If you have seen any of my posts from Newport, Rhode Island, you can probably tell that I am in love with this seaside gem. The fresh seafood, the gorgeous coastline, its opulent mansions and charming downtown, is what made me fall for this place as a little girl. As I mentioned in my Road Trip to Rhode Island post, I have been traveling to Newport, Rhode Island with my family ever since 2000, when I was 5 years old. It became a summer tradition, and each time we made the trip, we would always discover new restaurants to try or look for different places to explore. But, the one aspect of our trips that always stayed consistent was our choice of hotels. Since 2000, we have traveled to Rhode Island either 1 or 2 times per summer and we have always stayed at the Newport Marriott! If you do that math, that is a lot of visits to RI and the Newport Marriott! It became our home away from home and every summer I would countdown the days to when we would pack up the car and take the drive to the Newport Marriott. Every year my memories of my trips to RI and this hotel just keep getting better and better.
Seventeen years later and I still look forward to RI trips and staying at one of my favorite hotels. The Newport Marriott hotel is located in the heart of the historic Newport, and a 5-minute walk from Downtown Newport, which is where you will find the infamous Bowen’s Wharf. As you approach the Newport Marriott you are greeted by the friendly staff that is always eager to assist in any way possible. The newly redesigned hotel features nautical hints throughout the lobby and the hotel rooms, which pairs beautifully with the harbor front views from the hotel. You can literally walk out of the doors of the hotel and see the most stunning views of the Newport Harbor. No detail goes unnoticed at this Marriott with its luxury accommodations and the charming nautical lobby. When I arrived I couldn’t wait to get settled into my room and see what the Newport Marriott had in store for me.
On day one, I checked into my room and was speechless at how beautiful the accommodations were. As I walked through the doors and down the hallway of this grand suite, I was amazed at the stunning views of the Newport Harbor straight through the glass doors. Naturally, my first instinct was to run out to the incredible balcony and snap a few photos. If the marble dining set and the spacious living/entertainment area in the suite weren’t enough, two white wooden doors opened up to a grand master bedroom. The nautical details throughout the bedroom are subtle but add such a cozy seaside touch. The walk in closet was an added bonus for a blogger like me and the spa-like bathroom had the most goal worthy shower I have ever come across.
After checking in, we took a stroll past the harbor and into Downtown Newport. What is so great about the Marriott is its location, because of its close proximity to town. After just a 5 minute walk you’re in the heart of Newport and Bowens Wharf, where you will find the cutest shops and some of the best restaurants. One of my favorite places to go every time we are in RI is a BBQ spot called the Smoke House. They serve some of the freshest and tastiest BBQ in town, and they also have some great gluten-free options! Be sure to order their famous nachos (without cheese for me!) because they’re unreal.
Later that afternoon, it was time to hit the gym! I like to fit a workout in even when I am away, and the gym at the hotel is fully equipped. There is a space on the ground floor of the gym that is stocked with water rowers, TRX’s, kettlebells, box jumps…the works! You name it, they have and it is the ultimate dream for a fitness fanatic like me. An afternoon dip in the pool, a quick change back in the room, and off to the Skiff Bar located on the first floor of the hotel. We enjoyed specialty cocktails and delicious appetizers with a spectacular view of the sunset. Soon after we headed into town to one of my favorite spots- the Revolving Door. They serve a fresh local catch everyday, which is always delicious and the pork lettuce wraps are a must!
Day two started bright and early with a morning run along the Newport Cliff Walk, which is one of Newport’s top attractions. This 3.5-mile trail borders the shore line with incredible views of First Beach and the Newport Mansions (The Breakers has always been my favorite). Now its back to the hotel for the breakfast buffet at the hotels Mainsail restaurant. The maritime themed décor is charming and the service is always a delight. There is one waitress in particular named Susan, that I have known since I was a little girl. It is always a delight to catch up with her while enjoying a breakfast with a waterfront view.
After breakfast we ventured into downtown Newport and decided that we wanted to soak up the sun and enjoy the heavenly weather. What better way to see Rhode Island than on scooters! I guarantee that it will be one of the best experiences that you will have on your trip to RI. You can cruise down Ocean Drive to catch some of the most stunning views of the island and the winding roads reveal grand seaside mansions.
Biking really works up an appetite and one of the RI’s best kept secrets is Sweetberry Farm. The farm and café serves a variety of fresh produce, sandwiches and salads made in house. If there is ever a time to have a ‘cheat snack’, this is the definitely the place to go. The farm bakes fresh blueberry, peach, apple, strawberry pies daily. If you get to the farm at the right time to snag one of these sweet treats, consider yourself extremely lucky. Locals flock to pick up these freshly baked treats. The farm also offers one of my favorite summer traditions, which is strawberry and raspberry picking. It also makes for the cutest photos…you know me…always thinking about getting the perfect shot!
We finished off the trip at 22 Bowens, which serves New England’s finest steaks and seafood. It is located in the historic Bowens Wharf, which is always a fun and lively place to be during the evenings. It was the best way to end such an amazing trip with the Newport Marriott.
As you all know by now I have been traveling to Newport for ages, so I know a lot about the hidden gems and the best places to visit. This trip was filled with fun activities, but I couldn’t hit all of my favorite spots in just two days. I will definitely be back soon to highlight more of my favorite places in City by the Sea. Do not underestimate this small state! There is so much to do and I can’t wait to share more of my love for Newport, Rhode Island with you! Thank, you to the Newport Marriott for sponsoring this post and for being a part of yet another memorable trip to Newport, Rhode Island. I look forward to visiting again very soon!