A Newport, Rhode Island Bachelorette Party Guide to Plan Your Weekend
Debating whether a bachelorette party in Newport, Rhode Island, is for you? You'll be convinced after learning what this New England town can offer. From where to stay, what to eat and how to spend your time, we've pulled together a list of some of the very best ways to make it a Newport bachelorette party to remember.
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Newport Bachelorette Party Ideas and Themes
The first task is determining what sort of bachelorette party will be planned. (With a mix of people comes a variety of likes and interests.) Our advice is to plan experiences that promise to please each and every member of the group. Here's our list of things to do during a bachelorette party in Newport, Rhode Island.
For the Cocktail Connossieurs
From bespoke bars to wine-tasting tours, the revelers won't be disappointed. A visit to Newport Vineyards is bound to set the tone for those looking to learn more about the local wines available. Newport is also home to an array of bars and nightlife, such as The Roof Deck at The Vanderbilt and Top of Newport at Hotel Viking.
For the Foodies
The food scene in Newport is surprisingly good, and you'll be spoilt for choice throughout your stay. Whether you're on the hunt for wholesome Italian sandwiches from Bottega Bocconi, or classic dining at Benjamin's Raw Bar is more your thing, there's certainly no shortage of places to tantalize your tastebuds.
For the Thrill Seekers
A little unconventional, perhaps, but what better way to get the group laughing, bonding and making memories? Take to the waves for a group surf lesson. If this sounds a little too active, then there's also the cliff walk, ocean drive or Newport's spectacular collection of mansions to explore.
For the Spa Dwellers
Self-care is key and Rhode Island is the perfect destination for much-needed pampering during a trip. We recommend Bodhi Spa's "Water Journey" offering. Groups can also indulge in treatments at SpaFjör and Soleful Touch Newport.
Newport Bachelorette Party Itinerary and Activities
So much to see and do and so little time - it can all become a bit overwhelming, especially when catering to so many different personalities, likes and dislikes. Thankfully Newport bachelorette party activities range from active, to chill, to fun and to silly, so there really can be a bit of something for everyone.
You've arrived, ready for your Newport bachelorette. What better way to kick things off than with a beautiful breakfast? Enter Franklin Spa. Don't let the name fool you, though, as it's far from an actual spa. Albeit, you're guaranteed to come out feeling more relaxed after bottomless coffee and a mouthwatering menu.
Next, it's time to walk off brunch with Newport's famed Cliff Walk. The near four-mile walk along Newport's coastline is a fabulous place to spot wildflowers, birds and the breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay. (Comfortable shoes required… selfies too.)
Head to your hotel or home rental to fresh up. Then, paint the town red in true New port bachelorette party style. For outdoor dining, fresh seafood and a lengthy menu of beverages, head to Thames Waterside Bar and Grille. Follow dinner with craft cocktails and a view at The Roof Deck at The Vanderbilt to add a touch of glamor to the evening.
Start the day with a morning of surfing before filling your stomach on the Newport Neighborhood food tour. With a whopping five to six restaurants on the agenda, it promises to give you a whistle stop tour and a full tummy.
If you want an extra-productive morning, head to Bodhi Spa, which specializes in hydrotherapy (the ancient art of healing using water). Its infamous "water journey" promises to leave groups feeling rejuvenated and refreshed… just in time for your evening antics.
Once you've enjoyed a relaxing afternoon, head to Fluke Newport for dinner. The establishment is a staple restaurant in the area that has been around for more than a decade. Accompanied by delicious wines and incredible sunset views, the group will enjoy toasting to the bride and making new memories too. Follow the meal with rooftop drinks at The Firepits at Newport, a beautiful, understated and the perfect spot to capture special photos with the crew.
This morning, it's all about breakfast. We recommend visiting Cru Cafe for its popular dish, The Newporter, comprised of eggs, cheddar and smoked sausage on a Portuguese roll. Belle's Cafe at Newport Shipyard is another option.
Finish up your time in Newport with a 10-mile ocean drive along Newport's iconic coastline. Pass the historic Bellevue Avenue, the Gilded Age mansions and Goosebury Beach, a popular summer hangout (hopefully you packed your swimsuit).
Newport, Rhode Island Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt
Turn your itinerary into a fun game with a Newport, Rhode Island scavenger hunt. Distribute a list of activities with points awarded for each completed task and ask participants to provide proof with pictures. Download an editable template to customize the list and include local attractions and sights. Don't forget to give the winner a prize such as a souvenir or t-shirt.
Places to Stay in Newport for a Bachelorette Party
Finding the perfect place to relax in between a jam-packed itinerary, is an important detail to any bachelorette party. Here are a selection of hotels and VRBOs to consider for bachelorette party groups. Inquire with each hotel for a specific Newport, RI bachelorette party package.
Best Newport Bachelorette Party Hotels
The Vanderbilt: This Auberge Resorts Collection property offers a touch of glamour in a historic building built in 1909. Perfectly placed for activities, the hotel boasts a stunning garden terrace bar and beautiful views, perfect for a pre-dinner tipple… or two.
The Attwater: Described as a "funky Newport hotel," this 17-room establishment offers bright, fun and contrasting decor. It's a welcome change to the usual style of buildings in the area. The Attwater is a great way to add a touch of fun to the weekend.
Ocean House: This 1868 Victorian hotel boasts bygone tales of the rich and famous. With unbeatable views and amenities to match, the Ocean House is also home to a world-class spa and its own private beach. Although this is a bit further away from Newport, it's the spot for groups that prefer to hole up in one hotel. There are plenty of on-site restaurants too.
Best Newport, RI Bachelorette Party Home Rentals
There are plenty of housing options for a Newport, Rhode Island bachelorette party, so check out Expedia, TripAdvisor, Vrbo, Airbnb and Hopper Homes. Here are a few vacation rentals to consider booking for a group stay.
Private Beach and Dock (Narragansett Bay): This Narragansett Bay property offers a scenic escape ideal for a bachelorette getaway of up to 10 guests. Renovated with four bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and 2,700 square feet of living space, it's complemented by a private beach, dock and outdoor fireplace. Complimentary water toys and nearby attractions in Newport make it a stellar Rhode Island vacation base for $1,200 per night.
Beachfront Vacation Property (Narragansett): This three-bedroom beach house offers stunning water vistas, a spacious deck and modern amenities for around $330 per night. Excellent for a bachelorette getaway of up to seven guests, it's been remodeled to include a cathedral-ceiling living room and marble floors. It's a quick drive to Adventureland and the Block Island Ferry, with a private beach just steps away.
Harbor View Retreat (Fifth Ward): This VRBO in Yachting Village offers a perfect bachelorette getaway right in the city's center. From stunning sunsets on the rooftop deck to nearby attractions like the Cliff Walk and Mansions, this Newport haven is a great base for activities. With panoramic views, a well-equipped kitchen and multiple parking spots, it can accommodate up to eight guests for an average of $550 per night.
Historic Hotel (Wakefield-Peacedale): This remarkable historic retreat from 1880 can comfortably accommodate large bachelorette groups of up to 21 guests. With eight bedrooms, a games room and open living spaces, it averages $875 per night. This historic gem is close to a variety of beaches, bike trails, entertainment options and eateries. (Psst: sounds ideal for a memorable bachelorette celebration.)
Newport Nightlife for a Bachelorette Party
Once the accommodations are sorted, it's time to start padding out the itinerary and making sure you have a good idea of where to head for music, celebratory drinks and dancing. Here are some of our suggestions for some of the best restaurants and bars to check out.
Best Newport Bachelorette Party Restaurants
Fluke Newport: Focused on fresh, local and seasonal food, the restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors. The menu is yet to disappoint and promises to be accompanied by delicious wines and incredible sunset views.
Bar 'Cino: Another favorite among the locals, Bar 'Cino is conveniently located in Newport's historic Washington Square, the food is fresh, clean and full of flavor. It's also said to be the perfect spot for people watching.
Clarke Cooke House: A long-standing eatery in Newport, Clarke Cooke House first opened its doors in 1972. We're pleased to say its legendary dishes, however, has yet to slip.
Best Newport Bachelorette Party Bars
Pour Judgement: Who said dive bars can't be fun? Well, this one is certainly breaking the stereotype with live music, strong drinks and a friendly staff.
The Black Pearl: The polar opposite of a dive bar, the Black Pearl is a much-loved establishment situated on the historic Bannister's Wharf, right on the waterfront.
Clementine Cocktail Bar: Those seeking elegance and the opportunity to dress up should look no further. We recommend trying the Sunset Limited, described on the menu as "citrusy/tropical/bittersweet," or a simple-but-refreshing Pear Bellini.
The Roof Deck at The Vanderbilt: Perfect for selfies, this favorite offers wrap-around views of New England. Al fresco dining and a hefty list of cocktails are added bonuses.
Expert Newport Travel Tips
Thankfully, getting to Newport, Rhode Island, couldn't be easier. Conveniently located in the heart of New England, and well connected, the bachelorette destination is easily reached by car, train, bus or boat.
How to Get There
There are several domestic and international airlines servicing Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) and Newport State Airport so finding a flight shouldn't be a problem.
The best way to travel to Newport from afar is by flying into Providence, Rhode Island. Then take the 30-minute drive south to Newport via I-95. Groups can also easily book a car or take a train.
How to Get Around
The most affordable way to get from Newport to Providence Airport (PVD) without a car is by bus, but be prepared for a longer transit. It takes almost two hours and costs roughly four dollars. Once in Newport, it's actually best to travel round by foot or trolley. Most attractions, hotels and eateries are within walking distance.