Fantastic Endeavors

Newport, Rhode Island

a few Reasons to visit Newport... !!!!!

The Mansions.......


The homes of the Gilded Age line Newport's famous Bellevue Avenue.  These lavish "summer cottages" were built in the late 1800's by some of the richest people in America.  Vanderbilt, Astor, Oelrichs, and later Kennedy were just some of the famous families that called Newport home during 6 weeks in the summer time.   The historic Mansions of Newport may appear familiar because Hollywood often uses Newport houses for scenes in major motion pictures.  "The Great Gatsby," "The Betsy," "True Lies," "Amistad" and "Wind" are just a few of the movies that used Newport mansions for filming.  Most of all the major historic mansion are open to the public in summer.

The Scenery................


Take a right at the south end of Bellevue Avenue and you will start your journey west down Ocean Drive: one of the most scenic roads in all of the United States.  As Ocean Drive winds you around the rocky cliffs and beaches of Newport's South shore, you will pass private homes that often rival the historic mansions of Bellevue Avenue.  Every turn on Ocean Drive offers one breath taking vista after another.  Take break at Brenton Point State Park and watch as passing ships head out to see and onlookers fly kites in the brisk winds coming off of Rhode Island Sound.  The Inn at Castle Hill lies just North of Brenton Point.  Castle Hill is a world famous inn and a great place to stop for Sunday Brunch.  Next stop on Ocean Drive, is Fort Adams with fantastic views of Newport Harbor, once home to sailing's Greatest race: The America's Cup.   Stop by the Sailing Museum at Fort Adams to learn the history of the America's Cup. 

The Food..........................


After a scenic tour of Newport on Ocean Drive, Newport Harbor is a great place to stop for a bite to eat.  Numerous restaurants line Thames Street and the wharfs off America's Cup Avenue.  Each eatery has its own unique menu, style and presentation.  You will never eat the same meal twice in Newport if you keep changing restaurants.  Some of the more reasonable historic stops include Brick Alley Pub, Yesterdays, The Black Pearl, The Red Parrot, Sea Fair, and 22 Bowens.

Newport-Jamestown Photo Gallery Summer 2005

One must see menu stop is just outside Newport near Rhode Islands's South Shore.


Nordic Lodge is home of the legendary "All you can eat Lobster Buffet."  Come hungary because Nordic Lodge is all about eating and lobsters.  The only thing that stops you from eating at Noridic's grand buffet is the two hour table limit.  If lobster is not your fancy, then stop in Nordic Lodge's Angus beef room or step to the central buffet table for stuffed shrimp and salmon.  Save room for dessert because Nordic Lodge has an impressive Hagaan Daas ice cream bar and pie table.  Nordic Lodge is fun for the whole family for any occasion.  Check the Nordic Lodge web site for their schedule.

Nordic Lodge Web site

Please call 877-620-8797 for more information on traveling to Newport or email at

Fantastic Endeavors is a member or the Newport Preservation Society and a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Hannah Grace Spear Fishing Tournament held at Kings Beach on Ocean Drive September 15, 2007. 

"I never truly knew how much Rhode Island had to offer until you opened up a whole new world of history, beauty and nature. Breath taking pictures cannot even touch the memories from Rhode Island. Thank you for making it a memorable trip!"

Amanda Wilhelm

Business Owner

Annapolis, MD