We’re jumping headfirst into this summer season with some exciting new things happening around town. Here at the inn we’ve been busy with completing small renovation projects to keep our historic property looking fresh as well as new packages to make your experience of Newport unique ….and the streets of Newport have been busy as well.
Discover Newport & What’s Up NEWP recently released an extensive list of new businesses and experiences to enjoy, some we already love, and others we can wait to try. Whether you are a frequent visitor to Newport, or come only on occasion, you’ll be sure to find something new to do this month, and all summer long.
Starting with our favorite new tours & activities:
You may have already seen the Breakers, but have you been Beneath the Breakers? The newest Preservation Society tour offers a unique and exclusive view of what makes the 70-room “summer cottage” run like a well oiled machine. The guided tour will take you through the underground tunnel, boiler room and basement as you learn about the development of electricity and how it changed the Gilded Age, and the revolutionary infrastructure that heated and cooled the Vanderbilt’s home away from home. newportmansions.org
Adventurers might find thrill in neighboring Portsmouth, RI where you can ride railroad tracks on pedal powered ‘rail explorers.’ Get an intimate and first hand view of the six-mile stretch of rail line between the Sakonnet River Bridge and Melville in Portsmouth. Guides lead the tour, and you pedal…no steering required. For more info: railexplorers.net
If you’re here in Newport, getting out on the water is a must. A new private sail on the AlyKat, a 41-foot Catana catamaran, is an exciting addition to Newport’s bustling waterfront. Private sailing excursions are a perfect way to enjoy the Bay in a very personalized and memorable way. To learn more visit: newportkat.com/sail
Speaking of private tours, you can now take one around Ocean Drive in an antique car! oceandrives.co
In no way affiliated with the above offering, a new 40,000 ft Car Museum is here. The Newport Car Museum (located in Portsmouth, RI ) showcase a private collection of more than 45 automobiles representing six decades of automotive design since World War II. This museum offers interactive experiences with simulators and more. Go! newportcarmuseum.org
One of our favorite places to Tour, Doris Duke’s Rough Point, now featuring a new exhibit: Nature Tamed in the Landscape, Gardens & Collections of Rough Point. Each time you step foot in Rough Point you can learn something new about Doris Duke, or notice something extraordinary about the lesser known Newport Mansion, and this exhibit proves that pattern true. Nature Tamed explores the history of the landscape, beginning with Frederick Law Olmsted’s original 1887 survey and ending with the preservation and care of the grounds and gardens by the Newport Restoration Foundation. newportrestoration.org/visit/rough_point
Our favorite new eats:
Just a short walk from the Inn, La Vasca is the sister restaurant to Stoneacre Pantry, which previously occupied the same space on Thames Street but recently moved to Washington Square. La Vasca is a Spanish/Basque-style restaurant serving pintxos, tapas, hot and cold small plates and more. Visit for a quick bite or evening meal at 515 Thames Street, Newport, lavascanewport.com
Old favorite, new location: Mama Leone’s Restaurant. Mama Leone’s is a casual pizzeria serving up popular favorites in the area for more than 40 years. Offering delivery and late night hours for those nights when you want to stay in and enjoy the inn, or those nights when you’re out and looking for a late bite. mamaleones.net
Walking the streets of Newport often calls for refreshment. Opening in just a couple of weeks, The Juiced Cafe will offer healthy pick me ups like fresh-pressed juices, salads, wraps, burritos and more. Sounds good to us! Order online at thejuicedcafe.com
Burgers are in, and so is Harry’s Burger Bar. Recently voted “Best Burger in America” by CNN, Harry’s has received numerous awards, being named Rhode Island’s best burger many times over. They will open their 4th location at 464 Thames Street (just a short walk from the inn!). Harry’s serves Hereford-beef sliders, craft beers and alcoholic milkshakes. We here they’ll be open mid-june! harrysbarburger.com
Shop! New Stores are always popping up. Here area few we want to try:
Looking for a Newport Souvenir to take back to the family? Skip the t-shirt and head over to Anchor Toffee. Amazing almond butter toffee hand-crafted in small batches. Opening soon at 8 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, bowenswharf.com
With a yoga studio just a few blocks away, you have no excuse not to try out a class or two while visiting. And one of Thames Street’s newest shops will outfit you. Balance on Thames brings quality, stylish women’s yoga wear work out wear, & apparel your fingertips. Check out their brands at balanceonthames.com
Nautical fashion at it’s finest is Kiel James Patrick. Shop American-made fashion and accessories (and boat shoes!) at their flagship location on Bowen’s Wharf. kieljamespatrick.com
If you stop by the front desk during your stay, you might here us talk about taking a glassblowing lesson at Thames Glass. That’s why we’re so excited they’re opening their second retail location next door so we’ll be neighbors! While you won’t be able to take a Glassblowing lesson here, you’ll be able to browse or buy amazing pieces of hand blown glass designed by owner Matthew Buechner and other area artists. Highly recommend this unique shop: thamesglass.com
If you try some of these newbies before we do, let us know how you like them!
Follow the links below to check out new packages at the Admiral Fitzroy Inn!
“Take me out to the Ball Game”
“Jewel of June”
See you in June!