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The coastline at Newport, R.I.
Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe
The cliff walk can be seen from the lawn of the Breakers mansion in Newport, R.I.
Lynn Jones of Duxbury brought her bike to tour Newport.
The sidewalks along the waterfront and narrow side streets in Newport are easy to negotiate.
Soap made in the shape of cupcakes on display in a store window on Bannister's Wharf in Newport.
Trudy Kearney of Leesburg, Va., reunited with old friends during a getaway weekend in Newport.
Matt Fitzgerald and his son, Luke, of Long Island, N.Y., paused among the shops and restaurants on Bannister's Wharf in Newport.
Visitors to Newport walked among the shops and restaurants on Bannister's Wharf.
The Breakers, one of Newport's famed mansions, can be visited even during the off-season.
A sitting parlor at the Inns on Bellevue in Newport.
Catherine Brady set up afternoon tea inside the sitting parlor at the Inns on Bellevue.
Rough Point, the former Newport home of Doris Duke, is seen from the cliff walk.
The Breakers is perhaps the best known of Newport’s “cottages” for the uber-wealthy built during the Gilded Age.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/File 2006
The cliff walk in Newport, R.I.
Globe File Photo
A garden at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H.
Dina Rudick/Globe Staff/File 2009
A scene of downtown Porstmouth, N.H.
Nicki Noble/Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce
The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, at Fort Constitution in New Castle, was established in 1771, before the American Revolution.
Abby McIntyre for The Boston Globe/File 2010
The dining options in Portland, Maine, are nearly limitless.
Robert F. Bukaty/AP File/2009
The 72-foot-tall Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse at the mouth of Portland Harbor, in Portland, Maine.
Hilary Nangle/Globe File
Portland is just two hours by car from Boston and is also accessible via Amtrak’s Downeaster train service.
Mark James/File 2010
Otto's Pizza in Portland, Maine.
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