A Weekend In: Newport
4 p.m. The best way to soak up the opulence is free: The three-mile CLIFF WALK provides glimpses of mansions like the Breakers, once the Vanderbilts’ summer "cottage." Memorial Blvd. and Eustis Ave., 800-976-5122, cliffwalk.com.
7 p.m. THE CHANLER‘s patio makes for prime people-watching, and its 20 rooms are among the loveliest in town. Hit the hotel’s SPICED PEAR for a Kobe burger topped with Vermont cheddar. From $309 per night, 117 Memorial Blvd., 401-847-1300, thechanler.com.
10 a.m. A no-frills diner, NOREY’S serves paper-thin chocolate chip pancakes and egg, cheese, and Virginia ham sandwiches. Afterward, show off your serve, Navratilova-style, on one of 13 grass courts at the INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME. 156 Broadway, 401-847-4971; 194 Bellevue Ave., 401-849-3990, tennisfame.com.
2 p.m. Stay on Bellevue to browse racks of Tory Burch and Missoni resortwear at MICHAEL HAYES, and stop into KRISTINA RICHARDS STUDIO for separates by Ella Moss and Shoshanna. 202¬204 Bellevue Ave., 401-846-3090, michaelhayesnewport.com; 13 Touro St., 401-848-5284, kristinarichardsstudio.com.
7 p.m. The 1929 yacht Rum Runner II once helped hooch-smuggling mobsters dodge the Coast Guard. Today it hosts hourlong cruises around Narragansett Bay. 401-847-0298, cruisenewport.com.
8:30 p.m. ASTERISK, a one-time auto garage, is the town hot spot. Its steak frites are the perfect precursor to a tipple at POP KITCHEN + COCKTAILS. 599 Thames St., 401-841-8833, asterisknewport.com; 162 Broadway, 401-846-8456, popkitchenandcocktails.com.
11 a.m. The steel-cut oatmeal and almond granola at BLISS NATURAL GROCER & CAFÉ are ideal fortification for a hike through the 325-acre NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY. 311 Broadway, 401-608-2322, blissnaturalgrocer.com; 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.
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