Visiting Newport is typically filled with visions of delightful seafood fare and sunny beaches that will promote those beautiful tan lines. It’s a fact that Newport has always had that whole summer thing down pat. But believe it or not, winter is when the real magic happens. Winter sunrises unobstructed and in full glory, snow-kissed seasides, and a seat by the fire—it’s a feeling unlike any other. Not to mention, winter is when all things cozy get kicked up a notch. Heated igloos with a bay view? Got it. A gourmet hot chocolate bar in a former private mansion? Got it. So sure, Newport has summer down pat, but you better believe it nails winter too.
Below are some favorite winter experiences in and around Newport for winter entertainment, food, and fun.
SLEDDING AT FORT ADAMS STATE PARK
When the ground is covered in a blanket of snow, it’s finally time to break out your favorite snow gear, bundle up and go sledding. Head to Fort Adams State Park (near the Rugby pitch and fields), where you will find some great hills that are ideal for sledders of any age to enjoy.
Tip: If Fort Adams is too busy, head over to Morton Park, a quieter spot with a smaller hill, which is great for families and children of all ages!
Cliff Walk is known to be a go-to summer activity—it’s where the serenity of salt air and the familiar sound of crashing waves meets with the awe of Gilded Age architecture. Add a dusting of snow to this breathtaking walking path, and Cliff Walk transforms into a magical winter wonderland that is an absolute must-see.
Please note – Disclaimer: Conditions on the Cliff Walk may be icy in wintry conditions. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing, and exercise caution in the snowy conditions.
BELLEVUE AVENUE & NEWPORT MANSIONS
Take a stroll (or drive) down Bellevue Avenue and take in the picturesque views of this historic street that is surrounded by trees and mansions from the Gilded Age, all covered in a blanket of snow. When you’re ready to warm up, head inside one of the mansions and take a tour of the beautiful, historic Gilded Age summer homes.
Please note: Planning a visit to one of the Newport Mansions? Be sure to check the operating schedule, prior to your arrival, to plan accordingly.
DINE IN A POP-UP IGLOO
Igloos are located at The Reef Newport and Diegos.
Just when we thought al fresco dining was closed up for the season, in comes fun and unique igloo dining—welcomed with open arms.
When it is a cold winter night—instead of staying indoors—enjoy a cozy, decorated, and heated igloo, overlooking the bay with a prime view of a sunset, with your favorite seasonal cocktails, and a creative menu. These very cool and fun dining experiences will keep you warm, while being outside.
- Styled and themed igloos meet cold-weather dockside dining at its finest.
- Head to The Reef for another season of igloo dining overlooking Newport Harbor.
- Each igloo can fit up to 8 guests, and offers a full cocktail, wine, and winter menu, with mouth watering dining options.
Available for lunch and dinner daily.
- Reservations are recommended to dine in the igloos, but if one is available, you can be seated as a walk-in.
- Igloos are heated, lit, and decorated for maximum comfort and vibes.
Stay toasty and warm Diego’s style; think: red glowing lights, incredible drinks, and delicious, satisfying fare. Experience a classic Diego’s outdoor dining experience from the comfort and warmth of their pop up igloos, located in the heart of Bowen’s Wharf.
IGLOO VILLAGE HOURS:
Wednesday + Thursday: 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Friday + Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
- Igloos are heated and can fit up to eight people
- Igloos must be reserved in advance. $100 booking fee is required.
One review from a recent patron, Regina S., stated: “Everything was spectacular from start to finish. The hostess was so friendly and helpful. It was a breath of fresh air to see how much she truly enjoyed her job. The waitstaff was equally as friendly. The food was absolutely amazing. The igloo on the water was a fantastic way to celebrate our dear friend’s 50th birthday.”
What’s even more impressive are the entirety of the reviews, where most diners shared their own awesome experience…
TASTING AT NEWPORT VINEYARDS
If being outdoors on a snowy day is not your cup of tea, head to Newport Vineyards for a wine or beer tasting sure to brighten your spirits. Admire the rows and rows of vines coated in white, while sipping your way through the cold, from the warmth of the indoor tasting room.