A Quick Stop in Newport, Rhode Island: Mansions, Cliff Walk and a 10 Mile Drive

A Great Weekend Destination

Sailing in Newport Rhode IslandBeyond the pull of the large Gilded Age mansions that draw so many visitors to Newport, it is a terrific place to spend a Saturday night having a beer and a burger. The Thames Street area is great for strolling. Bars, restaurants and shops line the cobbled roadways. The small city is rich in American history and boasts many restored buildings in the National Historic Landmark district.

Because of their age many of the buildings have a rich and storied history. One evening over the weekend we took a walking “ghost tour” after dark. It proved to be a great way to keep young’un entertained and to learn something at the same time. I don’t know if you believe in that sort of thing, but we definitely caught an orb or two on film. 😉

Newport Rhode IslandGrave stone at Trinity ChurchThe Shore off of Ocean Drive Newport, Rhode IslandCruise Ship Docked in Newport Harbor

Chinese Tea House at Marble HouseRosecliff Mansion - NewportThe Breakers - Vanderbilt Mansion NewportThe Garden at the Elms

The Mansions

No first time visit to Newport is complete without visiting any of the Newport Preservation Society Mansions that line the Bellevue Avenue area. The largest of the summer cottages is The Breakers, built by Cornelius Vanderbilt in the late 1890s. The Italian Renaissance styled home’s interior is a sight to behold. No expense was spared.

As we sat and enjoyed our $12 sandwiches at the carriage house of the Elms we tried to really grasp the magnitude of the style of living these people were accustomed to. The idea of living in a home that is bigger than most public libraries really boggles the mind. Could that have possibly felt like “home”?

It’s the Simple Things  – My Favorite Parts

When you come back down to earth after such wealth and decadence, Newport offers some very simple and lovely recreation as well.

A View of Part of Cliff WalkCliff Walk is a 3.5 mile trail overlooking the Atlantic to its east and bordered by many of the spectacular mansions to its west.  It is an excellent way to take in the sights. Not to be missed.

Along the southern shore of the peninsula is the 10 mile drive. A scenic route that brings you past Fort Adams State Park, Hammersmith Farm and on to Ocean Avenue where you are treated to a gorgeous view of the breaking waves on the coast. While it is not a fast-paced or technical ride, it is wonderfully scenic view of the Atlantic. Do yourself a favor and pack a lunch in your tankbag to eat along the rocky shore. The free show that the ocean puts on is better than anything you could pay for in town.

Click to View in Google Maps

Click to View in Google Maps

For More information:


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

You may also like...

4 Responses

  1. FuzzyGalore says:

    A Quick Stop in Newport, Rhode Island: Mansions, Cliff Walk and a 10 Mile Drive: A Great Weekend De.. http://bit.ly/R1QHt #motorcycle

  2. NewportRICVB says:

    RT @fuzzygalore: A Quick Stop in Newport, Rhode Island: Mansions, Cliff Walk and a 10 Mile Drive: A Great Weekend De.. http://bit.ly/R1QHt

  1. October 22, 2009

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by . said: […]

  2. February 15, 2010

    […] in October we spent a long weekend in Newport, Rhode Island with Gram. While waiting for the topiary garden to open, we spent some […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: