Where to Eat and Drink
Casual, in-town joints: Portabella (136 Broadway, from 8:30am Monday - Saturday) is an Italian bakery and deli with tables. Aidan's Irish Pub & Grub (Broadway & Washington Square, from 11am daily) for bar fare. The Black Pearl (Bannister's Wharf, daily from 11am) is a local institution known for its clam chowder; there's an outside terrace with waterfront views.
Gourmet Dining: Percy's Bistro (341 Thames Street, from 11:30am Saturday and Sunday only), has a clubby, cozy white linen tablecloth atmosphere...and an excellent wine list.
What to See and Do
Walking around Newport--it's a great place to combine some historic meanderings, such as Touro Synagogue, Trinity Church, and Washington Square, with shopping. The more interesting and eclectic shops are located (from the pier) straight ahead and to the left, particularly along Thames Street, Spring Street, and Broadway. For more touristy fare (t-shirts and postcards), go right, following the water. Thames Street is chock-a-block with little shops and the wharf has numerous restaurants, most of which are seafood-oriented. Other interesting sites are the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and The Museum of Yachting.
The Grand Mansions of Newport. Among them include the Astors' Beechwood Mansion, Rough Point, the home of Doris Duke, Cornelius Vanderbilt's The Breakers, Rosecliff (where "The Great Gatsby" was filmed) and The Elms. You tour as many or as few of the homes, all restored, as you wish though it's advised to limit wanderings to no more than two. Minivan transportation to the mansions is available from the Information Center.
The tender pier--recently built--is located within feet of downtown attractions. The Information Center (and bus terminal), located on America's Cup and W. Marlborough (from the tender pier head left for two blocks) is a good first-stop--there you can sign up for tours, rent a car, hire a taxi, or simply pick up maps and brochures. Car rental agencies have in-town rental offices; rates start at $2051 per day.
Where You're Docked
Ships anchor in Newport Harbor and tender passengers right into town.
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