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The cobblestone streets and historic landmarks of idyllic downtown Newport offer photo ops at every turn. Stay with Inspirato at five-bedroom Windflower, offering a contemporary colonial style just a short drive from downtown. The sophisticated home provides views of the Sakonnet River, expansive outdoor space, and close proximity to beaches and vineyards.
Or stay at one of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions that has been restored into the glamorous The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection—a boutique hotel situated near the harbor.
Newport has long been a playground for the wealthy, from famous yachtsmen to the Gatsby-era society set. Early 20th-century mansions dot Narragansett Bay, reminding visitors that the likes of Vanderbilt, Astor, and Duke once chose Newport as their summer home. Today, the grand history has been replaced with seaside charm and quaint New England character.
There’s no shortage of activities to enjoy while visiting this classic coastal town. Take a stroll along the Newport Cliff Walk, go paddle boarding off Third Beach, or go wine tasting at Newport Vineyards. If you’re a tennis enthusiast, book a private lesson at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
This is the first national museum to be devoted exclusively to American illustration, featuring artwork from the Golden Age of 1865-1945. Peruse works from Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, and other famed artists.
Newport Cliff Walk meanders 3.5 miles past wildflowers and wildlife, with a view of architectural history from the town's Gilded Age. From the west, join the path at Easton's or First Beach, finishing up at Bailey's Beach.
What's the next destination for your luxury yacht? Carnegie Yacht Club can dock private boats, but you don't have to bring your own; your Destination Concierge can arrange private charters, fishing trips, and sunset sails.
The best months to visit Newport are from May to September when temperatures range from the low 60s to high 70s. There are few rain showers, providing ideal weather for exploring the city's famous mansions and beaches.