Ocean Club at Atlantic Beach
8 Crandall Avenue, Westerly, Rhode Island, 2891
Newport is famous for its natural seaside beauty and for the magnificent mansions and gardens built there by the industrial barons of America's Gilded Age. But you don't need to have a tiara or chauffeur to enjoy Newport's treasures, from interesting museums to mansion tours to walks or bicycle tours along rocky coves. Newport was the playground of the wealthy (think Vanderbilts and Astors) from the 1880s to the early 20th century. Their fantastically elaborate mansions along Bellevue Avenue - the Breakers, the Elms, Marblehouse, Rosecliff - are open to tours. Newport also was host from 1930 to 1983 to the America's Cup, the world's premiere yacht regatta. Even though the Australians wrestled the Cup from the New York Yacht Club in 1983 and the contest moved out of Newport, yachting and boating remain deeply ingrained along Newport Harbor and at the city's Museum of Yachting. Many types of cruises in and out of local waters are offered to the public.