Getting Ready for Newport’s Crowded Season

Newport has always been a major go-to travel hot spot in Rhode Island and with the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005 expected nationally, a fair amount will trickle down to the City by the Sea. Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport, points to many new businesses, attractions, outdoor activities and events, in addition to more lodging and renovations of existing rooms as key factors to make sure all visitors get taken care of.

“Our destination has captured a very rare proficiency for offering visitors an authentic look at American history, from our cobblestone streets to our centuries-old buildings and landmarks, while embracing completely new experiences like contemporary restaurants, outdoor expeditions like pedal powered Rail Explorers, attractions like the new Newport Car Museum and events like the inaugural J Class World Championship. Newport truly is a place where one can choose their own adventure,” Smith said.

The city welcomes returning and new visitors, Smith said, “especially with the new airlines and routes coming into T.F.  Green,” the state airport up in Warwick.

Second Beach lifeguard stand.
Photo courtesy of Discover Newport

New businesses are aching to show what they got.

“We look forward to introducing Gurney’s to travelers to Newport as we kick off the summer season,” said George Filopoulos, owner of Gurney’s Newport. “Newport is an incredible year-round destination and the authenticity of the classic New England getaway will be brought to life at the resort through design, bespoke programming and new culinary offerings.”

Gurney’s is set to unveil Scarpetta, a modern Italian restaurant with locations in Las Vegas, Montauk and Philadelphia, as well as The Pineapple Club (an upgraded Pineapples by the Bay) this holiday weekend.

An activity that has garnered much buzz since its springtime debut is Rail Explorers, which offers pedal-powered bike/vehicle hybrids that ride on railroad tracks along historic Aquidneck Island and Narragansett Bay.

“We are excited about our first summer season in Newport County,” stated Rail Explorers CEO Mary Joy Lu. “Based on our advance bookings, we could host over 20,000 visitors to the unique Rail Explorers experience in Portsmouth during 2017.”

Parking’s always a pain in Newport, but the city can help you out. Visit this website to find out what your options are, including a downloadable parking map: www.cityofnewport.com/departments/parking-transportation

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