A Weekend of Coaching returns to Newport with coaching drives Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21, as well as an exhibition on the grounds at The Elms on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10:30 a.m. The public can enjoy free viewing of the colorful and historic coaches each day as they drive through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport Mansions, celebrating and preserving a century-old sporting tradition. Authentic 19th-century coaches drawn by matched and highly-trained teams of horses visit Newport every three years for a Weekend of Coaching, hosted by The Preservation Society of Newport County.
Watch as beautiful horse-drawn coaches make daily drives through the streets if Newport and the grounds of the Newport Mansions.
Daily Drives & Routes
Routes and schedules are subject to change without notice, although every effort will be made to stay with the published drive routes.
Friday morning, August 19
Start time: 10 am
Coaches leave Chateau-sur-Mer, 474 Bellevue Ave., right onto Bellevue Avenue, right onto Memorial Boulevard.
10:20 am Pass Easton’s Beach, Memorial Boulevard.
11:15 am Coaches drive along Purgatory Road.
11:20 am Pass Hanging Rock and Second Beach.
11:40 a.m. Break (private location)
Drive ends at 12:45 pm at Greenvale Vineyards on Wapping Road for a private event.
Friday evening, August 19
Start time: 5 pm
Coaches leave Chateau-sur-Mer, 474 Bellevue Ave., left onto Bellevue Avenue, right onto Ruggles Avenue, transition to Wickham Road, then Harrison Avenue.
5:30 pm Break at private club on Harrison Avenue (private).
6:10 pm Pass Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Avenue.
7:30 pm Arrive at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., via Ocean Avenue and Bellevue Avenue.
Saturday morning, August 20
Start time: 10 am
Coaches leave Chateau-sur-Mer, 474 Bellevue Ave.
10:30 am Free Public Coaching Skills Exhibition at The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave.
11:30 am Leave The Elms.
11:35 am Pass Narragansett Avenue/ Spencer Park area/ Wellington Avenue.
11:45 am Pass entrance to Fort Adams.
12 pm Break at private residence (private).
12:25 pm Pass Brenton Point State Park, Ocean Avenue, left onto Hazard Road, then left onto Harrison Avenue.
Drive ends at 12:45 p.m. on Beacon Hill Road for a private event.
Sunday morning, August 21
Start time: 10:45 am
Coaches leave Chateau-sur-Mer, 474 Bellevue Ave., left onto Bellevue Avenue, left onto Shepard Avenue.
10:50 am Stop at The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave. After The Breakers, coaches travel down Ruggles Avenue to Wickham Road to Brenton Road.
11:50 am Break on Commonwealth Avenue (private).
12:15 pm Pass Brenton Point State Park and continue along Ocean Avenue to Bellevue Avenue.
1 pm Coaches arrive at Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave., for a private event.