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Our Favorite Places: Newport, RI

On the hunt for a spring getaway that’s driving distance (for those of us from the Northeast anyway)? Founder Amy and her family recently escaped to Newport, Rhode Island – and it was just the adventure they were looking for. Read Amy’s guide and make your own plans to explore this New England destination. 
March 2021
Our Favorite Places: Newport, RI
Our Favorite Places: Newport, RI

We recently spent a long weekend in Newport, Rhode Island and it was just what our family needed to regain a sense of adventure that we’ve all lost a bit during this last year. While Leo and I typically take a few trips a year without the kids, we love the chance to travel as a family and like to find a balance between what they’ll enjoy, while not ignoring our own travel style. Newport is a great place to that, with tons of natural beauty, great but simple food options and of course, a beach is always a crowd-pleaser for us.

EAT

The Lawn 

We had such a nice brunch here with the kids. There were gorgeous views of Narragansett Bay, and everything was really spaced out on the outdoor patio so it felt extra safe. The menu is exactly what you’d hope for dining by the water in New England - seasonal produce, fresh oysters, lobster rolls, baked cod, but with plenty of options for those who don’t want seafood. 

Perro Salado 

We sat in a very nice outdoor dining area and the coastal-inspired Mexican food was great (chipotle shrimp tostadas, lobster quesadillas, fish tacos). I also liked that fresh vegetables we’re easy to come by on the menu, with a kale salad, shishito peppers and asparagus and mushroom tacos. For drinks, we loved the blood orange margaritas. 

Belle’s Cafe

This is right in the shipyard so the kids loved seeing everyone working on the boats and the brunch was delicious with lots of kid friendly options.

White Horse Tavern 

The oldest restaurant in the U.S. is definitely worth checking out (and 10th oldest in the world!). It’s the essence of 17th century American architecture. You might be picturing an outdated place, but they’re known for having the freshest fish, clams and lobsters directly from Narragansett Bay, along with just-picked produce, artisan cheese, honey, prime cuts of meat from local farms.

SHOP

Cottage & Garden

This one-of-a-kind shop offering vintage and modern design treasures is an oasis for those who appreciate unique finds to bring home. 

Harper & Tucker 

It’s always so exciting to find a shop committed to supporting sustainable fashion brands, so I loved shopping at this beachy, bohemian boutique. They carry a great mix of fun dresses but also comfortable and stylish basics, like quality tees and sweaters, plus accessories. Basically, anything you might want to wear on a beach vacation! 

DO

Newport Mansions Cliff Walk

This was a beautiful, mostly flat, walk along the famous mansions of Newport. It really combined the natural beauty of the ocean with the architectural beauty of the homes - both things I love. It’s about 3.5 miles long, and I’d definitely recommend good quality shoes even though most of it is flat, there are parts that you have to scramble on the rocks. The kids loved it. 

Green Animals Topiary Garden 

We didn’t actually make it this trip, but I definitely want to visit when we return. The 7-acre Green Animals Topiary Garden is the oldest topiary garden in the United States and overlooks the Narragansett Bay.

Get ready for your next weekend getaway with some vacation worthy pajamas!

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