Live like a Vanderbilt in America's “Society Capital,” where the days are filled with sailing trips, lobster rolls and mansion tours. Definitely do not pass up exploring The Breakers (the biggest deal of Newport's summer “cottages”) and The Chanler for one epic lunch in the outdoor terrace setting overlooking The Cliff Walk. If you think you’ve had good deviled eggs before, just wait until you sample its truffle version, which is life-changing.
Why you should go in August: For the famous Newport Jazz Festival (August 3 to 5), which is the premiere event of the summer season and America’s first jazz festival, ever. There’s also Rosé Mondays on the Roof Deck at Grace Vanderbilt, Vineyard Vinyasa Yoga + Wine (August 28) and Heritage Fire at Gurney's Newport (August 12), which will feature more than 30 chefs and 3,000+ pounds of sustainable live-fired food (with free-flowing wines) for one delicious feast in support of independent farming.
Where to stay: Hotel Viking. The iconic 90-year-old landmark, which is situated atop Newport’s Historic Hill neighborhood, recently underwent a massive renovation and the beloved property and is back and better than ever. It’s also one of the most affordable accommodation options in what can be a pricey area, to say the least. Plus if you stay longer, you’ll save more. There’s also Spa Fjör on the property with a new summer menu of treatments and custom experiences available to book.