Hotel at a Glance: The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina
In Newport's Queen Anne Square, an excerpt from Rhode Island's 1663 charter is etched into a granite fountain. Newport itself was founded nearly 25 years earlier, making it one of the oldest towns in the country. Some guests at The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina can look out at this historic square from their rooms. Those on the other side can peer out onto the yachts moored in Newport's scenic harbor.
- Located in the heart of downtown Newport, whose cobblestone streets are lined with restaurants, pubs, museums, and boutiques
- In-room amenities: kimono-style robes, free WiFi, Keurig coffeemakers, and HD cable TV with HBO
- Go for a swim in the indoor saltwater pool, enclosed in an atrium and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows with a harbor view sundeck.
- New England fare at the hotel's Pier 49 Seafood and Spirits with seasonal hours, menus, and live entertainment.
Newport, Rhode Island: Harbor Town with World-Famous Mansions
Newport sits on Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Island, just 30 miles south of Providence and 70 miles south of Boston. With its picturesque cliffs running along the rocky coast, Newport understandably attracted America’s upper class at the turn of the 20th century. The prestigious Astor and Vanderbilt families joined other captains of industry in building their summer “cottages” here—sprawling estates that epitomized the Gilded Age’s glitz and glamour. You can sign up for mansion tours at the historic The Elms, Marble House, and The Breakers, a 70-room Italian Renaissance–style palazzo commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1893 and inspired by the palaces of Genoa and Turin.
Year-round, the Cliff Walk is one of the most popular activities in town. From sunrise to sunset you’ll find visitors strolling the 3.5-mile path, ensconced between the beautiful Newport shoreline and the spectacular mansions. If the conditions are ripe, you might see surfers catching waves on the ocean breakers.
The city slows its pace in winter; find time to shop on Thames and Spring Streets or visit the city’s many museums. The town is home to the National Museum of American Illustration, which features works by Saturday Evening Post artist Norman Rockwell, as well as the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.