Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer on The Classic Coast. Rooftop bars, al fresco patios, seaside lawns and outdoor attractions reawaken and reopen just as the warmer weather breathes new life into our stunning coastal enclave. But that's just the start. From harbor cruises and wine tastings to special deals and the perfect places to soak up the sun, MDW is on. Are you in?
A TASTE OF SUMMER
BRUNCH ON A BOAT
Rise and shine, you’re in Newport! Start your day with an invigorating Morning Mimosa Sail aboard Adirondack II, an elegant, 80-foot, turn-of-the-century-style pilot schooner. Feel free to bring brunch to complement perfectly poured mimosas.
DINE & SAIL
Enjoy a two-hour harbor cruise with 12 Meter Charters followed by dinner at Newport's iconic Clarke Cooke House. For a true taste of summer, opt for oysters on the half shell while enjoying CCH's harbor view.
RIDE THE RAILS
Rail Explorers offers a unique scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and Narragansett Bay on custom-built pedal-powered vehicles. This eco-friendly business offers a 6-mile waterfront journey along existing railroad tracks.
ROOFTOP BARS AND OUTDOOR PATIOS
This open-air, harbor-side bar located next to 22 Bowen's serves seasonal cocktails and culinary noshes overlooking the harbor on Bowen's Wharf. Snag a seat at the bar or a stool overlooking the water and enjoy the salt air.
Portside is open for the season weather permitting.
THE LAWN AT CASTLE HILL INN
This seaside lawn spotted with Adirondack chairs overlooking the bay at Castle Hill Inn is a Newport icon. Offering panoramic seaside views, classic New England fare and warm-weather cocktails, you might find it hard to leave.
ADIRONDACK CHAIR SERVICE
Walk-Up Beverage Service: 11:30 am - 6:30 pm daily, weather permitting. Seating is first-come-first-serve. Note: There is a capacity limit that is often reached on weekends, so visitors are advised to have backup plans. Service for the chairs is walk-up only and does not include food options – only beverages.
This dreamy outdoor patio at The Chanler overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and offers a robust menu of Mediterranean-inspired classic New England fare for lunch and dinner. Not to mention, a sunset-inspired palette, sculptural furniture, and soft flowing draped fabric panels commissioned from a local sail-maker set the stage for an ethereal experience.
The Cafe is open for the season weather permitting.
THE PAVILION BAR AT FORTY 1 NORTH
Located directly on the harbor, the Pavilion at Forty 1 North is a modern outdoor bar overlooking the iconic Newport Bridge and offering a scenic locale to savor classic fare or lounge on area sofas and armchairs. Soak in the sights while sipping a signature cocktail.
The Pavilion Bar is open for the season weather permitting.
THE ROOF DECK AT THE VANDERBILT
Savor a glass of champagne or a specialty cocktail with a classic Newport sunset and the harbor as your backdrop. Situated in the heart of downtown, you'll have gorgeous views of Newport's bustling neighborhoods and the iconic Newport bridge.
The roof deck is open for the season weather permitting. There is no food service, only beverages.
Hotel Viking's rooftop kitchen and bar offer a full menu complete with local and traditional cuisine alongside a full bar. Dine at tables, lounge on couches or sit along the newly expanded bar, all with unparalleled views of the neighborhood's tree-lined streets.
Top of Newport is open for the season weather permitting.
Situated on the harbor, Newport Marriott's Skiff Bar offers craft and local beers, specialty cocktails, savory appetizers, and signature wings and flatbreads. Enjoy seating at their outdoor bar terrace with a coastal-inspired atmosphere to compliment your experience.
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From world-class museums to enchanting wineries and breweries, these local, one-of-a-kind experiences are everything you need to get summer started on the right note.
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