Last year in Newport was the City by the Sea’s busiest in 15 years, according to Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport. This year could even be better.
“Provided the weather is cooperative, gas prices stay low and the global political climate doesn’t experience any major disruptions, I’m confident we’ll continue to ride that wave,” Smith said. “We have several new restaurants, many lodging properties that have undergone extensive renovations and new properties under construction, plus new shops and events all in addition to the places and experiences our visitors already know and love.”
Newport is no secret to us locals, but more faraway folks are noticing: Earlier this year, Conde Nast Traveler named Newport one of the “Most Beautiful Towns in America,” while nearby Bristol was called one of the “18 Most Interesting Destinations to Visit in the United States” by Expedia.com. And CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood prominently showcased Newport as they broadcasted on location.
There’s a ton of stuff going on in Newport, including this weekend’s 21st annual Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff June 24-26. This year’s theme is “Gilded – Artful Living,” and features special events, expert speakers (including feature designer and author Bunny Williams and internationally recognized floral designer Bruno Duarte), floral designs, impressive horticultural exhibits, garden displays, unique shopping opportunities and much more. The expansive front lawn of Rosecliff will be transformed into a “Great Public Park,” which during the Gilded Age was intended to shape and enhance the quality of life. Check it out at www.newportmansions.org
And for a complete listing of all-things Newport, visit www.discovernewport.org.