The city of Newport lies just 30 miles (48km) south of Providence, accessible via two bridges crossing the blue Narragansett Bay. Typical of its Rhode Island identity, it exists as a New England summer resort populated with elegant Gilded Age mansions of the nation's elite.
A dozen of these extravagant summer homes in Newport are now open to the public. Famed for being the sailing capital of the world, Newport encourages all visitors to enjoy leisurely trips along its beautiful beaches and varied attractions.
Newport is no longer just a destination for summer fun. Thanks to a full programme of events encompassing classical, folk, and jazz music, the region is hip and happening all year round. These include the Newport Winter Festival, a renowned Christmas celebration, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, which has screenings in Newport and Providence. The lively waterfront, shops, and cultural attractions are enough to keep visitors entertained outside the beaches.