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Antique Yacht Collection
31 Bowens Wharf, Newport
Locals will tell you that the best way to see Newport is by boat—from the Narragansett Bay, you'll have gorgeous views of the town's rocky coastline and beautiful mansions, plus the over-the-top yachts and sailboats the town is famous for. Husband-and-wife team Greg and Alana have several stunning antique boats in their lineup, with the capacity for a romantic sunset cruise for two, or up to 68 passengers on a tall sailing ship. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks, or Alana can arrange for catering through the company.
Newport Polo Club
250 Linden Ln., Portsmouth
Newport's polo club is the oldest in the country (founded in 1876), so it's no surprise that the grounds are a huge part of the appeal here; the original property was called Glen Farm, and was complete with an incredible stone barn and stable. There are matches every Saturday in the summer, and the tailgate is an important part of the scene–regulars will have huge spreads and tents, but all you need is a bottle of champagne, cheese, and a picnic blanket to take part. Elaborate Kentucky-Derby-style hats are highly encouraged.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame
194 Bellevue Ave., Newport
Newport's preppy reputation precedes it, so it's fitting that the town is home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Housed in the former Newport Casino (a grand, old shingle-style building that's officially a National Historic Landmark), it's home to exhibitions of historic memorabilia–including some incredible old-school tennis whites–as well as several beautifully maintained tennis courts. Book a time slot in advance, and you can play a few games on the immaculate historic grass courts.
Classic Cruises of Newport
24 Bannister's Wharf, Newport
Classic Cruises and their custom tours take full advantage of the amazing vantage point that is the water in Newport. Thrill seekers can relive the sea chases of the prohibition era on high-speed motorboat Rum Runner II, built in 1929. Meanwhile, the romantics can glide through Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay on the seventy-two-foot schooner, The Madeleine. The incredibly knowledgeable crew will give you the insider scoop on every cove, lighthouse, and seaside home on the coastline. Aim for a sunset cruise to take in the scenery with a glass of wine‚ and for those looking for an even more special experience, the boats are available for small groups and private charter.
Newport Aquidneck Farmer’s Market
13 Memorial Blvd., Newport
This farmer’s market has been providing Newport with fresh, seasonal, local produce for over twenty-two years. Each week dozens of vendors gather to sell everything from vegetables, fresh seafood, and homemade condiments to herbal skin care. All the food sold has been grown or made within a fifty-mile radius, making this market a truly sustainable farm-to-table shopping experience. Spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy your haul to a soundtrack of live music in the shade along Memorial Boulevard.
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