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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Stretch Your Buck in Newport

The Rhode Island resort town is just as entertaining in the fallóbut at half the price.


1. Where to Stay

The Chanler at Cliff Walk  

Make like a cut-rate tycoon at the Chanler at Cliff Walk, which dramatically slashes its room prices in the off-season (rooms from $275; reduced from $795 and up in the summer). Opt for the view-less Briar Rose suite, with its heated tile floors and private outdoor hot tub, and then grab an Adirondack chair on the lawn to watch the sun set over crescent-shaped Easton's Beach.

Experience more discounted opulence at the 81-year-old Hotel Viking (from $309; from $139 after mid-November), which unveiled 66 newly refurbished rooms in April 2007. The over-the-top Breakers suite replicates Gilded Era finery with a claw-foot tub and a marble-topped coffee table complete with a nightcap-ready decanter.

Escape Newport's nautical obsession at the Vanderbilt Residence Club (from $375; from $199 starting November 1). Formerly a YMCA, it’s been reincarnated with iPod docking stations, double shower heads, and a mod beige, olive, and burnt-orange palette.

Published on Oct 10, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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