I have spent every Summer I can remember going Newport, Rhode Island. It is a great destination for all ages with so many things to do and see. There are the big mansions to tour, the cliff walk to enjoy the scenic water views and the wharf to explore its many shops and restaurants. One of the things I love most about Newport is that you can take advantage of all the events, on both land or sea, or just go to the beach. For me and my family it is fun to partake in the tourist spots and events as well as visit with our friends in their homes. We rarely get up to Newport the rest of the year and so it is really fun to see it through Bette Bearden Pardee’s eyes in her book Living Newport: Houses, People, Style. I really enjoyed seeing the year round homes of many people I know, some I have never visited, and the celebrations through the seasons. It is a beautiful book and a wonderful behind the door look at the architecture, style and design of the many homes (and a yacht) featured along with the stories of the people who live in them. It would be a fabulous hostess gift for anyone your are visiting this Summer!