Scenic beaches, sailboats, and B/SPOKE – what more could you ask for in a weekend, right? Incase you haven’t heard B/SPOKE is about to spend Memorial Day Weekend in Newport, RI at Gurney’s. That’s right, you can enjoy three days with our instructors at the swankiest new hotel in Newport.
While we’re there you can be sure to find us taking in the sights and sounds of the city. We asked some of our riders who frequent Newport for their suggestions on how to best spend 48 hours in Newport. Read on to get the scoop from Priyanka, Bob, Lauren,and Melanie.
The best mimosas and brunch?
Lauren: The Fifth Element, a casual dining hangout popular with locals.
Priyanka: Cru cafe and it’s BYOB! If you just want a quick hit of coffee go to Empire, and get the coffee addict.
Bob: Castle Hill’s lawn has one of the best views of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge. You can’t
beat a day in the sun watching the boats sail by on Castle Hill’s lawn.
Melanie: On your drive, pick up some Del’s Lemonade, the only-available-in-Rhode Island frozen lemonade.
If you’re going to see one of the mansions, which one is the most interesting to tour?
Melanie: If you want to take in all of the mansions then start your day with a walk, or run, along the Cliff Walk, a scenic 3.5 mile-paved walkway along the cliffs at the foot of the Newport mansions.
Priyanka: The Elms for the trees and beautiful landscaping.
Lauren: Rosecliff is my favorite, and where they filmed the original Great Gatsby movie.
Bob: The Breakers, previously owned and built by the Vanderbilt family, this is the grandest of the Newport Mansions.
Quick midday fuel up, where do you stop?
Bob: Black Pearl, one of Newport’s best-known and best-loved restaurants.
Lauren: Peaceable Market has amazing breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, coffee, and deli sandwiches!
Any under the radar shops we should visit?
Bob: Check out Bellevue Ave for a great strip of shopping.
Lauren: Kristina Richards (off of Bellevue Ave.), she has the best clothing/accessories for women.
For a good night out, where should we head?
Priyanka: Grace Vanderbilt for drinks on the rooftop before sunset, or drinks at 41 North for the people watching and it’s on the water. If live music is more your thing then head to The Pier for drinks and live music on their deck, or alternatively check out Celtica for the Karaoke.
Bob: Midtown Oyster Bar, this cozy spot is typically packed on weekends, but the wait is worth it.
Lauren: Boom Boom Room at The Clarke Cooke House
*Special note: On Saturday Newport Vineyards is hosting one of their weekend music series, enjoy the live music with a glass of wine in your hand at a picturesque vineyard.
Any tourist areas that are worth the visit?
Melanie: 3rd Beach is a little further down the road past 2nd Beach and is known for its quiet days and calm waters. It’s pretty small, and a great spot for some relaxation.
Priyanka: Head to the cliff walk for some good scenery. A good cliff walk with the pup never gets old!
Bob: Bowen’s Wharf
One off the grid must see spot?
Priyanka: Norman Bird Sanctuary for a stroll, it is outdoorsy and by the water
Lauren: If it is a beach day go to: Rejects Beach, it is situated at the end of the Cliff Walk by the intersection of Bellevue and Coggshell Avenues.
Bob: 2nd or 3rd Beach are my personal favorites.
Have any other suggestions for us while we are in Newport? Leave us a comment below!