For decades, Newport was best known as a summer resort for wealthy tycoons of industry. While the glamor of its opulent Gilded Age mansions endures, the city itself has transformed in certain respects. A lot of that hinges on its burgeoning four-season appeal. Travelers visiting the Seafaring Capital of Rhode Island in the winter will find plenty to do, from blustery cliff walks without another soul in sight to ice skating and seal watch boat tours. Keen to kick the cozy factor up a notch? Tuck into a harborside bar for a hot toddy.

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