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 stunning parks, award-winning restaurants, and locally owned shops and art galleries.
You’ll also want to visit one of the public beaches, with their wide swaths of sand and gentle waves. Past the beaches are the Norman Bird Sanctuary, a 325-acre natural preserve with seven miles of trails, and Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, where the trails total three miles.
Back near the Visitors Center, you can take a moment to travel back in time as you wistfully ponder the early days of baseball at Cardines Field. It’s one of the first ballparks in the United States and home
to the oldest continuous amateur baseball league in the country.
Newport restaurants pride themselves on their unique, exquisitely prepared cuisine and extensive wine lists. Delight
in a variety of New England seafood at White Horse Tavern—America’s oldest, established in 1673. Sample Asian delights at the award-winning Thai Cuisine. Slip into a French vibe at Restaurant Bouchard.
Or throw back some tequila with your locally inspired Mexican cuisine at Perro Saldado. For true elegance and ocean views, dine at Cara (formerly Spiced Pear) in the Chanler at Cliff Walk.
At Newport Vineyards, New England’s largest grower of wine grapes, you can wander among the rows of vines. Newport Craft Distilling Co. affords a glimpse of how they made the hard stuff during colonial times, when the town
was the Rum Capital of the World.
Or you can plan a trip around Newport’s Wine & Food Festival (Sept. 19-22), Seafood Festival (Oct. 19-20) or Restaurant Week (Nov. 1-10).
For overnight stays, quaint options include the Hydrangea House, Hilltop Inn and Francis Malbone House (circa 1760. For something quirkier, try the Jailhouse Inn (1772). If you’re after quintessential luxury, go with the Chanler at Cliff Walk, the 90-year-old Viking Hotel in the
heart of Newport, or the boutique Grace
Vanderbilt, which has a lovely rooftop bar with a view of the harbor.
Given its traditions and history, you might think there’s nothing new under Newport’s sun. Think again. Fall sees the debut of Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week (Oct. 3-6). This celebration of luxury and sporting automobiles is likely to enjoy the same long-term success of the town’s former America’s Cup. Classic car historian and TV personality Donald Osborne will be on hand for the week of programs. Osborne visited Newport last year for the first time in 25 years and felt a “spirit” he didn’t recall earlier. He observed that the city is “waiting to be rediscovered by tens of thousands of people” from across the world.
Newport may start out as just another vacation destination—but by the end of your visit, a relationship will form. Don’t be surprised if you’re reeled back to its shores, again and again.o
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