Brought Back to Life!
By Helena Touhey
From the Editor ~ July/Aug 2022
Hello! It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the first issue of the recently relaunched Newport Life. On the cusp of its 30th year, and under new ownership, the magazine is embarking on its latest chapter — one we think will be its most exciting phase yet.
For long-time readers, you’ll find much of what you’ve always loved about Newport Life. And for new readers, we hope you become enamored with the Newport lifestyle, in all its varied forms.
One of my favorite summer activities here on Aquidneck Island is immersing myself in the ocean whenever possible, and I enjoyed reading our cover story about the local surfing scene, which dates back further than some might think — and includes a colorful cast of characters!
Another of our stories looks at recent sales of estates built during the Gilded Age, examining their illustrious pasts within the context of the current cultural moment. Then there’s a dining feature that highlights how restaurants weathered the pandemic and what they’re up to now — including a few new places and some spots that underwent renovations.
We also visit Portsmouth, where two young moms are reimagining the future of a beloved playground, and we take a new look at Aquidneck Island, where tours are not just for tourists. And what is a summer issue without mention of the famed Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals, which this year take place for the first time without their legendary founder — the late George Wein — who we remember in these pages.
We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do, and that the magazine lingers on your coffee table, reminding you to chase waves or go exploring or take a spin around Ocean Drive.
And as you’re out and about this summer, enjoying all that Newport County has to offer, remember to tag us in your posts @NewportLifeMagazine and to share your adventures with #MyNewportLife.