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Newport, RI

Category: Travel

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on: Dec 1, 2015

NEWPORT, RI …Enjoy the Boats …the Mansions … the Restaurants, Shops, History …IMG_4977

TRAVEL: 1 hour 30 minutes from Chester, CT / 82 miles

BRING: camera, walking shoes

Tours:
Area Historic Tours of Newport and Narrated Viking Tours
Mansion Tours presented by the Preservation Society of the Cliffs (7 miles over and back), the Elms, the Breakers, Rose Cliff plus Marble House (a Vanderbilt mansion) and Rough Point

Sites:
Redwood Library: c1747 oldest lending library in America …and oldest continuously operating library building in the country
National Museum of American Illustration IMG_4982
International Tennis Hall of Fame
Touro Synagogue c1763
IYRS (International Yacht Restoration School): see the Coronet c1885, the “last grand American Yacht” sailboat schooner while it’s in the process of being fully restored (Coronet is 132’ on deck & 190’ spar length which is from the tip of the bow to the end of the boom)
Greenville Vineyards in Portsmouth, RI (10 minutes away)

Restaurants:
Bouchard’s
Tallullah’s (wine and beer, Sunday Brunch, wine pairings with Chef Jake Rojas)
Mission Burger Bar; named for a speakeasy in 1920’s
StoneAcre Pantry for a night cap or vanilla old fashionedFullSizeRender-21
41 North Inn and Restaurant
Clark House
Mooring
Black Pearl

Parks/Beaches: 
Fort Adams State Park
Beaches #1, #2 & #3
Middletown on the Housatonic River
Easton

EVENTS: Christmas in Newport … the mansions are decorated late November through the holidays

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Francis Malbone House B&B c1760, a colonial mansion in the heart of town, within walking distance of the wharf, restaurants etc. Designed by the architect of Newport’s famed Touro Synagogue and Redwood Library, it was built as a private residence for Colonel Francis Malbone who made his fortune as a shipping merchant when Newport Harbor was one of the busiest harbors in the New World …20 guestrooms …3 living rooms…period furnishings…working fireplaces…Breakfast 8:30-10…Tea every afternoon.
Castle Hill Inn
Vanderbilt Grace