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www.smallmarketmeetings.com 30 Destination Showcase LOCATION Coastal Rhode Island ACCESS TF Green Airport (Warwick); Logan Airport, Boston; Amtrak; Interstate 95 MAJOR MEETING SPACES Newport Marriott, Hotel Viking, Harbor Hotel and Marina Newport HOTEL ROOMS 900 OFF-SITE VENUES Belle Mer, the Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport Storm Brewery, Newport Art Museum, Fort Adams, International Tennis Hall of Fame CONTACT INFO Discover Newport 800-326-6030 www.discovernewport.org The Pride of Rhode Island By Mark Rowh N E W P O R T , R H O D E I S L A N D F or a great Northeastern meeting location, Newport, Rhode Island, stands out. Along with appealing coastal scenery and waterfront attractions, Newport offers a distinctive combination of historic and contemporary architecture, not to mention diverse meeting venues. The downtown area has more than 900 hotel rooms in several convention properties with 70,000 square feet of meeting space. Newport offers an unusual combination of features, said Andrea McHugh, marketing communica- tions manager of Discover Newport. "It's a historic seaport city that's also forward thinking," she said. "Visitors enjoy great hotel and meeting experiences, and many conference participants also add pre- and post- activities." Newport has been called the Charleston of the North. The city's heritage goes back to Colonial times, and today it holds the reputation as the sailing capital of the world. Founded in 1639, it has maintained its small-town appeal over the years, with a current population of less than 25,000. As a vacation spot the city has attracted famous figures including Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. It's also home to the U.S. Naval War College. "It's a very cool Norman Rockwell kind of place," McHugh said. "The city has changed with the times while keeping its historic footprint." She added that Newport's location, three hours north of New York and 90 minutes south of Boston, is a plus and that getting there can mean a convenient train ride or car ride. Once there, visitors find it easy to get around town. "A number of attractions are within easy walking distance," McHugh said. "It's a very walkable city," Locals tout Newport as a year-round destination. Though summer is the most visited season, visi- tors also find the other seasons appealing. Popular activities include exploring the city's historic man- sions, taking a trolley ride or a walking tour through the downtown area, or checking out the multi- faceted boating scene. Frequently visited attractions include the scenic Ocean Drive, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the nation's largest coastal fortification, Fort Adams. Also attractive is the well-known Cliff Walk, a three-and-a-half-mile path along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with views of the city's most interesting architecture. Above: Belle Mer offers seven acres of meeting space overlooking Narragansett Bay. Left: Historic properties in Newport, such as the Chanler at Cliff Walk, offer a variety fo small meeting spaces. Courtesy the Chanler at Cliff Walk