If you thought Newport, the former stomping ground of the Astors and the Vanderbilts, was only worth visiting in the summer, think again. The seaside town — known for its Gilded Age mansions and outdoor music performances — is perfect for cold weather getaways, particularly in mid-February. This is when the Newport Winter Festival brings the city to life with concerts, beach polo, and even a chili cook-off. When you're done exploring, settle in by the fire at the Grace Vanderbilt with a hot toddy and s'mores.

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