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    Tips For Where To Stay, What To Eat, And What To Do In Newport, Rhode Island

    All you really need to know: There are lobster rolls involved.

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    If your daydreams consist of fresh seafood, salty air, and stunning historic mansions... I have nothing to say other than that Newport, Rhode Island, deserves your undivided attention.


    Allow me to take your hand and guide you through a weekend itinerary best described as perfection, chronicling where to sleep, eat, walk, and then eat some more. 

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    The Wayfinder Hotel is a boutique property created by local chefs, artists, and entrepreneurs in the Newport area — and it's *just* far enough away from the hustle and bustle of noisy Thames Street that you can sleep peacefully.

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    It's only a nine-minute drive to the very middle of Thames Street, though! So you're not too far away.

    Address: 151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Newport, RI 02840

    Rates: $260+/per night

    To quote every cartoonish real estate agent: location, location, location. The luxurious Hammetts Hotel is nestled right on the wharf and smack-dab in the middle of their main street — aka anything you need (from coffee to cocktails to shampoo) will be mere steps away.

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    Address: 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840

    Rates: $390+/per night

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    Sip on wine and beer flights at Newport Vineyards & Taproot Brewery, a lush destination complete with lovely outdoor greenery that *breathes in fresh air* we could certainly all use.

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    There's even a sprawling marketplace packed with local goods, vino, and brews you could purchase and bring home with you. You can also make reservations via OpenTable.

    Address: 909 E Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842

    Live like a Vanderbilt (vicariously that is) via a stroll through The Breakers Mansion, a sprawling hunk of real estate and an iconic National Historic Landmark that no amount of Zillow-ing can prepare you for.

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    One sprawling mansion not enough for you? Understandable, but don't fret. There's a whole slew of historic homes — Marble House, the can read all about them in this Newport mansion guide.

    Address: 44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

    And another tourist-y activity you *must* cross off your bucket list: the Newport Cliff Walk! Stroll all (or some of the) 3.5 miles of the eastern shore for gorgeous coastline views and an additional peek at more historic mansions.

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    Starting point: 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI 02840

    Ending point: Bailey's Beach (often referred to as Reject's Beach)

    Book a boat tour! Highly recommended: one that involves orange juice and champagne. This sightseeing cruise is given from a converted lobster boat and provides up-close views of Claiborne Pell, Newport Bridge, and Castle Hill — and even includes a complimentary mimosa.

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    Get tickets from Viator starting at $28

    Unearth buried treasure at Newport Marketplace & Antiques, a personal favorite stop due to the fact that I paid $9 for this delightful century-old book. 'Tis one of my most prized possessions (high praise, considering "tchotchkes" are my middle name).

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    Address: 130 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

    Newport is home to some gorgeous sand and surf, including Easton's, Bailey's, and Gooseberry beaches! So slather on that sunscreen, pack a bikini or 10, and spend a lazy afternoon catching some rays.

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    Easton's Beach is located at 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI 02840, and it actually marks the beginning of the Newport Cliff Walk! 

    Stroll along Narragansett Bay, and take a gander at the iconic Castle Hill Lighthouse — tours are not open to the public, but you can still ogle its beauty from the shoreline.

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    We love a fun and free activity. 

    Address: 800–870 Ocean Ave., Newport, RI 02840

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    Nestled right on the water, The Coffee Grinder provides a quiet escape from the bustle of Thames Street. Grab your morning java and some banana bread, and head out to their "backyard" where you'll be met with *takes deep breath* the most lovely salty breeze.

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    Address: 33 Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840

    Salvation Cafe is *the* brunch, lunch, or dinner spot if you're in the mood for slightly funky fare. Plus, eclectic decor and craft cocktails await: Think a cucumber cooler with Farmer's organic gin, elderflower cordial, cucumber, and limeade.

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    Reservations can be made via Resy

    Address: 140 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

    Wave ciao to a delicious Italian feast at Mamma Luisa, a cozy abode specializing in authentic dishes that make you feel as if you're sitting in Bologna (where Mamma Luisa herself actually hails from).

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    Reservations can be made via OpenTable

    Address: 673 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840

    Head over to Nomi Park in the Wayfinder Hotel! Their lobster roll was buttery and delicious, the mussels were immaculate, and IDK what else to tell you other than that I salivate when I think of my meal.

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    Reservations can be made via Resy.

    Address: 151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Newport, RI 02840

    And speaking of lobster rolls — The Newport Lobster Shack. It's a must. I saw it had tons of online reviews, scoured it from my mind because I assumed "tourist trap," but went to it after a ton of locals told me it was genuinely delish.

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    Address: 150 Long Wharf, (Trailer), Newport, RI 02840

    And with that, I bid you adieu — time to pack up your entire wardrobe and head on over to Newport, Rhode Island, for the ideal weekend getaway. Have any more suggestions? Drop 'em in the comments below.

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