There is an incredible feeling that comes over you crossing the Clairborne Pell Bridge into Newport. It’s a feeling of leaving your “life behind” and being transported to a world where you can blend with the rich and famous.
It’s not a bad drive, just short of three and half hours from Bernardsville, NJ and it offers so much! Beautiful hotels, great dining, yachting, sailing (it is considered one of the great sailing capitals of the world) and beautiful people!
If you plan to go, visit www.gonewport.com
there are great listings of events, accommodations and restaurants. There is always something going on all year around and in the summer it is bustling.
My suggestions for hotels include The Chanler at Cliff Walk, a gorgeous seaside hotel that overlooks the ocean and is adjacent to the famous Cliff Walk, like The Bernards Inn they are a AAA Four Diamond hotel and have been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler. www.thechanler.com
The guest rooms are magnificent and you must dine at world renowned restaurant The Spiced Pear, they offer a beautiful ala carte menu, tasting dinners and a chef’s table. It is definitely resort casual, yet you will find many dressed to the nines. It’s a bit of Nantucket meets Bermuda and New York City…all rolled into one, sleek and chic!
Another fabulous inn and restaurant, part of the The Newport Restaurant Group www.thenewportrestaurantgroup.com
collection, The Inn at Castle Hill www.castlehillinn.com
, a Relais & Chateaux property on the famous Ocean Drive . The staff, the food, the view, it’s stunning! Their collection includes two of my personal restaurant favorites, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille www.22bowens.com
and The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar www.mooringrestaurant.com
; both offer great harbor views in a relaxing atmosphere. The staff in all of these locations is trained well, they have to be, the clientele is diverse and discerning. The world visits Newport, Rhode Island.
A new addition to Newport and getting all “the buzz” is 41 North www.41north.com
, a beautiful hotel and marina featuring two restaurants, casual and fine dining. I didn’t have a chance to eat at either one but definitely made a visit to the building and it does look special.
It is busy in the summer, the streets crowded with pedestrian traffic everywhere. There is nightlife for those that enjoy the bar scene, with entertainment nightly at most all of them.
If you are looking for a seaside escape, perhaps a diversion from the beautiful Jersey shore, transport yourself to Newport, Rhode Island, you won’t be sorry, and let me know how you like it!