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Experience pure luxury in the sailing capital of the world

If luxury is what you seek, you’ll find plenty of it in Newport. Often referred to as the sailing capital of the world, this seaside city is home to lavish yachts and the famous Gilded Age mansions. It’s also the perfect destination for both adventurers and vacationers thanks to its thrilling water sports, pristine beaches and perfectly manicured golf courses. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from all the sightseeing, experience Newport’s top-notch culinary scene by feasting on New England lobster rolls, clam chowder, scallops, and more.


Elegant Estates

In the late 1850s, wealthy industrialists began constructing mansions along Bellevue Avenue. From opulent French chateaux to ritzy Elizabethan manor houses, these extravagant buildings will leave you speechless. Today, many of these historic houses are open to the public as museums so you can get a glimpse of how America’s richest families spent their summers. Inside, you’ll also find original furniture, décor, and paintings.

Previously owned by the Vanderbilt family, the Marble House and the Breakers are two popular Gilded Age mansions that can’t be missed. The Marble House features sparkling chandeliers, intricate woodwork, ceiling murals and a ballroom almost entirely covered in gold, while the Breakers is considered Newport’s grandest “cottage,” with 70 Italian Renaissance-styled rooms. Other must-visit mansions include The Elms, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Chepstow and Chateau-sur-Mer.

After gawking at breathtaking architecture, embark on a sailing tour to see the harbor, Narragansett Bay, and some of the finest yachts in the world. If you’d like to learn more about sailing, you can book basic, intermediate or advanced courses taught by seasoned sailors. The renowned America’s Cup is often hosted here, where the fastest ships race for the coveted trophy.


Walking the Cliffs

Talk a stroll along Cliff Walk to see the gorgeous waterfront and the Gilded Age mansions at the same time. This 3.5-mile walk along the eastern shore offers some of the best views of Newport’s architectural history and is an ideal place to observe wildflowers and birds. Another great lookout point is Fort Adams State Park. The park overlooks the harbor and Narragansett Bay, and offers fun activities like fishing, swimming, picnicking and more. It’s also home to Fort Adams, the biggest coastal fortification in the country, and a hub for the arts as it hosts the Jazz Festival and Folk Festival every summer.

Whether you’re thirsting for adrenalin or relaxation, know that you’ll find both in Newport. Fearless adventurers will have a blast surfing, paddleboarding, kiteboarding and hiking through scenic trails. Those who want to take it easy can relax on smooth sand beaches, play a round of golf, or cycle through the 14.5-mile East Bay Bike Path to discover coves, marshes and the alluring Colt State Park.

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