351 Thames St., Newport
Occupying a gorgeous shingle-style building right on the water and walking distance from Thames Street and the famous gilded mansions, 41 North has arguably one of the best locations in Newport. The hotel caters specifically to yachters (docking is actually cheaper than the valet parking) and a restaurant that overlooks the marina. In the rooms, you'll find Frette linens, marble bathrooms, and subtly nautical decor, including muted cable-knit throws and vaulted, wood-beam-lined ceilings. Ask for one of the marina-view suites with a balcony that looks out onto the water.
Sweet Berry Farm
915 Mitchell’s Ln., Middletown
This achingly cute farmstand actually started as a hobby project by farmers Jan Paul and Michelle Eckhart, who finally made it into a full-time operation in the '90s. The farm specializes in the kinds of things that make incredible housewarming gifts, like fresh-cut flowers and jams. You can also come to the stand for breakfast, lunch, and take-home platters for dinner. A major win for the littles: year-round, pick-your-own produce, offering berries and peaches in the summer, apples and pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees in the winter.
The Bodhi Spa
654 Thames St., Newport
This Newport spa is like a modern day version of an ancient Roman bath house
140 Thames St., Newport
Salon owner Jennie has years of experience, having worked on movie sets and photoshoots since the beginning of her career.
Shore Soap Company
302 Thames St., Newport
Husband and wife team Jake and Steph Kopper started experimenting with making natural soaps in their home kitchen, got hooked, and The Shore Soap Company was born. Inspired by the simplicity of their surroundings and lifestyle, the couple wanted to create natural, high-end products that were affordable and sustainable. The soaps became so popular that the line has expanded to include candles, moisturizers, scrubs, and more. The Kopper’s are passionate about the environment and avoid harmful chemicals when crafting their products.
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.
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.
769 Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown
Despite Newport's serious yacht culture, the gorgeous scenery can still be enjoyed with both feet on solid ground.
117 Memorial Blvd., Newport
On one side, take in the stunning coastline and on the other you'll get a stellar view of many of Newport’s gilded age era mansions.
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.
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