My husband and I recently took a trip to Newport, RI, a quaint, coastal town about an hour and a half outside of Boston, and we had the greatest time together. It was a breath of fresh air to spend time just the two of us, and I can’t thank both of our parents enough for watching our daughter so we could have that quality time.
Newport was the perfect place for a “babymoon” before our second is born. The town is peaceful, charming, and full of things to do. Even though it was foggy and overcast the whole trip, we didn’t mind because the sights and views were still gorgeous. The fog and sea salt in the air was a nice touch to the relaxing couple days we had planned. Of course, we would have been totally fine with a sunny day or two because from what I’ve seen in pictures, Newport is even more beautiful when the sun is out. Maybe next time Mother Nature will be on our side.
If you’re looking for a place to visit before your baby is born, or just looking for a new spot to get away, I’d highly recommend Newport, RI. To give you a better taste of our trip, below is info on where we stayed, what we ate and what we did.
After searching long and hard for a semi-affordable place to stay (Newport is on the pricier side in the summer), I came across the Attwater Hotel, a modern bed and breakfast less than a mile from the docks and Newport’s cliff walk. We absolutely loved our experience there. Our room was spacious and comfortable, the staff was very friendly and accommodating, and the hotel offered complimentary (delicious) breakfast small plates every morning. On top of that, we were also able to help ourselves to tea, coffee, and homemade treats throughout the day (warm chocolate chip cookies while we were there). It was amazing!
One thing that’s worth mentioning is that the Attwater does not have an elevator, so you have to carry your bags up a couple of flights of stairs. It really wasn’t a big deal at all, but just a warning. If you’re looking for additional places to stay, Forty 1 North and Castle Hill Inn are extremely nice and get great reviews online.
Eats & Drinks
In addition to the beautiful sights, Newport is home to some of the best food my husband and I have tried, making it even more of an ideal babymoon destination (bring on the eats!). I loved that there were fancy and casual options and it was nice to experience both while there. We got a chance to eat incredible seafood including lobster rolls, clam chowder and scallops. Our foodie hearts were so full and happy.
After journeying along the cliff walk, we decided to head to Easton Beach, where we came across a Del’s truck parked in the beach parking lot. Del’s is a Rhode Island chain that makes incredible frozen lemonade.
With Del’s in hand, we ventured across the parking lot to the beach’s snack bar where we devoured salty, creamy twin lobster rolls and fries. It was the perfect beach snack.
Our favorite meal by far. If you’re looking for a fancier meal, or seafood that is cooked to perfection and will literally melt in your mouth, you have to make a reservation at The Grill. They offer outdoor seating too, which is always a plus. We had such a great experience.
According to what my husband read, The Black Pearl is one of the oldest restaurants in town, serving classic New England dishes. After going for a run, my husband and I stopped on the patio to have a bowl of clam chowder because no trip to the east coast is complete without it. The chowder was delicious!
Even if you don’t plan to dine here, you have to drive along Ocean Drive to visit The Castle Hill Inn because it’s a beautiful place. When it’s nice out guests and visitors are welcome to sit on the lawn to enjoy beautiful ocean views and sea breeze. We ended up having lunch at their restaurant The Lawn, and our food was excellent.
After dining or visiting here, I’d highly recommend visiting Brenton State Park. Sit on a bench and enjoy the view.
A great place to get coffee and pastries while you’re in Newport. It’s right on the dock in Bowen’s Wharf, an ideal spot to sit and sip. Another great spot to get coffee or tea is Empire Tea & Coffee.
We visited the smoke house on our last night. It’s got a cool, beachy atmosphere with great summer cocktails and southern/east coast fare. We loved it because we got to enjoy some of our favorite comfort food on our last night.
A must when you are in Newport. My husband and I took advantage of running and walking the cliff walk. While we ventured, we had rocks and ocean on one side and gorgeous mansions on the other. The whole walk was beautiful.
Speaking of mansions, if that’s your thing, there are plenty to tour in Newport.
We had a two-hour sailing cruise booked with 12 Meter Charters that was cancelled due to the fog. I was so bummed to miss this experience because I’ve heard great things and have dreamed about sailing on the east coast. Oh well, maybe next time!
Thames St. and Bowen’s Wharf both have plenty of options. Thames St. is filled with cute little boutique shops that I sadly passed during our last couple of hours in Newport. I did get the chance to stop in a place called Farmesthetics, known for their sustainable, natural products. It’s adorable and I ended up buying their facial-to-go box which I love already.
If you have a chance to venture out of the downtown area, visit Sweet Berry Farm for local products and berry picking. They also have the sweetest, creamiest homemade ice cream. We ended up having a scoop of their black raspberry and it was divine!
If you’re in search of a babymoon destination in the U.S., Newport should absolutely be at the top of your list. I hope you’ll agree from my descriptions above that it’s the perfect paradise for a pregnant lady and her beau!