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Where to do daytrip from Newport?

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Where to do daytrip from Newport?

We will be spending 4 nights in Newport (well, actually Middletown for hotel) and are planning to do the Tennis Museum, Cliff Walk, a mansion tour, enjoy some good food & drink. Would like to take a day trip from Newport (abt 1 hr drive) Thinking about Mystic. Good choice or is there better? We'd like a scenic drive, nice spot for lunch & wandering about visiting shops or admiring views. Suggestions?

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1. Re: Where to do daytrip from Newport?

Think you would prefer:

Block Island (1st choice)

Watch Hill / Westerly (2nd choice)

Narragansett (town pier and pt Judith)

All 3 are much closer and IMO more scenic

Not sure any are great for shopping though, best to stay in Newport for that

Also don't forget to check out Jamestown which is beautiful and on the other side of the bridge

If you get a rainy day you could go to the aquarium in mystic or Foxwoods or the outlet malls all of which are in ct but not too far

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2. Re: Where to do daytrip from Newport?

Do you have children? If so Mystic would be a good choice. For adults I would recommend Providence on a weekend only. During the week the traffic and parking can be a headache. Providence is a beautiful small city with a lively downtown, great restaurants and lots of shopping. The East Side, where Brown University is located, is beautiful, historic and walkable.

Another option is Little Compton. It's a small, quiet, scenic town. Go to Sakonnet Vineyards there for a wine tasting and wander the vineyard. Go to Goosewing Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy, it's the last seaside farm in New England, I believe. It's a place like no other.

nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northameri…

www.sakonnetwine.com/en_us/home/index.html

There is a café there where you can have lunch. The menu is on the website. For more traditional fare, there is the Commons Lunch

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g54092-d52…

The drive through Little Compton is gorgeous. On the way back it's traditional to stop at Gray's Ice Cream. Their coffee cabinets are a RI institution.

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3. Re: Where to do daytrip from Newport?

Thanks for your reply. It will be my husband & myself traveling so your advice is ideal.

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4. Re: Where to do daytrip from Newport?

Good advice given. You could check out the lighthouse and state parks in Jamestown which is very close, and Little Compton as mentioned is gorgeous. Bristol, Wickford. All nicer than Mystic I have to say.

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5. Re: Where to do daytrip from Newport?

Mystic is a good idea. Traffic getting in and out of Newport can be a pain, especially later in the week.

We were there today and saw the boat leaving for Block Island. It looks appealing and that's next on out to do list.

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