Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island has been a popular summer destination for more than 100 years, since the time the country’s wealthiest families spent the season in their extravagant mansions. The weather is mild and sunny, the seaside is beautiful, and the breezes are refreshing. About 90 minutes from Boston and a few hours from New York City, Newport is convenient for travelers, and there’s so much to do in summer. The Newport Jazz Festival will be held this year from Aug. 2-4, or arrive a bit earlier for the Newport Folk Festival from July 16-28 if that’s more your style. Both events are held at Fort Adams State Park with views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay along with boating, fishing, and picnic areas. Tours of the town’s stately mansions are available through the Preservation Society of Newport County for a look into Newport’s history. The Newport Cliff Walk, a combination of paved and rocky paths, covers three and a half scenic miles along the coast, and you can do the trek a bit at a time. You’ll probably spot the romantic mansion turned boutique inn Chanler at Cliff Walk along the way. Enjoy the history and luxury of The Vanderbilt, a restored vintage mansion where your pet is welcome for Yappy Hour. Or head for a private beach and cozy cottage at Castle Hill Inn on its own 40-acre peninsula.

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