Newport Rhode Island Vacations

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Located on the southern tip of Aquidneck Island, which is thirty miles from Providence, Newport offers vacationers the opportunity to enjoy an authentic town, a fun nightlife, and beautiful scenery. Newport has aristocratic roots, as it was a yachting and tennis hotspot for the rich during the mid 1800s. The Great Depression erased the town's luster and appeal to the wealthy.

Starting in the 1970s, however, the town began its resurgence and regained some of its prestige. The summertime is festival season at Newport. The bars and restaurants get crowded during the evenings. During the daytime, America's Cup Avenue teems with people walking in and out of boutiques.

Things to Do in Newport

Many bars and cafes overlook the water in Newport. Irish pubs are commonplace. At night, people walking through the villages hear jazz, blues, and rock music overflowing from the popular hangouts. Newport bars frequently hire live bands. The crowds are conglomerations of old and young.

One of the most authentic restaurants in all of Newport is called the Cheeky Monkey, which travel writers consider to be a must-visit location. Hanging from the walls are dozens of paintings of well-dressed monkeys. Stained glass lamps set the ambiance, and people choose from simple seafood dishes and steaks.

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