Living on a neighboring island just across the Narragansett Bay called Jamestown, Newport has always been a fun place to go in the summertime to enjoy the beautiful beaches, excellent food, and bustling nightlife. Summers in Newport have changed alot over the last century, with the manors of the Gilded Age giving way to masses of vacationing families and students.
During the day time the beach scene is always alive at the ever popular and creatively names First and Second beaches. The picturesque views and cool Atlantic waters draw crowds in from all over. Though the beaches are great, the food scene in newport is what really shines in my opinion. The location right at the doorstep to the Atlantic, coupled with the Portuguese influences on Rhode Island cuisine come together to create a food lovers heaven.
My favorite restaurant in Newport Called the Black Pear located right on the docks at Bowen’s Wharf has developed quite the reputation for serving what many consider to be the best New England Clam Chowder. The Black Pearl is also well known for serving strong rum drinks and a large variety of local seafood dishes coming right off of the local boats docked out back.
As the nights in Newport wind on, there are many great bars on Thames street just up from the Wharf. A local favorite called One Pelham East is always a fun time with live music nightly through the summer peak season, as well as a fun crowd.
Be sure to check out the Del’s Lemonade trucks if you go to the beaches.