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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 fall—but at half the price.

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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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