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J V
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NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

Hi my husband and I are going on a mini honeymoon at the beginning of April. We will be renting a car to drive from NY to Newport where we have reservations at the Wyndham Inn at Long Wharf.

We'll be in Newport for 7 days. Is it worth it to keep the rental car for the entire week? It's still a bit cold here in NY and I'm assuming it's equally cold in Newport especially near the water.

I love to walk but don't want to freeze trying to get around Newport. We do plan to do a lot of local sight seeing and dining, but also want to take a trip to Boston, possibly Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated. This will be our first trip to Newport and we want to get the most out of it.

FYI: We LOVE food, good spirits, and live entertainment. No kids yet so want to enjoy time together.

Thnks for any responses!

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1. Re: NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

Keep the car. Though Newport is small, the other places you mention will require you to have a car.

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2. Re: NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

If you want to explore outside of Newport, you will probably want a car. I am not totally familiar with public transportation availability (someone else my be better informed than me), but I don't think it is extensive. You may want one to do the Ocean Drive, any casino trips from Newport, etc. I am sure there is bus transport to other places, but for a train, I think you would need to get to Providence (nice restaurants in the Federal Hill area there). A car will give you more options and freedom to make your own schedule and itineries.

note: if you are going to Newport for the 5th of April, that is the start of restaurant week there; if you are interested in some of the "fine dining" places, you might want to reserve ahead of time.

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3. Re: NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

You certainly can get around Npt w out a car. There is trolley service, and a quick cab or two could get you places. I think there is also zip car availability at Salve University where the mansions are. Boston isn't friendly driving around in at all, unless you park your car and leave it for the day, especially when there is so much public transit. The Peter Pan goes from Newport to Boston direct. You can also catch the commuter T from North Kinstown or Providence.

Edited: 11:00 am, March 23, 2013
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4. Re: NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

I would keep the car. The sights in Newport are quite spread out. You will be in a good location to walk to a few of the favorite restaurants in the city and some of the shops. If you wanted an adult night out without having to drive, you can do it. If it rains, you'll have the car. You will be able to do whatever you want whenever you want. You won't have to lug your stuff around.

I would drive to Boston and park on the outskirts and take the MBTA into the city. Quincy Adams Garage is an easy place to leave your car, before you hit the big traffic. It's $7/day to park and $2 to ride the subway into the city. Boston has little parking weekdays, narrow, confusing streets and bad drivers 7 days/week. I would never recommend to anyone that they drive in that city. If possible go on the weekend. The city is just a lot less crowded then.

Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods would be a good stop on your way there or back. It's a long ride from Newport itself, a good 90 minutes to Foxwoods and longer to Mohegan. Foxwoods is closer to I-95 so would be an easier stop. Try to avoid on weekends!

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5. Re: NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

The Quincy MBTA garage is a great option. It used to be after a certain hour in the morning though, they would fill up. Is that still the case?

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6. Re: NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

It's actually closed. They closed it in July due to structural defects. That's why I moved to Quincy Adams garage.

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7. Re: NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

Thnx everyone for the recommendations. It seems our best bet is to keep the car for the week. A bit costly but hopefully worth it with the amount of area we want to cover.

I will definitely try the Quincy Adams garage when in Boston. thnx for the heads up!

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8. Re: NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

Been doing more research on Things to do while in Newport. Wondering if anyone hasany recommendations on the following attractions???

1. Martha's Vineyard

2. Wine Tasting

3. Must Try seafood restaurant

4. Block Island vs Goat Island?

5. Day Spa for massages

I realize it may still be off season so I'm not too sure what will be open and what's closed.

But I appreciate any help!

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9. Re: NY - Newport, renting a car worth it x 7days stay?

Martha's Vineyard would make a nice day trip! It's a very different sort of place. You would have to drive to Wood's Hole to get the ferry, about a 90 minute drive in good traffic, and the ferry is under 30 minutes. We usually rent bikes for the day. Oak Bluffs is a very unique place full of wonderful Carpenter's Gothic. Between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are several Gray Ladies, old Nantucket-style homes, and then Edgartown, a classic white New England sea town. It would be a long, tiring day, but you would see a lot. I have also rented mopeds in the off-season, and it was a lot of fun. Expensive, though.

I like Sakonnet Vineyards. Wine tastings are gaining in popularity for sure. The ride is a beautiful one, and Little Compton is a beautiful, beautiful town. If you go be sure to go to South Shore Beach for my favorite beach walk in RI, where a farm sweeps down to the sea. Also visit the town common. Someone mentioned a restaurant there, The Barn, which I have yet to try... but plan to.

There is no "must-try" seafood restaurant. There are lots of great seafood restaurants. My favorite is the cheapest, Flo's Clam Shack in Middletown, but I love the Black Pearl's chowder, and several other seafood dishes at several other places. I love the scallops at Bouchard's. They are all very different.

Block Island vs Goat Island, hahahaha. Goat Island is connected to Newport by a short bridge. You can walk there from the wharves in 20 minutes. It will eat up an hour of your day. It has a hotel, marina and yatch club. That's it. Block Island is a long ferry ride from Newport, if it's even running in April (from Newport... I know it is running from Galilee).. It has 2 towns and lots of space in between. I would say the choice is between Martha's Vineyard and Block Island. Both would consume an entire day, and an exhausting one at that. If you like nature and solitude, choose Block Island. If you get sea sick, choose Martha's Vineyard. Either way pick a really warm day to do it.

I don't do spas, but Castle Hill Inn has a famous one.

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If you're considering an island trip you really want to ask "Block Island or Martha's Vineyard". Goat Island is a big hotel, a marina and a gated condo complex and you can walk over a causeway to it in five minutes from your hotel. Both the Vineyard and Block will still be in winter mode so a lot of shops and restaurants will be closed but they are not completely dead and they are both beautiful places worth visiting. I would say if you have nice weather a day trip to Block Island would be great. You can take a ferry from Point Judith, pack a lunch and rent bikes or mopeds and spend the day exploring. Martha's Vineyard is a similar experience but much bigger and a little harder to get to from Newport. On the other hand you can take your car over to Martha's Vineyard for a day trip and see the whole island. Either one would make great day trip if the weather's nice.

Newport and Greenvale Vineyards are on the island here close to Newport. Sakonnet and Westport Vineyards are both about 45 minutes away in what I think is one the most beautiful parts of the area. All do tastings but you'd have to check schedules.

The options are pretty much endless for seafood places and it really depends on your particular tastes. The one place that I would say is a must try is the Matunuck Oyster Bar. It's about 30 minutes away on the south coast. Great food, the oysters come from about a hundred yards away, beautiful spot. Some good options in Newport are The Mooring, the Landing and the Lobster Bar, Fluke, Black Pearl, Flow's down by the beach, Scales and Shells. Fish in Jamestown is supposed to be very nice. There are many more.

Also lots of spas but I've heard good things about the spas at the Hyatt and Vanderbilt Grace Hotels.