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SMACKDOWN!

Newport, R.I., vs. Kennebunkport, Maine

“I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,” wrote poet Theodore Roethke of a lady love, and we often feel the same about certain New England seacoast towns. Now that the throngs of visitors have departed and wealthy summer folk have retreated to warmer climes, Kennebunkport and Newport are lovely indeed in their bones. They have a kind of spare beauty that shines brightly in the winter light, and boast romantic, warm retreats. Here’s how they stack up on some amorous essentials:

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