For many, Newport, RI, conjures dramatic visions of America’s Cup yachts and seaside mansions. But for tennis fans, Newport means the International Tennis Hall of Fame—where on July 22, Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick will be inducted. That’s the same weekend as the finals of the Hall of Fame Open, the first tournament of the U.S. summer stretch. American John Isner is the top seed, while defending champion Ivo Karlovic is seeded second.
Newport is a favorite venue of many ATP players who enjoy mixing the sport with leisurely
off-court diversions. If you’re in town for the action this summer, take their lead and indulge in the city’s fresh seafood, crisp ocean breezes and relaxed atmosphere.
The Newport Shipyard is home to Belle’s Café, where you can enjoy omelettes and breakfast burritos with a dockside view of the Newport Bridge and boats bobbing in the water. It’s a calming way to start your day.
There are many lovely lunch spots in Newport. But for a true Rhode Island experience, hit up a seafood shack. Flo’s Clam Shack opened in 1936 and remains the epitome of a fisherman’s joint, serving fried clams and chowder.
What’s a seaside vacation without an ice cream cone, sundae or shake? Newport Creamery was the original milk delivery service in town; today it offers a full range of sweet treats and breakfast items. Try the “Awful Awful,” a shake made of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, strawberry, mint and a handful of other tasty flavors. Despite the name, it’s a delectable blend.
Put on your finest and drop by the Castle Hill Inn for a cocktail on The Lawn. A drink (or three) from the comfort of an Adirondack chair overlooking the ocean is one of the best ways to spend an evening in Newport.
Wine aficionados, head to Newport Vineyards. The property, fresh from a multi-million-dollar renovation, sits on a hill overlooking Rhode Island Sound. There are 60 vineyard acres, a restaurant, a café, a tasting room, a tank room and spaces for live music.
A new location for acclaimed restaurant Stoneacre Pantry in historic Washington Square highlights the Newport dining scene this summer. It will offer a seasonal and sustainable menu supporting local fishermen and farmers. The former space on Thames Street is still worth a visit, as it’s now home to La Vasca, a Basque-style wine bar from the same culinary team. There, tapas and Pintxos make great accompaniments to your beverage of choice—or go bigger with a paella or whole-roasted fish.