Here comes summer, and with it one of life’s greatest simple pleasures: cocktails at sunset. And with Newport’s miles of coastline with west-facing views over the bay, there’s no shortage of spectacular locales with impressive drink menus where you can partake in this favorite pastime. From high on a hill to down by the shore, here are six of our favorite spots.
1. The Lawn Castle Hill
There are few spots with a more quintessential New England–vibe than The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn ( picture at top). Pull up an Adirondack chair on the expansive grass hill and watch the 12-meters sail around the bay as you enjoy a watermelon-jalapeño margarita, blueberry lemonade, or Bermuda rum swizzle and take in the sun setting over neighboring Jamestown.
2. The Safari Room at OceancliffJust across Castle Hill Cove to the north sits The Safari Room at Oceancliff, where you can study the boat traffic while relaxing in an Adirondack chair and indulging in a glass (or two) of bubbly.
3. The Roof at Vanderbilt GraceIt may seem counter-intuitive to head away from the water to watch the sunset, but you’ll be well rewarded if you venture up Historic Hill to The Roof at Vanderbilt Grace. It’s the only spot where you can take in a clear view of the sun setting over both Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay from north of the Pell Bridge down to the Fifth Ward, all while sipping a pineapple-basil mojito.
4. Pineapples on the Bay at the HyattOne of Newport’s hidden gems is Pineapples on the Bay at the Hyatt on Goat Island. Just steps from the water with stunning views of the Pell Bridge and Rose Island, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a gala sangria or piña colada while getting an up-close view of the boats as the sun sets and casts a rosy glow over Newport’s Historic Point neighborhood.
5. The Midway at The Clarke Cook HouseFor those who prefer the hustle and bustle of the wharves at cocktail hour, head over to The Midway at The Clarke Cooke House. This open-air covered porch offers a slice of sunset heaven through the charming colonial structures and provides impressive people watching from its perch above The Candy Store.