Travelogue: History and water fun in Newport

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

American Tourist: Newport, R.I.

What is it: Newport is a city on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island, about 30 miles south of Providence. Known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions, it also was known for being one of the "Summer White Houses" during the administrations of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and President John F. Kennedy.

What to do: Since Newport has a strong maritime heritage, water-based recreation is a primary attraction. Options include sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing and beach activities. The largest public beach, Easton's beach or First Beach, has a view of the famed Cliff Walk. Second Beach, in neighboring Middletown, is a fantastic beach for waves, with a surfer's beach abutting. The Newport Cliff Walk is considered one of the most popular attractions in the city. It is a 3.5-mile walkway bordering the shoreline. Brenton Point State Park is also an excellent spot for the family, with exquisite vistas, and is home to the annual Brenton Point Kite Festival.

Summer festivals: Newport plays host to a number of festivals during the summer, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Sunset Music Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, the Newport International Film Festival and the Newport International Boat Show. Aretha Franklin will headline this year’s Jazz Festival.

Historical sites: Newport has one of the highest concentrations of colonial homes in the nation. The city also is known for its Gilded Age mansions. Another National Historic Landmark District, Bellevue Avenue, is the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Newport is also home to the Newport Tower, Salve Regina University, Hammersmith Farm, Prescott Farm and the Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish house of worship in the Western hemisphere.

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Travel Tip: Budget traveling – food tips

- The cheapest places to buy food are traditional markets, supermarkets and street vendors. In countries with peculiarly high hygiene standards, you might be able to find perfectly acceptable food in supermarket's rubbish (note that taking that food might be considered stealing in certain jurisdictions).

- In some cities, there are very cheap restaurants in squats, usually selling vegetarian or vegan food for the price of the ingredients; for example Berlin's Volkskuechens. Some countries also have heavily subsidized university restaurants sometimes open to foreign students. Germany, for instance, has Mensas, offering famously tasteless small-sized meals.

- Self-catering, buying your own ingredients and preparing your own meals, is a great way to stay on a budget. Many hostels provide kitchens where you can cook your meals.

- For restaurants, avoid eating in the main tourist thoroughfares. If you get into the side streets and back alleys, you'll find cheaper restaurants that often serve tastier, more authentic meals. (

Talk Like a Local: Czech

How are you?

- Jak se máš? (Yuk seh maash)

Fine, thank you.

- Dobre, dekuji (Dobrzhe, dyekuooyih)

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