The Newport Folk Festival runs July 28-30, and has been around since 1959 and is super popular for its great music, and with that popularity comes a lot of traffic. But there are ways around it, including getting there by water, which makes sense in that Newport is the City By the Sea.
One way is by being a guest of the nearby Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, a new entity in the city, which is bringing guests to the site at Fort Adams State Park, less than 10 minutes away. The Regent fire pit at Gurney’s is a good place to wait for your free ride, on the new three-tiered deck with 11 fire pits in all and killer views of the Newport Bridge. The new hotel debuted this summer and has 257 guestrooms from PETERMAX and four new food/drink outlets including Scarpetta for Italian and The Regent Cocktail Club for hand-crafted cocktails.
Newport Harbor Shuttle runs continuous service during the weekend between Perotti Park and Fort Adams, a 15-minute jaunt requiring no reservations. The Jamestown Newport Ferry also runs service between One East Ferry Wharf in Jamestown and Perotti Park. SeaStreak is running service to Newport from India Point in Providence to the ferry terminal at 39 America’s Cup Ave., and on festival days, the 9:30 a.m. ferry will add one drop off at Fort Adams at around 10:40 a.m. and pickup at 7:30 p.m. Tickets must be bought in advance for the 8 p.m. Newport-to-Providence ferry to board at Fort Adams at 7:30 p.m.
Photos courtesy of Gurney’s.