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Lycette's Guide to Newport, Rhode Island

Lycette's Guide to Newport, Rhode Island

Last year Lycette opened its second location in the charming and historic town of Newport, Rhode Island. Although I had visited in the past I had never spent a full summer there. As summer faded into fall it was apparent I was enchanted by Newport. Although filled with heritage, the seaside town is also very modern and offers everything from delicious restaurants to my favorite yoga studio and decor stores. 

SHOP

Newport Lamp & Shade (pictured above)

Patrick, the owner, has exquisite taste and always has fabulous pop-ups during the summer!  One of Mr. Needlepoint's highlights last year was attending a book signing for Christopher Spitzmiller at Newport Lamp & Shade. Patrick offers the most gorgeous lampshades plus other elegant home decor like prints by local artists and a charming selection of Simon Pearce Glass. 

CK Bradley 

If you read blogs in the early 2000s then you have heard of CK Bradley. The preppy cool girl clothing line headed by Camilla Bradley opened it's permanent home in Newport after having stores across the country in NYC and Charlottesville. The girl who wears CK Bradley loves a good party, can man a sailboat and ski down a black diamond, but also knows how to set a proper table and her great grandmothers silver holds matchbooks collected from her latest outings and adventures. PS if you pop by CK Bradley ask for Liz, she is Miss B's sister!

Cottage & Garden

This shop is trouble for my bank account but a feast for the aesthete in me. I *always* manage to walk out with a new goodie. Beautifully decorated and carrying everything from vintage chandeliers and Ben Wolff pottery to fresh topiaries and candles shaped like cakes this shop is a MUST when visiting Newport. Truly charming. 

Royal Male 

If you are an anglophile a pop into The Royal Male is a non-negotiable. Sumptuous tweeds and cozy woolens envelope you in this jewel box shop. Be sure to stop by the one on Spring Street, the facade is Instagram Iconic. 

Lycette Needlepoint 

I *may be* biased but I adore Lycette Newport. Definitely worth a visit. 

 

DINE

Nitro Coffee

My perfect morning in Newport begins with a stop to Nitro's location on Pond Avenue and either a stroll on the Cliff Walk or a class at Mend Yoga after. Although there are two Nitro locations (Thames & Pond) I always recommend the Pond Location. It is less touristy and also carries bagels by Jamo (the Thames street location does not). My go to order is a Nitro Mocha Oat Latte and an everything bagel. 

Corner Cafe

Mr. Needlepoint and I discovered The Corner Cafe on one of our first trips to Newport and it has been a constant in our rotation ever since. The home fries are amazing. Come hungry and early because by 9 am there tends to be a line around the block.  

Cru Cafe

This is Rudy's favorite in Newport! Breakfast is served all day so if you indulged in one too many at Clarke Cooke or Black Pearl this is a must. Their cookies and baked goods are also delicious and worth popping in for.  

Belle's Cafe

A MUST for any trip to Newport, but arrive early early early.  Belle's charm lies in it's location. Situated on the dock of Newports shipyard Belle's offers views of some of Newports most beautiful sailboats. 

Clarke Cooke House

Iconic and for a reason, Clarke Cooke is legendary and a social hub. Reservations are a MUST. The Downstairs "Candy Shop" is more lowkey and offers delicious sushi during the summer, while the upstairs "Summer Porch" is more formal. Either way you cannot go wrong and be SURE to order their famous Snowball in Hell for desert.  

Lobster Shack

This is the place to go for a lobster roll in Newport. Low-key and delicious, the perfect coastal lunch spot. Be sure to grab a picnic bench right after ordering, they fill up quickly!

Black Pearl 

Another iconic restaurant on Bowen's Wharf. The perfect place for a pre-dinner cocktail or lunch. Be sure to sit outside, amazing people watching. 

White Horse Tavern

"America's Oldest Tavern" is the ideal place for dinner on a chilly fall or winter evening. It is cozy and quaint and fires are burning in almost every room. Mr. Needlepoint adores the lobster mac and cheese. 

 Zelda's

Where the locals go. A dinner at Zelda's followed by drinks at the IYAC. Be sure to order the wings or a burger with fries. 

Castle Hill Lawn 

A MUST. Be sure to make reservations as spots in the summer are hard to come by. The Lawn at Castle Hill is the perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail. The white Adirondack chairs are as iconic as the view. Treat yourself to oysters and enjoy. Truly spectacular. 

Bar Cino

Pictured above is Kim at Bar Cino with my favorite roasted chicken pizza. The pizzas at Bar Cino are served with scissors to cut slices for yourself. In addition to their unforgettable pizza, Mr. N and I also enjoy their house potato chips, their tuscan kale salad, and their martinis. This restaurant is smart and chic and reminds me of one you'd find in NYC. 

Pasta Beach

Miss B's favorite restaurant in Newport. The decor is lovely, but the Chicken Milanese is even better. This is another locals spot tucked up on Bellevue Ave. Like most Newport restaurants reservations are necessary although eating at the bar at Pasta Beach is delightful. 

Perro Salado

Another favorite of the Dankowski sisters is Perro Salado, a Mexican restaurant set in a historic house. If you are of age be sure to order the Cilantro Jalapeño margarita, it's delicious. 

 

STAY 

Gurney's 

Located on the water, Gurneys is the perfect spot for a girls weekend. Their pool is fabulous and the fire pits during the evening are even better. 

Hotel Viking

My favorite hotel "in town." Location is everything with this hotel! It is historic so be prepared for small rooms, but everything is within walking distance! Miss B also highly recommends the rooftop bar during the summer. 

The Vanderbilt 

Another fabulous "in town" hotel! This hotel is a favorite of The Lady Derby. It is located a short distance from both Thames and Spring Street. 

The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Elegant. Situated right before Middleton and near the beach and cliff walk this hotel is perfect for an elevated weekend! Think Anniversary getaway. 

Castle Hill Inn

The best in Newport! Although it is located a little outside of town this hotel is perfect for a honeymoon or a special occasion. In addition to rooms they also offer cottages. 

Hammetts Hotel 

Hammetts Hotel is directly above Hammetts wharf, a fabulous but slightly nosier location, that is within walking distance to anywhere in town! Downstairs is Giusto, a delicious Italian restaurant. Close to all restaurants in town and especially close to Thames Street and Bowens Wharf. 

Pelham Court

This is where Miss B's parents love to stay when visiting! Pelham Court is a charming dog friendly inn within walking distance to most attractions in town! 

EXPLORE

Newport Film Thursday Evenings

Every Thursday during the summer Newport Film hosts a new movie screening outdoors. This activity is one of Miss B's favorites as the movies are often indie and are not available in theaters or online. 

Outdoor Concerts

The town of Newport is committed to providing lots of activities during the summer and their summer outdoor concert series are my favorite. Pack a blanket, some bug spray, and a few nibbles to enjoy while listening to talented musicians. 

Rum Runner

Other than the Lawn at Castle Hill the Rum Runner sunset cruise is Miss B's favorite way to enjoy a cocktail pre-dinner. Be sure to purchase tickets early in the day as they often sell out!  

Cliff Walk

My favorite time to stroll the Cliff Walk is in the morning or late afternoon. Nestled literally along the cliffs of Newport this scenic trail overlooks the ocean on the left side and the mansions of Newport flank its right side. If you are feeling up to it do the whole walk but be warned that the last half is rather rocky! Be sure to pack a water and a snack. 

Mend Yoga

My favorite yoga studio. The playlists for amazing and the cool lavender towels at the end of each class are a cherry on top. If you want something relaxing be sure to take one of Petra's classes, or if you are feeling up for a hard workout be sure to pop in for Brooke's "Hot Power Vinyasa with Weights."  

Tennis Hall of Fame

You will recognize Newport's famous grass courts from a plethora of movies and tv shows, most recently "The Gilded Age" on HBO. The architecture is iconic. Be sure to stop by La Forge to enjoy a cocktail or appetizer court-side, a summer MUST. 

One If

One of our most cherished memories from last summer was chartering a tour of Newport by water from One If. The captain, Lauren, was so friendly and took us to the best swimming spots and showed us Newports Iconic oceanside landmarks. I highly recommend a morning or afternoon aboard "Moose," Lauren's converted lobster boat. 

Newport Art Museum 

For a little bit of culture be sure to check out the Newport Art Museum. Though the building is gorgeous, the art on the inside is even more so! 

Gooseberry Beach

If you are craving a beach day, Gooseberry sells day passes. Their food shack is also legendary, my favorite meal is a grilled cheese with a side of frozen grapes. 

Ocean Drive 

If you have a car while visiting Newport a drive along Ocean is A MUST. The views of the ocean are gorgeous, and the mansions are stunning. Towards the end you will find a park with a man selling kites and a Del's truck with frozen lemonade. The perfect place to let the kids or the dogs run around. 

The Mansions

If you love history, architecture, and anything beautiful be sure to visit the Newport Mansions. They have been featured in plenty of movies and for good reason, they are simply stunning. Miss B's and my favorites are The Breakers, Rose Cliff, The Marble House (I adore), and Rough Point. Rough Point was hopping last summer as the Doris Duke murder case was reopened and a book with new evidence was released!

Fort Adams

Historic and set at a point overlooking the Bay, Fort Adams is a perfect place to take the children. Fort Adams is also the place of Newport's annual summer Folk Festival and Jazz Festival. 

Newport Sailing Museum 

Although *just* opened the Newport Sailing Museum is garnering rave reviews. I cannot wait to visit on my next trip up! 

Newport Farmer's Market 

My favorite place to find flowers and produce is the Newport Farmers Market. Although most vendors accept cards be sure to bring cash, and, of course, your own bags! My favorite, and go to, is a worn in boat 'n tote

NEAR BY

Wickford

Think of Stars Hollow in Rhode Island and that is Wickford. A true coastal town Wickford is charming and quaint. It hosts fabulous antique and home stores as well as water front dining and a knitting shop! I highly recommend strolling through town and down to the fish market. Some of the prettiest summer cottages Mr. Needlepoint and I saw were in Wickford.  

Blithewold Mansion

Last summer Mama Lycette came to visit Newport. Not only did we explore Newport, but we also ventured out of town and found ourselves at Blithewold. Although the house is stunning the gardens are enchanting. Be sure to check the weather before you go as you'll want to spend all day exploring their stunning grounds. 

The Farmer's Daughter

I did not discover The Farmer's Daughter until late September, and was I disappointed I had not found this gem sooner! Set amongst themed sheds filled with goodies you never knew you needed The Farmer's Daughter boasts gorgeous blooms. This is a perfect place to bring children as there are a plethora of places to explore. I stumbled upon The Farmer's Daughter during pumpkin season and it looked straight out of a small town movie. There were hay rides, apple cider, and pumpkins and corn stalks EVERYWHERE. I highly recommend venturing out of town for this gem. 

Sweet Berry Farm

Located only minutes outside Newport Sweet Berry Farm is a perfect family destination. It is a pick your own farm with a gorgeous cafe and a plethora of pre-prepared food to bring home. 

The Dahlia Shed 

My favorite place to purchase blooms! The Dahlia Shed is simply perfect. Be sure to bring cash as their Shed runs on an honor system! Drop a local check or cash in the box and take the blooms of your choice. 

Jamestown

One of Mr. Needlepoint's and my favorite afternoons was strolling around Jamestown for a few hours. We started in town, worked our way to the beach, and then up through the fields and the bogs to the national park along the ocean. Needless to say we were exhausted by the end *and* Mr. Ohs had to be carried the second half back, but it was our favorite day of the summer. 

Jayd Bun

One evening when we couldn't get reservations anywhere and there were no tables to be had in Newport, Mr. Needlepoint and I hopped in the car and drove to Jayd Bun. Jayd's is a no frills restaurant with seating only outside on picnic tables, but the food is amazing! I would recommend ordering one of everything on their curated menu and sharing with friends or bring home for leftovers the next day. PS they also offer take out, would be fabulous served on porcelain plates!

 Brickley's Ice Cream 

Our favorite ice cream in Rhode Island. Be sure to go to the location by Narragansett, but check the hours before! I recommend the coffee ice cream with chocolate jimmies!

Little Compton

This is where Mr. N and I would love to retire to. Quiet and gorgeous farms and houses along the water. Drive to the end of town and pop into the general store and grab a diet coke and lobster roll while you are there. Stroll through the graveyard and look at the dates on the tombstones. Little Compton is the perfect small town. 

 

I hope this list has enticed you to visit charming Newport! It truly is a gem that has so many activities and places to visit. My number one piece of advice when visiting Newport would be to stay off the tourist trap Thames Street and Bowens Wharf and explore everywhere but! There are hidden gems around every corner. If you need more inspiration be sure to follow photobyshannon on Instagram! Can't wait to see y'all this summer in New England! 

 

xx, 

Jessica

 

Jun 14, 2022

Well done you! Well curated by someone who has only been here for the past year but appreciated by me who has been here nearly thirty years! Friends and daughter’s friends always asking for recs and now I have it all in one spot so thank you! Filed away in my travel folder to forward as needed and making a trip to Jayd Bin soon!

Amy Harden
Jun 12, 2022

Thank you for all your info!! I think I would really like to plan a trip!! Do you think 3 or 4 nights would be enough?
My uncle lives in Little Compton- Bill Middendorf- Google him- he’s fascinating…and 97!!
Thank you again, Mary

Mary

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