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A visit to The Classic Coast—nine vibrant and historic towns all sharing some seriously prime New England coastline—is both everything you expect and enjoyably unpredictable. This is a place and a people made of surf and soul; raised by the ocean and built by eccentric and outspoken rebels some 300-plus years ago. If you're looking for classic Colonial architecture and breathtaking New England landscapes, we've got 'em. Trust us. But it's a feeling you get here of being switched off yet inspired; engaged yet refreshed. There's no word for it, but it happens everyday on The Classic Coast.

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Cru Cafe Burger Bender 2022

Newport Burger Bender

Newport Burger Bender, the “best burger” contest is back February 17 - 26, 2023. Try one. Try Some. Try them all. Then vote for your favorite burger.

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Newport Winter Festival

The 35th Annual Newport Winter Festival returns this Winter with 10 days of live music, foodie contests, kid-centric activities and more on The Classic Coast from February 17th - 26th.

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Black History Month Events

February is known as Black History Month, an annual time that celebrates the history, heritage and diversity of the Black community with special events and lectures throughout The Classic Coast.

Moonrise Kingdom Date Winter

Valentine's Day in Newport

Award-winning cuisine, historic charm and unparalleled hotel stays combine to make The Classic Coast among the top destinations for romance.

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Feb 17-Feb 26

Newport Burger Bender

Newport Burger Bender, the “best burger” contest is back through 2/26/23. Local restaurants are…

Apr 1-Apr 30

Newport Daffodil Days

Newport’s Daffodil Days celebrates the arrival of over 1,200,000 bright yellow daffodils throughout…

May 13-May 21

The Ocean Race

Sail Newport and The Ocean Race announced today that for the third consecutive edition of the…

Jun 23-Jun 25

Newport Pride

LGBTQ+ Pride is happening in Newport, RI in June 2023! We're creating events and experiences to…

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winter must-do's

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Castle Hill Inn Lighthouse Winter

Best Winter Photo Spots

If you're willing to brave the cold (trust us, it's worth it), these charming spots have everything that your winter spirit (and maybe your Instagram feed) is craving.

Gurney's Skating Rink

Ice Skating at Newport Harbor Island Resort

As temperatures drop, Newport Harbor Island Resort transforms their North Lawn into a wintry wonderland complete with an ice skating rink as part of the property's Winter Wonderland pop-up.

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our coastal community

The Classic Coast is made up of nine connected coastal towns. They all share a rich and well-preserved New England history along with an indelible spirit of artistry, hard work, and ambition that's simply, classic.

Newport Aerial Sunset

newport

Founded in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island is considered to be the shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. A haven for religious dissenters, a critical Colonial Era port city, a thriving artists’ colony, a summer playground for America’s barons of industry during the Gilded Age, home to the U.S. Naval War College and known as America’s First Resort, Newport is a destination like none other.

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Jamestown RI Beavertail Lighthouse

jamestown

Jamestown was incorporated in 1678 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and transferred to Rhode Island in 1746. Today, Jamestown is a peaceful coastal gem with historic farms, stunning parks, award-winning restaurants, and locally owned shops and art galleries offering a serene atmosphere.

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Bristol Aerial 2019

bristol

Created in 1685, Bristol embraces its three centuries of rich history which includes being the site of a landmark battle, as a sailing and shipbuilding hub, a critical Colonial Era port and all the while continuing to have the distinction of hosting the oldest, continuous Fourth of July Celebration in America.

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Second Beach Summer

middletown

By our destination’s standards, Middletown was a late bloomer, incorporated in 1743. Just as its name suggests, Middletown is in the “middle” of Aquidneck Island in Newport County, bookended by Portsmouth to the north and Newport to the south.

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Rail Explorers Portsmouth RI

portsmouth

Founded in 1638 by Anne Hutchinson and two other dissenters of the original Boston Colony, Portsmouth is home to many historic sites, public golf courses, marinas, antique shops and more. Portsmouth also encompasses four islands: Prudence Island, Patience Island, Hope Island, and Hog Island.

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Tiverton Harbor Fall

tiverton

Tiverton was incorporated in 1694 and today, this coastal community seamlessly blends outdoor beauty with cultural pleasures. The town is home to one-of-a-kind quaint locally owned boutiques and eateries, many nestled in historic Tiverton Four Corners, a quaint New England village of 18th century buildings.

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Goosewing Beach Little Compton

little compton

In 1682, the town of Little Compton was incorporated by the Plymouth Colony, which was the first permanent European settlement in New England founded by English Pilgrims. It became part of Rhode Island in 1747 and today is home to the Ocean State’s only official “town common,” listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Warren RI Bike Path Aerial

warren

Settled in 1653 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Warren's working waterfront is one of the oldest in New England with more than 16 miles of shoreline, multiple marine-based industries, and a thriving downtown offering a host of local art and antique shops, waterfront restaurants and more.

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Barrington RI

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Barrington boasts a long, rich history as members of the Mayflower party once called the coastal town home. More than half of the town’s square miles is water, so picturesque waterfront vistas are plenty.

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