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Newport, Rhode Island Travel Guide

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

Brick Alley Pub

Location Marker 140 Thames St., Newport
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  • $$
  • Good for Families
  • Good for Groups

Brick Alley is a bit of a Newport staple. Family owned, they’re known for the friendly service and comfort food (including an award winning lobster roll). It’s the perfect place to bring kids or a large group. Some of my favorites include the sweet potato fries, lettuce wraps, and Ahi Tuna salad. On Fridays and Saturdays Plumby’s is open upstairs so you can get a drink while you wait for your table downstairs or dine on pub food like burgers and wings in a communal setting.

Belle’s Cafe

Location Marker Newport Shipyard 1 Washington Street, Newport
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  • $
  • Dog Friendly
  • Fall
  • 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.

newportFILM

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  • Good for Families
  • Good for Groups
  • Summer

newportFILM shows documentary films in Newport year-round, but my favorite is their outdoor film series in the summer months. From venues like the Marble House to the Tennis Hall of Fame, Newporters and visitors come together to watch documentaries from new and well-known filmmakers under the stars. Bring your own picnic and beverages or try one of the delicious food vendors. Some films are shown for free and donations are welcome while others require tickets. Check their website for more information and up to date events.

Stoneacre Brasserie

Location Marker 28 Washington Square, Newport
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  • Good for Groups

Don’t let the small menu fool you. Stoneacre Brasserie is one of the best restaurants in Newport right now. A daily changing, seasonal menu with local, fresh ingredients, you won’t be disappointed by a meal at Stoneacre. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner I’ve found myself there sometimes twice in one day. They also have a cafe serving coffee, pastries, deli meat and cheese selections.

Island Garden Shop

Location Marker 54 Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth
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One of my favorite places to shop for plants, Island Garden Shop has a huge selection. Whether you’re looking for succulents, rose bushes, trees or garden supplies chances are they’ll have what you need.

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.

Sweet Berry Farm

Location Marker 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown
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  • Fall
  • Good for Families
  • Spring
  • Summer

Sweet Berry Farm has come a long way since it’s days as a stand alone picnic table at the end of a long driveway. Now a sprawling landscape of apple orchards, berry fields and pumpkin patches it’s the perfect spot to grab lunch for the beach or pick fresh berries. They also have a summer concert series and offer catering.

Perro Salado Spicy Margarita

Perro Salado

Location Marker 19 Charles St., Newport
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One of our favorite spots to grab dinner, Perro Salado is a funky historic 18th-century Naval officer’s house turned Mexican joint. Their outdoor patio is a must during the summer months (well-behaved pups allowed outside). If you like a little kick, the spicy jalapeno margarita is my go-to (or try the blood orange). A delicious menu with daily specials and lots of local ingredients it’s a fun spot to grab a drink and/or dinner while in Newport. Call ahead for reservations.

Third Beach

Location Marker 3rd Beach Rd., Middletown
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  • Good for Families
  • Summer

A quieter beach popular with families, Third Beach is a mellow sandy stretch in Middletown. Peabody’s is at one end with a snack bar and Crab Town (a popular spot for kids to look for crabs) and a boat ramp and lifeguard chairs sit at the opposite end. Third Beach has minimal parking with the middle lot available only to resident sticker holders so arrive early or ride your bike or scooter.

Second Beach

Location Marker Purgatory and Paradise Road., Middletown
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  • Fall
  • Good for Families
  • Good for Groups
  • Spring
  • Summer

Second Beach is one of the most popular on the island. On a holiday weekend in the summer, expect long lines for parking, but don’t let that deter you. A beautiful sandy stretch with a snack bar at the middle lot and Del’s truck at Surfer’s End. Avoid the lines for parking and ride your bike to the beach. If there’s waves, you can expect to find surfers year round.