One of the country’s oldest cities, Newport was founded in 1639 and transformed into a major port city in the 18th century. Later on it became a popular summer getaway destination for the wealthy — it’s even been the “Summer White House” locale for Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. A 45-minute drive south of Providence, the quaint city of around 25,000 residents is known for its beautiful historic mansions and cute shops and galleries in the downtown area. Tennis, polo, and golf are popular pastimes, as is yachting or sailing. Obviously.
Where to Stay: Vanderbilt Grace A 100-year-old mansion built by the Vanderbilt family, Vanderbilt Grace is now a modern, 33-room luxury hotel. Rooms are beach chic, the dining is first-class, and the location is prime; a spa and two swimming pools are also available for guests.