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Newport, Rhode Island Travel Guide

The Best of What to See,
Do and Eat in
Newport County

Belle’s Cafe

Location Marker Newport Shipyard 1 Washington Street, Newport
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  • Dog Friendly
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  • Spring
  • Summer

Belle’s Cafe is a bit of a hidden gem but everyone I recommend it to immediately sends me a message after they go there for breakfast (or lunch). Located in the Newport Shipyard it is such a great spot for breakfast on the water (and it’s pup friendly outside). Belle’s has a casual vibe with indoor and outdoor seating . It can get really busy but if you get there early you can have the place to yourself. Whatever you do, order the buttermilk pancakes.

Gurney’s Newport

Location Marker 1 Goat Island, Newport
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  • Dog Friendly

The newly renovated Gurney’s Newport is the only hotel on Goat Island. Overlooking the Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay it’s one of the best spots to watch the sunset. Gurney’s has multiple restaurant and dining options including the well-known NYC based Scarpetta. They also have a full-service spa and outdoor saltwater pool.  Grab a cocktail with friends by their outdoor fire pit and watch the sunset with a view of the beautiful Newport Bridge.

Grace Vanderbilt

Location Marker 41 Mary St., Newport
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  • Dog Friendly

The Grace Vanderbilt is an historic boutique hotel in Newport that’s centrally located and pet friendly (yes you can bring your pooch). A few summers ago Julia and I stayed at the hotel with Nora and Julia’s dog Boots. They were very accommodating and the dogs loved it. The hotel has 33 rooms a spa and fitness center with an indoor and outdoor pool. Locals love drinks on their rooftop deck with views of the Newport Bridge.

Fort Adams

Location Marker 90 Fort Adams Drive Newport
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  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer

Take a guided tour of the historic Fort or walk the 2.5 mile loop around the perimeter of Fort Adams State Park for stunning views of Newport Harbor, the Newport Bridge and the Bay. There is free parking, public bathrooms and rocky beaches to explore along the way. President Eisenhower’s summer house, The Eisenhower House is also open seasonally on weekends for tours. Fort Adams is also home to the famous Newport Folk Fest and Jazz Fest during the summer along with numerous other Newport events.