If you’ve never been to New England, you are 100% missing out on one of the most beautiful destinations in America. I’ve skied in Vermont a few times, but this was my first time venturing up north during the summer months and Newport, Rhode Island couldn’t have been a more perfect choice for a bachelorette weekend away!We packed a lot into our 4 days on Newport, but I’ll only highlight my top 6 picks – my “must-do’s” for a weekend in this beautiful beach town! If you like wine, sunset sailing and delicious seafood – keep reading:
1. Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen: We rented a house in Newport so we were able to prepare a lot of meals ourselves, but this was our #1 choice for a fancy dinner out on Saturday evening. We enjoyed wine picked out and paid for by Brittany’s fiance Kevin, but the beverage list is filled with plenty of delicious choices.
And the food… Oh my gosh the food. We passed around plate after plate, sighing dramatically as we tasted each other’s meals. Every bite was more delicious than the last. I went with the fluke fish (below) figuring I couldn’t go wrong with the namesake of the restaurant, and I was correct.
2. The Landing: After our amazing meal at Fluke, we headed over to what had become our favorite bar in town. The Landing is also a restaurant and there were tons of people enjoying meals both inside and out, but the best spot to be was on the main deck upstairs. Awesome bartenders indulged our every request, and we met tons of fantastic people while enjoying the breeze off the ocean.
3. Newport Vineyards: Our beautiful bride is a BIG fan of wine so we knew we had to include some sort of tour or tasting in our weekend plans. We uber’d over to Newport Vineyards on Friday afternoon and spent a few hours tasting a variety of whites and reds (your choices) and enjoying a delicious lunch in their gorgeous cafe! I highly recommend the Great White wine and the Rhody Coyote Turkey sandwich. And the cheese plate, obviously.
4. Adirondack Sailing Cruises: Is there anything more New England than enjoying a lobster roll on a sailboat cruise? We grabbed our sandwiches to go, boarded the Adirondack for a sunset cruise on Saturday, and had an amazing time touring the coast and drinking bottle after bottle of prosecco and rose. Our captain Dylan kept us laughing the entire cruise with plenty of stories and fun facts about Rhode Island and we all wished we had more time on the boat as we docked back in the harbor.
5. Gooseberry Beach: We knew we wanted to spend a day relaxing on the beach, but there are plenty to choose from in the Newport Area. Luckily, the locals hooked us up with a lesser known spot and we enjoyed a beautiful morning and afternoon at Gooseberry. The water was warm, the beer was cold and we even ventured out bravely to the rock formations just off shore for some photo ops. Notes: Beach access is $5, you can rent chairs for $, but the sand is soft and the water is super calm.
6. LoRusso’s Cafe: After all that sun, fun and indulging on delicious food and drinks, you’re probably going to wake up with a hangover or a headache. The quickest way to remedy that was definitely coffee and LoRusso’s did NOT disappoint! With a very friendly and accommodating staff, in a very convenient location just off Thames Street, it was the perfect place for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up.