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By Lora EngLEhart
 Newport, RI
 Mansions, sailboats, history and more
Ah, Newport. The very word conjures feelings of well-being—“new,”as
in rebirth, and “port,”awakening thoughts of adventure. In the words of Jacques Yves Cousteau, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Once a major 18th-century port city and now a wonderland of adventure, Newport is a playful accomplice to the
sea. Together, they’ve reeled in visitors
for centuries.
An easy day’s drive from the Mid-Atlantic, the seaside paradise is the perfect spot to disconnect from the stress of daily life, enjoy
myriad attractions and explore layers of American history. If
it’s your first time to Newport, a stop at the Visitor Center on America’s Cup Avenue will help you plan an itinerary to make the most of your stay. The Viking Trolleys, which depart from the Visitor Center, offer a good way to get the lay of the land. The 90-minute tour covers much of the town’s 12 square miles, and you can take note of the sights you’ll want to see up close later. Keep in mind that many boutiques, galleries and cozy eateries dot the adjacent wharves.
The unique draw of Newport are the dazzling “cottages” found nowhere else. They were populated by the Vanderbilts,
the Astors and other members of the nation’s wealthiest families during the summer social season of the Gilded Age, a term coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their 1873 novel, A Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. Downton Abbey fans will want to
put the Newport mansions along Bellevue Avenue at the top

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