For our Anniversary we wanted to be very low key and head somewhere we could drive for a weekend. Newport, Rhode Island has always been on our bucket list so we figured why not.
It's about a 3.5-4 hour drive from NYC in Summer traffic but definitely worth it. Newport has some beautiful beaches, mansions to explore and amazing food. In our 3 days there we managed to see a lot and of course eat, eat, eat.
When we first got to town we were starving so we stopped in at Mission Burger - honestly one of the best burgers & fries Ive had. They do not use lettuce but instead watercress (I still dont know why i am all about this watercress). Ever since I have been trying to recreate this burger at home with pretty much no luck at all. The fries - Im dreaming of those fries.
We really enjoyed our time at the Chanler. Our room was beautiful with its own deck for taking in the sunrise and sunset. The property has their own fleet of Buick's that will take you around town and come get you when you're done. This is very handy if you want to get day drunk or night drunk or just stay drunk all day.
Dinner our first night was at the Spiced Pear on the Chanler's property. We stayed close to the hotel because we were tired and it was tough to get a reservation on a Friday evening (make them in advance in the Summer for anywhere you eat on a weekend in Newport).
We enjoyed our time at the Chanler and had a memorable Anniversary. The staff is beyond accommodating and really do go over the top to make your stay amazing.
For the rest of the weekend we set out to see Newport's Mansions - I'll have a separate post on these next week.
- Lunch or Low Key: Burgers at Mission
- Fancy or Celebrating: The Dining Room at Castle Inn
- The White Horse Tavern - opened in 1673. go for lunch, dinner or drinks
- Drinks at The Vanderbilt Grace Rooftop
- Walk along Thames Street
- The Mansions
- The Cliff Walk
- Sunset drinks on The Lawn of Castle Hill
- The Beach
- Newport Art Museum
- Ocean Drive
- Bowen's Wharf
- International Tennis Hall of Fame of Museum
Behind The Scenes Tip - Especially during wedding season The Chanler (and other major wedding centric hotels) will usually have a few empty rooms they they are hesitant to book due to noise, music playing late or guests in the hallways up late. Sometimes this allows you to negotiate a better rate on a higher priced room