How to Plan a Summer Mini-Moon in Newport, Rhode Island
Loaded with history, scenic oceanic views, and incredible seafood, Newport is the ultimate destination for your small postnuptial getaway in New England.
If you've chosen a New England wedding venue, you've opened yourself up to a slew of mini-moon options—but we'd urge you to put Newport, Rhode Island, first on your list. There's so much history wrapped up into the seafaring town, which was first settled in 1639; over the last century, it was established as a warm-weather playground for America's elite (a trope that still holds true today when you consider the fact that Jennifer Lawrence just tied the knot there!). Nestled into the Atlantic's coastline, this locale is equal parts national landmark and summertime hotspot, making it the ultimate choice for a short postnuptial trip by the water. Ahead, everything you need to know about preparing for your mini-moon in Newport, from where to stay and what to eat to what to do.
Soak in 360-degree views of the water from your hotel.
There's no better view of Newport's coastline than the one from Goat Island—which is why Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, surrounded by the Narragansett Bay, is the place to stay during your trip. Complete with a lighthouse—beyond which is an epic view of the bridge that leads into the heart of town—a few resident goats (a testament to the island's moniker!), and wraparound decks, Gurney's is one of the most popular places to stay in Newport for a reason. You and your spouse will eat well here, too; the resort's in-situ restaurant, Scarpetta, is a New York City favorite and a Gurney's mainstay. The comprehensive menu (which can be customized to accommodate any and all dietary restrictions) is full of fresh, locally-caught seafood—you'll crave the lobster tagliatelle nero long after you leave. The fact that you're a quick jaunt away from the city center and a ten-minute drive to mansion row are simply extra bonuses.
Explore winding cliffside pathways and historical mansions.
You haven't truly experienced Newport if you haven't taken a cruise down Ocean Drive, which boasts incredible views of both Newport's beaches and most defining attractions: the epic mansions. Explore The Breakers, one of the grandest summer "cottages" in town, which once belonged to the Vanderbilt family. Following your audio tour, meander towards the back lawn, where you'll be able to pick up the Cliff Walk trail. The scenic three-and-a-half-mile-long walkway is embedded into the coast's cliff and treats walkers to views of more of Newport's most ornate homes. About two-thirds of the walkway—including the pathway leading up to the Breakers—is paved; just beyond the mansion, you'll need to proceed carefully.
Get ready to indulge in some of New England's best seafood.
Though the fare at Scarpetta is noteworthy enough to keep you coming back morning and night, you won't regret exploring Newport's culinary offerings. Coast along Ocean Drive until you happen across the Castle Hill Inn—sip cocktails on the property's back lawn, dotted with Adirondack chairs facing the Narragansett Bay. Then, come lunch, head over to Mooring Restaurant for their famous "bag of doughnuts" (a bagged collection of fried lobster and shrimp fritters, paired with a chipotle-maple aioli) and a lobster roll. For a date night on the town to celebrate your newlywed status, make a reservation at Fluke—where fine dining meets treehouse-inspired décor.