Newport, RI - What's it like?

Old Jan 30th, 2014, 01:09 AM
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Newport, RI - What's it like?

Hey all!

I'll be heading up to Newport, Rhode Island soon to attend OCS and become a Naval Officer and was wondering if anyone had any insight on what there is to do in and around the region?

I'll be up there a few weeks before my particular Officer Candidate School begins, and. I was hoping to check out some local sites, as A single trip to. NYC has been my only experience being in the northeast, coming from a life spent in the South.

Appreciate any suggestions! Thanks very much!
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Old Jan 30th, 2014, 06:06 AM
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http://www.discovernewport.org/visitor-center
http://www.discovernewport.org/request-a-travel-guide
http://www.newportmansions.org/
http://www.cityofnewport.com/history.cfm

Above are some links to get you started.
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Old Jan 30th, 2014, 08:06 AM
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Lots to do in Newport...particularly the "cottages", Fort Adams, the Cliff Walk and Ten Mile Ocean Drive...
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Old Jan 30th, 2014, 05:41 PM
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It sort of depends on what you mean by "soon".

Spring doesn't really begin in this part of the world until late April. In summer, there are beaches, sailing, and fishing as well as massive bar action, but if you are in OCS, you aren't likely to have time for this.

Mansions and the tennis hall of fame are going to stop being interesting pretty soon. I would suggest using your time to visit Providence, Boston, and the Connecticut coast. You can get a train from Providence to NYC easily. But I might suggest you not come to Newport until the last minute.
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Old Jan 30th, 2014, 07:26 PM
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My husband did leadership training at Newport and I would come up and stay part of the time and loved it. We tried a number of places to eat and loved Brick Alley in Newport but we also took trips to Concord, Waldens Pond and Boston. We explored the cape one day. You can take the ferry to the vineyard also. We did one of the mansions but the walk along the cliffs was nice. We stayed on base at the navy lodge. Hope it is not real hot when you are there because I remember the sound of the ambulance picking of people that were passing out in training.
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Old Aug 7th, 2014, 04:14 PM
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Bookmarking for a future trip.
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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 08:40 AM
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Thanks for all this good information. My husband and I are thinking of taking a trip to Newport in the early fall. How many days would you guys recommend staying? We're mainly interested in doing tours of the mansions - how many do you think you can comfortably see per day? Brick Alley looks great - what other restaurants would you all recommend? We're up for pretty much anything.
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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 08:45 AM
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Newport has a fabulous boat show in September. http://www.newportboatshow.com

However, unless you are an avid boater, you should avoid that weekend. The town is mobbed, restaurants are fully booked and hotels are at a premium.
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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 12:18 PM
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Restuarants- Pasta Beach- not fancy but amazingly delicious, Salvation- yummy, yummy, yummy.
Perro- good mexican food (as long as you're not from texas!)

Newport is my favorite place in the world- enjoy!
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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 03:44 PM
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http://www.newportmansions.org/

The Newport home tours are really a lot of fun!
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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 06:48 PM
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don't forget the ocean board walk - considered one of the most beautiful in the US with house museums on one side and (somewhat cliffy) ocean on the other
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Old Aug 9th, 2014, 08:36 PM
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needmore, I'm so glad to hear you love Newport. Thanks for all the restaurant recs. We definitely don't need fancy food. We love outdoor dining and anything with a view of the water would be a bonus.

All of these links are really helpful too. Weekend, how long do you think it would take to do the walk? Do you guys think 4 nights is about the right amount of time to spend there? It looks like a city with lots of charm.
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Old Aug 10th, 2014, 05:38 PM
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Walk could be done in less tnan an hour unless you want to continue to the beach. I always did the day trips never spent the night but would think if you love the beach you could easily spend 4 days. 2 night weekend would be sufficient too
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Old Aug 10th, 2014, 06:53 PM
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We both love the beach - yea, I'm excited! Any suggestions for hotels or cute B&Bs? Something with charm that maybe allows us to walk to the mansions or good restaurants? Our budget is open at this point.
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Old Aug 10th, 2014, 07:10 PM
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Went for my niece's graduation from Brown about 10+ years ago and loved Newport. They have a good Italian section? in the old town - and in the summers - light fires in the river (think elevated burn pits) - and it's very nice to stroll along.

My wife's cousin - Patty - one of the nicest people you could ever meet - and her husband Bruce - (whose family was from Providence - for generations - and he is a good guy and they made a great "team" & had a wonderful marriage) - started a very highly acclaimed restaurant - called New Rivers - and he/they helped start the small farms to your table "movement".

Sweet Patty passed on and Bruce eventually sold to his long time chef but it still gets good reviews. see: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...ers+Providence

It's within 2 blocks of the River - before you head further up the hill to the Rhode Island School of Design and then Brown University above that.

There is also a place I/we wanted to get to but never had the time - called Brock? Island - a small, very cute place - where you take the ferry over - to get away from it all. http://www.blockisland.com/
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Old Aug 10th, 2014, 07:11 PM
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Oops - loved Providence and also drove around Newport a bit.
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Old Aug 10th, 2014, 07:12 PM
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And it's called Waterfire: http://waterfire.org/
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Old Aug 12th, 2014, 03:47 PM
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That does look cool, Tom - how long does it take to get from Newport to Providence?

And if anyone has any good places to stay in Newport, that would be great. Thanks again for all the help.
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Old Aug 12th, 2014, 04:51 PM
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It's not very far. A little over 30?" miles.
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Old Aug 19th, 2014, 08:18 AM
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Thanks for the info. I think we may end up staying at the Hydrangea House Inn - does anyone know if that's in a good location? We'd like to be able to walk to restaurants and maybe a little shopping. Is HH close to the mansions and the Cliff Walk area?
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