The thought of a trip to Newport typically conjures visions of clam chowder, tan lines and the Atlantic drying on your skin. It's true, Newport has always had that whole summer thing down pat. But believe it or not, winter is when the magic happens. Winter sunrises unobstructed and in full glory, snow-kissed seasides and a seat by the fire - it's a feeling unlike any other. Not to mention, winter is when all things cozy get kicked up a notch. Heated igloos with a bay view? Got it. A hot chocolate bar? Got that too. So sure, Newport has summer down pat, but you better believe it nails winter too.
Below are our favorite winter experiences in and around Newport.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter.
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HEATED POP-UP IGLOOS
Meander your way through the lobby at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina on Goat Island and through the back doors onto the Lounge & Fire Pit Deck where you'll find pop-up igloos overlooking the Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay. Each igloo is heated and disinfected between reservations with M.I.S.T. fogger and disinfection solution.
Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, 1 Goat Island, Newport
GOAT HIKES AT SIMMONS FARM
There's nothing like a hike through the great outdoors to ease your winter blues, even if the temperatures may be a little chilly. When nature calls (literally), head over to Simmons Farm in Middletown for a two-hour goat hike around the historic family-owned farm. Led by farmer Karla and her crew of adventurous, spirited goats, you'll get your own goat to walk on a leash along the designated trail. Stop along the way to feed your goat a treat and to take in stunning views of the preserved farmland, and conclude your journey with a cup of hot chocolate.
Simmons Farm, 1942 West Main Road, Middletown
HOT CHOCOLATE BAR
Hot chocolate is mandatory when navigating through a winter in New England. When the cold air rolls in, make your way to The Chanler at Cliff Walk, a luxury hotel nestled in a 19th century private mansion-turned-hotel, for a sip of elaborate craft hot chocolate from their newly re-opened hot chocolate bar.
Offerings include three combinations: milk chocolate with Dulce De Leche, chocolate pearls, marshmallow, a chocolate straw and a chocolate chip cookie; and dark-chocolate with La Colombe mocha coffee, chocolate coated coffee beans, chocolate straw and a dried cherry biscuit.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk, 117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport
NEWPORT WINTER FOODIES STROLL
Bundle up and arrive hungry. This winter rendition of the Newport Foodies Stroll leads you to three different Newport restaurants for a journey culminating to a three-course meal alongside meticulously chosen wine pairings. Your wintry stroll will last several hours and journey along Newport's historic Thames Street for a total of .75 miles. Tours run Friday and Saturday evenings starting 5:30 PM.
Departs 365 Thames Street, Newport
Hop aboard Save the Bay's education vessel for 360-degree views of Narragansett Bay and the chance to catch harbor seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Tours are one-hour, or you can opt for a two-hour tour and hop off at Rose Island to tour the historic lighthouse and the grounds.
Departs Bowen's Ferry Landing, Market Square, Newport
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