5 Reasons You Need to Visit Newport, Rhode Island

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!

Have you ever been to Newport? Any other East Coast gems I should know about?

  • Sam Temsah-Deniskin

    One of my all-time favorite US cities! Gorgeous pics!

  • Shannon Paige

    I love Newport so much! My mom and her sisters used to spend their summers there in their 20s and so I always wanted to go. Last winter I finally went with my boyfriend for a Christmas trip and we did the cliff walk, the mansions, and some other things- I love it! My sister moved to Wakefield this summer (30 mins from Newport) and we are actually going this weekend. Here is my post on Christmas in Newport if you are interested 🙂 https://thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/christmas-in-newport-ri/

    • Wow, that sounds like so much fun! I’m definitely checking out that post too in a minute 🙂 I never thought of going there in the winter, but that sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing! xx

  • Looks beautiful!! My husband and I love to travel, but as budget friendly as possible!

    • I know, I’m trying to find more ways to travel on a budget! Do you have any tips? My boyfriend and I are in the same boat 🙂 We love going places, but don’t want to spend absurd amounts of money!

      • I love using Air Bnb for places to stay! I have also used Groupon for a few getaways and haven’t been disappointed yet. They often have package deals for so many places!!

  • Looks so cute! I love exploring new places. I haven’t been up in the NE in a long time but I do remember thinking Maine was really cute and would love to go back and explore some more!

    • I totally want to go to Maine too! But yes, definitely worth coming back to explore some of these towns if you can make time…they’re so cute!

  • Oh my gosh it looks so charming! I’ve only been through Rhode Island on the way up to Boston so I need to add it to my list.

  • Samantha

    I have always been fascinated by Rhode Island! I think Newport just landed itself on my travel bucket list. 🙂 It just looks so pretty!

    • Yes, I’m sure you’d love it! xx

  • Julie Shenton Peters

    This is the second post on Rhode Island I’ve read this week and I am getting more enamored with it every day. I think it might be ideal for our next summer vacation.

    • That’s so funny! It really is the perfect vacation spot though, so I guess I’m not surprised! Hope you get to travel there soon 🙂

  • Tuyet

    wow beautiful photos! planning on going here one day. kimballandkedzie.com

  • Your photos are SO beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to Rhode Island. It looks like it would be a lot of fun!

    • Thank you Crystal! And yes, it’s so much fun there! I’d never even heard much about Rhode Island, but now I definitely want to go back again soon after this trip 🙂

  • I went to Newport a few years ago and was enamored by all the beautiful mansions. Such a pretty place!

  • Vicki

    The mansions are beautiful, and that lobster Mac n cheese sure sounds delicious!

  • Patricia Conte

    How gorgeous! I’ve never been, but it looks like you’ve got it all covered here! How fabulous!

  • I’ve wanted to visit Newport for a while now! One of my friends got married at one of the mansions there several years back, but we couldn’t make it, and I’m still disappointed about that! I definitely need to head there since I love charming, historic towns. 🙂

    • Wow, so jealous of your friend — I’m sure that wedding was gorgeous! But yes, you should definitely try to plan a trip there soon 🙂 I bet you’d love it!

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    Of course I’ve heard of Rhode Island but never of their city of Newport. These pics are beautiful and that home is stunning.

  • Adriana

    LOVE this! My little sister just moved into URI and I am so excited for her – it’s sooo beautiful there! I can’t wait to go visit her!

  • Melody Pittman

    Beautiful! I’m headed there in the next few months to visit for my first time. The mansions are #1 on my list. 😉