If you are looking for a great vacation spot, you should consider beautiful Newport RI. And if you choose Newport ,you should plan on renting a house vs staying at a hotel. A group of my women friends, from across the US, rent homes on the East Coast every few years. Our choice of staying at the Briarwood Beach House last June was the best yet! The house was ideal. Not only were the rooms charming and comfortable, but the entire property was pristine. The location was amazing, as we could walk to Easton Beach, the famed Cliff Walk and numerous restaurants. The Historic Mansions and shopping in Newport were only a mile further. .We took a sail on a schooner, which gave us an entirely different perspective of this incredibly scenic area . And of all the mansions, we found Doris Duke's home (and her life story) the most fascinating. The owners were extremely accommodating and take great pride in their rental properties. An added plus was the prompt return of our deposit. We all decided that Briarwood Beach House was most definitely worth a second visit (or maybe more).