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The Preservation Society of Newport County protects and showcases Newport's one-of-a-kind architectural heritage. During tours of Newport's museum-houses, visitors get a glimpse into three centuries of American history, from the French Baroque styling of Rosecliff, high-Victorian splendor and fancy French name of Chateau-sur-mer. Tourists can trace the steps of some of America's most wealthy families as they explore latter-day castles such as Cornelius Vanderbilt II's The Breakers or the Isaac Bell House. Special events give guests a hands-on insight to the everyday people that worked in New England's most famous mansions, while annual occasions such as the Newport Flower show celebrate the treasured traditions and landscapes of Newport each year.

474 Bellevue Avenue
Newport,
RI
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In 1999, four college friends founded Newport Storm Brewery with some used equipment and two Middletown garage bays. In the 15 years since then, the enterprise has been on an upward trajectory. First off, it moved into a new, 8,000-square-foot facility. Secondly, they expanded into the liquor business and starting distilling Thomas Tew Rum, a dark amber rum with hints of molasses. However, the founders never abandoned beer, their original passion. Their current craft beers range from Rhode Island Blueberry Beer, infused with juice from local berries five days into the brewing process, to Hurricane Amber Ale with Tettenang hops.

90 Fort Adams Drive
Newport,
RI
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Ocean State Fresh provides local fishermen a brand name to designate their catch as Rhode Island caught. It is also a Community Supported Fisheries program or CSF. A CSF is much like Community Supported Agriculture. Instead of getting vegetables, shareholders are routinely delivered a variety of local seafood.

25 Channing Street
Newport,
RI
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The Amica Marathon, which serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier, is a 26.2-mile, moundeously curving course on Newport and Middletown roads. The scenic race starts downtown, between Easton Pond and Easton Bay, and takes the fleet-footed down Narragansett Avenue, around Fort Adams State Park, and past an actual-size Mount Rushmore made out of old tires. The raceway is supplemented with numerous aid stations, restrooms, and food stops serving GU Energy Gels and braised lamb shanks in a red-wine chocolate sauce.

Ocean Ave.
Newport,
RI
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The century-old Inns On Bellevue once housed famous silversmith William Fludders before being transformed into its current incarnation as a nine-room bed-and-breakfast. Even as hoteliers update the inn's luxuries with in-room jacuzzis, free WiFi, and cyborg housekeepers, the décor harkens back to the eighteen hundreds with Victorian-style décor and furniture. Each guest room swathes sleepers in distinctive designs, including four-poster beds and Queen Anne antiques. The inn also features suites with kitchens for whipping up snacks or attempting to mold a statuette out of marshmallows, though stays include a free continental breakfast daily with mimosas and an on-site European café for quick bites. Guests take advantage of free on-site parking to make a five-minute sojourn to nearby beaches and famous Newport mansions. Both the Museum of Newport History and the Newport Art Museum sit within three miles of Inns on Bellevue, and fine-dining restaurants, shopping boutiques, and seals conspiring to invade the land are located just two blocks away on the downtown waterfront.

30 Bellevue Ave
Newport,
RI
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The sight of an 80-foot pilot schooner sailing as it nimbly navigated the water of Newport Harbor was a much more common sight in the 19th century than today. Sail Newport celebrates the majestic spirit of this bygone era by welcoming passengers aboard the Adirondack II, a wooden-hulled, turn-of-the-century-style schooner that wouldn't look out of place 100 years ago?even though it was built in 1999.

The original pilot schooners were built for speed, and the creators of the Adirondack II honored this legacy while still implementing a number of modern touches?including rigging held in place with kevlar shrouds?to better create a swift, safe, and comfortable ship. On days with high winds or an above-average number of people sneezing, the Adirondack II can reach speeds of up to 10 knots as its sails catch the breeze.

For each voyage, as many as 57 passengers can explore the vessel's mahogany-trimmed teak decks as it sets out into the harbor. Cruises can provide guests with stunning views of sights such as Newport's waterside mansions, numerous lighthouses, and a 19th-century fort.

30 Bowens Wharf
Newport,
RI
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