An afternoon in Newport, Rhode Island

Having spent many years in Rhode Island, Newport was a favored destination all year round.  From bar hopping, to shopping, to great restaurants, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  My favorite time of year, though, has always been off season.  The beauty of Newport RI in the off season, much like here on Crete, is the ability to actually enjoy local places without the summer crowds.  Parking is easy (relatively speaking) and often there is no wait at the local attractions and restaurants.

On a recent trip back to the East Coast, we managed to fit in a movie at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport. This small Greek-Revival art house theater was built in the early 1800’s and started its life as an Episcopal Church. Located on Touro Street, the theater is within walking distance to local restaurants, shopping and the waterfront. It’s a small, cozy space with a great historical feel.  The venue can be rented for events and fundraising, and has some great local promotions throughout the year.

If you are visiting Newport and the weather is not cooperating, or if you need a break from the crowds in summer, we heartily recommend supporting this local treasure.

Right around the corner, at 140 Thames Street, sits the Brick Alley Pub and Restaurant.  A fixture in Newport for over 30 years, this is a cool restaurant with a great menu.  No trip to New England is complete without experiencing the perfect lobster roll, and Brick Alley Pub has a Bon-Appetit voted winner.

We had about a 30 minute wait to get a table – which allowed us plenty of time to people watch and check out the intriguing decor.  The menu is varied, and everything we chose lived up to our expectations. Check out the salad and soup buffet if you are looking for something light.   Excellent food, along with a Nutty Irishman coffee and house made Sangria, ended our late fall afternoon in Newport on a perfect note.

Looking for a place to stay during your trip to Newport? Here is a list of a few places you might like.