Thankful for a Newport November

Beach bums, cliff walkers, and fishing fanatics may be heading to warmer climates or nestling under the blankets waiting the upcoming holidays, but there is an abundance of activity still to be thankful for in Newport. What do you enjoy the most? We have the best tips and tricks for lovers of Newport restaurants, mansions, harbor/boats, tours, and shopping in November!

If you’re thankful for…


Christmas at the Newport Mansions
November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018

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Thankful for the wonderful, breathtaking sights of the mansions? You will love them even more decked out in glitter and gold, trees and wreaths. The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, the “three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America,” are filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths. The Breakers Great Hall will even feature the iconic 15 foot tall poinsettia tree! New for 2017: A gingerbread model of each house, created by amazing local pastry chefs, will be on display in its kitchen. Make some great holiday memories with your family. Here’s a preview!

Inspired? Don’t forget to take advantage of our special package this month: Two Glassblowing Lessons  at Thames Glass making a colorful glass ornament.

The Harbor and boats!

The Newport Illuminated Boat Parade
Friday, November 24, 2017 6:00pm 9:00pm


You love the beautiful Newport Harbor. Now imagine it all decorated in the most wonderful spectacular lights. The ships and boats motor through the harbor and compete for best decorated in various categories. The parade begins at 6:15pm and can be viewed from various spots around the harbor. So festive, here is all the information and the must see categories everyone competes for:

  • Best decorated sailboat – recreational
  • Best decorated sailboat – commercial
  • Best decorated powerboat – recreational
  • Best decoratd powerboat – commercial
  • Best decorated fishing boat
  • Best decorated porch or docks
  • Most team spirit


Bricks, Sticks and the Vernon House
November 18, 2017 at 11am, $15 

The architecture in Newport is some of the most exquisite you will ever see, from colonial era to Victorian splendor. The website says the tour stops inside the Vernon House, “one of the most lavish buildings in colonial Newport. Explore the architecture and craftsmanship of this Georgian home including its remarkable Chinoiserie parlor panels which are believed to be unique in colonial America.” If you are an architectural lover, you don’t want to miss this. Here is more information for Newport History Tour’s special tour of the month.

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Holiday Lantern Tour
November 24, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, November 25, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM $15 per person, $10 for Society members

Love the history of Newport?  Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or didn’t, observe the holidays. Here is all the information!


Newport’s local shopping scene is fabulous!  Local shops are ridding their summer stock (the sales are amazing!) as they begin preparations for the Holiday shopping season. Stay tuned to hear about the best sales in certain shops!


Blithewold’s Winter Marketplace & The Shop at Blithewold Preview Party
Sunday, November 19, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, or 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
This event is FREE for Members, $7 for Non-members
The best holiday shopping is this winter marketplace. According to the website there is everything including “local traders, purveyors of fine goods, artisans, and artists and food companies galore!” Go with friends for a fun night out! Sign up here!

Newport Restaurants!


Newport Restaurant Week -November 3rd, 2017 – November 12th, 2017

You know Newport restaurants are the most delicious, so what could be better than celebrating them for a week?  If you want to know what’s cooking on the local food & wine scene, then get your ultimate food on foodie at the Newport Restaurant Week. This very popular, nationwide movement has been hosting visitors at Newport’s Award Winning restaurants since 2006. Is your favorite restaurant on the list?

Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re looking for a fantastic way to spend Thanksgiving dinner, The Grace Vanderbilt couldn’t be a better setting. Enjoy turkey, famous chestnut stuffing and all the trimmings you can eat until you need a nap. 3 course menu with seatings at 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. $85pp

As you can see there is tons to be thankful for in Newport to make it a November to remember. What is YOUR favorite thing to do in Newport close to the holiday season? Leave what you’re most thankful for about Newport in the comments!



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