Think cobblestone streets lined with the glow of white lights, the glitter and gold of Gilded Age mansions, and warm, quaint shops with candlelit windows.
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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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Here’s just a snapshot of some of our most anticipated celebrations.
For him, for her, and from all around Newport and Bristol Counties—your friends and family will love these fantastic finds.
Make it a December to remember.
From tree lightings, Santa visits, and ballet performances in a mansion, this holiday season is looking merry & bright.
‘Tis the season to be jolly!
Christmas at Blithewold is currently scheduled for November 22, 2023 – December 31, 2023. Come…
Holidays at the Newport Mansions will be more spectacular than ever this year! Come see the festive…
Newport Winter Foodies Stroll offers a 1-mile guided walking food tour through Newport's historic…
Now in its fourth season, Sparkling Lights at The Breakers brings the magic of the holidays inside…
Four readings of the Clement C. Moore poem by well known Newporters on this 200th anniversary of its…
Newport Burger Bender, the “best burger” contest is back through 2/26/23. Local restaurants are…
36th Annual Newport Winter Festival, more details to come! ❄️ Denotes Newport Winter Festival Event
The Newport Saint Patrick's Day Parade is currently scheduled for March 16th, 2024, pending state…
Newport’s Daffodil Days celebrates the arrival of over 1,200,000 bright yellow daffodils throughout…
Taste your way around the Ocean State. Sip champagne and enjoy oysters from local growers on the…
We told you, spirits: bright.
The opulence of Newport's Gilded Age mansions meets the sparkle and magic of Christmas during the return of Holidays at the Newport Mansions on Saturday, November 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024.
We rounded up some of the most classic holiday events in and around Newport this season.
A short drive from Newport will land you in the quaint, patriotic town of Bristol where you'll find Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum tucked away on 33-acres of meticulously maintained land.
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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.
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
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.Discover More
Think: the salt of the sea on your skin after a day chasing the swell. Think: the perfect amount of sunshine and crisp sea breeze. Classic.
Climb aboard Save the Bay's education vessel to catch a glimpse of migratory harbor seals lounging on Citing Rock near Rose Island.
Look no further, here are the top spots for sunset + sunrise in and around Newport.
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.