Newport, Rhode Island
Ideal summer temperatures, balmy evenings, abundant seafood, sandy beaches, and stunning views have attracted visitors to Newport for well over a hundred years. Wealthy families with familiar names like Vanderbilt and Astor built summer homes there, many of which have been preserved and opened for tours. The Breakers, commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1893, has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Many of the Gilded Age mansions can be seen from the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk, a popular attraction for its ocean views as well. The Scenic Ocean Drive or Ten Mile Drive is another way to see Newport. With more than 400 miles of coastline, visitors have their choice of beaches, some with ocean waves and others calmer waters. Tour Newport from the sea on an America’s Cup yacht, sailboat, lobster boat, or motor launch for another view of its shores, or just stroll around the harbor to ogle the opulent yachts. The International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Audrain Automobile Museum, and Fort Adams State Park are on many visitors’ itineraries. Stay in one of the twenty individually designed guestrooms in a historic mansion at the Chanler at Cliff Walk for comfort and atmosphere in an ideal location.
See full article by Pat Doherty on Departures.com.