The Queen of Summer Resorts – Newport, RI

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Recently we presented you with the newest resort in the InnSeason Vacation Club DestINNations list.  The Newport Bay Club is centrally located in this New England Vacation hotspot.  With mansions, museums, and many restaurants, this vacation spot will be sure to give you many wonderful memories!

Everyone knows Newport best for the Mansions.  These sprawling summer “cottages” were once the home to the great American industrialist and captains of industry.

The Breakers

The Breakers is the largest of the Newport Mansions and probably the most impressive and most frequently visited.  The Marble House is a personal favorite and has a beautiful, almost exact replica of the ballroom at Versailles as well as a gorgeous authentic Chinese Tea Room on the back lawn  Rosecliff is one of the smaller but still equally impressive mansion.  Each mansion provides guided tours and offers a breathtaking glimpse into the lives of some of America’s most wealthy families.

Newport did not earn the nickname “The Sailing Capitol of the World” without good reason!  The Museum of Yachting is the perfect place for any sailing enthusiast out there!  Combining exhibits with workshops and events throughout the year, there’s always something to experience at this museum featuring one of Newport’s favorite past-times.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis players and fans will love a visit to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  With more than 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, guests will be able to learn the history of tennis as well as the Newport Casino, the building the museum is housed in.  The birth of US Open was seen on the grass court located on the grounds and today is the site of the annual Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.  You can even rent some court time and play on these historic grass courts!

Newport Harbor Light

If you want to have more of an adventure, spend some time tracking down the many lighthouses that dot the shoreline of this Ocean State city and brush up on your pharology (the study of lighthouses).  Many of these lighthouses can be visited and toured.  Not only will you enjoy some beautiful sights, you’ll also get to explore Newport, Jamestown, and some of Bristol County while searching for these beacons of light that helped the ships safely navigate the shores of Rhode Island.

For the history buff – Newport is a virtual treasure trove of historical spots!  The first incarnation of Fort Adams was built in 1702 during the War of Spanish Succession.  Throughout American history, Fort Adams has provided protection to Newport and the cities on Narragansett Bay.  Today, Fort Adams is best known for hosting the Newport Folk Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and it’s fantastic tours of the grounds.

Rhode Island got its start as a state with religious tolerance when Roger Williams left Massachusetts Bay Colony to create a place where he could worship freely.  Newport is a shining example of where Roger William’s legacy lives on.  Visit many of the old churches and synagogues to learn the history of how they were built and admire the colonial architecture.  Most of the places of worship still have active congregations!  Some of the more famous are Trinity Church, the Touro Synagogue, and the Great Friends Meeting House – all of which offer tours.

Touro Synagogue

Looking for more of a nightlife?  Newport won’t disappoint!  With some great dining options, great live music locations, and a nearby slots casino, there’s something for everyone at night.

Dinner options abound in Newport.  For fine dining – there are so many to choose from!  The Spiced Pear is one of the finest restaurants in all of Newport.  Famous for its New England Tasting Menu, this would be the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic evening or celebrate an anniversary!  Looking for some surf and turf?  Make reservations at 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille.  With the best of the sea and the best of locally grown produce, this restaurant sure to make for an enjoyable evening.

Want a more casual dining experience – don’t worry – Newport has that covered too!  Visit the Barking Crab and enjoy some of the best seafood in Newport! Or stay close to the Newport Bay Club and check out the Rhino Bar and Grille; Newport’s only Multi-Club destination! Each night of the week features great specials and dancing or live music.

Looking for more of an adrenaline rush?  Then head over to the Newport Grand and have fun at the poker and blackjack slots or take in some comedy or live music in the event center.  Whatever you choose to do, make sure you have fun doing it!

And let’s not forget, no trip to Newport would be complete without stopping at Newport Creamery for the signature Awful Awful – one of the best “drinks” you’ll ever have! What makes this treat so tasty is that it not only uses ice cream, milk, and flavored syrup like most Frappes and Cabinets do, it also uses a secret frozen ice milk mix which is why this “drink” will leave you wanting more!

Newport Creamery's Awful Awful

 

This is just a sampling of what Newport has to offer.  Find out more on your own trip there!  Book your stay at the Newport Bay Club today by calling Vacation Club Reservations at 800-228-2968 and have your own adventure in Newport!  We’d love to hear where you went and what you tried so feel free to leave us your own Newport tips after you come back!

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2 Responses to “The Queen of Summer Resorts – Newport, RI”

  1. Newly Added Vacation Club Inventory « InnSeason Vacation Club Says:

    […] At the  Newport Bay Club, the Vacation Club added 75 weeks in 2012.  The units at Newport Bay Club are spacious and have one or two bedrooms.  All units have queen size beds in the bedrooms and a queen size pullout in the living room (no units offer king or two beds in one bedroom).  The units also feature beautiful marble bathrooms and kitchens with microwave ovens (only the 2 bedroom units have a stove).  This is a wonderful spot to watch the ships sail on Narragansett Bay and explore this beautiful seaside town. […]

  2. Oceancliff Resort – The Newest DestINNation | InnSeason Vacation Club Says:

    […] new DestINNation property.  Oceancliff Resort I & II in Newport, RI is located just outside of the famous New England seaside town.  With so many great features to offer, you should consider booking a reservation to check-it out […]

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