If you’d have asked me a month ago what my thoughts were on Newport, RI, the answer would’ve been less than enthusiastic. I’d only ever heard of Rhode Island in reference to one of my uncles who used to live there long before my time…wait, actually that was Long Island…so scratch that, I’d never really heard much of Rhode Island at all…
Little did I know however, the Newport area is full of charm! Its historic downtown and stately mansions obviously suit my taste just fine, not to mention the abundance of seafood shacks and beautiful beaches just about every which way you look.
I ended up on a four day mini-trip to RI thanks to Richard’s family who were heading down for his brother’s navy graduation, but it turned out to be one of my favorite little places I’ve found in awhile.
All in all, I want to go back, like NOW. The only problem is that it’s hella expensive! Of course, I’m constantly seeking ways to travel the world as a #brokeassbitch, so I’ll keep you guys posted.
Maybe I’ll make a new series on places you can travel for cheap? We shall see…
Anyways, I want to share a bit more with you guys on Newport, since it’s certainly at the top of my list of places I want to redo stat. Here are a few of my favorite things about this destination:
1. The Character
The number one reason I loved Newport was because of its charm. There’s lots of history here, and I’m kind of a geek about stuff like that. It’s also just one of those places that you want to be, if that make sense. It feels cozy, and it’s honestly the perfect size too. It’s not overwhelming like a big city, but it’s not really a small town either. It almost felt a bit old-timey to me with all the old buildings, the quaint downtown area, and lots of navy personnel walking around in their uniforms all the time!
2. The Waterfronts
Another great thing about Newport is that there’s a LOT of water. I couldn’t stop taking pictures! Everywhere we went was so beautiful and relaxing. One of my favorite things to do was go on the Cliff Walk, which is basically just a walking path right off of First Beach that runs along the cliffs next to the water. The views are ah-mazing, and I totally could’ve spent more time exploring here. We also went on a sailboat ride one day, which was lovely as well! I’d have to say that Newport is the perfect destination for anyone who likes be around the water.
3. The Mansions
One of my favorite things we did while in Newport was touring the historic Rosecliff mansion. That’s where I took most of my pictures for this post, simply because I was so obsessed. Not only is it absolutely stunning, but it’s also been featured in several major films like The Great Gatsby and 27 Dresses! SO COOL.
Including Rosecliff, Newport is home to a slew of old mansions open to the public though. Admission was a bit pricey, especially if you want to see them all, but I’d definitely recommend it if it’s within your budget. It’s so much fun to see the interiors of these elaborate places, and I never expected we’d stumble upon one of the filming spots for The Great Gatsby on this trip!
4. The Food
Not only is Newport a great place if you love the water, but it’s also pretty decent if you love food, too 🙋🏻. I didn’t get the chance to try a ton of restaurants while I was there, but I did get some killer lobster mac & cheese one night. It was delicious! Newport is the place to be if you enjoy seafood! ☺️
5. The Shopping
I didn’t get to do much shopping in Newport, but believe me…I wanted to 😆 Things are preeeeeetty expensive around these parts (i.e. $300 for a hat), but there’s a lot of nice stores to poke around if you have time. I for sure want to go back and spend more time downtown, even if I can’t afford to buy much of anything, haha!