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Newport, Rhode Island Travel Guide

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

Shore Soap Co

Location Marker 302 Thames St., Newport
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  • $
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

The branding alone will make you want to buy every, single thing in this store. From the beautiful packaging to the carefully curated shelves, Shore Soap Co is a must stop when you’re in Newport. A local couple started the brand out of their kitchen and turned it into what it is today. I also love that they are cruelty free, sulfate & paraben free and use responsible packaging to reduce environmental impact. From candles, to skincare to soaps they have a really nice assortment of products to shop. I particularly love the face mist and sea spray candle. Their scent Mermaid Kisses has a bit of a cult following.

The Mooring

Location Marker 1 Sayer's Wharf, Newport
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  • $$$
  • Fall
  • Good for Groups
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

Whether you’re looking for oysters and a cocktail or dinner on the harbor the Mooring is a great option for lunch and dinner. One of my favorite things about the Mooring is their gluten free and vegetarian menus (takes the guess work right out of it so you don’t have to sit there wondering what you can and can’t eat). A great option if you have a larger group as it’s a big space and they take reservations. In the winter the roaring fireplace makes it feel extra cozy. In the summer you can sit out on their enclosed deck that overlooks the harbor, a pretty great place to watch the sunset too.

Atlantic Grille

Location Marker 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown
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  • Fall
  • Good for Families
  • Good for Groups
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

The Grille as it’s referred to by locals is a staple on the island. What used to be everyone’s favorite breakfast spot has grown over the years and now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s the perfect place for casual dining (very kid friendly too). If you head there for breakfast on a summer weekend though be prepared to wait. It gets really busy during tourist season and holidays, so go early or mid-week if you can. They have great dinner specials too.

Verde Garden Shop

Location Marker 89 Dr Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport, RI 02840
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  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

The first thing I thought when I walked into Verde Garden Shop was, finally. This is what Newport has been waiting for. This cute little shop reminds me of a store you’d stumble upon in San Francisco, beautifully merchandised shelves filled with plants, books and potions. It’s the kind of shop you pretty much can’t leave without buying something (guilty). You can also order an espresso at the counter to sip while perusing plants. Make sure to check the website for store hours.

Marble House

Location Marker 596 Bellevue Ave., Newport
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  • Spring
  • Winter

Marble House is one of my favorite mansions in Newport.  Built in the late 1880s for the Vanderbilts it was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt. Mr. Vanderbilt’s older brother built The Breakers. Marble House also features the Chinese Tea House on the property, built by Alva Vanderbilt after their divorce (and Mr. Vanderbilt’s death). It became a meeting place to hold rallies for women’s right to vote. The Preservation Society of Newport now allows photography at the mansions (with restrictions) so feel free to snap a photo in one of the breathtaking rooms or at the grand front entrance.