If you don't believe in the magic of winter, then maybe this post isn't for you; but if you trust us enough to keep reading, we'll tell you that come January this Classic Coast is like something out a fairytale. Snow-kissed treetops, the feeling of crisp sea-breeze on your cheeks and the crunch of fallen snow beneath your feet all culminate to a feeling unlike any other. 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.





Make your way to Queen Anne Square located in the center of the city along historic Thames Street for stunning views of Trinity Church. (Fact: Trinity Church is home to the only center-aisle, freestanding, triple-decked pulpit left in America today, and was used in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.)



Queen Anne Square is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Newport. Once you've taken in its serene wintry scenery, wander along Thames Street and through the wharves to explore the city's boutique shops, eclectic galleries, and inviting eateries. 


Location: At the intersection of Mary Street and Thames Street



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Unfortunately, a cocktail on the Castle Hill lawn in an Adirondack chair isn't an option come this time of year, but that doesn't mean you won't find your share of bliss while you're there. Venture down the trail at the end of the parking lot to catch a glimpse of the Castle Hill Lighthouse. Standing 34-feet tall and overlooking Narragansett Bay with views of the Newport Bridge in the distance, this (slightly hidden) gem gets even more beautiful when freshly fallen snow rests on the nearby rocks. 



Head inside Castle Hill Inn, a 19th-century mansion turned luxury inn, order a winter cocktail off their wine & beverage list and make your way over to the fireplace for a cozy experience. 


Location: 590 Ocean Drive, Newport



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Beavertail Lighthouse can take our breath away on the most dreary of days, but it's truly a game-changer when blanketed in freshly fallen snow. Think: Winter wonderland meets seaside heaven. Located at the southernmost tip of Conanicut Island in neighboring Jamestown, this lighthouse (the third oldest in North America, might we add) and state park boasts panoramic views of Narragansett Bay.


Location: Beavertail State Park, Beavertail Road, Jamestown



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If you thought Newport's 3.5-mile Cliff Walk was solely a warm-weather spot, you thought wrong. Come winter, this scenic walking trail located alongside the ocean transforms into a nature lover's paradise with its usual beauty amplified by snowed-over paths and a snow-kissed rocky shoreline.


Location: Trail openings at Memorial Boulevard, Narragansett Avenue and Ruggles Avenue.



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Head to Paradise Valley Park for an unobstructed stretch of nature (a half-mile, to be exact) covered in snow and perfect for much-desired winter activities like snow shoeing, cross country skiing or hiking.



Take in views (and a photo or two) of Boyd's Windmill, the historic 8-vane windmill that resides there. 


Location: 43 Prospect Avenue, Middletown



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325 acres of hiking trails and preserved land comprise the scenic and tranquil Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown. The trails stay open year-round (Note: There's a $7 fee for exploring the area) and come winter, beg for whimsical wandering.


Location: 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown






Bowen’s and Bannister’s Wharfs are renowned as a warm weather hot spot around here, boasting cobblestone paths lined with a mix of local boutiques, exquisite galleries, eclectic artisans and more. But when the buzz of summer fades and the temperature drops, they become a peaceful place to admire the harbor and enjoy a moment of genuine peace. Head down to the end of Bannister's Wharf for a breathtaking view of the dock and the Newport Bridge.



Grab a cup of coffee to warm up from The Coffee Grinder, a favorite spot among locals, at the end of Bannister's Wharf then make your way inside the local shops and galleries that reside there.


Location: 13 Bowen's Wharf, Newport



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Right about now you're thinking the beach? In the middle of winter? Hard pass but again, trust us on this one. There's something therapeutic that takes over when the calm and quiet of winter meets the untamed beauty of the ocean. You'll want to take a minute (or five) to soak it all in - and maybe a photo for your feed. 



Second Beach:  315 Sachuest Point Rd, Middletown
Third Beach: Third Beach Rd, Middletown,



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Lined with trees and Gilded Age mansions, historic Bellevue Avenue is a sight to see on any given day, with wintry days only amplifying its awe-factor. Drive (or bundle up and walk) down cobblestone sidewalks for a peek at enchanting Gilded Age architecture dressed in fresh snow.



Head over to Annie's, a small diner-esque spot on Bellevue where breakfast is served all day and the corned beef hash has been described as life-changing. It's cozy, the staff is friendly, and the menu has something for everyone.



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You thought the Newport Mansions were breathtaking in the summer? You ain't seen nothin' yet. Step inside any of these Gilded Age wonders for a glimpse at how America's wealthiest lived during their summers spent in Newport. 




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