Newport—A Dream Destination for Work and Pleasure

2601235_mYou dream of a Newport vacation, touring the mansions, setting sail on the bay, and a fabulous dinner at one of our amazing restaurants, but then the family drags you to Disney instead. Has this happened to you? Why wait for the next family vacation when you can bring your next corporate event to Newport?

Newport has something for everyone, for all different budgets and we have more corporate event space than just your typical conference room. Francis Malbone House offers twenty luxurious rooms and they are happy to rent out the full inn to a large group coming into Newport. We also have larger hotels if your corporate outing needs more space, such as the Hyatt on Goat Island that offers 257 guest rooms as well as 27,000 square feet of function space with audio visual services and wireless internet, as well as a free shuttle to downtown Newport. There is also the Hotel Viking with 208 guest rooms, a shuttle service and conference space that gives you all the amenities a corporate outing may need. The Newport Marriott is also a great choice, right in the heart of Newport on America’s Cup Avenue. The Marriott name is known all over the world and continues to keep their standards high. With 17 meeting rooms, 16,084 square feet of total meeting space and 319 guest rooms, this hotel is ready to book any corporate outing.

After finding the perfect place for accommodations, there is plenty of fun to be had in our city by the sea. The Newport Mansions and the Preservation Society offer mansion tours year-round, and are happy to accommodate a large group. 12 Meters Charters offers a variety of cruises to fit your needs and can accommodate up to 300 guests. Newport Vineyards has been renovating their space and will soon open a new restaurant to go with their already wonderful wine tastings and tours.

Ready to take your group for dinner? We have that covered, too. With over 200 restaurants in our city, there are options for everyone. Midtown Oyster Bar, located on Lower Thames Street has event space that can be rented for a large party and can accommodate up to 200 people at a time. The Landing Restaurant and Bar can provide the perfect backdrop for your party. Their waterfront room seats 100 guests but the restaurant can accommodate 300 throughout the facility. If you are looking for a traditional Clam Bake, Newport has that, too. Kempenaar’s Clambake Club is a facility that easily serves a small intimate group, but can also expand to accommodate a gathering of 700 or more!

These are just a few of the many great resources Newport has to offer, but your corporate outing is not limited to Newport alone. Chamber members have more to offer including wine tastings, pumpkin patches, and sporting events. With happenings going on year-round, Newport is the destination for work and play! More information can be provided by visiting or calling the staff at 401.847.1600.

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