Newport is Rhode Island’s biggest draw. In fact, it is quite the popular place to visit. New York’s wealthy – such as the Vanderbilt’s and Kennedy’s – made their way there, loading the town with mansions. So when I planned a road trip in the area I made certain to add the location on the itinerary.
What I was not prepared for was that Newport, unlike any other city we visited, actually has an off-season. While it may seem obvious that a beach town will not get as many visitors in January, that did not mean that the place would be dead. What about the people who actually live there? I assumed I could at least be able to visit the town and do some exploring. Instead what I found was a waste land. There were almost NO shops open. Museums and breweries were closed as well. In fact, I can count on my fingers how many people I saw. I almost expected a ball of tumbleweed to blow across the road.
My advice? If you’re planning a road trip in this area of the states, either stick to warmer weathers or be prepared to skip Newport. At least I managed to visit the beach and take some gorgeous pictures. And grab some Newport wine of course.
By the way, I am officially declaring Rhode Island the land of sunsets. First Providence and not this. I keep getting blown away.