After a washed-out false start two weeks earlier, we set out in the end of July for a two-night stay over a weekend coinciding with the renowned Newport Folk Festival. In addition to the Folk Festival and its jazz festival counterpart, Newport is perhaps best known as the longtime home of the America's Cup yacht race as well as hundreds of Gilded Age-era mansions.
Mystic Pizza (56 W. Main St., 860-536-3700) offers gluten-free pizza, which our son described as one of the best he's ever eaten.
We rolled into Newport about an hour later and took a late-afternoon narrated trolley tour that highlighted the harbor area and the historic buildings. Along the harbor, there are several wharves that feature shops, restaurants and sea-based excursions.
|The Mooring offers a variety of gluten-free options, including|
lobster rolls, crab cakes and peanut butter pie
|Gluten-free cupcakes are available at|
Cupcake Charlie's on Fridays
Rum Runner II. Our captain and guide took us through Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor and highlighted several of the town's summer cottages and lighthouses.
|The BBQ combo platter at Smoke House|
For the remainder of the evening, we strolled Thames Street and window-shopped at the many stores along the way.
We made our final trip into town Sunday morning and surveyed Cliff Walk, part of the National Recreation Trail. The walk offers magnificent views of Newport's shoreline.
|Da Legna's pizzas are baked in a coal oven|