Conde Nast Traveler has released the results of their Best Small Cities in the U.S.: Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

More than 128,000 of their readers rated their favorite cities in the U.S.—in fact, they got so much feedback, they had to divide our list in two. This roundup features the country’s smaller cities, with populations under 150,000.

While Newport, RI came in at #10 on the list, Naples, Florida came in at #15 and Charleston, South Carolina came in at #1.

Here’s what they had to say about Newport, RI;

“A short drive from Boston, charming Newport is fabled for its historic mansions and sailboat-speckled coastline. Combine both by walking the Newport Cliff Walk, which takes you along the shore past impressive mansions, and satisfy your appetite at the White Horse, the county’s oldest tavern. Book well in advance of the summer’s biggest draws, the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival.”

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.