Newport might not be the first place that comes to mind when considering a winter getaway, but there’s good reason to put the “City by the Sea” on your list come mid-February. Beginning February 14th, the Newport Winter Festival kicks off for a ten-day extravaganza of live music, food cook-offs, ice sculpture demos, standup comedians, cocktail competitions, children’s programming, specialty dinners, disco nights, car shows, helicopter tours, horseback riding, wine tastings and over a hundred other uniquely Newport events. Not to be missed is the two-day polo match held during low tide on Second Beach, which draws hundreds of spectators and some of the world’s greatest polo players and their Thoroughbreds.

For those looking to be treated like royalty during their time in Rhode Island, check in to The Chanler, one of the most historic mansions in Newport perched at the very beginning of the legendary Cliff Walk. This regal property, which Condé Nast Traveler recently declared the No. 1 hotel in New England, boasts classically appointed rooms, warm staff and a cozy restaurant and bar that will make you feel a king or queen for the day.

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