Hidden Gems of Newport: A Local's Perspective
by Chrissy Harrington at Kiel James Patrick Flagship Store
If you’re a Newport local you’ve definitely taken a walk down this wharf to check out the view of the harbor or if you haven’t yet then add it to the list of places to soak up this summer! Situated right behind IYRS on Thames Street is a small white shell path (catch these colorful boats pictured along the way) leading to a dock that jets out to a perfect view of the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, and beautiful Jamestown in the distance.
The Surf Club
A new addition to Newport in the last 6 months, formerly the Rhino Bar, is now The Surf Club. You enter the double doors behind the infamous wave statue in the center of town, down the stairs into the romantically-lit large bar and restaurant. They offer an array of funky cocktail combinations and delicious pizzas that you can actually watch them cook from the kitchen! For the ladies reading this post, make sure to grab a photo in front of the dark palm leaf wallpaper and gold sconces in the ladies room that give off Ralph Lauren Polo Bar vibes (a must see if you’re ever in Manhattan!). The photos on the walls leading to the restrooms are actually taken by local photographers of scenic spots around town including Ocean Drive and First Beach. With three outdoor dining spots and three eateries here at the wharf (including the brand new La Petite Creperie) you can send an entire weekend of great captures. Just steps from our own shops and tours The Surf Club’s outdoor bar in the summer months is a treat... frozen rosé!
Lincoln Drive by the Eisenhower House
The Eisenhower House is among the most popular places for weddings on the island, but the area surrounding the historical property offers more than just a place to host a celebration. Follow Lincoln Drive down to the waterfront, park your car and take in one of the best panoramic views of the bridge and the harbor. You can even walk a waterfront path from this local spot that brings you directly to Fort Adams, another popular destination in the summer for enjoying the harbor views and attending the iconic Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Come back to this space in a few weeks to read more and see more pix from an insider's perspective.