Normally, I’m not overly fond of the popular tourist hangouts. I usually think they’re too crowded, over-hyped, and ridiculously expensive. But I love Newport, Rhode Island.
Yes, it can be expensive –but it can also be affordable if you know where to go and what to avoid. And yes, it has hype galore. Good Morning America calls Newport, “The most beautiful place in America.” That’s as superlative as it gets (but it may actually be true!)
And yes, it’s crowded, in summer. But in Newport, I actually like the crowd. It’s a beautiful crowd, vibrant and happy! Summertime Newport is like the hoity-toityest carnival in the world.
In Newport you can believe in the possibility that ordinary people like you and I might–wait, in fact we ARE–walking where the Astors and Vanderbilts and Jackie Kennedy trod. And nobody asks us to leave just because we’re not famous or rich. Nobody (well almost nobody) scans us with a disdainful head-to-toe inspection that assesses whether we belong.
Because Newport LOVES its tourists.
Because every summer, tourists come in droves to willingly part, hastily, with much Moohlah.
Oodles of people spend money and time here because there are countless fun and interesting ways to enjoy the day:
- Shop, (and the shops are fantastic!)
- listen to great music,
- sail, of course,
- watch the sunset while you sip something lavish,
- lounge in your posh inn and pretend you always live like Gilded Age Royalty,
- toodle around in a Scoot Coupe,
- visit the mansions (and pretend you live in one)
- stroll the Cliff Walk,
- spend the day at the beach,
- EAT a lobster roll or clam chowder or nearly anything your heart desires,
- play tennis on clay,
- watch a polo match,
- and the list goes on and on.
In the next weeks, I’ll be featuring my insider tips (I live in Rhode Island and hang out frequently in Newport) for leisurely things to do, good food to eat and where to stay, both for when you want to treat yourself to an ooh-la-la experience and when your budget demands a low-cost excursion.
Let me convince you that you ought to visit us here in the biggest little state in the Union! When were you last in Newport, and when are you coming back?