go for brunch) are definitely good choices. Midtown Oyster Bar and Scales and Shells are perfect for seafood lovers. I love 22 Bowens for a romantic date night or upscale dinner.
After dinner, Newport takes the crown for party cities. You can stroll and shop, dance the night away, or people watch with a beverage in hand. My recommendations for live music would be to check out What’s Up Newport for updates on who is playing where. Summer in Newport is like nothing else and should be thoroughly enjoyed with a cocktail in hand!