Destination: Newport

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Monday, January 23, 2012
By Susan Kostrzewa

Newport, a favorite summer haven for historic figures like Edith Wharton and John F. Kennedy, is still an ideal destination for travelers with an interest in history, wine, food and adventure. Its charm and elegance have endured despite modern-day tastes for tacky coastal kitsch, and Newport’s collection of centuries-old homes and buildings offer nostalgia of a bygone era that’s seldom found in the United States.

Wine & Food

Newport’s culinary standards are high — both locals and tourists have food and drink at top of mind. An innovative wine list, rotating small plates menu and handmade cocktails are the appeal at stylish Fluke. Relais & Chateaux property Castle Hill Inn on Ocean Drive is a favorite stop for gastronomes, and the bottles are some of the best in town: Tuck into the clam chowder and a glass of Domaine Ott rosé as you watch sailboats keeling out to sea. At 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, go for the massive lobster sandwich and a glass of Chardonnay — it’s well worth the crash afterward. Follow in the footsteps of Ella Fitzgerald and stop at the Hotel Viking, where the chorizo-stuffed Quahogs are a standout. Finally, have a nightcap at the moody 17th-century White Horse Tavern with a glass of vintage Port and a plate of local cheeses.