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.

 

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.

Don’t miss the chance to ice skate at Gurney’s outdoor rink over looking Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge. 

Eats:

If you’re looking for some great spots to dine, we recommend hitting up local favorites such as ,LaForge Casino Restaurant (piano bar every Friday and Saturday night), ScarpettaThe Reef and Tavern on Broadway!

Party:

The party never stops at Gurney’sThe ReefTavern on Broadway, LaForge and the Clarke Cooke House are the goto spots for locals all year round

Don’t miss:

No trip to Newport is complete without a trip to the Audrain Automobile Museum. The Audrain Automobile Museum has a mission to preserve and present automotive history while connecting and engaging with other non-profits and the community as a whole. Established in 2014, the Museum transformed the historic Audrain Building into a captivating display floor, fit specifically for our cultural needs. The Museum has access to collections with of over 200 cars, allowing for three fresh and unique exhibits per year. Ranging from Brass Era pre-War cars to Supercars of the 2000s, the Museum is dedicated to entertaining all generations and stylistic preferences.

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 former 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.