The Dog Friendly Guide to Newport, RI

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By Jess
5 Jan 2024

Looking to head to Newport and want to bring along your pup? We have created the ultimate dog friendly guide to Newport, RI. Our comprehensive guide to all the dog-friendly options in Newport has everything from hotels and restaurants to beaches and hiking trails.

Overall Newport, RI is a dog-friendly destination, with lots of options for dining, lodging, hiking, and more. Make sure to observe local leash laws, and bring waste bags to pick up after your pet. It’s always a good idea to call ahead and make reservations when planning to dine with your pet. Here’s everything you need to know about where to stay and dine, and what to do with your dogs in Newport.

The Dog Friendly Guide to Newport, RI

Pet Friendly Hotels in Newport

Newport, RI is a pet-friendly destination, and there are several hotels that warmly welcome furry guests. There are a variety of options from luxury hotels to dog-friendly Inns and vacation rentals. Whether you’re looking for a central downtown location, upscale amenities, or vacation rentals with the conveniences of home, there is truly something for every traveler.

Where to Stay

The Vanderbilt

Located in downtown Newport, The Vanderbilt is a luxury hotel that extends its warm hospitality to furry guests. This pet-friendly hotel welcomes dogs of all sizes and provides a variety of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Upon arrival, your pup will receive a special welcome gift, including treats and a dog bed. With its luxury accommodations, impeccable service, and pet-friendly policies, The Vanderbilt offers a memorable experience for you and your pets.

Paws on Pelham

Newport’s dog friendly Inn, Paws on Pelham is conveniently located close to shopping, dining and the Newport waterfront. A mile from Bellevue Avenue and 2 miles from Newport Cliff Walk, Paws on Pelham, has 13 guest rooms featuring an en-suite bathroom, king or queen bed(s) for the humans and a whimsical dog bed for your pup.

A “Grab & Go” breakfast will be available each morning of your stay to take with you on your day of adventure with your four legged friend. Designed with you and your pooch in mind, Paws on Pelham is sure to make your stay one you won’t forget.

Mill Street Inn

For those seeking a more intimate and charming experience, the Mill Street Inn is a pet-friendly boutique hotel that combines historic elegance with modern comfort. Located in Newport’s Historic Hill neighborhood, this inn welcomes well-behaved dogs and offers a limited number of pet-friendly rooms. Your furry friend will receive a special welcome amenity, and the hotel staff can provide recommendations for nearby pet-friendly attractions and services.

The Brenton Hotel

Situated on Newport’s waterfront, the Brenton Hotel offers a stylish and pet-friendly retreat. With designated pet-friendly rooms, this boutique hotel ensures that your furry friend feels right at home. The hotel provides amenities such as pet beds, bowls, and treats upon arrival. The location is perfect for exploring Newport’s scenic waterfront, shopping and restaurants. Whether you’re relaxing at the rooftop lounge or strolling along the nearby Cliff Walk, the Brenton Hotel offers a wonderful base for experiencing Newport’s charm while traveling with your pet.

East Island Reserve Hotel

East Island Reserve Hotel is a charming and pet-friendly destination that offers a delightful retreat for both you and your furry companion. Dog friendly cottages provides a range of amenities to ensure their comfort during your stay. Located just outside of Newport in nearby Middletown, the hotel’s convenient location allows for easy access to nearby pet-friendly parks and walking trails.

Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals in Newport

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Newport

Newport has plenty of dog-friendly restaurants and dining options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a fancy night out, you’re sure to find something that suits your style.

Belle’s Cafe

Belle’s Cafe is a bit of a hidden gem, but whenever I recommend it, I usually receive a thank you message singing its praises—especially for visitors who enjoyed their breakfast or lunch. Located in the Newport Shipyard, it is a great spot for breakfast or lunch on the water (and it’s pup friendly outside). Belle’s has a casual vibe with indoor and outdoor seating. It can get busy, but if you get there early, you may just have the place to yourself. Whatever you do, order the buttermilk pancakes.

Nitro Bar

The coolest spot to caffeinate in Newport, The Nitro Bar sells the creamiest cold brew and a plethora of craft coffee drinks. Try a dirty chai—it will rock your world. In addition, their selection of breakfast sandwiches can’t be beat (plus, there are vegetarian and vegan options). The Nitro Bar has two convenient locations in Newport. Pups are allowed at the tables outside.

Cru Cafe

For you late risers, breakfast is served all day long at Cru Café and it’s BYOB so come prepared and you’ve got brunch. Or if you’re in a to-go type mood, their myriad of sandwich and salad options are perfect to snack on at the beach. Just know that this place gets crowded quickly. Dogs are allowed on the patio outside.

Perro Salado

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 are allowed outside). If you like a little kick, the spicy jalapeño margarita is my go-to (or, try the blood orange). Featuring a delicious menu with daily specials and lots of local ingredients, it’s a fun spot to grab a drink or dinner while in Newport. Call ahead for reservations.

Diego’s Newport

Grab afternoon margaritas and tacos on the patio, or swing by for Diegos’s weekend brunch menu with tasty cocktails. Try the Bloody Mary, Cucumber Collins or Upgrade Margarita. Savory breakfast lovers will appreciate Deigo’s Breakfast Torta—it’s topped with their spicy baja aioli. If you’re headed there for dinner, try the nachos and tinga tacos. Diego’s is the perfect place to grab drinks and dinner with friends. Dogs are allowed on the patio!

Pour Judgement

A popular spot among locals, Pour Judgement is a casual bar scene that’s dog friendly and frequently features live music performances.

Stoneacre Garden

Stoneacre Garden offers a delightful dining experience for both you and your dog. This charming restaurant boasts a spacious and beautifully landscaped outdoor garden area. Featuring delicious Asian-inspired dishes and a fun cocktail menu it’s a great spot to grab lunch or dinner in downtown Newport.

Clarke Cooke House

There’s only a few small tables but if you have your furry friend, you can sit outside and dine at one of Newport’s best restaurants, Clarke Cooke House.

Where to Walk Your Dog In Newport

Third Beach

Dog friendly beaches in Newport

Third Beach

From October 1 to April 30, Third Beach welcomes pups anytime during the day, provided they are leashed. Starting May 1 until September 30, leashed dogs are only allowed on the beach from 5:00 AM to 7:45 AM.

Second Beach

From October 1 to April 30, Second Beach also known as Sachuest Beach welcomes pups anytime during the day, provided they are leashed. Starting May 1 until September 30, leashed dogs are only allowed on the beach from 5:00 AM to 7:45 AM.

First Beach

First Beach, also known as Easton’s Beach, is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach September 30- Last Day Before Memorial Day Weekend. No dogs are allowed on First Beach from MDW -September 30.

Dogs swimming at the Cliff Walk in Newport, RI
Cliff Walk

Hiking With Your Dog On The Cliff Walk

The Cliff Walk in Newport, RI is a beautiful and scenic trail that draws locals and tourists alike. It’s also a great place to walk your dog. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail, making it a perfect activity for those who love hiking with their pets.

The Cliff Walk offers stunning ocean views and the opportunity to see some of Newport’s historic mansions up close. Parts of the trail can be rocky and trickier to navigate, so it’s important to keep your dog on a leash and under control. The entire walk is 3.5 miles with some little beaches for your pup to take a swim break along the way.

Dog Friendly Parks and Trails in Newport

Brenton Point State Park

Nestled along Ocean Drive, Brenton Point State Park offers a picturesque setting for a leisurely walk with your dog. Take in the stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Newport coastline. With ample open spaces it’s an ideal spot for both you and your pup to enjoy some exercise and fresh air.

Fort Adams State Park

For a historic and scenic dog-walking experience, head to Fort Adams State Park. This expansive park, situated in Newport Harbor, features stunning views of Narragansett Bay. Explore the fort’s grounds and enjoy a peaceful walk along the waterfront. I recommend doing the entire loop around the fort for a scenic walk for you and your pup.

Fort Adams State Park

Ballard Park

Nestled in the heart of Newport, Ballard Park is a hidden gem for dog owners seeking a tranquil green space. This 13-acre park offers well-maintained trails that wind through rocky woodlands and an open field. Enjoy a serene walk surrounded by wildlife. Dogs are welcome on the trails but should be kept on a leash.

Sakonnet Greenway Trails

For a longer adventure outside of Newport, the Sakonnet Greenway Trails provide a series of interconnected paths spanning across Middletown and Portsmouth. These scenic trails wind through woods, bird watching meadows, beautiful paths, and alongside the Newport National golf course. Enjoy the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and opportunity to explore with your furry friend. Remember to bring water and waste disposal bags, as it’s important to keep the trails clean for everyone’s enjoyment.

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