Perfect for a weekend getaway. Weather can be a bummer if you go during the wrong time of the year but it’s a very nice place regardless.
Potential Great Stops if Driving up from NY:
White Manna | Hackensack NJ – one of my favorite burger places out there right now. They have ‘sliders’ but they’re really great. Double Cheeseburger for like $3. Reminds me a bit of Shake Shack but better.
Walters Hot dogs | New York – Since 1913. This place is a gem. I don’t like mustard but the mustard here is actually very good, not too tart. Also, the potato puffs were strange, I don’t think I’d get those again.
Grace Farms | Connecticut – Really cool farmspace in CT. Loved the architecture and community feel to it. Nicely designed and there is even an open basketball gym there!
Lobster Landing | Connecticut – Talk about hole in the wall. This place is basically a tent next to the ocean. Small portion for the amount you pay. $17 for my lobster roll but it was really simple and fresh, slightly citrus on a glorified hot dog bun, charred on the tops. Enjoyed it while sitting along the water.
Gilette State Castle | Connecticut – Cool stuff if you’re into history. It’s basically just an old stone castle with a big view of the water below. Great stop but slightly out of the way (probably a 30 minute detour). Near this is also a historic fairy which has been taking people around since the turn of the century. Thought that was cool to see too.
Mansions: The Breakers. Of course, it’s a beautiful big mansion right along the water but is it worth the $25 to see it? In my opinion, no. I walked through it in about 15 minutes and although there were some areas of beauty that I found inspiration from, it was mostly just a bunch of big rooms. The other mansions, I imagine were very similar so I decided to not see any others.
Cliff Walk: I thought this was a great concept but I got a bit bored towards the end. Also, after the Marble House, there really isn’t a whole lot more to see. I think it would save a lot of time to just walk from the Breakers to the Marble House and back. It’s a beautiful walk but I was definitely turned off by the municipal gates everywhere. At least it’s free.
Mission: Really tasty burger, I enjoyed the herbs in there instead of the usual lettuce, and the sauce inside was really great too. The fries were also really good. Thick cut steak fries made perfectly.
Anthony’s Seafood in Middletown: The soup here is really amazing and priced so well. I had a bowl of the Portuguese Fish Soup and a juice for $6. Amazing!
Champlins: I went here just to grab a snack so I can’t say if the lobster rolls, etc are good. I got the clear clam chowder (which is apparently rhode island style), and I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I usually enjoy New England clam chow. However! The clam fried balls are really good. I would dip them into the broth and it was amazing. 1/2 dozen for $6 is pretty good because these are big too (they’re basically clam hush puppies).
Thames Street: Cute street with a lot of stuff, Would have liked to spend a bit more time here but the weather was not very good.
International Tennis HOF: So with Bank of America, they offer free museum admission to certain places in the USA. This is one of them. Awesome, otherwise it would be $25, and that would not have been worth it. It is a cool museum though, especially if you’re into tennis (I am minimally a fan). Cool relics, very historic. Would have loved to see the “court tennis” courts but they were closed. Still a cool experience.
Extra: Providence is home to one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had (And I live in NY). This is about 40-45 minutes driving from Newport. The wait here is ridiculous but you can maybe cut your wait time slightly by trying to snag a bar seat (2 bars, 1 upstairs, 1 downstairs). Note, there is also a parking lot specifically for Al Forno. So I only was able to have the margherita pizza but I would love to go back and try other things. The dirty steak looked delicious, the apple tart looked amazing but it takes 45 minutes for them to make. The pizza though. was amazing.