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Your Summer in Newport Itinerary

The Best Things to Do This Season

Newport is best known as a relaxing summer retreat, setting the scene for a memorable getaway with the best weather conditions and scenery in all of Rhode Island. The ultimate place to visit in the summer, The Chanler is home to 20 distinct room types characteristic of Newport's rich history; some rooms feature private gardens while others boast personal terraces where you can take in ocean views and enjoy the summer breeze.

Enjoy our special beach service, A Day at the Beach during the summer months, which includes round-trip transportation in a Chanler Buick Enclave to any of Newport's beautiful beaches, a keepsake beach bag, a butler escort to the beach with an umbrella and a perfectly prepared picnic lunch, courtesy of the Spiced Pear. Or skip the beach and book a tour of the Cliff Walk's nearby mansions instead. Explore some of our favorite things to do the during summer in Newport when you stay at The Chanler!


The Cliff Walk & Easton's Beach 

Due to our unique location right along Easton's Beach and at the start of The Cliff Walk, the Summer is the perfect season to visit The Chanler. The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile trail along the rocky shoreline of Newport. Offering unique views of Newport's nature as well as the many architectural wonders of the Gilded Age, The Cliff Walk gives visitors a true look into Newport life. Easton's Beach, only a short walk from your guest room, is the perfect location for a sunrise stroll, a picnic lunch or a midday swim. 

Beaches in Newport

Spend the day at any of Newport's iconic beaches. The Chanler is just a 5-minute walk from the Easton's Beach. Easton's Beach is Newport’s longest beach, perfect for a swim or stay on the sand for some sunbathing or sandcastle building. You will also find an aquarium nearby, volleyball nets, surf lessons and concerts throughout the season. 

Newport Vineyards 

Warmer weather means more comfortable outings at Newport Vineyards.  Wine and cheese classes, comedic performances, yoga and wine tastings are all scheduled this spring at Newport Vineyards. Tour Newport Vineyards to learn all about the unique climate and how it helps the vineyard produce some of the best wines on the East Coast. 

Yacht Charter & Sailing on Narragansett Bay

Sail aboard legendary yachts across Newport Harbor or Narragansett Bay. There are many different charter companies to choose from. Allow our staff to help you select the right one depending on your unique preferences. Knowledgeable captains will then whisk you away on a nautical adventure. Explore other things to do on the waterfront in downtown Historic Newport.

Beach Horseback Riding

Take beautiful beach trail rides just 10 minutes from downtown Newport. There are also day camps for children, pony parties, and lessons for novice riders.

Famous Lighthouses

Known for their historic place in the development of modern Rhode Island, the lighthouses of Newport are a must-visit during you stay. A popular attraction any season, the summer sun shines brilliantly on the Bay and Newport Harbor, home to the Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport Harbor / Goat Island Lighthouse, and the unique Ida Lewis Lighthouse at Lime Rock. Take the ferry out to Rose Island and tour one of the most historically significant New England lighthouses, The Rose Island Lighthouse.

Newport Flower Show

Highlights include an opening night cocktail party with Martha Stewart, a champagne jazz brunch, garden displays, afternoon tea, moonlight movie and exciting lectures & demonstrations. 

June 22nd - June 24th 


Newport International Polo Matches

Get the full Newport, RI summer experience by attending one of the Newport Polo matches. Entering their 27th season this year, this classic American sport invites teams from all around the world and major US cities, keeping this thriving international pastime alive. Not only do the polo grounds have live viewings of the games, but they host culinary events like lobsterbakes. With an exciting lineup (featuring matches with Peru, France, Italy and Ireland), families, groups and friends alike can enjoy this unique sporting experience during their visit to The Chanler.

This season, The Chanler and Newport Polo have developed an exclusive partnership. All guests visiting The Chanler during summer weekends will receive two tickets to a Newport polo match during their stay. The event venue is located only 15 minutes away from our hotel, giving guests instant access to unforgettable equestrian entertainment. 

Visit Newport International Polo’s schedule for the full lineup and to purchase tickets today.

Newport International Polo Grounds 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Occurring Saturdays from June 2nd - September 29th

International Tennis Hall of Fame Open

Watch the world’s best tennis players meet on the grass courts of Newport. Tennis greats compete for the famed Van Alen Cup. The silver Tiffany’s trophy, which is displayed in the museum year-round, is aptly named for Hall of Fame founder Jimmy Van Alen. 

The event features appearances by Hall of Famer Jim Courier, Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy Haas and James Blake who will play on July 22nd. 

Daily Schedule: 

  • Sunday, July 15th: Family Fun Day & Qualifying Rounds

  • Monday, July 16th: Tournament Early Rounds, ATP Juniors Clinic, USPTA Free Tennis Lessons

  • Tuesday, July 17th: Tournament Early Rounds, USPTA Free Tennis Lessons, USTA Member Appreciation Day 

  • Wednesday, July 18th: Tournament Early Rounds, Fashion Show & Prosecco Brunch 

  • Thursday, July 19th: Tournament Quarterfinals 

  • Friday, July 20th: Tournament Quarterfinals,  AARP Day, Wheelchair Tennis Clinic, Women's Tennis Match (Sloane Stephens vs. Madison Keys) 

  • Saturday, July 21st: 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Singles Semifinals, Doubles Finals

  • Sunday, July 22nd: Singles Final, Invesco Legends Newport 

July 15th - July 22nd 

Newport International Boat Show

Calling all guests with a passion for boating and adventure: Extend your summer into mid-September by attending the 47th Annual Newport International Boat Show. This spectacular sailing event is a true boat show experience, premiering a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international companies. With 13 acres of historic Newport Harbor, families and yacht enthusiasts can expect a fun day filled with fishing, sailing, and a relaxing atmosphere.

The experience is even better when you stay at The Chanler. Our Newport, Rhode Island hotel is only 8 minutes away by car from the event’s location, the Newport Yachting Center. Purchase your tickets online today.

Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport RI, 02840
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 13th – 15th, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, September 16th, 10:00am - 5:00pm


Newport Folk Festival 

The Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by George Wein. The festival has served as a hub for the Civil Rights Movement, the revivals of Gospel, Cajun & Blues music and Bob Dylan's famous switch to electric guitar in 1965. Celebrate this Newport tradition with food, beer, wine and cider for all. Tickets are now on sale. 

July 27th - July 29th 

Newport Jazz Festival 

The 64th Annual Newport Jazz Festival takes place August 3, 2018 - August 5, 2018 at Fort Adams in Newport. This year's festival features performances by Sangam, Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Pat Metheny, Andra Day, Gregory Porter, Jon Batiste and many more. A limited number of tickets are still available. 3 day tickets cost $170 while 2 day tickets are $145. 

August 3rd - August 5th 

Learn more about these events and other summer activities in Newport and at The Chanler on The Chanler Blog