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                 Newport’s hidden coves and waterside eateries (right).
  of their site-seeing lists. Packaged into manageable units of one to five properties, audio and guided tours take you into the kitchens, through the basements, across the ballrooms, up the stairs to the bed- rooms, and into the gardens of the fabu- lously rich and infamous of the late 1860s to 1890s.
Flowing between the mansions and
the stunning Atlantic Ocean, Cliff Walk begins at the Chanler hotel on Memorial Boulevard and ends three and a half miles later at the Forty Steps on Narragansett Avenue. Walk along, breathe in the bracing air under dazzling blue skies,
and pretend you’re on the deck of a cruise
ship, watching the white caps break in a hypnotic rhythm as they reach the shore. Newport Casino was commissioned
in 1880 as a social and recreational facility by flamboyant and eccentric New York Herald publisher James Gordon Bennett Jr. It soon became the town’s social center, offering stores, a restaurant, a ballroom,
a theater and tennis courts. The casino marked a crucial shift from the more formal “old Newport” to a freer, more inclusive place. It was also the first important design by architects McKim, Mead & White and the beginning of the American Shingle style that quickly spread throughout New England.
In 1881, Newport hosted the first international lawn tennis tournament
held in America. Inside the International Tennis Hall of Fame, visitors can peruse 25,000 artifacts, including the patent
for the game of tennis signed by Queen Victoria in 1874. The interactive museum boasts the only hologram in an American sports museum.
Audrain Automobile Museum is just a few doors down, housing rare and remark- able vehicles from the late 19th century to the modern day. Even if you’re not a tennis fan or a car person, you should enjoy your time at both spots.
Newport’s oldest neighborhood is the Old Quarter. Here, you can walk along charming, narrow cobblestone streets dotted with the country’s largest collection of lovingly preserved Colonial houses. The circa-1763 Touro Synagogue is the oldest
synagogue in America. It houses a letter written to the congregation by George Washington affirming religious liberty and separation of church and state. Newport Art Museum (circa 1864) presents changing exhibitions of contem- porary and historical art from Newport and New England. Built in 1747, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum is the oldest lending library in America. It’s also the oldest library building in continuous use in the country.
By car, you can take in the spectacular scenery along Newport’s 10-mile Ocean Drive. Stop at Fort Adams State Park,
the site of the Newport’s Jazz Festival (since 1954) and the Folk Festival (since 1959). The latter is where Bob Dylan was famously booed for “going electric” in 1965. You can also see the exteriors of the Eisenhower House, which served as the former president’s summer White House from 1958 to 1960, and Hammersmith Farm, Jacqueline Bouvier’s family estate and the site of Jack and Jackie’s wedding reception in 1953.
For a more nautical perspective, take a tour on one of the three-masted schooners that sail throughout the day and at sunset. Guides point out historic spots and juicy current news—like the location of Judge Judy’s new home. Shuttles loop around the Newport Harbor and stop at Fort Adams and Goat Island.
The Newport-Jamestown Ferry takes you to bucolic Jamestown, incorporated in 1678. Once there, you can explore historic farms,
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