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Explore Newport from vacation home rentals

Once a favored resort of presidents, financiers, and movie stars, the buzzy seaside city of Newport is known as the jewel of Rhode Island. This getaway is famous for its cobblestone streets, historic Gilded Age mansions, and wealth of chichi boutiques, restaurants, and bars, so make sure to book a well-located Newport vacation rental to make the most of your stay. Aside from the many beaches and museums, there's always something going on in Newport. It's home to the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival each summer, plus a myriad of arts and music events throughout the year.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Newport vacation rentals

Crammed with history, Newport is a culture vulture's dream. Fort Adams is Newport's historic coastal fort which was built in 1799. It offers guided tours and events throughout the summer. If you're more into architecture than military history, visit one of Newport's many magnificent mansions. Visit The Breakers, a grand mansion that served as the former summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, and take a peek into lives of the Vanderbilts. Now a National Historic Landmark, you can take guided audio tours of the house and landscaped gardens.

Activities

Things to do near Newport vacation homes

Perched on the southern shores of Aquidneck Island, Newport's charming cobblestone streets are awash with stylish boutiques, art galleries, and trendy restaurants overlooking the water. You could book a mansion tour around Newport's most famous buildings or a walking tour of the historic district. For watersports enthusiasts, there are several beaches within easy reach, which draw surfers, sailors, and the fishing set during the summer months. But if all that sounds like too much effort, why not book a relaxing dolphin- or whale-watching cruise from the harbor instead?

Weather

Climate for your stay in Newport vacation homes

Rhode Island's weather is a bit of a mixed bag. While the summers are long, hot, and humid, it has its fair share of the wet stuff, so it's a good idea to book a Newport vacation rental with a covered porch and air-conditioning. Summer is the busiest time to visit and accommodations get booked up well in advance. For the best choice, visit in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, when the sun still shines and the famous New England leaf change pulls in the crowds on weekends. In winter, temperatures drop to below 20 degrees and snow is not uncommon.

Natural features

What do you call a man with a gull on his head? Cliff

Perched on the southern flanks, Newport is a charming seaside resort overlooking Rhode Island Sound. You don't need to travel far to stretch your legs, Newport has easy access to some of the island's best walking trails. An easy start is the famed Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile trail which runs along Newport's shoreline. Probably the most scenic of the island's walking routes, it takes in many of the Newport mansions, along with sweeping coastal views. If you fancy something a little more challenging, venture out to the Nature Conservancy, which has more than 65 miles of hiking trails.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Newport

Fly into Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State), the closest airport, located 3.3 mi (5.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to North Kingstown, RI (NCO-Quonset State), which is 8.9 mi (14.2 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Newport vacation homes

Families with children will find tons of fun in Newport. Vacation homes are available near kid-friendly places like Fort Wetherill State Park, a huge parkland with wildlife, nature trails, cliff walks, and scuba diving, and Second Beach, a sandy stretch with calm, clean waters. Kids will also like Save the Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium, a marine life center with an abundance of sea life in naturalistic environments.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat in Newport vacation rentals

Newport has plenty of romantic locations for a couple’s retreat. Vacation rentals can be found near places like the Isaac Bell House, a historic home that’s known for arts and crafts, and the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, a colonial library with neoclassical architecture and rare books. You'll also like the National Museum of American Illustration, a specialized gallery with a large collection of American pictorial art in a historic château.

Can I find a vacation rental around Newport?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,457 vacation rentals near Newport. From 947 Houses to 157 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Newport for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Newport?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Newport:

  • Yachting Village: 228 vacation rentals
  • Top of the Hill: 289 vacation rentals
  • Off Broadway: 238 vacation rentals
  • Historic Hill: 314 vacation rentals
  • Goat Island: 1,038 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Newport?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Newport. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Easton's Beach: 1,775 vacation rentals
  • Gooseberry Beach: 1,790 vacation rentals
  • Salve Regina University: 1,792 vacation rentals
  • Bannister's Wharf: 1,793 vacation rentals
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum: 1,794 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Newport listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Newport?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 947 Houses in Newport. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Newport include:

  • Cottages: 157 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 231 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 157 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Newport?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 130 vacation rentals with pool available in Newport. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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