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the ‘glimpse the city’ series...

a glimpse of newport

Jordan Rhodes

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Newport, Rhode Island is one of my favorite destinations, mainly for its abundance of beautiful Gilded Age mansions which were the summer "cottages" of many famous tycoons in the late 1800s. A full city guide will be available in the near future, but until then please enjoy A Glimpse of Newport by Julia Dzafic, longtime fan of the seaside city, author of the insanely popular blog, Lemon Stripes, and mom to Amalia, 1. 

Food Favorites...

Upscale restaurant? Stoneacre Brasserie and Scarpetta at Gurney's

Casual Restaurant? Clarke Cooke HouseThe Mooring and Diegos

Restaurant with kids? The LandingThe Mooring and Newport Shipyard for breakfast

Bakery/desserts? The cafe at Stoneacre Brasserie


Stoneacre Brasserie

Stoneacre Brasserie

Shopping Favorites...

Clothing boutique for yourself? MonelleMichael Hayes and Pink Pineapple

Clothing boutique for kids? Groovy Gator

Home decor store? Kristen Coates Art & Home and Styled by Jenna

Skincare store? Farmaesthetics

Paper store? Papers




Activity Favorites...

With kids? A day at Third Beach. You can rent paddleboards, kayaks, etc and there are no waves!

With your husband? Drinks at Castle Hill Inn

With friends? Wine tasting at Newport Vineyards

With visiting friends? A walk along the Cliff Walk


Newport Vineyards

Newport Vineyards

Hotel Favorites...

For a romantic weekend? Castle Hill Inn or The Chanler

For your parents/in-laws? The Chanler

For visiting single friends? Gurney's Newport

For visiting families? Gurney's Newport or the Grace Vanderbilt

The Chanler

The Chanler


Neighborhood? I like walking around near the Hotel Viking, it's a little less crowded than Thames Street and the Wharfs.

Park? Fort Adams

Museum? Touring The Breakers or one of the mansions that they've turned into museums

Spa? I've actually never had extra time to go to a spa in Newport but I'll report back when I do!

The Breakers

The Breakers

General travel favorites...

Destination with kids? Bermuda

Destination with spouse? Turks & Caicos

Stroller? We need a good travel stroller!

Kids travel bag? LL Bean Boat and Tote

Your handbag? Louis Vuitton GM Neverfull (it's huge!)

Airplane activity for kids? iPad, is that bad?

Airplane activity for yourself? Watching movies

Must-have for your child's carry on? Extra snacks and a new toy they've never seen before

Must-have for your carry-on? A good book, Airpods, hand sanitizer

Tips? Temper your expectations when traveling with your kids. It won't be the same as a romantic getaway. Don't get overzealous in planning out your days, I like to plan one thing per day and then see where it takes us.


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For more on Julia, you can follow her blog here, or check out her Instagram here.