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Newport is a city in the New England state of Rhode Island, set on Aquidneck Island. Its yacht filled harbor hosted the America’s Cup for many years and remains America's home to yachting. Newport is also known for the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue, some of which are now museums. Perhaps the most famous is The Breakers, an 1895 mansion patterned after a Renaissance palace.
The 'Candy Store Cup' is hosted in Newport, for where to stay and where to go, see our guide below:
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Castle Hill Lighthouse © Julie Grant / Visit Newport
Castle Hill Inn
Castle Hill Inn was commissioned as a house in 1874 by marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University. The Castle Hill Lighthouse was built in 1890 by well-known architect H.H. Richardson. Together these two builds, strategically placed, make this retreat the perfect place to sip a gin and tonic on the lawn and watch the regular yacht racing manifest. In fact the Inn has a rather close affinity to classic boats – the flagpole you see is a replica of the mast and rigging used on the 1905, Rhode Island built, Herreshoff NY-30 class sailing yachts. If gin and tonic's not your thing, you could always sneak down to the very classic 'Grace Kelly Beach' with a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby and dream away an afternoon. Book here.
The Clarke Cooke House
The interior says it all, it is the quintessential place in Newport R.I. What can you do here? Errr, well you probably have to start in the famous Candy Store (at wharf level), move on to the Bistro, and finally 'The Boom Boom Room' club below decks. The whole building is embellished in America's Cup prints, 12 mR yacht memorabilia. A must visit kinda place! Above photo © Onne van der Wal
12 Metre Charters
City by the sea Newport, Rhode Island, has the largest fleet of America’s Cup 12 Metre yachts in the world, eight of which are available for charter through 12 Metre Charters. Have you experienced sailing a 12 metre? Times have changed in the America's Cup and as monohulls are a thing of the past this is a rarity to sail around the bay. Book here.