Explore Newport’s Broadway District

While we love the hustle and bustle of Newport’s waterfront and mansion district during the summer, the crowds can be a bit overwhelming to some. So where to the locals go when they want to escape the crowds? The Broadway District, a short walk from any of our Newport boutique hotels. This neighborhood is full of restaurants, bars, and shops, and has a funkier, locals-only vibe (or just visitors in-the-know) to it than the waterfront. With six blocks of shops and restaurants to explore, you can easily spend an afternoon on Newport’s Broadway District.

First, some history: the Newport Stamp Act Riot took place on Broadway in 1765, similar to the Boston Tea Party, where colonists protested the British government’s taxation of necessary goods like paper for printing and correspondence. For those wanting to learn more about the history of the area, the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, the oldest surviving house in Newport, is open for tours by appointment.

After you’ve brushed up on your local history, grab some lunch at one of the district’s many casual restaurants. Boru Noodle Bar, with its delicious ramen noodle soup, tuna poké, and steamed pork buns, is one of our new favorites. Binge BBQ brings the smoked porky goodness and can even be your late night fix, should you find yourself hankering for some sustenance late on weekends.

Empire Tea & Coffee will give you the caffeine fix you’ll need for perusing the funky shops and boutiques on Broadway. Hunt for that favorite throwback on vinyl at Vinyl Guru Record Shop or add a new signature piece to your wardrobe at the thrift store Closet Revival.

Finally, take in a comedy show at The Firehouse Theater. This improv troupe, called The Bit Players, puts on shows every Friday and Saturday nights, delivering up an evening of hilarity. Pro tip: it’s even BYOB. After a day spend in the Broadway District in Newport, you’re sure to sleep well back at a Lark hotel!

Gallery Hopping in Newport

Experience art after dark during your next stay at Gilded. Now that the crowds have cleared out a bit and we’re firmly in sweater weather, this is the perfect time to spend an evening exploring Newport’s art galleries, studios, and museums liberally sprinkled around town.

Newport Gallery Night is held the second Thursday of every month from 5-8pm at 20+ galleries, showcasing original works – classic, folk, contemporary, and everything in between – from Rhode Island’s own and artisans around the world. Many pieces are for purchase, and all are free to be admired. On any given night, you might see artists at work in their studios, catch a museum exhibit, or listen in on a special lecture.

The galleries are concentrated on Bellevue, Thames, and around the harbor, and the Newport Gallery Organization, sponsors of this monthly art adventure, offers a detailed map (available online and at participating galleries) to help you plan your stroll through Newport’s most charming neighborhoods. As an added bonus, you can drink or dine with a discount at one of these supporting restaurants:

  • Bistro 162 – 10% food
  • Café Zelda – Glass of house wine with purchase of Prix Fixe special
  • The Conservatory at Vanderbilt Grace – 15% off food
  • Gold’s Wood-Fired Grille & Café – Complimentary dessert with purchase of entrée
  • Hyatt Regency Newport – Complimentary dessert or appetizer with entrée
  • Mamma Luisa – 15% off dinner
  • Newport Blues Café – 2 for 1 entrée’s
  • One Bellevue – 20% off food
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – $3.00 off purchase of $10.00 or more
  • Pier 49 Seafood & Spirits – 10% off food
  • Rhino Bar & Grille – Complimentary appetizer with purchase of entrée
  • The Rhumbline – 25% off food
  • Sardella’s – 15% off food
  • The Spiced Pear – 20% 4 course food/wine dinner
  • Tallulah’s on Thames – 10% off entire bill
  • White Horse Tavern – 10% off dinner
  • Yesterday’s – 10% off food

Newport’s Fall Restaurant Week

Newport is bursting at the seams with great restaurants, and guests staying at The Attwater between November 6-15, 2015 can test out the city’s culinary chops without breaking the bank during Newport + Bristol County Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants offer a three-course lunch for $16 and dinner for $35 – it’s a prix fixe paradise! This is the perfect opportunity to try something new or stick with the tried-and-true. Whether you want to slurp oysters seaside or tuck into a white tablecloth dinner on Thames, there’s truly something for everyone during Newport’s Fall Restaurant Week. Elastic waistband pants welcome everywhere.

Just to whet your appetite, here’s a list of eateries participating so far – more will be added as the event draws closer. If you’d like recommendations in advance of your stay, please just shoot us an email at [email protected]

15 Point Road Restaurant

22 Bowen’s

Benjamin’s Raw Bar

Boat House Restaurant

Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant

Buskers Irish Pub & Restaurant

Caleb & Broad

Castle Hill Inn Restaurant

The Conservatory at The Vanderbilt Grace

DeWolf Tavern

Eli’s Kitchen

Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen

Jamestown Fish

Jo’s American Bistro

Malt Restaurant & Bar

Melville Grille

Midtown Oyster Bar

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar

Mudville Pub

One Bellevue at The Hotel Viking


Roberto’s Ristorante

Sardella’s Italian Restaurant

Simpatico Jamestown

SpeakEasy Bar & Grill

Spiced Pear Restaurant at The Chanler

Tallulah on Thames

The White Horse Tavern

“All the Buzz” at our New England Hotel Destinations

Lark Hotels are located in iconic New England villages and cities, and there is a great reason for that. Our desirable New England destinations always boast something new and rave-worthy. Here’s what 2013 brought (and what 2014 promises to bring) to our towns:

Kennebunkport: Last year brought David’s KPT to town from acclaimed Portland, Maine chef David Turin. Needless to say, it became instantly popular. The White Barn Inn unveiled a less-expensive winter bistro menu. The Kennebunkport Festival added an extra day and more events, and promises even more in 2014.

Nantucket: Island-goers formed long lines at the Hub’s new smoothie bar this summer and Proprietors, the latest venture from chef/restaurateur Michael Lascola (of American Seasons) was an unqualified hit. The scuttlebutt on 2014 is a new BBQ joint from chef Fred Bisaillon, formerly of Brant Point Grill. We’re keeping our ear to the ground.

Newport: The juicy beauties at the new Mission Burger got everybody all aflutter in 2013, as did everything on the menu at Stoneacre Pantry. We’re hearing that a fourth day will be added to the fabulous Folk Festival in 2014, so stay tuned for more details.

Portland: New England’s foodiest city got a hip dim sum eatery (Empire Chinese Kitchen), one of the country’s most buzzed-about new bars (Portland Hunt & Alpine Club), a bunch of stellar food trucks (including the clever cookery of Small Axe, and – just under the wire with a December 30 opening – an ultra-locavore bistro (Vinland). And that’s just the short list. 2014 promises even more culinary excitement with the much-anticipated openings of Central Provisions, Miyake Diner and Slab.

Portsmouth: New Hampshire’s seacoast city saw the re-opening of the pedestrian-friendly Memorial Bridge to Kittery in 2013 after two years of renovations, and the new nano-brewery, Earth Eagle, introduced gruit around town. Check it out at the brewery’s tasting room at 175 High Street next time you visit. This year may result in a new ice rink at Strawbery Banke Museum (if it skates through the web of local controversy).