Aquidneck Island will appear at least four times this month on HGTV’s Island Life.

The show that follows everyday families” in search of their own slice of paradise, and prove that fantasy can be reality” recently followed a family who wanted to move from the mainland to Aquidneck Island and a couple who was looking for a home in Newport.

Family of Four Moves From the Mainland to Aquidneck Island

“Mark and Danielle live in a small apartment on the mainland of Rhode Island and are running out of space for their two kids. After searching for a home for over a year, they decided to look near Danielle’s hometown on Aquidneck Island. The island’s wide-open space and family-friendly vibe is exactly what they’ve been hoping for, and with help from a local real estate agent, they hope to find a beach style home with a large yard,” HGTV says about the episode titled Family of Four Moves From the Mainland to Aquidneck Island.

Watch for the episode on Sunday, January 8th at 10:30 p.m. and on Monday, January 9th at 1:30 a.m. on HGTV.

A New Life In Scenic Newport

“Will and Lauren have been dating long-distance for two years, and are ready to finally move in together in Newport, Rhode Island. Lauren is constantly stressed from her demanding job as a physician’s assistant and Newport’s peaceful atmosphere is just what the doctor ordered. A local broker is on the hunt to find the couple a home with a large backyard for their beloved dog, Jack” HTV says about the episode titled A New Life in Scenic Newport.

Watch for the episode on Sunday, January 22nd at 10 p.m. and on Monday, January 23rd at 1 a.m. on HGTV.

About HGTV’s Island Life

Most people only fantasize about living on an island, but we’ll prove that an Island Life is possible for anyone. Tropical dreamers will be shown island properties that fit into any budget, from ultra-affordable to totally outrageous. We’ll follow everyday families is search of their own slice of paradise, and prove that fantasy can be reality.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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