Newport, Rhode Island
Even though Newport, Rhode Island is great in the summer, and hosts two major music events, the Newport Folk Festival (July 25-27) and the Newport Jazz Festival (August 1-3--headlined by Wynton Marsalis and Bobby Mc Ferrin), spring is the time to go to Newport to avoid the summer throngs. Newport is a beautiful and historic city located on Narragansett Bay, and its waterfront plays host to many super restaurants and bars. Beach, nightlife, food and drink, throw in some history, you have found a perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Have a seat at a table harborside, and enjoy a perfect evening watching all the boats and yachts anchor for the evening after passing under the Newport Bridge.
Then, the next morning, start with the obvious activity in Newport which is, of course, touring the Gilded Age mansions or "summer cottages." The Preservation Society of Newport preserves and protects eleven mansions, and also manages the ticket sales to tour the elaborate old homes. Be Inspired Suggestion, only pick a couple to tour, a favorite is architect Stanford White's Rosecliff, a mansion used in the films "High Society" and "The Great Gatsby." Another not on the tour, but definitely worth a look is Doris Dukes's Rough Point cottage.
Off the Beaten Path Suggestion-What Wearever found to be the most interesting tour of the mansions was The Servant Life Tour at The Elms. It is just fascinating to see the behind the scenes operations needed to keep the big houses up and running on a daily basis. Climb the back staircase to the servants' quarters, and the tour of the basement, laundry and kitchen was particularly interesting and insightful. Make advance reservations, this tour is very popular! While you are near the mansions, you can also walk along the cliff walk and look at the backyards of the big estates, as well as enjoy the great water vistas. Or, just skip the tours, and rent bicycles for a view from the street as you pedal by. You can also tour the bay on a charter boat cruise like Gansett Cruises, an entertaining way to enjoy the beautiful Narragansett Bay.
And pack your tennis whites, another great Off the Beaten Path Suggestion in Newport, Rhode Island is to rent a grass court for an hour at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. It is a unique opportunity to play tennis on a perfectly manicured grass tennis court in an iconic facility which hosted its U.S. National Lawn Tennis match in 1881. Wow. After you win your games, sets and match, to unwind, take a short car trip on Ocean Drive, also called 10-mile drive, for views of some spectacular ocean scenery.
Book a room at the classic Castle Hill Inn, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, or the newly opened Forty 1 North. There are many, many great restaurants and bars to choose from. A couple favorites include (reservations are a must), Thames Street Kitchen or Tallulah on Thames or Stoneacre Pantry.
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