Word of Mouth: Newport, Rhode Island

Restaurants, a vinyl shop, a hotel and more in the vacation destination

Best known for its lavish history during the Gilded Age and a flourishing sailing culture, Newport is the southernmost town on Aquidneck Island. Located beside Narragansett Bay, it’s a 40-minute drive from Rhode Island’s capital, Providence. While embarking on the Cliff Walk, visiting the opulent mansions and boating are all Newport classics, there are plenty of lesser-known, nuanced (and sometimes off-kilter) treasures to be found …