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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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

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  

The Plaza

The Plaza

Start your Gatsby tour at N.Y.C.’s Plaza hotel, the setting for one of the book’s most climatic scenes. Today, the Plaza gives a hat tip to its role in the American classic. Designed with Art Deco touches, the hotel's Fitzgerald Suite will have you waking up feeling like you’re Daisy Buchanan. 960 1280

The Plaza  

Oheka Castle

Oheka Castle

This Gold Coast mansion was one of the inspirations for Fitzgerald’s depiction of Gatsby’s mansion. Today, the French-style chateau is the second-largest private residence still standing in America. In the 1920s, philanthropist Otto Kahn threw Gatsby-esque parties on this lavish 443-acre estate, entertaining royalty and Hollywood stars. Oheka was also featured in the 1941 classic, "Citizen Kane." 960 1280

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Coe Hall

Coe Hall

Channel Daisy Buchanan as you stroll through the splendid gardens at this historic Gold Coast estate’s Planting Fields Arboretum. After you take in the estate’s restored Italian garden, tour the 65-room Tudor Revival-style house museum, whose original pieces and furnishings offer a look into the opulence of the Jazz Age. 960 1280

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Falaise

Falaise

Transport yourself back in time to Long Island’s lavish past with a guided tour of this Normandy-style Guggenheim mansion built in 1923. The waterfront estate, overlooking Long Island Sound, is one of three mansions on Sands Point Preserve -- you’re sure to get lost in the splendor of this surrounding, 216-acre nature preserve. 960 1280

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Vanderbilt Museum

Vanderbilt Museum

See how the Vanderbilts lived in the Gilded Age at this the 43-acre museum complex. Tour the 24-room Spanish Revival mansion for a look inside the decadence and promise of the era. With one of the most impressive views of the Long Island Sound, this mansion will leave you feeling like Gatsby looking for the green light across the water. 960 1280

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Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens

Step back in time to the Gilded Age and Roaring Twenties at one of the grandest Gold Coast mansions. Stroll through the 100 acres of immaculately kept English gardens. Then tour the mansion's jaw-dropping grand halls. 960 1280

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Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art

You don’t have to travel to N.Y.C. to see amazing art. In the heart of Long Island’s famed Gold Coast lies the former Frick Estate, once home to the co-founder of U.S. Steel. Today the Georgian mansion houses an intimate museum filled with art from the 19th and 20th centuries. An impressive sculpture park is also located on the 145-acre estate, with more than 40 sculptures. 960 1280

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Glenmere Mansion

Glenmere Mansion

Talk about drama. With a Gatsby-like motivation, real estate baron Robert Goelet built this Italian villa in the Hudson Valley in 1911 to woo back a woman -- his wife, who was having an affair with an Italian man. Thus the impetus to design this 150-acre estate reminiscent of a Tuscan villa with marbled staircases and gardens that rival Italy's Boboli Gardens. Today the mansion is reborn as a luxury hotel that would impress the likes of Gatsby’s houseguests. 960 1280

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The Breakers

The Breakers

America’s elite in the 1920s summered in East Egg-esque majestic mansions in Newport, R.I.  One of the grandest, The Breakers, was built by the Vanderbilts on Newport’s famous Cliff Walk. A stunning 138,000 square feet of awe-inspiring grandeur made it a perfect setting for parts of the 1974 film version of "The Great Gatsby." 960 1280

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Rosecliff

Rosecliff

This Newport mansion on spectacular Bellevue Avenue was used for Gatsby’s home in the 1974 film version of "The Great Gatsby." Modeled after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles, this magnificent estate is now used for weddings and other lavish events. 960 1280

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Vanderbilt Grace

Vanderbilt Grace

You’ll feel like you’re a guest at Gatsby’s mansion at this luxurious 33-room hotel. Reveling in the Gilded Age, the hotel is offering a Gatsby package that includes a champagne breakfast, tickets to the iconic Newport mansions and a five-course dinner at in-house restaurant Muse. The restaurant even includes an updated version of a meal served at The Breakers back in the 1920s. 960 1280

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