Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Newport, RI the Best Place to Travel in July! in the world!

Here’s what they had to say about our City by the Sea.

Just about three hours from New York and about half that drive time from Boston, Newport is the ideal place to enjoy sea breezes, beach days, ocean views, and just being outdoors. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely walk, a bike ride, or a challenging hike, you’ll find your perfect trail in Newport. The famed Cliff Walk, Audubon Nature Center, and East Bay Bike Path are just a few of the options. For a change of scenery from the beach or walking paths, visitors can tour historic mansions built by the country’s wealthiest families in the late 19th century. Take a boat tour of Newport Harbor to learn about its history and enjoy cool ocean air at the same time, or browse the artisan shops and casual eateries in the Broadway District.

Deciding where to stay will be part of the fun, and you’ll find many lodging options including The Wayfinder Hotel, just opened with an extensive collection of local art. The historic Hotel Viking, set atop Newport’s Historic Hill neighborhood, offers renovated guest rooms and a rooftop bar with 360-degree ocean views. The luxury boutique Chanler at Cliff Walk, once a New York congressman’s family retreat, features 20 uniquely-designed rooms with a vintage atmosphere. Surrounded by Narragansett Bay, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is just minutes from downtown Newport. The Vanderbilt, dating to 1909, is a meticulously restored Newport mansion.

Newport topped the list that includes Maui, Lake Tahoe, Santa, Fe, Charleston and Breckenridge.

Here’s our thoughts

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.


If you’re looking for some great spots to dine, we recommend hitting up local favorites such as Tavern on Broadway, Fluke, LaForge Casino Restaurant, Scarpetta and The Deck!


The party never stops at Gurney’s, The Deck, Dockside, and Tavern on Broadway and LaForge 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

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.