Jane C. Govednik

Correspondent

  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA

Jane C. Govednik is a correspondent who lives in Rhode Island and covers the cities of Newport and Providence for Forbes Travel Guide. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Govednik enjoys exploring the diverse beauty of her home state. From its idyllic beaches to its lively city scene, Rhode Island offers so much to do and see. Govednik graduated from Brown University and has covered fitness, health and beauty topics for various local publications, including The Providence Journal, SO Rhode Island Magazine and Providence Monthly, among others.

  • On September 20, 2013
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    What is the scene like at Spiced Pear?

    Spiced Pear's main dining room is a cozy space with enough room between the tables that you don't feel like you're part of someone else's dinner conversation. Upscale yet inviting, the restaurant features high ceilings and lovely chandeliers, and the tables are set with crisp white linens. The decor is nicely subdued, allowing the dramatic ocean view to take center stage. The dinner crowd consists of both couples and larger groups, and encompasses patrons of all ages. The scene in the lunch spaces — The Veranda dining room and The Cliff Walk Terrace — is a bit more relaxed and informal, and better suited to accommodate parties with children.
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    What is the dress code at Spiced Pear?

    The Spiced Pear staff will ensure that your dining experience is truly special, so you will want your appearance to reflect the restaurant's polished interior and fine cuisine. The dress code when dining at Spiced Pear can be best described as "casual smart." For men, this means that jackets are requested but not required, and dress pants are strongly preferred. Meanwhile, ladies wearing an elegant dress or a nice blouse with slacks will feel most comfortable in the restaurant's sophisticated surroundings. Of course, for guests eating lunch in The Veranda or on The Cliff Walk Terrace, casual resort wear is perfectly acceptable.
  • On September 20, 2013
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    Where is The Chanler located?

    Boasting panoramic ocean views, The Chanler sits atop the northern end of Newport's famed Cliff Walk on tree-lined Memorial Boulevard. It is the only hotel located directly on The Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile walking path set between the city's stunning shoreline and the stately mansions of Newport's storied past. Memorial Boulevard is a charming street with wide sidewalks, which helps make leaving The Chanler to explore the city by foot a pleasant experience. Guests of the hotel enjoy easy access to attractive Easton's Beach (a stone's throw away), and are within a mile of both trendy Bellevue Avenue and bustling downtown Newport.
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    What’s the best time to visit The Chanler?

    Each season has a distinct draw for guests of The Chanler. Newport is mainly a summer resort town — the time of year when both the city and the hotel are most lively — so that’s when you will see the majority of warm-weather lovers looking to take advantage of all the outside activities. The cooler seasons, however, have their own appeal, particularly to guests who enjoy less congestion — not to mention the chance to cozy up in front of a roaring in-room fireplace. Summer is surely a delightful time to visit, but fewer tourists in the winter, spring and fall allow for a more intimate experience both at The Chanler and in The City by the Sea overall. In addition, every holiday season The Chanler is decorated with a different theme, drawing repeat guests who look forward to the new holiday trimmings each year.
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    What restaurants does The Chanler have?

    The Chanler offers the epitome of fine dining with a view in its restaurant, The Spiced Pear. Located right inside The Chanler mansion, this sophisticated and upscale restaurant only serves dinner, and is the main dining attraction at the hotel. The Spiced Pear occupies prime real estate in the mansion, allowing diners to take in views of The Cliff Walk and the beautiful Newport shoreline.

    Those looking for a more casual dining experience can grab a bite in The Veranda dining room, at The Bar or The Cliff Walk Terrace during the summer months. These alternative dining options all utilize the same kitchen as The Spiced Pear, but the menu and atmosphere varies from space to space. Lunch is served in The Veranda and on The Cliff Walk Terrace, while The Bar offers light dinner fare along with signature drinks.
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  • On August 19, 2013
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Newport?

    After a memorable trip to Newport, you'll want to bring a piece (or two) of the beloved city home with you. Since the Newport Mansions are some of its most iconic attractions, you may want to stop by one of the authorized store locations to pick up a treasured reminder of the city's history. Books, jewelry and note cards are popular choices at these shops. You can also pay homage to Newport's nautical roots by choosing a sailing print or nautical chart to hang in your home. To bring a taste of Newport with you, be sure to stop by The Newport Fudgery to grab some delicious homemade fudge.
  • On August 19, 2013
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    What are the best Newport food experiences?

    Sometimes a meal is all about the setting. Here are five decidedly Newport food experiences you are sure to appreciate:

    1. Castle Hill Inn Lawn. The sprawling lawn of Castle Hill Inn is an iconic Newport dining hangout. Open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, the lawn is lined with picture-perfect Adirondack chairs for guests to behold the stunning views of Narragansett Bay while enjoying hickory-smoked chicken or a lobster roll. When in Newport, a trip to Castle Hill for food and cocktails alfresco is a must. 

    2. Lobster dinner and sunset sail. Seafood and sailing — what's more Newport than this combination? Enjoy a classic New England lobster bake dockside before hopping on the Schooner Aurora for a memorable sunset sail around the Harbor. 

    3. Flo's Clam Shack. This is a barebones, no-frills fried seafood shanty, and that's what we love about it. Order your food at the window (the line may be long on the weekends), pick it up yourself and enjoy. Flo's says it's "famous for clams since 1936," but it makes this list for its beautiful ocean view, too. 

    4. Newport Dinner Train. Hop aboard to experience Newport and its surrounding area on a 22-mile, 2.5-hour train excursion along Narragansett Bay. Newport Dinner Train is the only moving dinner train in the state, and offers special events like romantic evenings, murder mysteries and family nights.  

    5. The White Horse Tavern. This Colonial-era establishment boasts it has served America for more than 350 years, making it one of the oldest taverns in the nation. Its chefs are passionate about creating contemporary seafood dishes made from the freshest local ingredients, ensuring that foodies who love history will appreciate everything about the White Horse Tavern.
  • On August 19, 2013
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    Where is the best nightlife in Newport?

    Newport has a vibrant nightlife scene with something for everyone, though the most sought-after spots are the ones that feature live music. The Landing is always a top place for drinks and entertainment, and with its prime waterfront location, you can't beat the view. The Newport Blues Cafe attracts popular local bands nearly every night in the summer. One Pelham East and The Fifth Element, both favorites with the locals, consistently bring in a great selection of bands, too. For a simple late-night pint, travel a bit off the beaten path to Pour Judgement, where there's a wide variety of craft beers in a cozy pub atmosphere.
  • On August 19, 2013
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    What is the best way to see Newport in one day?

    Though there is much to see and do in Newport, the city itself is rather compact, making it easy to explore in one day. Walking or riding your bike is the best way to get around, especially in the summer, when parking is at a premium. Where Thames Street meets Memorial Boulevard in downtown Newport, you can walk or ride east on Memorial to visit Bellevue Avenue, the Cliff Walk and the beaches; north on America's Cup Avenue to experience the scenic waterfront; or south to browse the shops and grab a bite to eat on Thames. For an excursion to view the impressive cliffs and historic homes on Newport's famed Ocean Drive, a bike or car is your best bet, as this scenic stretch of road is located a few miles from downtown. If you don't have a bike, don't worry — you can rent one at one of many conveniently placed bike shops.
  • On August 19, 2013
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    What are the best places to stay in Newport?

    Newport and luxury go hand in hand, especially when it comes to its accommodations. Whether you want a peaceful escape or prefer to be in the center of the action, you can pick from numerous lodging options. Here are the top places we'd choose.

    1. Castle Hill Inn. Located a short drive from downtown Newport, beautiful Castle Hill Inn sits on 40 acres atop its own private peninsula. Providing impressive views of Narragansett Bay, the Inn boasts 35 exquisite guests rooms, nine of which are in the property's stately 19th-century mansion. In addition, Castle Hill offers guests upscale beach houses and cottages, as well as elegant, romantic rooms in the shingle-styled Harbor Houses and Chalet.

    2. The Chanler at Cliff Walk. A European-style boutique hotel overlooking Newport's storied Cliff Walk, The Chanler is a venerable reminder of the city's Golden Age. Just a mile from downtown Newport, and mere steps from the ocean, this historic hotel is a great place to visit if you want to explore the city by foot. Stay in one of The Chanler's 20 opulent guest rooms for a luxurious vacation experience.

    3. Hyatt Regency. You will first spot the Hyatt Regency as you drive over the Newport Pell Bridge on your way to the City by the Sea. Located on Newport's Goat Island and accessed by a causeway bridge, the Hyatt Regency is a tranquil retreat just a mile away from the flurry of downtown activity. 

    4. The Vanderbilt Grace. Gilded Age glamour meets modern luxury at Newport's Vanderbilt Grace. This early 20th-century mansion built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt houses 33 rooms and suites that define sleek sophistication. Tucked away on a quaint side street, the hotel is centrally located near both the waterfront and downtown Newport.

    5. Hotel Viking. A grand five-story brick structure built in the 1920s, the Hotel Viking sits atop Newport's Historic Hill, a short distance to all the city has to offer. Guest rooms are enchanting and period-inspired, yet include modern amenities like flat-screen LCD TVs and rainfall shower heads.
  • On August 19, 2013
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    Where is the best shopping in Newport?

    Thames Street in downtown Newport is the place to go if you're looking for shops that carry everything from distinctive local items such as hand-blown glass to super chic apparel. A charming, vibrant one-way street, Thames is approximately 1.5 miles from beginning to end. It is perfect for a leisurely stroll and lined with restaurants so you can satisfy your palate in between browsing. A few blocks to the east of Thames you'll find ritzy Bellevue Avenue. While much of the street is residential, it is also home to a fine selection of trendy retail shops and sophisticated boutiques. The items on Bellevue may be a bit pricier than those on Thames, but you'll find that shopping at this address is worth the splurge.
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    What are the best things to do with kids in Newport?

    Though it's well known as a destination for romantic getaways, Newport is actually a very family-friendly city. Here are some of the best things to do while visiting with kids in tow:

    1. The Arcade. With all the hand-held game systems out there, kids literally have all the entertainment they need right at their fingertips these days. But walking into a building packed with colorful, noisy arcade games still holds a certain magic to it. And for that very reason, children love stepping back into the not-so-distant gaming past at the Ryan Family Amusements on Thames Street.

    2. Newport Gulls. Catch a ball game at historic Cardines Field, home of the Newport Gulls. This wooden-bat summer collegiate baseball team is a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and their games make for a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy America's pastime in Newport. Located on America's Cup Avenue, Cardines Field is thought to be one of the oldest baseball parks in the country.

    3. The Carousel. Overlooking Easton's Beach in Newport, the Carousel is fun for kids of all ages. Little ones love to ride the colorful merry-go-round horses to the tune of whimsical music. And once they've had enough, there's a playground on the beach right next to the Carousel, perfect for burning off any energy leftover from the ride.

    4. Green Animals. Located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Newport by car, a visit to Green Animals Topiary Garden in nearby Portsmouth, RI is well worth the trip. Overseen by the Preservation Society of Newport County, this historic garden estate is a magical site where bushes and trees are cut into life-sized shapes of bears, birds and other animals. The seasonal attraction is typically open from July through October.

    5. Picnic. Pack a basket or grab some take-out lunch and spend the afternoon at one of Newport's free state parks: Fort Adams or Brenton Point. Both offer impressive views of Narragansett Bay and have ample space for kids to run around. Bring some kites or lawn games for even more family fun.