Vibrant Boutique Hotel Opens Its Doors in Newport


Congratulations to Gilded​ Hotel who recently opened their freshly painted Brinley Street doors to guests earlier this month. With a “clever twist on a Golden Age,” the boutique property fuses the bejeweled decadence of the Gilded Age with quaint, modern-day charm.

Upon entering the property, guests are immediately transported to a time of opulence. Themes and inspiration from rococo, beaux arts and other trending styles from the era, chosen by award-winning interior designer Rachel Reider, are evident throughout the property as chic vibrant colors dress the walls while gold accent pieces and bold patterns greet you at every turn.

Combine the opulent decor with the hotel’s array of leisure activities synonymous with the glittering Gilded era and the result is a surely unique one. Visit the billiards room boasting a black velvet and white lacquer pool table, or enjoy a tranquil afternoon in the secluded courtyard complete with a croquet practice court (because what’s a Gilded Age hotel without a croquet offering?)

While the decor elements indeed teleport guests back to the Gilded Age, modernity is not completely lost. Each room provides contemporary amenities including an LED Smart TV, iPhone/iPod docking station and iPad in each room (and WiFi, of course).

All in all, Gilded offers a fun, mischievous atmosphere for guests looking to enjoy their Newport stay like a Vanderbilt (well, almost.)

Deal Alert
Stay mid-week in June for just $169 per night.

23 Brinley Street, Newport

Wedding Feature: Sea Glass Inspired Wedding at Belle Mer Island House

Planning a Newport Wedding? Let us, and those who’ve come before you help inspire you!

This Newport Wedding feature originally appeared on Style Me Pretty. For the full story of how the couple met and fell in love, please visit their site.

Photography: Meghan Sepe | Videographer: Sky Sabin Productions | Florist: Toni Chandler Flowers And Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier (“Candy” In Blush) | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew “Sinclair” | Catering: Glorious Affairs | Makeup: Braelyn Anton | Groomsmen’s Attire: Zara | Bridesmaid’s Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Cupcakes/ Sweets: Sweet Shoppe | Planner/ Coordinator: Exquisite Events | Private Home: Newport RI | Rentals: New England Country Rentals

The 34th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off Returns

This post was written by Discover Newport intern Cassie O’Brein

34th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off

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  • Saturday, June 6, 2015
  • 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 11 a.m. entry for Chowder Power Hour Ticket holders ONLY


  • Fort Adams State Park, North Lawn
  • 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI, 02840

Admission Cost: Tickets on SALE NOW

  • Advanced Price: $20 through June 5
  • Day -Of Price: $25 on Saturday, June 6
  • Chowderhead Club – Limited tickets available for exclusive access to Chowder Power Hour, where attendees indulge in an early access experience from 11 a.m. – Noon. Available for sale prior to event.
  • Children under the age of 12: FREE with the company of an adult

Join the festivities and watch chowder fanatics compete alongside preexisting chowder competitors and newcomers  for the reigning title of “The Best Chowder in the World.” This event is the original and longest-running chowder competition and people travel from all over the country to compete in the cook-off.

Upon arrival, expect all you can eat chowder, live music from native Rhode Island reggae band, The Ravers, and outdoor entertainment including kids activities. There will also be alternative seafood available Farmers Market Style, showcasing local shellfish and seafood from Rhode Island’s Matunuck Oyster Farm.


  • Purchase tickets at
  • Order by phone: 800-745-3000
  • In person: Newport Waterfront Events Box Office located at the Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI, 02840.

Other Information Inquiries: 888-900-8640 or

Volvo Ocean Race Newport: A Photo Summary


I’ve been to an American stopover seven times now and can’t recall anything as good as this. We waited 42 years to come to Newport and that was way too long.

Knut Frostad, CEO of Volvo Ocean Race on the Newport stopover.

The Volvo Ocean Race has departed from Newport and the boats are officially on their way to Lisbon. While we miss them dearly, we wish the teams the best of luck and thank the 125,000 enthusiastic visitors and fans that traveled from all over the country (and you too, Canada!) to make this stopover one of the most successful. Luckily, we took a few photos (by a few, we mean hundreds) to keep the memories alive. Here are the highlights.

See you in three years, Volvo! (Fingers crossed)

One of the nice things here in Newport is the knowledgeable audience. Everybody who’s come to Fort Adams; so many of them follow the race so closely they know more about it than I do. They live and breathe it. You really start to understand how much it means to them.

Ian Walker, skipper of overall race leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

It was almost overwhelming–the energy and enthusiasm that everyone showed for this little event of ours–and even if just for a few hours you made us feel like rock stars. Thank you!!”

Amory Ross, On-board reporter for Team Alvimedica

All of the stopovers have a different feel, but none of them have boats sailing back and forth in the Race Village. There are hundreds of boats on the water every day. The nautical setup here is unlike any other race village we’ve been to.

Matt Knighton, On-board reporter for Abu Dhabi

The crowds who came down and showed their support, the people who put their boats in early, the classrooms that have been following all along, those who joined us for Pro Ams, those who joined us for the In Port Race, those who jumped off as we departed.

Charlie Enright, Skipper for Team Alvimedica

“This is above and beyond what we could have imagined.”

Nick Dana, Boat Captain for Team Alvimedica

Wedding Feature: Romantic Newport Estate Wedding

Planning a Newport Wedding? Let us, and those who’ve come before you help inspire you!

This Newport Wedding feature originally appeared on Style Me Pretty. For the full story of how the couple met and fell in love, please visit their site.

Photography: Grazier Photography | Event Design: EFD Creative-Event Planning & Design | Florist: Flowers By Semia | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: The Cupcakerie | Invitations: Allure Invitations | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Lynn Liu Makeup | Hair: Fringe Salon | Favors: Amy’s Apples | Officiant: Sacred Spirit Sanctuary | Venue: The Chanler | Lighting & Draping: Exquisite Events | Music: Jazz In The Air | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Video: Long Haul Films | Wedding Planning: EFD Creative – Event Planning & Design

The Coastal Wine Trail through Newport County

The Coastal Wine Trail, developed by The Southern New England Appellation winds through the heart of the Southeastern New England AVA (designated wine grape-growing region)  and features three of our beautiful Newport County wineries. Spend two to three days venturing through historic cities and charming villages to visit the fourteen locally owned wineries that call this region home.

Enter to win one of four 2015 Passport Prizes when you visit six of the 14 wineries included on the trail.

2015 Passport Prizes

Grand Prize
Seven-Day Bermuda Cruise
12 winery stamps to qualify

Second Prize
Two-night Cape Cod Getaway
10 winery stamps to qualify

Third Prize
$700 in Gift Certificates ($50 gift certificates to each winery)
8 winery stamps to qualify

Fourth Prize
$350 in Gift Certificates ($25 gift certificates from each winery)
6 winery stamps to qualify

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Newport County Wineries:

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Newport Vineyards

Founded by John & Paul Nunes in 1995, Newport Vineyards is the largest grower of wine grapes in New England. The winery produces over 20,000 cases of estate-grown wine each year through sustainable farming methods on nearly 60-acres of historically preserved farmland. Recognized as a landmark destination in Newport County, the winery offers multiple experiences including: daily tours and tastings, Brix Restaurant, Fatulli’s Bakery & Deli, a marketplace, event venues, seasonal live music and public activities.

909 East Main Rd. (Rte. 138)
Middletown, RI 02842

Open 7 Days A Week Year Round
Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm / Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Tours Daily at 1pm & 3pm
Groups by Appointment

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Greenvale Vineyards

Greenvale Vineyards, located along the beautiful Sakonnet River, has been dedicated to quality wine growing since 1982. Owned by the same family since 1863, the vineyard’s 100% Estate Grown fruit and award-winning wines are nurtured by an idyllic setting, rich history and commitment to the preservation of open space. Located 6 miles from downtown Newport. Open year round. Live Jazz, every Saturday afternoon from May 2nd – December 12th. Listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

582 Wapping Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871

Open Daily for Tours & Tastings
January – March: Monday – Saturday 11am-4pm
Sundays 12pm-4pm
April – December: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays 12pm-5pm
Vineyard Tours @ 2pm (weather providing)

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 Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard is a premier Rhode Island destination that enlivens the senses, delights the mind and allows the spirit to be recharged by the alchemy of the earth’s abundance. Founded in 1975, the vineyard produces over thirty acres of award winning varietals like Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Vidal Blanc. The vineyard hosts an annual concert series, many other local events and is the perfect setting for a variety of special occasions.

162 West Main Road
Little Compton, RI 02837
401.635.8486 , 800.91.WINES (94637)

Open Daily; tastings available on demand
May – October: Sunday – Wednesday 10am-6pm,
Thursday – Saturday 10am-8pm
November – April: Sunday – Thursday 11am-5pm,
Friday & Saturday 11am-6pm
Public Tours: Daily, 12pm-3pm every hour on the hour
Carolyn’s Cafe, open seasonally, call for hours

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825 – 827 Colonel Ledyard highway, (CT Rt. 117)
Ledyard, CT, 06339

Open Year Round Friday thru Sunday
Friday 12pm-9pm with Live Music 6pm-9pm
Saturday 12pm-6pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm with Live Music 2pm-5pm
In Addition to the Above, Open May Thru October
Wednesday – Monday 12pm-6pm


100 Miller Road
Preston, CT 06365

Fridays 1pm-9pm (live music 5:30pm-8:30pm)
Saturdays 11am-4:30pm
Sundays 11am-4:30pm (live music, beginning April 19, 12pm-3pm)
Closing at 3:30pm on July 18 & September 12


74 Chester Main Road
North Stonington, CT 06359

The winery is open year round and seven days a week from 11am-5pm.
Due to private events on high season weekends (May-October), we close at 4:30pm.


523 Taugwonk Road
Stonington, CT 06378

Open Daily
11am-5pm all year round except:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Boxing Day (12/26),
New Year’s Day


349 Elm Street (Rte 1A)
Stonington, CT 06378

Open April thru December
Wednesday & Thursday: 11am-5pm
Friday, Saturday* & Sunday: 11am-3pm
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
*Reservations are required for all Saturday visits.


308 Shore Rd (Scenic Rte. 1)
Westerly, R.I. 02891

January-Memorial Day: Friday, Sat. Sunday 12-5pm
Memorial Day- December: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5pm
July 4th -Labor Day: Open Every Day


417 Hix Bridge Road
Westport, MA 02790

Open year round, 6 days per week
Monday – Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-8pm
Public tours Saturday at 1pm & 3pm
Closed Sundays


61 Pardon Hill Road
South Dartmouth, MA 02748

Open for tastings & tours Mid April- Mid November
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 12pm-5pm


335 Old Fall River Road
North Dartmouth MA 02747

Open Year Round
Monday through Thursday 12pm-6pm
Friday and Saturday 12pm-7pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm


760 Purchase Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Open Wednesday through Saturday from 12pm-6pm & Sunday from 12pm-5pm
Please visit our website for additional information and seasonal hours.


11 Shore Road
North Truro, MA 02652

April Open Fri., Sat., and Mon. 11am-5pm Sun. 12pm-5pm
May-Oct Open every day Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm Sun. 12pm-5pm
Nov-Dec 14 Open Fri., Sat., and Mon. 11am-5pm, Sun. 12pm-5pm Tastings every 1/2 hour
Free Tours 1pm and 3pm, Memorial Day-Columbus Day

The 11 Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Newport County

Stunning scenery is synonymous with Newport. From scenic trails and miles of unspoiled coastline to bustling wharves and buildings steeped in historic charm, Newport boasts some of the most picturesque sights in the world. Here are the 11 most Instagrammable spots in Newport County. #NoFilterNeeded

Castle Hill Lighthouse

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The crème de la crème. The cream of the crop. Would referencing it as the Taj Mahal of Newport be going too far? Maybe. But that will not stop us. If you didn’t capture a shot of Castle Hill Lighthouse while you were in Newport, did you actually come to Newport at all? #CastleHillLight

The Claiborne Pell Bridge

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The Pell Bridge is so Instafamous that overtime it has developed it’s own hashtag and is now warmly regarded as #ThatNPTBridge. Day or night, from Newport (Tip: the Van Zandt Pier is perfect for an up close and personal shot) or Jamestown, the 46 year old bridge is a sight to behold – obviously.

Colt State park

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Tucked away in the quaint town of Bristol, Colt State Park is often referred to as the “gem” of the state park system. Stone walls, curving drives along one of the state’s most spectacular shorelines and 464 acres of sprawling lawns come together to create the most worthy of Instagram sights.

Third Beach

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Also known as Peabody’s Beach, Third Beach in Middletown is situated on the other side of Sachuest Point and set in a cove – perfect for catching a scenic photo equipped with all the elements – water, earth, fire (otherwise known as the sky in this case).

The Cliff Walk

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One of Newport’s most beloved attractions, The Cliff Walk affords breathtaking scenery with 3.5 miles of rocky coastline on one side and Gilded Age mansions on the other. Cue the newsfeed envy.

Flo’s Clamshack

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A little unexpected, yes, but trust us: pair the view of First Beach from the upstairs deck with a lobster roll or a stuffie and you’ve got yourself a winner. Plus the kid in us can’t get enough of that face-in-a-hole outside.

Bristol Harbor

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Much like anywhere else in adorable Bristol, Bristol Harbor will leave you scrambling to find your phone to capture the moment. Endless ocean mirrors the sky for a photo bursting with color.

Fort Wetherill

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Once occupied as a coastal defense battery and training camp during the American Revolution, Fort Wetherill in Jamestown sits atop 100 foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park with unparalleled views of Narragansett Bay. Perfect for reveling an infamous NPT sunrise (Side note: the actual fort has become a graffiti masterpiece.)

Ocean Drive

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The historic 10-mile drive is filled with picturesque views of mansions and endless coastline. Park your car at Brenton Point and enjoy the heavenly oasis.

Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum

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Ranked by Yankee Magazine as one of the five best public gardens in New England, Blithewold is a 45-room English-style manor mansion situated on  Narragansett Bay in Bristol and boasts five vibrant and lavish gardens.

 Bannister’s Wharf

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 We will allow these photos to speak for themselves.

Use the hashtag #DiscoverNewport on your Newport County Instagram posts

Show the world how picturesque Newport is. Tag your favorite Instagram photos of Newport County with #DiscoverNewport and we may feature your photo on our Instagram account @DscvrNewport