Spouse/Guest Programs

You work hard to ensure your credit union’s success.  We’re working just as hard to ensure your Newport experience is successful too, so your spouse/guests and you can enjoy the beauty of one of America’s most historic cities!

The Marble House

The Marble House's living room exemplifies the architectural splendor of historic Newport mansions.

Tuesday Morning Harbor Cruises and Luncheon – For Spouses and Guests

9:30am - 1:30pm

Your guests will experience the beauty and splendor of Newport Harbor from the water! They'll enjoy a cruise on one of two different boats as they catch the spectacular scenery along the Harbor and outlying Narragansett Bay. Each privately guided boat tour will provide a different viewpoint of the area's teeming history.

Guests aboard the Rum Runner II yacht will relive the thrill of the chase of smuggler boats while learning about the area's illicit role during Prohibition. The yacht—originally built for New Jersey mobsters to elude authorities while running "hooch"—will carry guests on a swift, adventurous tour as they learn first-hand what it's like to be a smuggler. The tour will also cruise by Newport mansions and former speakeasies fueled by seaport smugglers.

Guests aboard the Gansett yacht will experience a quiet, relaxing and delightful tour while learning the legends and rich history of the port. Built purely for comfortable touring, the boat's varnished mahogany trim and bronze fittings add to the classic, pleasant vistas.

Afterwards, guests will have a delicious meal at The Mooring, where they'll enjoy ocean breezes and classic yachts from a mahogany-planked patio floating over the water. It's the ultimate martime alfresco dining experience.

*Note: The yachts require 4 steps to climb aboard, and guests will need to walk from a motorcoach to the yachts.

Tuesday Afternoon Scenic Newport and Mansion Tour – For Attendees, Spouses and Guests

2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

You and your guests will take a narrated private bus tour of Newport's colonial neighborhood, delighting in the historical buildings and restored homes. The tour will also take you down world famous Ten Mile Ocean Drive, renowned its spectacular coastline, and Bellevue Avenue, the most magnificent collection of homes in the country where the millionaires built their fabulous "summer cottages."

The tour will then split into two groups. One will visit Breakers Mansion, a palatial summer residence of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Its lavish use of alabaster, marble, mosaics and antique woods rival the magnificent northern Italian Renaissance palaces after which it was modeled. The second group will visit Marble House, built for Cornelius Vanderbilt's brother and considered the family's "temple to the arts." Considered one of the most opulent houses in America, it cost $11 million to build—in 1888!

Wednesday Seaside Historic Village Tour – For Spouses and Guests

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Your guests will step back in time during a private guided tour of Bristol, Rhode Island, a quintessential New England seaside historic village. A narrated bus tour will take them through the quaint streets to Blithewold Mansion & Gardens, featured on A&E Network's show “America’s Castles.” Guests will see how one family spent their summers on the shores of Narragansett Bay in the early twentieth century. The tour then continues to Linden Place, a mansion built in 1810 and said to be the “crown jewel” of Bristol. Guests will also stroll the sculpture-filled gardens filled with Greek bronzes and a beautifully restored 18th Century gazebo. Both before and after the mansions, guests will have free time to explore the quaint local shops and eateries in the historic downtown.

Note: Existing conference registrants can add tours to their registration by emailing NAFCU's Member Service Center or calling 800-344-5580.


What would the weather be like in May?

Average temperature in Newport is 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit

What should I wear on the tours?

For all tours layers are recommended as there is often a sea breeze as well as comfortable shoes since there will be some walking on each tour.

Tuesday's Harbor tour: appropriate boat footwear is required. Sunglasses, sunblock, a windbreaker or slicker, and a camera are recommended.  All guests will be required to sign a liability wavier prior to boarding the boats in order to participate.

Should I worry about seasickness for the Tuesday Harbor tour?

If you are prone to having seasickness on big cruise ships then we highly recommend taking the right precautions before getting on the boat (ie seasickness pills or patch)

Are all tours ADA accessible?

No. Tuesday's tour requires guests to climb 4 steps to get onto the boat.  The Tuesday afternoon tour will have ADA buses and half of the tour is sightseeing on the bus while the other half is an audio tour of a mansion. Wednesday's tour does involve some walking throughout the mansion as well, but will also have ADA buses.