Newport, situated on Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Island and long-known for its Gilded Age mansions, picturesque waterfront and sailing traditions, offers visitors the opportunity to delve into art and architecture, maritime history and contemporary events as well as some of the finest seafood in the country. Accommodations run the gamut from large waterfront hotels and resorts with plenty of amenities to smaller inns, bed and breakfasts, boutique cottages and campgrounds. Visitors are sure to find something to suit their needs, tastes and budget.
Things to do
Newport Mansions – You can step back in time when visiting one of these so-called “summer cottages,” the grandiose mansions occupied by some of America’s high society who flocked to Newport during the Gilded Age (1870-1910). A visit to one of these mansions-turned-museums gives a glimpse into the lifestyle of some of the country’s wealthiest families in this period of our history. newportmansions.org
Cliff Walk – This 3 1/2-mile path along the shoreline promises panoramic views of the ocean on one side and stately mansions on the other. It’s a scenic and relaxing stroll surrounded by nature, lovely vistas and a bit of history. There are a number of entrance and exit points, so you can explore the entire stretch or only a portion. cliffwalk.com