48 Hours in Newport

What to Eat, See & Do in a Weekend from @WhatsupFairfield

Headed to Rhode Island for a quick staycation? Brilliant idea - especially if you love ogling incredible mansions, gorgeous cliff walks and delicious seafood. Here’s our round up of key things to do for a short stay - knowing there is so much more to expand on with future trips. #ProTip - leave on a Sunday in the AM to beat the summer traffic on i-95.

Day One:

Hit the Beach! While there are nearly a dozen locations to set up your beach chair the most notable is Easton Beach. Easton Beach, also known as ‘First Beach’ is a stone’s throw from seafood spots like Flo’s Clam Shack, Tickets & Aquidneck Pizzeria & Bar (which is great for an affordable breakfast or brunch beforehand).

Once at the beach amid the picturesque views - enjoy a world-renowned Lobster Roll at Easton’s Beach Snack Bar. The “Plain & Simple” roll features so much tail and claw meat on a great toasted roll with a generous amount of butter.

If you’re not a devout seafood lover, there’s 1-2 deli spots near the beach where you can pack some sandwiches and sides in a cooler or beach bag to snack on throughout the day. Highly recommend: Bottega Piadina

Alternate beach spots if you’ve “done” Easton beach include: Gooseberry, Fort Adams State Beach, King Park Beach, Sachuest Beach and Third Beach.

Grab a Drink in Downtown Newport

Some notable spots include: The Mooring, The Reef Newport and 22 Bowens (these are popular, very picturesque spots so for any dinner rez’s book a week in advance). Other fun and lively locations to consider: The Corner Café, Brick Alley Pub (classic & charming yellow building) and Salvation Cafe for fun tiki-bar cocktails.

Go to Dinner

All the above drink spots are great dinner locations as well - but switch up the scene with spots like: Scales and Shells, Castle Hill Inn, Gurney’s Newport Resort (Pineapple Club), Midtown Oyster Bar

Day Two:

Visit the Mansions

No trip to Newport is complete without seeing The Breakers - the penultimate of Newport’s summer “cottages” and Vanderbilt family’s prominence built in 1895. You can do a self-guided tour taking in the rich history from room to room then relax on the grounds admiring the mansion and cliff walk views.

Cliff Walk

Do not leave Newport without doing the Cliff Walk (unless it’s raining of course). While the entire length is 2.5-3 hours there’s several exit points to capture the key highlights. A great starting point is from the bottom of Easton Beach (park on the side of the road) then about 45 mins through to The Breakers (then turn back). This part of the pathway is also smoother and more even for walking whereas the rest gets a bit more rocky and challenging.

These breathtaking views let you take in New England’s coastline amid multimillion dollar estates

Wrapping Up Your Trip

If you have a couple hours left - relax at the beach, revisit your favorite seafood spot or grab some icecream. Popular spots include: The Daily Scoop, Clementine’s, Gray’s Icecream or Cupcake Charlies.