When it comes to things to do in Newport, RI, the world is really your oyster. Newport is a city known for its Gilded age architecture, hiking trails, a vibrant art scene, and many festivals that take place throughout the year. Newport also has beautiful beaches and rocky cliffs and is a wonderfully charming city that is easily explored by foot or bike.
While you’re visiting this summer and enjoying all of the best things to do in Newport RI, you’ll need a place to call home at the end of the day. There is no better place to stay than the Samuel Durfee House. Our Newport RI Bed and Breakfast is located in downtown Newport, offering unparalleled access to the very best of this charming seaside city. The Inn itself, which is built in the Federal Period Style of architecture, is a historical gem, and we’re just a short walk away from the harbor, restaurants, and shops on Thames Street, along with Bellevue Avenue with its mansions, shops, and the Tennis Hall of Fame.
The Samuel Durfee House is rated as the #1 Newport RI Bed and Breakfast for a reason, and this summer is your chance to experience it for yourselves. Book your room today!
8 of the best things to do in Newport RI
Whether you’re here to see the famous Newport Mansions, walk the stunning Cliffwalk, explore the Tennis Hall of Fame, or just enjoy the beautiful seaside scenery, there are plenty of things to do in Newport RI. One thing that’s certain is that you’ll never be bored when in Newport. Here are 8 of our favorite things to do in Newport RI.
Of all of the many wonderful things to do in Newport RI, visiting these stunning gilded age mansions is at the top of the list. It’s in these beautiful walls – and in their well-manicured gardens outside – that you’ll get a feel for the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by some of the most famous Gilded Age families. Though some of the properties remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are minimal operations at Marble House and The Breakers. And, of course, you can still admire them from the outside.
2. Cliff walk
There’s a good reason the Cliff Walk is one of the most popular things to do in Newport RI. It offers some of the best views not just of the beautiful shoreline, but of the Newport Mansions themselves. The 3.5-mile walkway gives you a view of the most glamorous mansions in Newport, including Rough Point and Marble House. The cliff walk runs the long eastern shore of the city and gives you an amazing view of the shoreline and the city’s architectural history.
3. Ocean Drive
Ocean Drive is one of the popular tourist attractions in Newport, and one of the best ways to take in the scenic ocean views. The drive takes you through a national historic landmark district that gives visitors a great view of Newport. Some landmarks you’ll pass by include Ida Lewis, Fort Adams State Park, King Park, and more.
The Newport art museum has over 2,300 art collections from the 19th century to date. The museum focuses on emerging and established Newport artists. The museum organizes significant private collections and special exhibitions. The Museum is currently open, and masks are required.
Newport was named one of the most walkable cities in the country by Conde Nast Traveler, which we think makes it an exceptional place to enjoy an afternoon of shopping. Newport’s most popular streets and wharves are filled with charming and unique shops and boutiques, where you’re bound to find plenty of treasures to take home and/or gift. Even if you aren’t into shopping, meandering the cobblestone streets and admiring the historic charm and architecture of the town is well worth your time.
Tennis fans won’t want to miss their chance to explore the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The museum and grounds are back open to the public and showcase an incredible range of tennis-related artifacts. Crowds are limited, though, so it’s strongly recommended that you book tickets to this attraction in advance.
If there is a way to make the natural beauty of Newport even better, it’s by adding a vineyard to the already dramatic landscapes. Wine tasting is a wonderful thing to enjoy throughout the summer and into fall, and there are several great choices. Newport is also home to a great selection of breweries and distilleries if that’s more your flavor preference.
We all know one of the best parts of traveling to new places is trying out the local cuisine and getting a feel for local flavors. That’s easy to do when you stay at our Newport RI Bed and Breakfast. From waterfront restaurants and farm-to-table establishments to amazingly fresh and delicious seafood, Newport’s restaurants offer you a tantalizing array of food to enjoy. We’re happy to offer recommendations so you enjoy nothing but the best while you’re here.
The best bed and breakfast in Newport RI
Apart from enjoying these incredible things to do in Newport RI, you’ll want a place to stay that is both relaxing and enjoyable. That’s exactly what you’ll find at our historic Bed and Breakfast. To complement the house’s historic charm, we offer a range of modern amenities, too. Each of our 5 guest rooms is luxuriously appointed, some with private decks and whirlpool spas.
In the morning, wake up to a complimentary full breakfast is made fresh for you right here in our kitchen. In the afternoon, we offer a range of refreshments as well. There’s a reason we’re one of the highest-rated bed and breakfasts in Newport. Enjoy a visit to our B&B and you will find out why guests rave about our hospitality and breakfasts. Isn’t it time to come enjoy all of the best things to do in Newport RI? Book now to enjoy your stay at this gorgeous retreat today!