Hotel at a Glance: Gilded Hotel
Newport is nearly synonymous with the glamour and luxury of the Gilded Age and the Gilded Hotel brings that sensibility into the modern era. Every corner is impeccably decorated in a style inspired by Rococo, Beaux Arts, and Gilded Age designs while adding a contemporary flair. Gold mirrors, plush carpets, and colorful and patterned wallpaper abounds.
- Gourmet breakfast: goat-cheese-and-prosciutto breakfast pizza, open-face pulled-pork egg sandwiches, coconut oatmeal, chocolate brioche, cheddar-scallion scones, and more
- In-room amenities: individually decorated, iPod docking station, iPad, 40” LED Smart TV, plus corkscrew and wineglasses
- Game time: Shoot pool in the billiards room or head out to the croquet green.
- Head to the beach with complimentary beach bags and chairs; Easton’s Beach is just a mile away.
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.
The ocean is easily accessible from Newport’s western, eastern, and southern coastlines. It’s often referred to as “the Sailing Capital of the World,” and in the summertime, fishing boats fill its harbors and beachgoers flock to its shores. Easton’s Beach (or 1st Beach if you’re a local), the largest public beach, sits catty-cornered to the Cliff Walk’s stunning homes. Back on land, the city hosts a variety of festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Kite Festival, held in the ocean-facing Brenton Point State Park.