Last weekend, Adrian and I road tripped to Newport, RI for a little getaway. If you live in NY or the surrounding states, Newport is a great option for a weekend trip. Newport might traditionally be known as a summer destination, but it’s actually super cute as a romantic winter getaway. The hotels and the town is quieter in the offseason, allowing you to enjoy the quaintness of the town without crowds of people. We stayed at Gurney’s Newport, which is a newly opened resort located on Goat Island. If Gurney’s sounds familiar, you’re probably thinking of the Montauk location. The newly opened Newport location is run by the same people, with similarities such as the Scarpetta restaurant and resort atmosphere. Read on for my guide to Newport, RI and see how we spent the weekend!
The fastest and easiest way to get to Newport, RI from New York is by car. It is 3.5-4 hour drive each way depending on traffic. There is an option to take Amtrak into Kingstown, which is a town neighboring Newport, but this is not the most direct route as it will not take you directly to Newport. There is also a bus that takes 7 hours, so that is most definitely not optimal. As I do not own a car living in NY, I partnered with Silvercar to rent a luxury Audi for the weekend. Silvercar is a premium car rental app that takes all the hassle out of renting a car. There are no lines to pick up your car – you are greeted by a concierge that you text 10 minutes before your arrival at the garage. When you arrive, the concierge greets you with the car ready to go. This was pretty awesome as I hate waiting, especially when it’s go to on vacation! The app is super easy to use in terms of booking a car, and the best part is Silvercar provides only one type of car: the silver Audi A4. So you are guarantee a luxury ride every time, and let me tell you the Audi is pretty sleek. My boyfriend was all over it and definitely got a kick out of driving. The car also comes with built-in WiFi, which is pretty sweet for a road trip.
What I loved about the Gurney’s Newport resort is that it is located on Goat Island, providing the seclusion and peace that a resort should have. However, it is also very close to downtown, being only a 7 minute drive. So it really is the best of both worlds in terms of choosing a place to stay. My favorite thing about the resort was definitely the outside area by the water. There is a firepit with lawn chairs that sits right next to the sea, so I had my morning coffee there and it was blissful. Although it was windy, the view was so nice and the atmosphere so calming. If it was warmer, I totally could have lounged there all day with a good book (and some wine).
There is also a lighthouse right by the water, so of course I had to stage some cheesy couple photos. My boyfriend said that these photos turned out looking like engagement photos! He actually sent one to his cousin and pretended that we were engaged. His cousin did not seem to appreciate the joke, haha. This was our first time taking photos together for the blog/Instagram, so we definitely have some learning and practice to do in terms of our poses and perhaps the location of the shoot. I think these look more like Christmas card photos, if anything. But I really like the way they turned out, especially considering that we took them on a tripod!
You also must check out the goats at Gurney’s Newport, their names are William and Cornelius and they are freaking adorable! Be sure to get a photo with them, and you can also ask the hotel to take them out of the fence so you can get up close and personal with them. It is called Goat Island, after all.
For dinner and drinks, check out the Regent Lounge & Bar for a pre-dinner drink. I had an amazing grapefruit infused cocktail that was strong yet sweet, the most dangerous combination for a lightweight like me. For dinner, I definitely recommend Scarpetta for one of the nights you’re there. It is on the pricier side, so it’s nice for a dressed-up, fancy night out. Like the Manhattan location, the food and drinks Scarpetta did not disappoint. I had the tastiest lobster pasta for my “appetizer,” followed by scallops as my main. I was pretty stuffed by then, but of course no good meal can end without dessert. I got the special of the night which was bread pudding, and the boyfriend got the flakiest apple tart. Oh, and I did I mean I had a super strong and delicious cocktail called the San Remo, with hints of citrus and a good amount of bourbon. I highly recommend it (notice my slightly flushed face in the below photo).
Asides from eating and drinking our way through Gurney’s, we did manage to venture out and visit the famous Breaker’s Mansion. Newport is known for their mansions, and you can get a mansion tour pass that will give you access to all the Newport mansions. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to visit all of them, but we did make it to the main one which is the Breaker’s. It was a former home to the Vanderbilt’s, and boy was it ostentatiously grand. Every room of the mansion had a different story and theme, and the ceilings and walls were all so intricately designed. I definitely had fun taking photos and dressed the part in a vintage two piece set and pink beret.
Another mansion of note is the Elms, which we didn’t get to visit but I heard is very unique and a bit different from the other ones. However the Elms only does guided tours, so keep that in mind if you go as each tour is 40-50 minutes long. And lastly, if you’re looking for hearty and affordable brunch spots, you have to check out the The Corner Cafe. I am not exaggerating when I say I had the best pesto omelette of my life there. It literally melted in my mouth.
I hope you found this mini Newport, RI guide helpful. I was only there for 2 days, so I’ll definitely need to go back for longer next time. If you’re looking for a quick Winter getaway, Newport really is a great option, and the Gurney’s Resort took very good care of us. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,