Return to Content

Best of Newport, RI | 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards

Best of Newport, RI | 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards
9 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)
by in May 2013
Newport Pell Bridge

A view of Rhode Island’s Claiborne Pell Bridge from Rose Island. (Eric Full)

Located just 23 miles south of Providence, and 61 miles south of Boston, the seaside city of Newport, Rhode Island thrives with beauty and culture, not to mention plenty of good things to eat and places to stay.

BEST ATTRACTIONS IN NEWPORT, RI

BEST HARBOR TOURS
GANSETT CRUISES, Newport
Board the M/V Gansett, a beautifully rehabbed wooden lobster boat, for a 90-minute narrated tour showcasing the area’s top coastal sites, plus a complimentary taste of Del’s lemonade, a quahog stuffy, or a coffee cabinet. 150 Bowens Landing. 401-787-4438; gansettcruises.com

BEST FOOD TOUR
NEWPORT GOURMET TOURS, Newport & Providence
From crepes to cocktails, burgers to baguettes, these chef-run walking tours take you behind the scenes at some of the finest kitchens and specialty shops in Newport and Providence. Call for a reservation. 401-787-4058; newportgourmettours.com

BEST BEER (AND RUM) TASTING
COASTAL EXTREME BREWING COMPANY, Newport
Peek in on production, then sample the goods. Taste three Newport Storm brews, or if the hard stuff is more your speed, sip through three stages of Thomas Tew single-barrel rum (raw spirit, cask-strength aged rum, and final product). 293 JT Connell Road. 401-849-5232; newportstorm.com

BEST FOOD & DINING IN NEWPORT, RI

BEST BYOB RESTAURANT
THAMES STREET KITCHEN, Newport
It’s all in the family at TSK. Chefs Chad Hoffer and Tyler Burnley, along with their wives–twin sisters and front-of-the-house managers Julia and Anna Jenkins–have created the ultimate elevated neighborhood BYOB. The menu is small, but the food (from striped-bass ceviche to fried chicken with French toast) is as fun as it is creative. Entrées: from $25. 677 Thames St. 401-846-9100; thamesstreetkitchen.com

BEST AL FRESCO DINING
THE LAWN AT CASTLE HILL, Newport
The most scenic place in the state to grab a G&T and watch the water has upped the proverbial ante with the addition of an official moniker and a special al fresco menu. The view is even better when your belly is full of New England favorites such as clam chowder, lobster rolls, and just-shucked oysters. Entrées: from $26. 590 Ocean Drive. 401-849-3800; castlehillinn.com

BEST SEASIDE SPIRITS
FLUKE WINE, BAR & KITCHEN, Newport
With almost 40 rums alone, it’s clear that Fluke means business with its bar program. From classic cocktails to seasonal house signatures, nonalcoholic sippers to a wine list that’s as deep as it is varied, Fluke has every beverage base covered. Cocktails and wines by the glass: from $7. 41 Bowens Wharf. 401-849-7778; flukewinebar.com

BEST LODGING IN NEWPORT, RI

BEST (TEMPORARY) LUXE LIVING
VANDERBILT GRACE, Newport
Rarely does a hotel score a trifecta like this: good food, posh accommodations, and a stellar view. With a menu overseen by The White Barn Inn’s Jonathan Cartwright, tastefully refurbished rooms, and a rooftop lounge that floats above the city, it’s a romantic retreat for the Gatsby crowd–and those who want to dream for the weekend. Rates: from $520, including continental champagne breakfast. 41 Mary St. 401-846-6200; vanderbiltgrace.com

BEST DESIGNER HOTEL
THE ATTWATER, Newport
Self-described as “Newport unconventional,” the Attwater recently underwent a total renovation. If your weekend in Newport is half as fun as these rooms–bold fabrics, sleek furnishings, ultramodern accents–you’re in for a treat. Rates: from $179, including continental breakfast. 22 Liberty St. 401-846-7444; theattwater.com

BEST HOSPITALITY
LA FARGE PERRY HOUSE, Newport
The best of both worlds: high living with down-home hospitality. Innkeeper Jennifer Balch goes the extra mile, from booking coveted dinner reservations to fixing a healthy breakfast on request, to make guests feel like VIPs. Rates from: $289, including full breakfast. 24 Kay St. 401-847-2223; lafargeperry.com

Sign-up for Yankee Magazine's FREE enewsletter!

and get a free digital issue, plus 30% off in the Yankee Store

Your New England Minute
Yankee Recipe Box
Yankee Exclusive Offers
Great Yankee Giveaway
Yankee's Travel Exclusives Newsletter

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Comments maybe edited for length and clarity.

yankee-giftsub-apr2014-v2