When you think of the best islands in America we’re sure many think of Hawaii, and you wouldn’t be wrong but Aquidneck Island (Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth) was named the 6th Best Island in the U.S. by the Readers of Condé Nast.

It seems that our poorly kept secret is a secret no more.

Adirondack II Newport RI Sunset

Here’s what they had to say about us:

The largest island in Narragansett Bay is where you’ll find Newport, one of our RCA-approved “best small cities in America,” lined with elegant Gilded Age mansions straight out of an Edith Wharton novel. The City by the Sea is also a center for sailing.

Pro tip: The Newport Jazz Festival, held in August each year, has played host to countless musical greats—Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, and John Coltrane, to name just a few. Pay a visit during the summer to see the next big thing in jazz.

Getting there: Drive to Aquidneck Island from Providence, only about 40 minutes away.

Surfing Ruggles Newport RI

See the rest of the list here -> Best Islands in the U.S.

PS – Nantucket didn’t even make the list. So suck it, Nantucket! 😉

But if you’re on ACK follow our friends at Nantucket blACKbook. They have the island wired!

Where to stay:

If you’re visiting Newport, book your stay at Gurneys Newport Resort & Marina, they are hands down the nicest hotel in Newport and their seaside location on Goat Island with 360° water views and the seclusion of a private island is just a jaunt from the shops and eateries of downtown Newport.

Eats:

If you’re looking for some great spots to dine, we recommend hitting up local favorites such as Tavern on Broadway with their Buck-A-Shuck Wednesdays, Norey’s (RI’s #1 craft beer bar) and the new 1908 Public House which boasts the best burger in all of Newport!

Johnny’s Restaurant and Patio has amazing seafood and an incredible Filet Mignon and The Pier Restaurant is the spot to grab some seafood on Newport Harbor!

And if you love donuts (and who doesn’t?) Swing by Liberty Donuts for the freshest delectable delights in all of Rhode Island!

Party:

The party never stops at Gurney’sThe Deck, DocksideThe Pier and Tavern on Broadway are the hot spots to find the locals!

Don’t miss:

No trip to Newport is complete without a trip to our famed Newport Mansions. Pro Tip: Grab a Five House ticket  and check out a handful. It’s well worth the price and will save you some $$$.

Taste the flavor:

Swing by the Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. and sample some of their award winning creations.

Founded in 1999 by four college friends, Newport Storm Brewery was the original production craft brewery in Rhode Island. They created more than 100 distinctive beers while keeping things local and authentic. From their flagship Hurricane Amber Ale to seasonal brews made with Rhode Island grown ingredients, to beers aged in rum barrels, the brewery has been in the vanguard of craft brewing for nearly 20 years.

In 2006 the crew began distilling craft spirits. They were the first distillery in Rhode Island in 135 years and currently produce whiskey, a single barrel rum, and an overproof white rum.

Dress for success:

Newport’s First Lady Deborah Winthrop owns the premier women’s boutique on Aquidneck Island with hip and chic clothing, bra sized swimwear and a the largest selection of lingerie around. Deborah and her staff are all expert bra fitters. The right bra will make you look and feel 10 years younger and 10lbs lighter!! Swing by and see for yourself.

Love Newport so much that you want to move here?

Contact Hawks and Company Real Estate!

Hawks and Company is composed of long-time Aquidneck Island residents. They know and understand our island thoroughly, yet with origins stretching from coast to coast, they are also broadly connected. Their track record, fused with over three decades of combined real estate experience, makes the Hawks team unique and fuels their award-winning success. Simply put, Hawks and Company is the team most capable of managing all of your real estate needs.

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