Looking for romantic cities for a winter getaway? TripAdvisor has trawled the reviews and come up with a set of locations that are sure to get your heart racing. 

The travel site writes of the stately Newport known for its handsome mansions, its harbor full of upscale yachts, and its sweeping Atlantic views. It draws sailing enthusiasts, architecture fans, and those in search of a romantic stay in truly lovely surroundings. It’s particularly pretty in winter when it’s all lit up for Christmas. Be sure to take the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk to appreciate the panoramic sea views and spectacular coastal architecture.

And as for Boston, they say whether you’re uncovering the streets and boutiques of pretty Beacon Hill, visiting the world-class art museums, strolling in the orderly city parks, or sharing a box of North End cannoli, this place makes a romantic retreat that’s nothing short of wonderful.

Two great cities!

We agree, but let’s add to the Newport description a bit.

A romantic getaway has to include a stay at the beautifully renovated Gurney’s Newport where New York sophistication meets New England charm. Every Monday through Thursday, their Regent Lounge offers dollar oysters from 5-7pm and the award winning Scarpetta delivers signature classics as well as seasonal dishes, fresh seafood selections sourced locally, and a world-class wine list. No matter the time of year, your experience is sure to be a memorable one at Gurney’s.

Looking for a cozy romantic spot that the locals love? Head to Tavern on Broadway where every Tuesday night their date night menu offers two three-course meals AND a bottle of wine for only $45. It’s a deal that’s tough to beat and their buck-a-shuck raw bar on Wednesday nights will provide you with as many libido boosting oysters as you need! the locals love Tavern on Broadway and they have the friendliest staff in town.

Go here to see the rest of the cities on the list!

Newport tips:

Where to stay:

If you’re visiting Newport, book your stay at Gurneys Newport Resort & Marina, Gurney’s is 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.


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 Clarke Cooke House.

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

Authentic, amazing, mouth wateringly delicious Italian your thing? It’s hard to choose between Scarpetta and Pasta Beach, so it’s better that you try both!

And if you’re looking for a classic Newport spot that never disappoints head straight for La Forge

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.

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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