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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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Tiverton Fall on the Coast

Fall on The Coast

Whether you prefer to toast to the season indoors, or get outside to feel the Autumn-infused ocean breeze, The Coast has just the thing.

Hiking Path That Winds Through Vegetation To The Sea In Newport

Hiking + Walking Trails

From light and leisurely scenic walks along the coastline to moderately intense trails in picturesque New England forests, here are our favorite spots to get outdoors.

Ocean Drive 2020

Guide to Parking

Park your ride in these lots, streets and somewhat secret spots, get out and enjoy the view.

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Nov 4-Nov 13

Newport Restaurant Week

Join us for another season of Newport Restaurant Week where area restaurants will offer an…

Dec 2 2022-Apr 8 2023

Newport Winter Foodies Stroll

Cozy up this Winter and enjoy a three course meal accompanied by selected wine pairings at three of…

Jul 28-Jul 30

Newport Folk Festival

Mark your 2023 calendars! We'll see you back at Fort Adams next summer July 28 - July 30, 2023. The…

Aug 4-Aug 6

Newport Jazz Festival

Mark your 2023 calendars! We'll see you back at Fort Adams next summer August 4 - August 6, 2023…

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all things autumn

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Hard-pressed Cider Company

Fall-Flavored Treats In + Around Newport

From fresh pressed apple cider to house made pumpkin spice syrup perfect for your morning brew, check out these fall-flavored treats that just might have you happy Summer's over.

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Newport with Kids: The Fall Edition

From apple picking and interactive museums to plenty of pumpkin patches, hayrides and a corn maze they'll love wandering through, here are our favorite family-approved picks.

Bowens Wharf Seafood Festival

The Best Fairs + Festivals This Fall

Crisp air and the sense of renewal; the cozy feeling you get as soft light wanes over annual harvest fairs on historic wharves—truthfully, you’ll just have to come see for yourself.

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Newport Aerial Sunset

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

barrington

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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Rail Bike Tours with Rail Explorers

Based in Portsmouth, Rail Explorers offers you the chance to ride tandem or quad, custom-built, pedal-powered rail bikes along railroad tracks journeying alongside Narragansett Bay.

Coffee Shop Stoneacre

Best Coffee Shops in Town

Hand-roasted beans. Artisanal aroma. Aesthetic atmosphere. When it comes to coffee shops, no matter your cup of joe, Newport and its surrounding areas have it brewing for you.

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