Comfort Inn At Atlantic Beach
28 Aquidneck Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842
Phone: (401) 619-2800
Fax: (401) 619-2814
Easton's Beach is locally known in Newport as "First Beach" and is a favorite spot for tourists, events and tournaments of all kinds throughout the summer season. The beach is long and narrow, providing a great place to stroll across the town line into neighboring Middletown. The boardwalk has parking, public bathhouses, concessions stands and even a carousel. The beach is known to have red kelp warnings that often prevent swimming and make walking and wading difficult.
Having its beginning in 1695, this is one of the oldest churches in New England.
Take a walk around Ochre Court located inside the Salve Regina University campus and you will be transported back to the 19th century. Built more than 200 years ago by Ogden Goelet as a summer retreat for his family, this imposing mansion has become a historic landmark in Newport. The archaic passages and long turrets draw inspiration from Gothic as well as Renaissance architecture. You can marvel at the impressive stained glass and old fire places or take a walk through the garden with rare and exquisite trees. Don't forget to admire the splendid view of the Atlantic Ocean as you explore various parts of the mansion.
A quaint cottage cum house museum, this Gothic Revival structure is set amidst lush green lands. A tour of the house will take you through a journey of the pre-civil war American household and it is sure to leave you spellbound and mesmerized. A verdant garden surrounds the red and white structure. The mansion is now the starting point of many a garden tours arranged by Secret Garden Tours. Call the the Preservation Society of Newport County, that manages the property, for more details.
This historic cemetery was founded 1675 for one of Rhode Island's first families: the Arnolds. The cemetery is final resting place of Benedict Arnold (not the Revolutionary War general who switched sides), first governor of Rhode Island, and his wife and family. You can still access the grounds today to look at the magnificent headstones which were preserved in the late 1940s.
Dedicated in 1763, Touro Synogogue is America's oldest synagogue. Descendants of Sephardim from Spain and Portugal seeking freedom from persecution founded the congregation in 1658. Peter Harrison, a known colonial architect, designed the synagogue. It is one of the best examples of 18th-century architecture in America. Friday services are held in the synagogue at 6p in winter, and 7p in summer. Saturday services are at 8:45a. Tours are conducted every half-hour Monday through Friday; in winter, tours are Friday at 1p and Sunday from 11a-3p. Donations accepted.
St. Mary's Church is a favorite stop for Newport visitors. Established on April 8, 1828, it is the oldest Roman Catholic parish in Rhode Island. The church was designed by Architect Patrick C. Keeley of Brooklyn, New York and was designated a National Historic Shrine on November 24, 1968. It is a quaint stone church of second period Gothic design, and perhaps most famous as the wedding location of Jacqueline Bouvier to John Fitzgerald Kennedy on September 12, 1953. It is closed to visitors on holidays.
Episcopal Sunday worship is held at 8 am and 10:30am, and 10am in summer at Trinity Church parish founded in 1698. This church is said to be one of the finest ever built, composed of the only three-tiered center aisle wine glass pulpit found in America. George Washington worshipped here in Pew 81. Other noted visitors include Queen Elizabeth and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who visited in 1976. Tiffany stained glass windows are valued at $3 million, the organ tested by Handel before sent from England. Donation.
The Breakers is an architectural masterpiece, and was home to one of America's wealthiest families, the Vanderbilts. Tours of the mansion tell stories of the Vanderbilts as well as the building of this grand estate and the ventures of its architects and designers. Thousands of visitors arrive at the spectacular 70-room palace every year to enjoy the many special events and guided tours the mansion has year round and to walk the elegant marble halls or stroll the green lawns that overlook the blue sea on the cliffs below. Admission: $16 adults, $4 children ages 6-17.
What used to be the center of Newport's commercial seaport in the colonial days, is now the hub of Newport's harbor side shopping and dining, where you can find eclectic boutiques, sophisticated and casual restaurants side by side and cozy waterfront rooms. It is hard to describe the variety of clothiers, jewelers, specialty shops, galleries and restaurants here, so head on over to Bannister's Wharf to experience Newport's niceties.
This historic fort was the eastern terminus of the British Newport defense lines.
Be it the warm summer months or the chilling winter months, no other locations in Newport is as abuzz with activities as the Bowen's Wharf. A historic wharf that has served as a major seaport in New England for centuries, the area exudes an old-world charm accentuated by structures dating back to the 18th Century. A walk through the narrow by-lanes would take you past a plethora of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars that are crowded with people during peak hours. Make sure you sit at one of the outdoor cafes and indulge in tasty seafood as you witness the hustle and bustle of the crowd at the wharf. Apart from these, Bowen's Wharf is also famous for various festivals and activities like Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival, Newport Winter Festival and Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting.