Newport’s Yachting Village is located in the heart of downtown Newport. Bounded between Memorial Boulevard and Wellington Avenue, these populated streets that run perpendicularly between Bellevue Avenue and waterfront, offer the quintessential Newport experience. The Newport Pubic Library is located near St. Mary’s Catholic Church on the corner of Memorial Blvd and Spring Street. St. Mary's is most famously known to be the location where John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Onassis were married in 1953. The parish congregation was founded in 1828, and was the first Roman Catholic parish established in the state. St. Mary's church is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Towards the water is where the well known Thames St shopping and dining are located. Some notable locales include the Red Parrot, Midtown Oyster Restaurant and Bar, Forty 1° North, O'Brien's Pub, and Zelda's Newport. Tourists typically enjoy the bustling downtown atmosphere of Thames Street, most months of the year. The municipal Armory, a beautiful stone building on Thames Street, is now home to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. The International Yacht Restoration School, premier marine trades and modern manufacturing school, is located on lower Thames Street as well.
Real estate in the Yachting Village is very desirable. The proximity to Thames Street allows residents to feel the heartbeat of downtown. The thruway streets that connect Thames with Spring have the historic charm of the early days of Newport. By the late 1700s Newport was one of the top leading ports in Colonial North America and the Waterfront in the Yachting Village was the hub where hundreds of wharfs and shops were open for goods to be imported and exported. Today these wharves are now occupied by restaurants and luxury waterfront condominiums like The Marina at Brown & Howard Wharf, Coddington Landing, Condos at Wellington Resort, and The Newport Lofts.