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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Gondola near the Waterfire Sculpture

Gondola near the Waterfire Sculpture

WaterFire is an award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the 3 rivers of downtown Providence. Visitors can take a gondola ride to get a better view of the creation. 960 1280

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Waterfire in Providence

Waterfire in Providence

Each Saturday during the season, which runs from May to October, more than 80 bonfires are set ablaze. The lightings are made possible by sponsors. 960 1280

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During each lighting, fire tenders ensure that the bonfires are maintained. Their silhouettes can often be seen among the flames. 960 1280

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WaterFire has captured the attention of more than 10 million visitors and has been credited with revitalizing Rhode Island's capital. 960 1280

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Taking a gondola ride through the 3 rivers during a lighting provides an up-close look at the bonfires. 960 1280

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In addition to the bonfires, WaterFire includes other illuminations and entertainment. 960 1280

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Origami bird in WaterFire

Origami bird in WaterFire

An origami bird "flies" over the flames as part of the show. 960 1280

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Waterplace Park in Providence decorated for WaterFire

Waterplace Park in Providence decorated for WaterFire

Waterplace Park and Riverwalk both play host to WaterFire. The urban parks are illuminated by decorations and are also the site of the musical performances. 960 1280

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Walking Stars

Walking Stars

The Walking Stars bring the night to life. 960 1280

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WaterFire captures all the senses with visual effect, the crackling sounds and smells of the bonfires, and the music that fills the air. 960 1280

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Performers at WaterFire

Performers at WaterFire

The fire isn't just on the river. Musical performers often heat things up as well. 960 1280

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Performer at WaterFire

Performer at WaterFire

WaterFire comes to life each Saturday night through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. 960 1280

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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

By Brett Weinstein (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0]  

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

By Bestbudbrian (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]  

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
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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By Juliancolton (Own work) [CC0] via Wikimedia Commons  

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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By Leonard J. DeFrancisci (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons  

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

Christian Giannelli  

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

Jumping Rocks Photography  

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

Jumping Rocks Photography  

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

Greg Cooper  

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

Greg Cooper  

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

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

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