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Great Escapes: Our guide to Newport, RI

Get ready for hydrangeas and sailboats galore.

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A sunset sail in Newport is a must-do.

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Already planning next summer’s big vacay? Check out Newport, RI, an idyllic New England hidden gem perfect for escaping the heat of the South in spring and summer.

I recently visited Newport for the first time for a girlfriend’s wedding weekend (hello, rehearsal dinner on a sailboat) and for the iconic Newport Folk Festival (more on that in a moment).

Why go?

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Newport Folk Festival has hosted dozens of iconic performers over the years.

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Act like a local:

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kaffeology is a great coffee and breakfast spot near the waterfront.

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Dante’s Inferno cocktail at Stoneacre Garden... yum.

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We explored off the beaten path of the iconic Cliff Walk.

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Pro tip: Head to The Lawn at Castle Hill well before sunset to grab a beverage and an Adirondack chair to watch the sunset.

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The wine flights (and views) at Newport Winery were delicious.

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We attended Day 1 and Day 3 of the three-day Newport Folk Festival.

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The National was a headliner at Newport Folk Festival 2022. Pictured here, he grazes the beard of Soda Citizen David Laird.

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A view of one of the dining rooms at White Horse Tavern.

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Don’t miss shopping on Bowen’s Wharf when in Newport.

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Where to stay:

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Sunny little corner in the Point cottage

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We loved the New England vibes at East Island Reserve — and it was right next door to Newport Winery.

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Newport is absolutely worth a planned trip. Trust me, you’ll want to go back every summer.

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