Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
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Newport, Rhode Island

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Newport adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

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GPS: 41°29'N 71°19'W

Newport may be the capital of New England’s swanky mansion scene—the Astors and Vanderbilts built extravagant, Gilded-Age summer getaways here—but it’s also a stunning haven for kayakers and divers. The dramatic, rocky coast offsets quiet beaches and three nearby vineyards.

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PLAY
Take in the stony shore along the 3.5-Newport Cliff walk, a stunning public walkway that, at times, edges close to a 70-foot drop (cliffwalk.com). If that leaves you craving an even closer encounter with the sea, you can get SCUBA-certified at the Newport Diving Center ($399 for Beginner Open Water Class; newportdivingcenter.com/). Back on dry land, coastal Wickford hosts the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island. The helpful folks there offer extensive kayaking classes, daylong guided tours along the coast, and full-day rentals starting at just $42 (kayakcentre.com).

EAT
Spark, a vibrant eatery on Broadway, has a seasonal menu of world flavors, ranging from Thai to Latin and everywhere in between (sparkrestaurantandcatering.com).

SLEEP
The Mill Street Inn, a restored 1890s red-brick mill, has feather beds, 300-count sheets, and a conveniently central location in Newport's Historic Hill neighborhood (suites from $235; millstreetinn.com).

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