Living in New York City provides a fantastic launching pad to many nearby destinations in the Northeast. You can quickly get to the North Forkthe Hamptons, the Jersey Shore and the Hudson Valley. But a little farther afield is the quintessential American boating town: Newport, Rhode Island. We packed up our Buick Regal TourX, which is outfitted with ample storage space for our long weekend getaway and 4G LTE Wi-Fi that synched seamlessly with our phones for navigation and music.

Three and a half hours later, we pulled into the historic Grace Vanderbilt hotel where we were greeted with friendly and accommodating faces. The staff at Grace Vanderbilt goes out of their way to create a fun and welcoming environment for families, complete with customized welcome treats and activities for kids (think a kid-size tent and snacks, bath time toys, beach bags full of fun and cookie decorating supplies for a rainy day).

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