Rhode Island. The 13th state in the union. The smallest state of the 50 in the U.S. The state nicknamed “The Ocean State”. And that my friends is what drew me to fall in love with the state of Rhode Island years ago; the water! Located in the New England region of the Northeastern United States, this gem of a state borders the mighty Atlantic Ocean. It is here that many take in the natural beauty of the land and sea, especially during the summer and autumn months. And within this gem of a state is the wonderful town of Newport.
Ahhh, Newport! Home of some of the finest sailing anywhere in the world, incredible dining & shopping, and my favorite of all, The Annual Newport Jazz Festival. Often proclaimed one of this country’s most beautiful places, Newport is a 3D postcard of true Americana. Whether you want to stroll down historic Bellevue Avenue to take in the famous Newport Mansions, like Vanderbilt’s The Beaches mansion, or walk along Newport’s Cliff Walk, a three-mile stretch that offer up incredible views of the beaches and ocean, this seaside town has something for everyone. One can’t leave Newport without first dining at the area’s famous White Horse Tavern on Farewell Street. This building sits on the U.S. Register of Historic Places and serves lunches and dinners seven days a week.
This year’s Newport Jazzfest runs from August 3-5 and features such acts as Dr. John, Pete Metheny, and Dianne Reeves. Located in the picture-perfect setting of Fort Adams State Park, this annual event is a must-see for any music lover.
Throughout the spring and summer months Newport hosts a walking tour that takes visitors through the history-filled streets. The Colonial Newport History Walking Tour takes about 75 minutes and is filled with information, mystery, and fun.
So much of Newport’s being revolves around the history and mystique of sailing. My wife, Rachel, and I chartered a sailboat one afternoon and created our own stories by sailing out of Newport Harbor and into the Atlantic Ocean. Our charter included lunch and beverages, along with some time of anchoring for swimming in the harbor. Far from our amateur lazy day, true sailing enthusiasts can enjoy America’s Cup sailing events beginning in May and running through the summer months. Perhaps this year’s highlight is the Ocean State Tall Ships Festival running from July 6-9, which will help to commemorate the War of 1812.
Choosing a place to stay in Newport can vary from the luxury of one of their many hotel and spas, to the romance and elegance of a Bed & Breakfast or Inn which is found dotted throughout the streets of this oceanside retreat.
It is likely that every visitor to the seaside treasure of Newport is bound to create their own unique list of favorite places to visit, attractions to experience, and restaurants to enjoy.