On our drive down from Maine, we decided to stop in Newport, Rhode Island for a few days. I have been dying to go to Newport for the last few years and I can honestly say now that it’s one of my favorite spots. From the cliff walk and the gorgeous mansions (and yes I do plan to live in one some day), to the adorable shops and restaurants, and the scenic drives along the coast, there’s really nothing not to love about Newport. I’m planning to make this an annual summer weekend getaway for the years to come!
After checking into our hotel, we headed to downtown and walked around. On our walk down (which by the way was a lot longer than expected BTW -_- I definitely will be staying in the downtown area next time around), we got the most gorgeous view of the sunset (no exaggeration this was the most perfect cotton candy sky I’d ever set my eyes on).
Once we got downtown, we hit up Diego‘s which has the yummiest Mexican food and the most amazing margaritas. It was nice to switch it up a bit after eating all of that seafood in Maine. The atmosphere of Diego’s really set the mood for the rest of the night – I’d highly recommend it for anyone who’s visiting and loves some Mexican food.
That next morning we got up early and headed over to the cliff walk to check out the mansions. I feel like this is something that you have to do if it’s your first time visiting Newport. The walk was incredibly gorgeous and the views felt like they came out of a movie. Now if you’re planning to do the entire cliff walk, make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Something I didn’t know before we started was that even though the beginning of the walk is paved – a huge portion of the walk is completely unpaved and very rocky. There were a few moments I was a bit scared of but I’m really glad we did the entire trail. TBH I wouldn’t had been able to complete the whole thing without Alex with me – and on top of that the pictures I got out of it were really gorgeous!
It’s safe to say after the walk we worked up a huge appetite. We drove out of town and headed over to Shayna’s Place for lunch – now I found this place through social media and it really is the cutest lunch spot! It’s family owned and they have an incredible daughter who they named the spot after. Click the here to check out there story!
A little bit later on in the afternoon we headed over to a few wineries near by. Newport Vineyard was our favorite winery by far. They had a large amount of wines to choose from – which was something I really loved! The “Great White” is their most popular wine – it has hints of apricot, mango and guava. To me, it tastes like a delicious white sangria without the fruit – but this wine actually was the gold medal winner at the International Eastern Wine Competition. I also really loved their Newport Riesling and Bellevue Blush.
For dinner we headed downtown and decided we’d play it by ear. We weren’t really sure where we wanted to go originally so we went in and out of some shops. We asked a few people along the way if they knew a great place to grab food and they all told us to go to Brick Alley Pub – so that’s where we went and let me tell you it did not disappoint! With over 25 beers on tap and amazing food, I honestly don’t know what more you could ask for. We got one of their famous nacho platters to start (I’m actually still salivating over it) and we each got burgers for our meal. If you’re in Newport this place is an absolute MUST GO. Brick Alley is the perfect spot for a family dinner, a date or a night out with your friends.
Before heading home, we drove down Ocean Drive to check out the coastal views and had to stop to get some Del’s Lemonade (which has officially changed my life forever FYI.) Newport was such an awesome coastal weekend getaway and I really can’t wait to plan my next trip!