The Long Weekend
Known as “America’s First Resort,” Newport has set itself apart from New England’s other seaside enclaves for nearly four centuries. This distinction is in part due to its gilded history—this is the home of extravagant mansions like The Breakers, the 70-room summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt —and longtime status as a sailing mecca. But despite its elite past, Newport is (and Newporters are) far from stuffy: at its heart, the low-key harbor town remains delightfully traditional, populated by crab shacks and family-owned restaurants in place of the trendy establishments found in the Nantuckets and Southhamptons of the world. After all, this is a year-round destination, with tourism flourishing well beyond the summer. Read on for where to stay, eat and what to do in Newport.Contact Indagare for assistance planning an escape to Newport.
First-time visitors should post up at The Black Pearl, a waterfront-dock-turned-fine-dining establishment, where cocktails, freshly caught lobster tail and people-watching make for a quintessential Newport afternoon. On the slightly more upscale side is 22 Bowen’s, an excellent new-American restaurant with lovely views of the harbor. For a casual meal, Belle’s
is popular for breakfast and brunch, and even New Yorkers rave about the lox bagels.
For Dinner and Drinks Ask any local where to go for a big night out and the unanimous suggestion will be the Clarke Cooke House, an institution in Newport that is just as famous for its dining options as it is for its late-night revelry. The 18th-century building houses multiple dining rooms, but favorites are the traditional Porch, with white tablecloths and green-painted bamboo chairs, and the ground-level Bistro, which is largely open-air during warm months. The SkyBar (at the top) and basement-level nightclub Boom Boom Room are the hottest drinks and dancing spots in town. Other favorites for dinner include Thames Street Kitchen, a local farm-to-table favorite, and 22 Bowen’s. And for a big night out, Scarpetta at Gurney’s is a standout for its festive atmosphere and exquisite Italian food.
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