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As a popular resort town for over 375 years now, Newport has plenty of experience in welcoming visitors and providing that perfect mix of historic charm and modern amenities.

Whether you’re coming to explore the history, tour opulent mansions, visit living-history farms, or you just want a weekend to relax, wander through town, peruse quaint shops, and enjoy delicious food, Newport has what you’re looking for.

If you do nothing else, you’re going to want to take the Cliff Walk. It’s been named one of the fifty “Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler and you’ll see why when you get there. The 3.5-mile trail winds its way along the dramatic coastline, with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay on one side and mansions from Newport’s gilded age on the other. The path crosses right through the backyards of these famous mansions.

Several of the mansions along the way offer tours or are open for self-guided tours. One of these is Marble House, built for the Vanderbilts in the late 1800s as their summer “cottage.” Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the meticulously and opulently designed mansion as you learn about the Gilded Age, the Vanderbilts, servant life, and the women’s suffrage movement. Alva Vanderbilt hosted “Votes for Women” meetings on the grounds here in later years.

And be sure to save some time to just meander through town and enjoy the quaint atmosphere, boutiques, and restaurants, take a drive down scenic Ocean Drive, or sign up for a sailing tour around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.

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Cliff Walk

Open year round, this 3.5-mile trail winds its way through the backyards of Newport's famous, opulent mansions along the dramatic cliffs offering panoramic views of the Narragansett Bay. Proper shoes are a must as there are some rocks along the way and don't get too close to the edge.

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Marble House

Built as a birthday gift for Ava Vanderbilt in 1892, the Marble House includes 500,000 cubic feet of marble throughout the estate. The audio tour provides insight on the lives of the Vanderbilts and the architectural masterpiece that served as the Vanderbilts' summer home and later as a center for Ava Vanderbilt's efforts in the women's Suffragist movement.

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On Watch Sailing

Newport is known for its excellent sailing conditions and you don't need your own boat to enjoy them. On Watch Sailing offers sailing tours ranging from 2 to 6 hours and you'll have a chance to see various sights, depending on your interests and weather conditions. And if you're looking for a little romance, the Sunset Sail is just the thing.

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Fort Adams State Park

Check out a fortress tour, which will take you through the living quarters, up to the scenic overlook, and even down into the underground listening tunnels, or just explore the Parade Field on your own. An inside tip is the Bay Walk, a 2.5-mile loop trail around the park's perimeter with some of the best views of Narragansett Bay, several surrounding lighthouses, and the Newport Harbor.

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Rum Runner II

Learn all about Newport's history as a rum town (it was once home to 22 rum distilleries!) on a boat built at the height of the Prohibition for two New Jersey mobsters looking to elude the Coast Guard.

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Newport Storm Brewery and Thomas Tew Distillery

Stop by for a sample of local beer and rum, and go on the self-guided tours of the facility, complete with an observation deck. During the summer months there are also guided tours everyday at 3pm. Closed Tuesdays.

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Winter FestivalAnnually, February

With 10 days of music, food, and entertainment, Newport's Winter Festival is just what you need to get out of that winter funk.

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