It’s summer’s end (say it isn’t so!), and if you’ve spent your weekends zigzagging across Long Island and enjoyed a healthy amount of time in Hamptons East, South, and Bridge, you might have run out of things to do. It’s not a bad problem to have, but if you’re looking to shake things up, head to the end of the world (aka Montauk), which is not really the end at all.
From there, you can shake your Hamptons fatigue and take a ferry to Block Island (just over an hour away). The charming summer-time destination is populated with Victorian Ginger Bread houses painted in shades of New England grey. But while Block Island teems with charm, it is limited in attractions, so hop on yet another ferry (operated by Block Island Ferry) headed to Newport, Rhode Island, where there’s more than enough to do. Depending on the ferry schedules, the journey can average around 2.5 hours, but those looking to splurge can get there in just 20 minutes. Gurney’s operates a helicopter service from Montauk to its Newport location that’s as scenic as it is time-efficient. (It’s operated by Newport Helicopter Tours and a charming man named Jeff will happily give you a history lesson as you hover towards the Ocean-side city.)
No matter how you get there, it’s a town that makes for an ideal day or weekend trip. Aesthetes can tour the Gilded Age elite’s imposing “summer cottages,” nature-buffs will enjoy the water views from the famed Cliff Walk, and just about everyone can appreciate a lobster roll on the Wharf. Below, recommendations from our staff on their favorite spots in Newport.
If you prefer modern slickness to historic charm, Gurney’s is the spot. Located on Goat Island, the buttercup yellow-colored hotel houses all the amenities for a super cushy stay. There’s a pool, spa, the buzzy Scarpetta restaurant (the bone marrow pasta is really quite something), and plenty of outdoor space—I witnessed multiple weddings take place on the waterfront lawn. Most rooms offer coastal views of Newport’s famous bridge and miniature lighthouse. - Lilah Ramzi, Features Editor
Located in downtown Newport, the brick-clad Viking is almost 100 years old. In terms of opulence, it’s nothing compared to say, Marble House, but with neat box hedges lining the entrance, it’s as grand of a hotel as you’ll find in town. - Elise Taylor, Living Writer
Indulge in the panoramic views and the expansive raw bar at Castle Hill's famous summer spot, The Lawn. Outfitted in charming white Adirondack chairs, The Lawn overlooks neighboring beach towns and sits at the Atlantic entrance of Newport's bustling harbor. Order a dozen oysters with a bottle of bubbly and watch the sailboats and mega-yachts pass by all afternoon. And should you feel inspired to stay a little longer than lunch, it’s also a hotel—check-in and stay all weekend. - Elisee Browchuk, Editorial Assistant
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