Aug 05, 2021 Travel Guide: Newport Cliff Walk
Travel Guide: Newport Cliff Walk
When people think of Newport, Rhode Island, sailing, Newport mansions, beaches and more come to mind. With all of the numerous activities that this city has to offer, the Cliff Walk should be at the top of every visitor's list. The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile trail with sweeping ocean views of the rugged Atlantic coast and the enchanting shoreline of Newport, Rhode Island with the architectural history of the city's Gilded Age. The Cliff Walk is unique since it was deemed the first national recreational trail in New England in 1975. A popular tourist attraction that is a mix of a nature trail with rich history. The trail starts off paved (about 2/3 of the trail) then turns into a rugged and rocky shoreline. I loved seeing the historical mansions with the manicured lawns, however it was also nice toward the end of the trail where the path is no longer paved. The crowds lessen which make it quieter so that you can hear the ocean waves and feel the breeze. It becomes an area that is so peaceful the perfect place to relax and take in the scenery. Admission to this cliff walk is free.
Points of Interest:
Chanler Inn: A luxury inn situated on the cliff walk with stunning views of the ocean. I recommend stopping at their wine garden located outside on the grounds. The wine garden is open at 1pm with last seating is at 6pm. This wine garden is known for some of the best sparkling wines imported from Franciacorta, just east of Milan. The inn is open for lunch and dinner to the public.
Forty Steps: Forty steps are literally forty steps that jut out into the Atlantic Ocean, which makes it a popular tourist attraction with grand views of the ocean. It is easily accessible (less than a mile walk) from the Cliff Walk entrance at Memorial Blvd. Originally built in the 1800s, the history of Forty Steps is that they were built by David Priestly Hall so his children could get to the beach from his property safely. In 1840 he gave the City of Newport public access to the steps and later becoming a meeting place for servants at nearby estates during the Gilded Age.
Salve Regina University: Salve Regina University is a private university in Newport, Rhode Island founded in 1934 by the Sisters of Mercy. The university is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Movies that have also been filmed on this campus include “True Lies” and “Irriational Man”.
The Gilded Age Mansions: The Gilded Age Mansions, or commonly called the Newport Mansions, were built by the elite during the 1870s through 1900s. Many of the elite's fortunes came from the tobacco, steel, fossil fuels, and railroad industry. The homes are immaculate and the detail is impressive in every home. The mansions that should be on every visitor's list are RoseCliff, Beechwood, Vinland Estate, and the Breakers. The Breakers is the grandest of all the mansions and has incredible views of the grounds from the Cliff Walk.
Chinese Tea House: The Chinese Tea House is located at the Marble House and was built by Mrs. Vanderbilt to host rallies for women’s rights to vote.
Easton Beach: The Cliff Walk officially begins on Memorial Blvd. near Easton Beach. I recommend starting here since there are multiple entry points to the Cliff Walk; however, parking is most convenient and accessible here. Easton Beach has lots to offer during the summer some of the many activities to enjoy while having a beach day is the 1950's carousel, Save the Bay Aquarium ($9 general admission), surfing, and Easton Beach Snack Bar. The snack bar has the best deal for lobster rolls in all of Newport. Two buttery lobster rolls for $22.97 with french fries.
Parking: Parking is available at the Easton's Beach Lot on Memorial Avenue. Weekday parking is $15 and weekend/holiday parking is $25 per day. Limited metered parking is also located on Memorial Ave. Make sure to download the Passport App. This app allows you to pay to park through the app and saves you the headache of dealing with a kiosk. This parking app is integrated throughout New England. Super useful when trying to park in Boston as well.
Outfit Deets: Add more to your t-shirt drawer with this staple light blue striped tee. Made of cotton and perfect for sweet summertime. Love breathable material for the summer. Also I love J. Crew chino shorts. I just feel so put together with these shorts instead of lounge shorts. Linked similar gold aviators since my Raybans are old.