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Newport: The Next Generation

The Facts

Newport is a 30-minute drive from Providence, a 90-minute drive or train ride from Boston, and a 3 1/2-hour trip from New York City, either by car or train. July and August are high season in Newport, and on weekends, downtown can be a crowded mess. Make hotel and restaurant reservations well in advance.

WHERE TO STAY
Admiral Fitzroy Inn A quaint-beyond-measure 1854 bed-and-breakfast. DOUBLES FROM $165. 398 THAMES ST.; 866/848-8780 OR 401/848-8000; www.admiralfitzroy.com
Castle Hill Inn & Resort This Victorian mansion on a 40-acre peninsula has stunning views of Narragansett Bay. DOUBLES FROM $395. 590 OCEAN DR.; 888/466-1355 OR 401/849-3800; www.castlehillinn.com
BEST VALUE Francis Malbone House Designed by Peter Harrison—who also did the Touro Synagogue and Redwood Library & Athenaeum— the 1758 creation is the town's most beautiful historic inn. DOUBLES FROM $285. 392 THAMES ST.; 800/846-0392 OR 401/846-0392; www.malbone.com
Hotel Viking The Viking began life as a guesthouse for the Bellevue Avenue mansions. DOUBLES FROM $279. 1 BELLEVUE AVE.; 800/556-7126 OR 401/847-3300; www.hotelviking.com
OceanCliff Hotel Built in 1864 as a private estate, the 24-room clifftop hotel has every conceivable luxury—like oceanfront tennis courts. DOUBLES FROM $350. 65 RIDGE RD.; 401/841-8868; www.newportexperience.com
Sanford-Covell Villa Marina In the Point section of town, this waterfront inn has a wraparound porch and spectacular sunset views. DOUBLES FROM $160. 72 WASHINGTON ST.; 401/847-0206; www.sanford-covell.com
Vanderbilt Hall In 1909, the Vanderbilts gave the property to the city of Newport; it's been a hotel since 1997. DOUBLES FROM $265. 41 MARY ST.; 888/826-4255 OR 401/846-6200; www.vanderbilthall.com

RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Asterisk A trendy hangout with a collection of drawings related to circus sideshow acts. The Newport Bouillabaisse—rouille, croutons, and Gruyère—is a tradition. DINNER FOR TWO $75. 599 THAMES ST.; 401/841-8833
Billy Goode's Tavern 23 MARLBOROUGH ST.; 401/848-5013
Clarke Cooke House DINNER FOR TWO $125. BANNISTER'S WHARF; 401/849-2900
El Diablo's DINNER FOR TWO $60. 1 FAREWELL ST.; 401/845-6664
Flo's Clam Shack The "lobsta" rolls, renowned fried clams, and high kitsch—such as a collection of Miss Rhode Island memorabilia—make this 67-year-old Easton's Beach institution a wonder unto itself. LUNCH FOR TWO $25. 4 WAVE AVE.; 401/847-8141
Pop DINNER FOR TWO $45. 162 BROADWAY; 401/845-8456
Salvation Café 140 BROADWAY; 401/847-2620

ATTRACTIONS
International Tennis Hall of Fame Contained within the 1880 Newport Casino, the complex has a comprehensive museum dedicated to the sport. ADMISSION $8. 194 BELLEVUE AVE.; 800/457-1144; www.tennisfame.com
Newport Restoration Foundation The foundation runs tours of Prescott Farm, the Samuel Whitehorne House Museum, and Rough Point, Doris Duke's former estate—a much less crowded and vexing experience than the other mansion tours. ADMISSION FROM $8. 51 TOURO ST.; 401/849-7300; www.newportrestoration.org
Norman Bird Sanctuary A wildlife refuge and education center on 400 acres, with seven miles of trails. ADMISSION $4. 583 THIRD BEACH RD., MIDDLETOWN; 401/846-2577; www.normanbirdsanctuary.org
Preservation Society of Newport Some 11 historic mansions and other properties—including the Breakers, Marble House, and Rosecliff—are open for public tours. ADMISSION FROM $10. 424 BELLEVUE AVE.; 401/847-1000; www.newportmansions.org
Redwood Library & Athenaeum This calm haven away from the tourist chaos may be the most elegant building in town. 50 BELLEVUE AVE.; 401/847-0292; www.redwood1747.org

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