Lay of the Land
The long and narrow town of Newport is located on the south end of the Aquidneck Peninsula where the Narragansett Bay and Atlantic Ocean meet. Its main roads run north to south, with Thames Street and the wharfs on the western edge and the historic mansions on the southern end of Bellevue Avenue. Where the land juts out to the southwest sit many of the great beaches and more modern homes. While perhaps not as historic as the Vanderbilt’s Elms and Marble House, many of these houses are just as impressive and a drive along Ocean Avenue is beautiful and highly recommended.
Newport is a three-and-a-half-hour drive north of New York City, and a one-and-a-half hour drive south of Boston. Amtrak services a station in Kingston, Rhode Island, which is about a 30-minute drive from Newport. Once in town, a car is good to have but not crucial.