Apr 15, 2021 Spring in Newport, Rhode Island
I cannot be more excited about spring blooms in New England, because they are the first signs that winter is over and sweet summertime is around the corner. From garden parties to floral arrangement classes to flower fields, spring in New England is enchanting. One of the first flowers to bloom is the daffodils. Newport, Rhode Island celebrates with the Newport Daffodil Days. In which, two local non-profit organizations, Daffodillion and Newport in Bloom, planted over 1.2 million bulbs all over the city. The goals of these two organizations are to beautify the city of Newport. Newport typically holds a festival yearly, in earlier years Driving Miss Daffodil Classic Car Parade a variety of antique cars decorated with daffodils, Daffy BBQ In The Park games including live ballet, BBQ, and many more activities scheduled throughout the month. However, due to COVID-19, Newport Daffodil Days has replaced the festival and implemented free, social distanced activities throughout Newport linking the monthly activities here.
I will link the map here for all the locations around Newport showing where the daffodil flower fields can be found. My favorite areas were at Salve Regina University along the Cliff Walk. The Cliff Walk is a public walkway, around 3.5 miles in length, that takes you along the back side of mansions built during the Gilded Age overlooking the ocean. I think this was the perfect time to visit the Cliff Walk, because you can observe the rich architectural history, natural beauty of the ocean, and fields of daffodils in bloom throughout the walk. Salve Regina University is close to the beginning of the Cliff Walk, so it is easily walkable from the entrance of the Cliff Walk. Another great spot was Dunlap Wheeler Park since there were benches where you can enjoy the blooms facing the ocean. I recommend bringing lunch to enjoy the sights.
Bowen’s Wharf is a great place to go and see the curated storefronts all decorated for spring and daffodil themed. You are able to grab a daffodil pin at the Black Dog, Mansion Store, or Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House for $5, which then gives you access to store and restaurant deals. I will link all the deals here. All the proceeds go to Newport in Bloom daffodil bulb giveaway in the fall.
During our trip, we ended the day visiting White Horse Tavern for lunch. I struggle in New England to find good food. Reviews and local recommendations are key to find a spot worth visiting. This place is no secret since it has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972. It is known to be the oldest operating restaurant in the United States having served guests since 1673. We were seated in the bar area, which only had two tables making it an intimate experience. I would make reservations ahead of time since seating is limited throughout this restaurant. The food was amazing, the staff gave great attentive service, and the seasonal drinks were delicious. Definitely recommend this restaurant go for the history, but stay for the food.