Our Summer 2023 Newport County Bucket List


Living in or near Newport, RI gives you access to a wide range of summertime fun. Now that the sunny season is well underway here in Rhode Island, we’re sharing our agents’ top ten recommendations for some of the best experiences Newport has to offer. While some are old favorites and some are new discoveries, all are guaranteed to be quintessentially Newport, RI.

Jaguar Tour of Newport RI

Take a private tour in a classic Jaguar around Newport’s most iconic spots and attractions. Your guided tour can be three hours long or a full day. Cruise to wine tastings, art galleries, scenic vistas and more.

Music at the Fort

Bring your beach blankets and chairs for a night of music at the historic Fort Adams. Bands including The Ravers, the Rhode Island Youth Stage Band, Those Guys, and more grace the stage this summer. Arrive a little early for a self-guided tour of the restored north overlook with views from the top of the Fort walls. A beautiful way to spend the evening on the waterfront and enjoy an unobstructed view of the sunset over Jamestown.

Wednesday July 13th, Wednesday August 24th and Wednesday Sept 7th. Doors open 5 – 8pm.

Private picnic from Stoneacre Picnics

Stoneacre Brassiere, 28 Washington Square, recently launched high-end, full-service, private picnics. Starting at $325 for two guests packages include low-table, cute place settings, and add-ons. Stoneacre’s “Grab and Go Picnics” are also available for $149 and can be picked up at the Brasserie.

Drinks on the Lawn at Castle Hill

The Lawn at Castle Hill

Cruise along Ocean Drive Take to one of the best sunset views in Newport. Sip cocktails while lounging in Adirondack chairs on the pristine grounds that overlook Narragansett Bay. Not drinking? Castle Hill’s house made ice cream and sorbet are the perfect indulgences. Or make an evening out of it and stay for dinner.

Newport International Polo Series


Whether you’re seated on the lawn or at the pavilion, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable and classic Newport experience at Newport Polo, home of America’s First Polo Club. The energy level is high at this horse-powered event that truly is fun for all ages. Dress up or dress down, but remember to bring lots of delicious treats to snack on as the ponies race by. After all, half the fun of this event is tailgating! Fans enjoy the Opening and Closing ceremonies, half-time “divot stomp”, Player’s Salute, Trophy Presentation, Après Polo Lounge, and fan prizes.

Where: 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871

When: Each Saturday, June 3 – September 30, 2023

Sunset Drinks on The Rooftop at the Vanderbilt Hotel

The Vanderbilt Hotel

The Roof Deck at The Vanderbilt Hotel has one of the only rooftop bars in Newport boasting gorgeous panoramic views of downtown Newport and the harbor.

Sushi at the Clarke Cooke House

Locals will freely boast this is one of, if not the best spot in Newport for sushi. Dine at the sushi bar and watch your rolls be made or order from anywhere in the restaurant.

Infosys Hall of Fame Open

Photo credit : Infosys Hall of Fame Open

Watch some of the best tennis men’s ATP Tour pros compete on the world-famous grass courts of The International Tennis Hall of Fame. Since 1880, these courts have hosted some of the most elite players in the sport. The Infosys Hall of Fame Open is the only tournament played on grass courts outside of Europe and the only chance to see professional men’s tennis played in the Northeast before the US Open. Each ticket purchased allows one free admission to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum. Tickets go on sale May 9. 

Where: International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI

When: July 16  – July 23, 2023

2023 International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend

Be there up front and center when the Class of 2023 is enshrined at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Some incredible events include a curated cocktail party, box seats to the Open, an autograph session with the inductees, and admission to the Enshrinement Reception! 

Where: International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI

When: July 20  – July 23, 2023

Walk up Hanging Rock at Norman Bird Sanctuary

Walk the nature trail to Hanging Rock at Norman Bird Sanctuary situated right over the Newport/Middletown town line. Here you’ll get a bird’s eye view (pun intended) of Sachuest Beach, the famed St. George’s, and Sachuest Point Wildlife Reserve. Day trail pass prices range from $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, and $3 for ages 3-18. Open Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm. 583 3rd Beach Road in Middletown.

Kayak or Paddleboard Narragansett Bay

Mobile Kayaks Newport


Mobile Kayaks will deliver a kayak or paddleboard to your location of choice, seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. Set off on a paddle at the Fort Adams boat ramp, Kings Park, Gooseneck (on Ocean Drive), Elms Street boat ramp or Newport Harbor.

The Elms Garden

A lush garden awaits behind The Elms’ formidable walls. It’s no wonder they’re filming scenes for HBO’s “The Gilded Age” series here. Tickets range from $25 for adults to $10 for ages 6-12.

Music festivals, shopping downtown, mansion tours, wineries, breweries, beaches, and more make Newport County chock full of memorable experiences. We wish you a wonderful summer full of discovery and relaxation. And don’t forget to pick up a Del’s lemonade while you’re out!

If you’re interested in renting or purchasing a home in Newport County, or its surrounding communities, Hogan Associates Christie’s International Real Estate would love to help you start your journey. Call us at (401) 680-6588 or send a message to info@hoganri.com..