Attractions and things to do for couples in Newport – A prime location for a special occassion celebration or a romatic get-a-way
The small, seaside venue of Newport, Rhode Island, lends itself to a large variety of couple’s activities and attractions.
Historic Newport, with opulent mansions showing off the Victorian era as well as museums toting the growth of a busy and popular port, is a perfect venue for couples to celebrate or get away from it all. Home to miles of scenic coastline, unique shops and galleries, vineyards and a vast array of restaurants, Newport appeals to a variety of traveling styles.
Newport is a small, seaside village with quaint wharves and cobblestone streets that create a perfect atmosphere for wandering, hand-in-hand couples to peruse the shops and galleries. The highlights of some of the best shops derive from artists who show off their specialties for that one-of-a-kind souvenir. Antique shops, home décor, fashion and jewelry stores all beg for your attention should the artistic flair be overwhelming. During summer months and frequent festivals the wharves of Newport are packed with craftsmen’s tents selling their wares and willing to sketch a picture of a loving couple while you wait. If nothing strikes your fancy, stop at a Create-Your-Own pottery store to make your own memories.
The wharves lead to narrow side streets and large Victorian era mansions or what was once deemed, “summer cottages” of the very wealthy. Tours of the mansions and the grounds or gardens are available throughout the day; or, for the history buff, sailing, historic and art museums reveal the charm and development of the city. Try some of the evening cemetery tours and settle each other’s fears while cuddling.
If walking the alleys isn’t enough, a long, path overlooking the ocean and the mansions, called Cliff Walk, is a great morning exercise routine. The beaches offer sun bathing, water sports, swimming and a number of pick up volleyball games. Local parks offer picnic areas and the locations are prime for kite flying opportunities. The Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport; court time or lessons are available for a fee. On the harbor, sailboats are available for rental or allow someone else to take charge with a privately chartered sunset sail. Harbor cruises leave frequently if the need to get away from crowds arises, or bicycles built for two can be rented for island exploring. A small ice skating rink is set up down town in the winter months for a quick twirl followed by a shared mug of steaming hot cider.
When hunger strikes, the restaurant decision will be difficult for everything from fried clams on the go to a candle-lit French dinner can be found. Lobster and steaming bowls of chowder are the showoffs of Newport with a large selection of seafood dining, but leave room for specialty desert shops and mouth-watering chocolates. Three local vineyards and one brewing company offer tours and tastings for those who just need a spot of everything. The Victorian theme lends itself to a unique custom through the inns and hotels of Newport – afternoon tea. Four o’clock usually means tea and goodies served on the best china; but not too fancy for men to attend – it was popular during the Victorian age to serve a healthy amount of rum.
To make a celebration extra special, grab a couples massage or learn to give each other one, take a dance lesson and learn the tango, spring for a bottle of champagne and never pass a florist without a purchase. Many of the local inns and hotel offer romantic packages including accommodations, dinner, turndown service and something unique to their inn. For those events when closeness is the most important aspects, try a narrated motorcoach tour, a trolley ride or a scenic tr4ain ride along the banks of Aquidneck Island. If splurging is permitted, hire a car or limo for the day to escort you from place to place and arrive in style. No worries about parking places or fees, just the worry of being mistaken as a celebrity.
Whatever your style, Newport has many secret treasures for couples to explore and enjoy.