As the yuletide warmth and joy begins to settle on our historic town, we're happy to see that Travel + Leisure readers have voted Newport RI among America's Best Towns for the Holidays!

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If a flashing-neon-colored holiday makes you cringe, head to this tony town in Rhode Island, where only white lights are encouraged on homes and restaurants, to conjure an old-fashioned candlelit vibe. Touching on its upper-crust history, the Mansions of Newport Tour takes you on a stroll through Gilded Age icons like The Breakers, the Elms, and the Marbles, all decked out in sumptuous trees, fine china, and decorations. Since crowds are lighter, its a good time to try Newports high-ranking restaurants like the locally sourced Tallulah on Thames; every Sunday during winter it offers a three-course, prix fixe Family Dinner Night.
Breakers Great Hall Xmas (John Corbett)