What the Locals Know
Leave behind the downtown hubbub of the wharves and head north of the Goat Island causeway to discover Newport’s “other” waterfront: the Point district. You’ll see a cluster of beautifully restored pre-Revolutionary and Federal houses, some of them moved to the quiet neighborhood 40 years ago. As colorful as they are historic, the houses have been painted using a palette of authentic 18th-century colors: autumn orange, sunny yellow, deep-sea blue, barn red, olive green, and rusty brown.
Matching the charm of the houses are their well-tended gardens — large beds of white impatiens and delicate brick archways framing roses and peonies.
At the heart of this area is Washington Street, which runs from the Newport Shipyard to Battery Park, a great spot to take in the sunset’s glow. After your stroll around the Point, stop in at The Rhumbline (62 Bridge St.; 401-849-3999) for a drink and a memorable dinner.