After a great two days in Portland, Maine (which you can read about here and here), Taylor and I continued our New England adventures by heading down to Newport, Rhode Island to meet my parents so we could all visit my cousin Andrew, who is lucky enough to live in such a beautiful spot. He was a wonderful tour guide and our quick visit to Newport, Rhode Island was filled with sightseeing and, of course, delicious food.
Newport Cliff Walk
The Newport Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile trail that borders the ocean on one side and beautiful architecture, including The Breakers, on the other. The Cliff Walk is open to the public 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. Before our arrival in Newport, this was the one activity I requested that we definitely try to fit in, and on our first morning in Newport we headed straight for the Cliff Walk. We started near Easton’s Beach and walked a good ways, deciding to turn around once we had a chance to see the exterior of the Vanderbilt mansion in all of its glory.
The Cliff Walk is one of my favorite things I’ve done on any trip I’ve ever taken, and I’ll give credit to the beautiful setting and good company for that. I’d plan a trip back to Newport just to experience the Cliff Walk again, and it’s now on my bucket list to see it at sunrise or sunset.
Easton’s Beach Snack Bar
By the time we finished our stroll on the Cliff Walk, we were more than ready for lunch. Lucky for us, Easton’s Beach Snack Bar was within walking distance, a casual spot famous for their twin lobster rolls. Per their Yelp page, the twin lobster roll special started when their bread supplier shorted the bread they used to use for their single lobster rolls. They decided to add a bit more lobster and serve twin rolls and they kept it going when guests seemed to love getting two smaller lobster rolls for a similar price as one larger one. After all, who wouldn’t love getting two lobster rolls?
We ordered at the counter and when our lunch was ready, we took our food downstairs where we ate in picnic tables under the shade. It should come as no surprise that most of our group ordered the twin lobster roll special, but the whole bellied fried clams were another item off the menu worth writing home about. The ocean view while we ate our lunch was just the cherry on top.
Del’s Frozen Lemonade
I’m a huge lemonade fan as is, but hand me a refreshing frozen lemonade on a warm summer day and I’m in my happy place. I had heard about Del’s Frozen Lemonade (and even tried the shandy!) before this trip and I knew I was in for a treat, but I think I underestimated just how good Del’s would be. All I can say is that if you’re ever in a place where you have the opportunity to try Del’s, just do it. Heck, get two.
Del’s Lemonade has been a favorite treat in Rhode Island since 1948, and you can read more about the story behind the family affair that is Del’s Lemonade here.
Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant
As you can see, Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant is charming and picturesque. Located on the famous Thames street, the main strip of shopping and restaurants in downtown Newport, we came here for lunch before leaving town on the recommendation of my friend Sara. Immediately upon walking inside, we were happy with the choice we made. Some restaurants just have a good feel, and between the friendly service and the history of this place that was showcased on the walls of the restaurant, a good feel was easily accomplished here.
The menu is massive and filled with good choices. Any type of eater would be happy here, and it took us a good long while to fully peruse the menu and decide on our lunch order. Somehow we resisted ordering the nachos, which BuzzFeed put on their list of the 30 best nachos in America, but there’s always next time, right? We ordered a few things to share, including mussels from the specials menu and Gary’s Portuguese Littleneck Clams, steamed littlenecks with white wine, green peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil and chourico. These aren’t just any clams — Bon Appétit named this recipe one of the 13 best recipes in the history of the magazine. You can find the recipe here.
On my next visit
Two days just wasn’t enough time in Newport, and I’ve already made a list of things I want to do on my next visit: explore the Newport mansions, take a boat ride on the harbor and rent a scooter to tour the city, something we saw many people taking advantage of. All in all, our quick visit to Newport, Rhode Island was a great stop on our New England adventure.
What’s your favorite activity you’ve ever done while traveling? We’re always looking for inspiration on where to go and what to do next!