Newport is one of the twenty nominees for Best Historic Small Town by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2016 for having a big history and small populations.

“Home of the highest number of surviving colonial buildings in the entire US, Newport has long been the summer retreat of the American well-to-do. The city of just 23,000 or so has been pretty much untouched since the turn of the 20th century when wealthy southerners began building massive mansions and estates to escape the summer heat,” the description about Newport says.

Other nominees include Abingdon, VA; Astoria, OR; Beaufort, SC; Bisbee, AZ; Dahlonega, GA; Deadwood, SD; Fredericksburg, TX; Hudson, NY; Mackinack Island, MI; Natchez, MS; Oxford, MI; Selma, AL; Sitka, AK; Solvang, CA; St. Augustine, FL; Taos, NM; Telluride, CO; Thomasville, GA and Williamsburg, VA.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).