Many people think of Newport, Rhode Island as a summertime destination. And that it most certainly is – a getaway to Newport in the summer is incredibly fun, bustling from sunrise to sunset. But Newport has a lot to offer in the winter as well; less crowds in town, at the mansions and on Cliff Walk, less wait time at some of the area’s best restaurants and lower room rates at luxe hotels.
I recently enjoyed an escape to Newport with one of my best girlfriends, Sarah. Sarah is always up for an adventure; she’s the friend with whom I hiked New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock last fall. Sarah lives in Boston, so Newport is a perfect meeting place for us.
Here are my tips for a fabulous winter weekend getaway to Newport, RI.
A 17-room new boutique hotel that offers a modern take on Newport’s storied Gilded Age. Stylish rooms are complemented by fun accents like a billiard room and a BYOB bar. I haven’t tried it myself but their website says, “You bring the spirits, we supply mixers and modifiers inspired by libations from the Gilded Age.” How fun!
Winter rates starting at $129/nt. for a Petite Queen room. For more info and to book, visit their website, here.
Like Gilded Hotel, The Attwater comes to us from the folks at Lark Hotels, a New England boutique hotel group with properties in Newport, Portland (ME,) Nantucket (MA) and more. Located just off Bellevue Avenue in the central historic district, 12-room The Attwater is within walking distance of Newport’s beaches, prime shopping and dining and the mansion district. That private backyard patio just screams “cocktail hour!”
Winter rates starting at $179/nt. for a Queen Room in the Main House. For more info and booking visit their website, here.
Whereas The Gilded and The Attwater are perfect for a gal’s weekend, I’d say 41 North is perfect for a getaway with your sweetheart. Located on Newport’s waterfront, 41 North offers 28 beautifully-appointed guestrooms. At 41 North, your view is sure to be a great one – whether its of Newport Harbor or the always-bustling Thames Street. A wonderful restaurant and chic lounge offers on-site excitement for a winter escape.
Winter weekend rates starting at $329/nt. for a City View Guestroom. For more info and booking visit their website, here.
Play: Newport Mansions & Cliff Walk
I’m a sucker for The Breakers, and I think I always will be. There’s just something about that house that immediately transports me to the late 1800s. It’s like I can imagine myself there. (Maybe I was a Vanderbilt in a former life!)
Before your visit, reference The Preservation Society of Newport County’s operating schedule to see which houses are available to tour, as not all mansions are open year-round. Trust me, though, you’ll be dealing with MUCH fewer crowds if you visit the mansions in the winter. Plus, how many mansions can you tour in a day anyway?
A 3-house ticket for adults is $29.49 and tickets are easy to purchase via the Preservation Society’s website.
Located on Bannister’s Wharf, Clarke Cooke House is perfect for lunch, dinner or late night fun. Filled with New England charm, this is the perfect spot in which to enjoy local dishes like clam chowder and lobster.
Offering an elevated waterfront atmosphere, 22 Bowen’s indulges guests with sophisticated cuisine and a 650-bottle wine list. The kitchen team works with local farmers, fishmongers, purveyors and artisans and support sustainable farming and harvesting methods whenever possible.
Few brunches are as picturesque AND delicious as brunch at Castle Hill Inn. Enjoy iconic waterfront views as you devour New England-inspired brunch dishes. Their Maine Lobster Hash truly is out of this world. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:30AM to 3PM.
Have you visited Newport during the winter? If so, what is your favorite thing about it? Or your favorite place to visit? I’d love to hear!