Over spring break, we flew from Denver to Providence, Rhode Island. Marissa, our East Coast Editor, has been living in Newport for the past year and is getting ready to head to Omaha, Nebraska for their next tour. I not only needed some serious sister time but I also wanted to see a part of the US that I haven’t seen before. We made all sorts of tentative plans to take lots of day trips but in the end we just decided to stay close to Newport. There certainly was plenty to do. Despite the sometimes cold and rainy weather, we spent much of our days wandering around Newport, stopping in shops, and eating our weight in seafood.
Take a stroll on the Cliff Walk. The Cliff Walk is a public access walk that meanders along the shoreline and takes you past some of the beautiful mansions that Newport is known for. We walked the part of the Cliff Walk that is all paved but I understand that there are some parts that are a bit rocky or sandy. It was early spring and Newport had just gotten a lot of snow. The Cliff Walk doesn’t seem to really be maintained when it snows. Be aware that if it is snowy, there will not be a way for you to pass with a stroller. I also read that in the summertime, you need to be aware of poison ivy that grows along some areas of the path. The views are great and the walk is lovely at any time of the day.
Tour a mansion. We chose to tour The Breakers, one of the most famous mansions in Newport, on the same day that we were strolling the Cliff Walk. You have to exit off the walk and enter through a paid entrance. The Breakers offers a great family tour that kept my kids interested the entire time. My son loved to spot the things that the tour guide (who is also the house!) asked us to find and my daughter was fascinated (and a bit disgusted) with what and where women and girls were allowed and not allowed to do and go. Another tour that was recommended by my sister is the Elms.
Eat at the Castle Hill Inn. Oh, the views! So, for this adventure, I recommend leaving the kids at home. We were able to have a night away and though we did see one family dining, I don’t think I would take my kids. We also went during restaurant week and our meal was much less expensive than it would have been on a regular night. The Lawn offers drinks and small plates. Did I mention that the views are worth it?
Eat a stuffie (a quahog). I did mention that we ate our weight in seafood right? The clam chowder, the lobster rolls…I could have eaten seafood the entire trip. On our last day, my sister bought some stuffies and made me try one. It is a clam, breadcrumbs, spices, bell pepper, and celery all stuffed into the clam shell and then baked. They were pretty tasty.
Wander Thames Street and the Downtown Area. Stop in at the many shops and pick up a little souvenir. Some fudge will be the perfect treat after your long walk. We spent quite some time smelling soaps at the Newport Sea Foam Trading Co. Inpopnito is supposed to have near perfect popcorn but unfortunately we didn’t get to find out for ourselves because they weren’t open when we visited.
What is your favorite thing to do in Newport, RI?