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Newport Necessities

A Newport, Rhode Island, Travel Guide

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Marble House Newport Rhode Island

Marble House is one of several Newport Mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County. Be sure to tour one or more of these architectural masterpieces during your visit to the city by the sea.

© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius
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Newport, Rhode Island, is definitely one of New England's must-see places. And if you've already been to Newport--go back! A second visit to this seaside city at the southern tip of Aquidneck Island is particularly warranted if you've only seen Newport in the summer, when the area's population quadruples each year. My absolute favorite time to visit Newport is actually the weekend after Thanksgiving, when crowds have subsided, the cold hasn't quite taken hold and the magnificent mansions are outfitted in stunning holiday dress.

Whether you've visited Newport, Rhode Island, many times or are planning your very first Newport experience, this travel guide is designed to help you plan your trip from start to finish. Find and reserve a hotel or bed & breakfast inn, book a sailing charter, visit attractions like the historic Newport mansions and sights to amuse the whole family, discover great shops and boutiques to peruse and select from the fine array of restaurants that serve fresh seafood and Rhode Island's own style of clam chowder.

Newport Travel Feature Stories

Newport's Famous Cliff Walk
Join me for a sunset stroll along Newport's famous Cliff Walk, one of the most scenic and romantic walking trails in all of New England. Along the way, we'll see legendary mansions and spectacular ocean views and even stumble upon the meaning of life! Not bad for a free attraction.

A New Age of Sweet Excess Dawns in Newport
Newport, Rhode Island, is known for its Gilded Age heyday, when wealthy mansion dwellers spent scads of money entertaining lavishly. The days of legendary excess may be past, but the 2011 opening of Cupcake Charlie's heralds a new era of indulgence that is accessible to all. I'll take you to this "as seen on TV" bakery for a sneak preview.

It's Easy Being Green...
...if you're one of Rhode Island's "Green Animals." Here's how to visit this Newport Mansion, noted for its topiary garden.

The Chanler: An Elite Seaside Retreat
True love isn't that hard to find. Romance, however, often eludes couples once they're caught in the swirl of careers, commutes, children, charity events, cell phone calls and endless commitments. When you do take time out for the two of you, where can you go to feel soothed, spoiled and sequestered from the world? Allow me to tell you about The Chanler, an historic Newport mansion turned boutique inn.

Like Mysteries? This is the Room for You!
Above and Beyond is the name of the top-floor suite at the Abigail Stoneman Inn in Newport, Rhode Island, and it's also a fitting description for this two-bedroom hideaway, which features, among other things, a secret door cleverly disguised as a wall of books. Behind it is a secret room with a whirlpool tub for two!

Video: A Peek Inside Doris Duke's Closet
Missed the special exhibit of Doris Duke's fashions at Rough Point mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, in 2005? This video, shot on location at Rough Point, will show you some of the highlights of the Doris Duke clothing collection.

Newport: A Great Little Vacation
A Newport, Rhode Island, travelogue, including information on visiting mansions and finding last-minute accommodations in the off-peak season, by Teresa McGourty.

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