• Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

Once called “the richest girl in the world,” tobacco heiress Doris Duke saved more than 50 historic Newport homes from bulldozing in the 1960s. Today they are the world’s largest collection of homes. from the colonial days of the country, known as The Point. Just a few miles away is Duke’s massive golden age mansion, Rough Point, by the ocean. So there is no doubt, Newport loves a nice house.

“Newport has always been a preppy place to sail, hit the beach and play polo. For us, it’s more about the style of its story than its popularity, ”says the designer from Newport. Blair moore. One of the country’s most fascinating architectural destinations, it’s a perfect summer getaway to visit an encyclopedia of historic homes turned into museums with a cold Del’s lemonade in hand.

While you can easily spend all the time browsing old Victorians juxtaposed next to gigantic French-inspired palaces, Newport is also one of New England’s best places for a seafood feast and a day out. the beach. Here, we get the scoop on the best places to strike, from design experts in the know.

Where to stay

The Scout

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The Scout

Cool and coastal was the look The Wayfinder was going for when they embarked on a renovation in 2019. “The design highlights the avant-garde and imaginative spirit of today’s Newport and the new creative class of the destination – the thriving arts scene, unique surf and skate culture, rising stars of food, ”says hotel developer Phil hospod. With bedside tables sourced from local vintage markets and over 1,000 works of art by local artists, its retro and quirky design makes it one of the most exciting places to stay just outside the city. city.

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk

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The Chanlier

Newport is known for its Golden Age design, and this historic home turned hotel has it in spades. The 20 guest rooms are decorated with antiques and period style, ranging from Colonial Williamsburg charm to coastal chic. “The unique location at the start of Newport’s Cliff Walk overlooking First Beach gives guests the opportunity to share the same view of Newport’s most historic and exclusive properties,” said the local designer. Kelli Prendergast Rugg.

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Cottages of the Castle Hill

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Castle Hill Cottage

Once a summer cottage for a Harvard marine biologist, it became a home for naval officers during WWII, then a stylish summer getaway for celebrities like Grace Kelly. Today it is a contemporary Relais & Châteaux with 33 rooms, mostly seaside cottages. “With its iconic panoramic views over Jamestown and Narragansett Bay, this is an incredible example of a beautiful Victorian-style shingle cottage that has been lovingly restored and maintained,” says Rugg.

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Where to eat and drink


Newport’s best new restaurant located on the wharf serves an ‘Italian freestyle’ made with seafood caught directly from the bay opposite. “Walrus and Carpenter oysters are a treat,” says Moore. “The design takes the details and traditional materials and gives them a more modern slant”, explains the designer of the restaurant. Libby slader. The upscale space has cushioned seating and a spacious bar to come together with wood ceiling details and joinery throughout, inspired by famous architect Stanford White.

Bar ‘Cino

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Pronounced “chee-no”, it’s the perfect neighborhood for a glass of wine with friends or a bite to eat with a partner. The space is warm, with wood floors giving way to mosaic tile, charcoals, and muted greens in the bar, and tons of natural light entering. Among the Italian-inspired plates, “The bruschetta with prosciutto, figs and goat cheese is so good you might want to devour it for yourself. I can’t share it,” says Moore.


Minimalist design stretches across the cozy restaurant on bustling Thames Street. “The big goal for us was to showcase the show kitchen, as well as the food.” says owner and designer Anna Burnley. “I really wanted the interiors to be comfortable, nothing too outrageous, or in your face.” Her husband and business partner Tyler hand poured the concrete tables, and local artist Catherine Druken aka Lovici produced the artwork. Trust us, the ravioli filled with gooey eggs, serrano ham and ricotta are worth the price of $ 10.

Where to shop

Bohemian bias

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Bohemian bias

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Bohemian bias

Although originally from Newport, this boutique selling unique accessories and home items was inspired by the laid back attitude, music and art of the opposite coast. With a focus on building community through in-store events and local connections (like the lobby retail store hosted at The Wayfinder), he’s been a mainstay of Newport since 2017.

Kiel james patrick

kiel james patrick

Kiel james patrick

There is no more Kennedy-inspired preparation than this New England clothing and jewelry company. Their flagship store on the Newport Wharf is the perfect place to shop for outfits to blend in with the city or board one of the yachts moored a few yards away.

Orycterope Antiques

An antiques lover’s dream, this dealer has been selling treasured artifacts (with a story) from around the world since 1969. “Aardvark Antiques is a great one-stop-shop for incredible artifacts that are sometimes picked up from mansions here in Newport,” Moore says. .

Where to explore

Free water

Whether it’s setting up a beach chair and umbrella at Easton Beach or renting a boat, the water is one of the best parts of this coastal town. “Newport Charter Group is so down to earth and lovable and an absolute pleasure to get out on the water with,” says Moore. “Plus, their boats are the epitome of a day on the water in Newport.”

The cliff walk

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Put on your sneakers; it’s the right thing to do in Newport. The 3.5 mile walking trail takes you past a magnificent historic mansion past a huge magnificent house. Perched on the water’s edge are markers for each historic location and an online app to find out if this Golden Age summer cottage was owned by the Rockefellers or the Vanderbilts.

the breakers

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There are 11 incredible mansions to visit around Newport, but none are more spectacular than The Breakers. It is the most popular mansion to visit and one of the most ornate. Once owned by the Vanderbilts, this is a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style retreat designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt. Today is the perfect stop along The Cliff Walk and, just like the socialites of the 1920s, a respite from the summer heat.

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