• Weekend Getaway Idea: Newport, Rhode Island

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    As the temperatures begin to cool and leaves begin to change, Newport, RI might not be the first getaway spot you think of – but it should be. A quickish (3.5) hour drive north up 95 or easily accessible by train from Penn Station {+ a quick Uber ride after you hop off the train}, the charming and historic coastal town is a perfect respite from city living. and some would argue it’s truly in its peak in the offseason.

    All photos by @MrsWrite

    Where to Stay:

    For Something New: Gurneys

    Nestled on Goat Island and just minutes from central town, the new Gurney’s (might sound familiar – The Hampton’s, anyone?) boasts 257 guest rooms, an indoor pool, luxe spa, cozy lounge and the famed Italian restaurant Scarpetta, for starters. Twilight cocktails by fire pits and Scarpetta’s Lobster Tagliatelle are reason alone to call this hotel home during your stay, and the authentic, updated coastal vibes and excellent service will make you happy that you did. {HG Insider Tip: Driving in Newport can be a bit difficult, with tons of one ways and cobblestones. Your best bet – grab an Uber and let them be your ride.}

    For Luxury/History Lovers: Grace Vanderbilt

    Originally built and owned by the infamous Vanderbilt family in 1909, this newly restored mansion is the perfect place to live like a (classy, of course) rock star for a long weekend. Minutes away from the coast and some of Newport’s most well-known attractions, Grace Vanderbilt has elegant yet modern décor, impeccably designed guest rooms, a seriously lavish spa with an indoor pool, and a rooftop terrace bar with stunning views of the city. (AKA the perfect place to sip festive fall craft cocktails in your coziest sweater.)

    What to See and Do:

    The Mansions

    This is a must. One of the best ways to lust over historic and elegant mansions scattered throughout the island is through an organized tour. With a guide as your uh, guide, you’ll learn the history, unique attributes and design details of these impeccable homes. Another great option while touring the mansions? Grab a super helpful map from the Preservation Society of Newport County and do it on your own time, allowing Uber to chauffer you while you mansion hop.

    The Cliff Walk 

    Stretching 3.5 miles along the coast, the famous Cliff Walk begins at Memorial Boulevard and ends at Easton’s Beach, with loads of gorgeous views, florals, landscapes and homes to be seen along the way. It’s also a great way to burn some cals, so you can eat all the lobster rolls and New England brews. (HG tip: wear comfy shoes! It can be a little rocky.)

    Yachting

    Embrace your Below Deck fandom and enjoy a romantic cruise aboard a yacht for serious #goals. While there are lots of luxury yachts along the harbor to peep {and drool over} in summer months, there are fall sailing options too – including ones aboard the Rum Runner II.  First built 88 years ago at the height of Prohibition to sneakily bypass the Coast Card with bottles of booze on board, this yacht meets high-speed motor boat is full of history. Cruise past Newport’s landmark sites, and if you opt for the Smugglers Cocktail Cruise, enjoy a rum punch or crisp bear as the sun sets around you for added romance. Just remember to bring your coziest sweater, or blanket to snuggle under.

    Washington Square 

    Known as the “historical heart” of Newport, Washington Square has serious colonial roots and historical significance. In fact, the first known group of Anglo settlers once called this area home, though with all the original structures no longer standing. For all the historical feels, stand on the steps of the Colony House, where the Declaration of Independence was read July 20, 1776. Revitalized back in ’95, the square has since been rebuilt, while keeping its cherished stories and experience to share with tourists.

    Museums

    Newport is also home to a bevy of diverse museums, sure to pique anyone’s interest. Tennis aficionados will love (see what we did there?) the International Tennis Hall of Fame, car enthusiasts can rev their engines at the Audrain Automobile Museum, while the Museum of Newport History will intrigue any history buff – just for starters.

    Where to Eat + Drink

    For Fine Dining: The Spiced Pear

    If you’re looking for a super fancy dining experience (we’re talking dress code, here) get dolled up and head to the Spiced Pear within the hotel The Chanler. With picturesque surroundings along the Cliff Walk, this fine dining establishment serves classic New England entrees with hints of French influences. If you’re feeling particularly big-spenderish opt for their well-known New England Tasting Menu, with lobster, where six or nine courses are curated for an unforgettable meal.

    For Chowder: The Black Pearl

    Fall weather calls for a big bowl of New England Clam Chowder, and the best place to go for that is The Black Pearl. Nestled in the adorable Bannisters Wharf (which has tons of cute boutiques and shops) The Black Pearl is well known for their chunky, tasty, soul-warming chowder, but they also have tons of other delish options including a raw bar, sandwiches and entrees.

     

    For Drinks: Buskers

    Move over, PSL! Get your pumpkin beer fill at Buskers. A cozy, authentic-feeling Irish Pub located on Thames Street, Buskers has over 20 beers on tap including seasonal Pumpkin favorites, complete with a cinnamon sugar rim. Also serving Irish specialties (like their delicious fish and chips!) it’s the perfect place for happy hour drinks, or to end your evening while listening to live music.

    For Brunch: Caleb and Broad 

    If you don’t go brunch, is it really a weekend away? Caleb and Broad is a great spot for brunch, with a dynamic menu truly offering something for everyone. If you just can’t wait until Thanksgiving, be sure to try the Panzanella (pulled chicken, butternut squash, dried cranberry, spinach, shaved parmesan and balsamic dressing, on grilled French bread.) Or, make it a boozy brunch sipping on The Princess C, which is Jimador Resposada, elderflower liquor, muddled strawberries and fresh lime.

    There’s so much to see and do in this little beach town — be it summer or fall. What getaway should we highlight next for Hoboken Travels? Comment below!

     

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    *This post was sponsored by Uber, but the writer did go to Newport, and it was, in fact, amazing.


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    Erin is a freelance writer and lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter. A proud Jersey Girl, she grew up in Central New Jersey but always had a love for Hudson County, with her father having grown up in Jersey City, and her grandfather proudly worked at Maxwell House for decades. Her words have been featured across many outlets including BRIDES, Allure, TeenVogue, The Today Show, Byrdie, and more. Erin also owns local Etsy shop GrandeGifts, and in her spare time can be found binging on all things Bravo.


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