The charm of Newport makes it a city that’s easy to love, rain or shine. Here are four of our favorite ways to pass the time here when the weather is less than ideal.
This boutique features the gorgeous handmade glass creations of artist Matthew Buechner. Thames Glass was founded in 1981 and sells everything from vases and bowls to paperweights, ornaments, and animal statuettes. Visitors can watch live glassblowing demonstrations by the skilled team of creators and even take a class where they can make their own vase, paperweight, or ornament. Hours are subject to change, so check the website before heading to the studio.
The whole family can enjoy a classic arcade experience at Ryan Amusements, featuring two floors of fun and more than 50 arcade and skills games. This locally owned and operated business has been in the amusement industry since the mid-1980s. They also offer special coupons and discounts so that visitors to Newport can have fun on a budget when the kids are bored and the weather’s bad.
Audrain Automobile Museum
Stroll through this curated collection that draws from more than 160 rare and notable automobiles, with fully restored vehicles dating to the earliest days of the car alongside their modern marvels. Several dozen cars are displayed at once on a rotating basis, so fans of this museum have a new experience with every visit. The museum notes that it’s as much an art museum as an automobile museum, celebrating the design inherent in this revolutionary industry.
Newport Storm Brewery
This iconic Newport institution has brewed more than 100 unique beers since it was founded in 1999. When the rain’s coming down, spend a day in the tasting room to enjoy the latest creations they have on tap. Those who prefer spirits can also enjoy their locally distilled rum and whiskey. Every tasting flight comes with a souvenir pint glass, and visitors can take a guided or private tour of the facilities. Check their calendar for special events, such as the recent beer and Girl Scout cookie pairing.
Looking for a place to stay for a classic Newport getaway? Visit Ivy Lodge. Our romantic bed and breakfast features elegant Victorian appointments in each room along with all the amenities expected from a modern hotel. Make your reservations today and experience our legendary Newport hospitality.