Escape NYC for a Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island

Take a break from the city and step back in time, touring the seaside resort's famous Gilded Age mansions.

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Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island

Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island

The Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island was built in 1875 for $80,000. It was designated a primary seacoast aid to navigation. It was deactivated by the Coast Guard in 1990 and deemed one of America's 11 most endangered structures of historic significance by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Volunteers raised money to have it moved away from the edge of the bluff; it's now being restored to become a museum and overnight accommodation. Tours of the tower are available in the summer. 960 1280

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Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge

Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge

In 1934, the state of Rhode Island petitioned for federal aid to build two bridges over the east and west passages of Narragansett Bay. While the project stopped and started many times, the Newport Bridge was finally opened in June 1969. It was later named in honor of Claiborne Pell, the longest-serving U.S. senator from Rhode Island. 960 1280

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Boyd's Windmill

Boyd's Windmill

The Boyd's Wind Grist Mill, built in 1810, is a historic smock mill in Middletown, R.I. It originally had four common sails but the Boyd family added four more. The windmill was restored in 1990 and became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. It is open for tours on Sundays in the summer. 960 1280
McCoy Stadium

McCoy Stadium

McCoy Stadium is home to the minor league baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox. The stadium holds more than 10,000 fans. It's also the site of the famous "Longest Game" between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox. It lasted a record 33 innings and took more than eight hours over the course of two days.
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Narragansett Bay

Narragansett Bay

Narragansett Bay covers 147 square miles and forms New England's largest estuary. There are more than 30 islands in the bay. The bodies of water that make up the Bay are Sakonnet River, Mount Hope Bay and Taunton River.
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Fort Adams

Fort Adams

The largest coastal fortification in the U.S. stands in Newport Harbor, R.I. The fort has a long history and played a role in many different wars. Guided tours are given daily. Visitors can see where soldiers lived, enter the casemates, explore the tunnel system and climb to the top for amazing views of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. 960 1280
Rhode Island State House

Rhode Island State House

The Rhode Island State House sits atop Smith Hill in Providence, R.I. It was designed in the same vein as the U.S. Capitol building with a central dome and two wings. The Senate chamber is in one wing and the House chamber is in the other. There is also a library and reception room. The state house is known as a proud symbol of Rhode Island's economic and social stature. 960 1280

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Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales University is a private college with both graduate and undergraduate programs in business, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education. There are four campuses, including one in Providence, which serve more than 17,000 students. Its culinary and hospitality programs are ranked among the top in the nation. 960 1280
Cliff Walk

Cliff Walk

The Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., is a National Recreation Trail that spans 3.5 miles. It combines the beauty of the shoreline with nature, including wildflowers and birds. The southern half of the walk is a bit rugged. Walkers will also see various mansions and buildings along the route. 960 1280
Touro Synagogue

Touro Synagogue

Founded in 1759, Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the U.S. It stands on top of a hill in Newport and is open to the public for tours. It was named after the first rabbi of the congregation, Isaac Touro. 960 1280

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Ochre Court

Ochre Court

Ochre Court was commissioned by Ogden Goelet as a summer home for his family. It was designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America's foremost architect of the 19th century. In 1947, it was given to the Religious Sisters of Mercy by his son Robert. 960 1280

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Watch Hill

Watch Hill

Watch Hill is a resort community located on the shore of Block Island Sound. Nearly surrounded by water, the village offers lots of outdoor activities such as fishing, sailing and swimming.
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Brown University

Brown University

Providence, R.I. is home to the seventh oldest college in the US, Brown University. The Ivy League school offers graduate and undergraduate programs along with the Alpert Medical School and the School of Engineering. The university has about 8,400 students. 960 1280

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Blackstone River

Blackstone River

The Blackstone River starts in Massachusetts and continues into Rhode Island. It runs through Woonsocket, Cumberland, Lincoln, Central Falls and Pawtucket. It ultimately becomes the Seekonk River. It has been classified by the EPA as "the most polluted river in the country with respect to toxic sediments." Efforts are underway to clean up the river. 960 1280
Naval War College

Naval War College

In 1884, Secretary of the Navy William E. Chandler signed an order to create a college for "an advanced course of professional study for naval officers." It established the school in Newport, R.I., and appointed Commodore Stephen B. Luce as the president. Today, the school has an expanded mission of providing a professional military education for all enlisted personnel and officers of the U.S. Navy.
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Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

Aspen's chilled-out neighbor, Telluride has the perfect recipe for a summer getaway: laid-back culture, outdoor adventures and plenty of summer festivals including its legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The best way to take in the sweeping views: a 3-mile gondola ride. 960 1280

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San Juan Islands, Washington

San Juan Islands, Washington

Summer on Washington's San Juan Islands is idyllic with dry clear days and wildlife- watching galore, including orca whales, which gather near the islands every summer. 960 1280

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Summer Olympics, London

Summer Olympics, London

If you’re the type who needs to be in on the action, then head to London (along with everyone else in the world) for a less-than-quiet summer getaway at the Summer Olympics. Even if you can’t score tickets, you can still soak up the excitement with live broadcasts of Olympic events in locations such as Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

Escape to the unspoiled and quiet beaches of Sanibel Island, only 15 miles west of Fort Myers -- but a world away from the rest of Florida's crowded and chaotic coastline. 960 1280

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico’s “secret island,” has neither the high-rise resorts or even the traffic lights of a place like San Juan. So you’ll have the beach to yourself in this national wildlife refuge. And check out the Bioluminescent Bay at night to see glowing microorganisms light up the ocean. 960 1280

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Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Swedes are known for traveling to warmer climates during their cold winters, but in the summer many stay put to enjoy the temperate weather and extra hours of sunlight (the sky doesn't darken until 10 p.m.). Cafés and most attractions stay open to take advantage of the late-night sun. 960 1280

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Roatan, Honduras

Roatan, Honduras

Some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean can be found in Honduras’s Bay Islands, off the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Roatan is the largest of the islands, with butterfly and iguana farms, canopy tours, small villages and idyllic beaches to entice both divers and non-divers alike. 960 1280

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Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

Don’t forget about America’s smallest state, Rhode Island! While the rest of the US battles record-heat days in summer, Rhode Island stays cool with New England breezes. Head to Newport to sample the legendary seafood -- lobster, lobster and more lobster. 960 1280

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Montreal, Canada

Montreal, Canada

Montreal is full of European charm, but a lot closer and more affordable than Paris. And summer is the best time to go to enjoy the balmy weather, foodie culture and outdoor cafes. 960 1280

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Coast Starlight

Coast Starlight

Leave the car in the garage this summer and board the Coast Starlight, which links the greatest cities on the West Coast -- LA, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. You’ll ride through spectacular scenery in style, with sleeping cars, fresh cuisine (served on real china and table linens) and a daily tasting of local wines. 960 1280

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gearing up the for the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeriro keeps moving up the hotlist of South American tourism. Shedding its reputation as a dangerous city, Rio is claiming more of the spotlight with its stunning beaches and lively culture. 960 1280

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Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Last summer was Yellowstone. This summer head to Glacier National Park, along Montana’s northern border, for a nature lover’s paradise: dramatic mountains, sapphire lakes and rivers, and unforgettable hiking trails. 960 1280

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The contemporary Clarendon Square Inn in Boston offers city chic and a modern take on the classic B and B. 960 1280

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The Clarendon Square Inn's rooftop terrace and hot tub create a romantic urban oasis with a sweeping view. 960 1280

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Embrace Southern hospitality and charm at the Foley House Inn, Savannah's most renowned bed and breakfast. 960 1280

Rooms at the Foley House have original art, working fireplaces, antique furniture and expansive windows. 960 1280

Port D'Hiver in Melbourne Beach, FL, is a dream beach house with luxe rooms and a refreshing pool. 960 1280

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Rooms at Port D'Hiver are spread out over 4 houses, each with its own benefits. 960 1280

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You won't find nicer digs in Providence, RI, than the Jacob Hill Inn. 960 1280

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All of the rooms at the Jacob Hill Inn are suites with a separate sitting area and fireplace. 960 1280

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With just 4 rooms, the Fleur de Lys Mansion in St. Louis is a truly private escape with impeccable service. 960 1280

Fleur-de-Lys Mansion, Luxury Inn at the Park  

The Fleur de Lys décor is elegant with inviting beds piled high with pillows and lush comforters. 960 1280

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