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In Newport and Newport County there is so much history to see, explore and learn about, we incorporate it into every tour. In addition, on this tour you will see and learn about a range of many notable attractions, primarily in the City of Newport proper. Your trip will include a visit to the neighborhoods of The Point, The Historic Hill, Ocean Drive, Bellevue Avenue, as well as the beaches that make the area famous, some of them hidden, for later enjoyment.
Newport has the largest collection in America of existing Colonial homes, inns, taverns, religious establishments, and other buildings. Some of the finest Victorian architecture in America was created in Newport and these stately homes, libraries and social clubs are yours to see. Not to mention the magnificent mansions on Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue. You will see masterful creations by famed architects and hear about their history as you drive-by, or elect to stop and take tours of the historic places. (Drive-bys are recommended and then we may be able to deliver you to your selected location for visiting and touring at the conclusion of your Jag Tour.) This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
The Newport area is blessed with a number of fine country coastal vineyards producing notable wine available for tasting. Not only will you taste and enjoy select wines, but you can stroll among the vines, sip amidst scenic outdoor patios, enjoy a meal at some locations, and make wine purchases before you leave. This is a half-day three-hour tour or a full-day tour depending on the number of vineyards you plan to visit. If you select a half-day tour, we recommend the afternoon. (Morning tours will only include one vineyard). Ask about a wine tasting and polo match combination tour available only on Saturdays June through September, subject to ticket availability.
The City by the Sea has been the summer home or vacation spot for numerous presidents, including JFK. See where Jack and Jackie were married; where her father got drunk and missed the wedding; her family’s summer home, site of the reception and later the summer White House; where JFK and Eisenhower played golf; where Jack trained to drive a PT Boat before being sent to the Pacific Theater in WWII and becoming a hero. This is a three-hour tour morning or afternoon.
Newport is the sailing capital of the world with a glorious history of America’s Cup competitions, and the home of numerous regattas and ocean-traversing races. Newport has long been an important location for the U.S. Navy. The history of the Navy aligns closely with the birth and establishment of the nation. Some of our most famous Navy men and women served, were born here, or are buried here, including the Perrys, Oliver and Matthew. You will visit notable America’s Cup locations, see the Navy’s presence including the Naval War College and tour its Museum; and see the site of the U.S. Naval Academy moved here during the Civil War. Newport is also the destination of some of the largest yachts in the world and you may be lucky enough to catch a view of some of them. The Herreshoff Museum where most of the historic America’s Cup yachts were built is also an option. This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
Many tourists never venture out into the rest of Newport County to experience the wonderful variety of natural attractions on the edge of, or outside of, the city. Stops can include, depending on available time and walking: Ocean Drive, The Cliff Walk, The Norman Bird Sanctuary, Purgatory Chasm, the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Barton, the Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, and numerous beaches and hiking trails in Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton. This can be a three-hour, or a six-hour tour with a stop for lunch.
Hollywood producers and directors have often taken advantage of Newport’s fabulous vistas, its reputation as a high society playground, and unique architecture. Visit many of these sites, already famous, or famous because of the Hollywood productions. Location sites and the stories that accompany them may include those from such movies as High Society; The Great Gatsby; The Betsy; Heaven’s Gate; Mr. North; Reversal of Fortune; Wind; True Lies; Amistad; Me, Myself and Irene; Evening; 27 Dresses; Tanner Hall; Moonrise Kingdom; Irrational Man, and more. This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
Newport has been a favorite of painters and other artists for centuries, not just for its scenic beauty but for the way light dances and plays off of the ocean and the dreamy, picturesque land of Aquidneck Island. There are numerous art galleries across the county featuring some of this landscape art, and you will also experience and see historic portraiture from the likes of Gilbert Stuart. Your tour can include recommendations for gallery stops that feature everything from marine art, to modern, to watercolor, to historic pieces. A final stop at the Newport Art Museum is recommended. This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
Many tourists who never venture out of the City of Newport never realize that beginning just outside of the city is a bucolic scene of shoreline, farms, and natural wonders. Aquidneck Island and towns on the east side of Narragansett Bay are replete with pastoral vistas and quaint, country villages. It is, in fact, one of the few locations in America where you can see livestock grazing down to the sea. Your tour will include views of these landscapes, as well as optional stops at an old general store, farm stands, a lobster shack, a lighthouse, a horse farm and more. This can be a three-hour, or a six-hour tour, the latter with a stop at a scenic eatery for lunch or a beautiful location for a gourmet champagne picnic.
Rhode Island, Newport, and the rest of Newport County, hold a special place in the history of the birth of our nation. This tour will take you to battlegrounds and batteries; to forts, to fortune, and misfortune. The British, while occupying Newport, devastated many homes and public buildings, and shattered the local economy. You’ll see and hear about the remnants of the occupation, the villains and the victors, and why some establishments escaped unharmed. This is a three-hour tour, morning or afternoon.
Newport is brimming over with local lore related to interesting places, then and now, to imbibe. On this tour you will hear about Newport’s libation history. It once housed dozens of distilleries; had a unique place during prohibition, and there are legendary stories about cocktail-enjoying socialites and sailors alike. You will be delivered in style (and safely) to current establishments that are lovely places, often with a majestic view or a notable place in history to sample their finest wine, cocktails and brews. These are places that only rare tourists experience; they are either hidden gems or known primarily by locals, or both. This is no pub crawl; this is a fine libation experience. Dressing well is important. No t-shirts or athletic shoes please. This is a three-hour afternoon tour.
We know that in today’s world many people travel alone, or with a single friend. So, Newport Jaguar Tours has designed a special tour just for you. It is a guided tour, but not a matchmaking event with your driver. You can choose, subject to availability, to be driven around Newport in a Classic Red Jaguar Convertible by a knowledgeable guide who will take you to bars, restaurants and clubs where more singles are likely to mingle, and in an age-range that you prefer. And you get to choose the tone: Do you want to visit casual places, or places where dressing up would be a bit more appropriate? How about live music? Your knowledgeable guide can deliver you to such places, even local best-kept-secret non-tourist destinations and, if you choose, maybe be a bit of a wingman, or wingwoman. (Of course, your driver is a non-drinking driver).