Welcome to the Classic Coast! Whether you have a group of five or 50, Newport is always in season.
Once known as the “summertime playground” for the Gilded Age elite, this charming and diverse destination has welcomed travelers from around the globe for nearly 400 years. It’s the footprint of the past that captivates visitors today as our rich history, awe-inspiring architecture, abounding culture, unspoiled beaches, miles of scenic trails, distinctive shops, critically-acclaimed restaurants, one-of-a-kind accommodations and world-class events make this classic coastal New England enclave simply extraordinary.
Rum Runner II Harbor Cruise
From 1824 to 1950, Fort Adams housed generations of soldiers and it remains the largest, most sophisticated fortress in North America. Explore the underground tunnels and centuries-old living quarters then ascend to the scenic overlook for a breathtaking view of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.
America’s turn-of-the-century tycoons with names like Vanderbilt, Astor and Wharton built their colossal summer cottages along Newport’s coastline. Today, nearly a dozen of these homes are museums that welcome group tours, including The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Doris Duke’s Rough Point.
Enjoy a classic motor yacht cruise of Newport Harbor aboard the Rum Runner II and relive the thrill of the smuggler boat from the days of Prohibition. Cruise along the captivating shoreline for breathtaking views of grand estates and some of the largest private yachts which make Newport the Sailing Capital of the World.
Museum Tours on Bellevue Avenue
The Bellevue Pass will give you access to the best of Newport’s most tony address. Experience the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a fascinating, beautiful property and museum featuring a diverse collection of memorabilia, art, video and more from the 14th century through today. The neighboring Audrain Automobile Museum will get your engine running as you take in a collection of restored vehicles ranging from the beginning of the 20th century to modern day. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to LaForge Casino Restaurant, established in 1880 and home to authentic seafood and American fare.
Newport Vineyards Tour & Tasting
Since recently completing a multimillion-dollar renovation, Newport Vineyards has become a culinary and wine destination. Groups can spend an afternoon wine tasting overlooking acres of vines, enjoying fresh craft beer and lunch at the brand-new Taproot Brewing Co., or savoring a from-scratch dinner at Brix Restaurant. Let Newport Vineyards play an integral role in your group’s classic New England experience.
Gilded Age Mansion Tour
One of the best ways to experience Newport is on a customized tour, like “Corsets & Top Hats.” First meet Mrs. Caroline Astor, the grande dame of Newport and New York society, who will properly introduce you to Newport and take you to one of its opulent Gilded Age mansions. Enjoy lunch then experience a re-creation of a Newport cotillion at the Newport Art Museum or similar location. Lastly, shop along Bellevue Avenue where you’ll find a host of boutiques, many housed in original 19th-century architecture.
Chris Siravo, CTP
Sales Manager, Discover Newport