Newport County and East Bay Travel Guide


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Plan Your Newport County and East Bay Vacation

Newport is one of the great sailing cities of the world and the host to world-class jazz, blues, folk, classical music, and film festivals. Colonial houses and Gilded Age mansions grace the city. Besides Newport itself, Newport County also encompasses the two other communities of Aquidneck Island—Middletown and Portsmouth—plus Conanicut Island, also known as Jamestown, to the west, and Tiverton and Little Compton, abutting Massachusetts to the east. Little Compton is a remote, idyllic town that presents a strong contrast to Newport's quick pace. Narrow and scenic Mount Hope Bridge carries traffic north from Aquidneck Island to Bristol, the most charming of the three towns that make up the East Bay region, which is encompassed entirely within Bristol County, one of the nation's smallest geographically.


Newport County and East Bay Hotels

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Newport County and East Bay Restaurants

Find the best Newport County and East Bay restaurants in every price category with our top picks.


Newport County and East Bay Experiences

  • Filming in Rhode Island

    Rhode Island is no stranger to the big screen. With a reputation for beautiful, diverse scenery, Little Rhody has become a bona fide movie... Read more

  • The Mansions of Newport

    A married couple with separate bedrooms? Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his wife Alice each had private sanctuaries in their 70-room Newport... Read more

  • Newport Off Season

    Summer in Newport can be busy and noisy, but the off-season takes on a serene, romantic character. No crowds, off-season lodging prices,... Read more


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