A trip to Newport Rhode Island, in the winter is history filled. Although it may be a little chilly, one gets to observe a lot more due to the fact that one is most likely not taking a Harbor Tour, or sitting on one of Newport’s excellent beaches. The summer tour of Newport is completely different, but I would like to suggest a few winter things to do. First the Summer House aka Eisenhower House. This was close to golfing so President Eisenhower preferred to stay here during the summers.
Walking through the streets of Newport can find you standing in front of the United States’ first installation of a Gas Light! Or simply walk through and admire Bannister’s Wharf, or Bowen’s Wharf. There is a Newport Dinner Train that you would definitely enjoy. Newport was once the home of the Americas Cup Races and was almost selected for 2013. You can see the street sign in front of the Newport Bay Club. Right along the waterfront are loads of restaurants and shops, including the Cookie Jar!! Very picturesque boating scenes are all around you. Or you could go ice skating at the Newport Ice Rink.
Take a walk through some of the old malls. While you are walking around, you cannot help but note that there are signs everywhere from the Historical Society. Newport has always maintained its’ Historical presence. It’s very much like walking back in time. You can simply drive around and note the cobblestone streets, visit the Tennis Hall of Fame, or admire the old Mansions. Some have inside tours.
The beaches and scenery are still breathtaking, albeit somewhat snow covered. You can also ride up to Fort Adams and see the canons. While there, if you are lucky you can watch all the tiny sailboats, even on the coldest day, from the Newport Sailing school.
You will feel exhilarated after visiting Newport in the winter. After you tour the streets of Newport you may want to cross over to Middletown and follow Purgatory Road and Sachuest Point to Third Beach Road or Hanging Rocks Road. Both of these will take you to Middletowns’ amazing Indian Road.
There are loads of Ocean Front homes on the market that you will never want to leave. (I can show you any of them by appointment)