It’s easy to associate Newport, Rhode Island with summer—the waterside views, the walkability, its reputation as the “sailing capital of the world.” But we’ll let you in on a little secret: The colder months offer an equally enjoyable (and less crowded) experience that still comes with plenty to see and do. The restaurant scene alone is worth a visit, but there’s also plenty of boutique-hopping and museum-exploring to experience. And while the weather may be brisker, you can still easily get out on the water. (During a recent stay, we did!)

The best part? It’s all set against a backdrop featuring quaint streets, colonial-era buildings and a harbor that, from every angle, sparkles in the sun. Here, why this New England hamlet has everything you need for a picturesque winter weekend getaway.


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