Thrillist, a national news and media website, recently searched for small towns with populations under 60k where you “can get a glimpse of the good life after the rat race, eat well, see actual stars at night, and still find plenty of activities to keep boredom at bay.”
When they compiled all of their data and research, they named Newport as the “best small town” in Rhode Island to visit.
Rhode Island: Newport
Nowhere in New England compares to the Gilded-Age splendor of Newport, a coastal town set upon cliffs dotted with some of the most spectacular mansions of the 19th century. The must-do activity here is, obviously, touring the Newport Mansions, but that’s far from the only draw. Newport also hosts the annual Newport Regatta, one of the biggest sailing races in America bringing with it the best sailing parties. Held in July, the Regatta is the ideal time of year to visit, but even if you miss it there are still plenty of wide, sandy beaches to lounge on for the day, and a surprisingly good wine region just on the outskirts of town. — M.M.
Nearby, Northhampton was named the “best small town” in Massachusetts and Mystic in Connecticut.
See the full list and story here – https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/best-small-towns-in-america.