As an enclave of the newly gilded during the Gilded Age, the town of Newport, Rhode Island was somewhat privileged by its relative isolation. The easiest ways to get to this promontory during the 1890s may have been by making a fortune in railroads, or by yacht — the old town (dating from 1639) has long been considered sailing capitol of the U.S. In some circles, though, it’s better known as home to the Newport Jazz Festival starting in 1954.
It’s about a four-hour ride from New York to Newport, not much fun navigating frlm the thruway I-95 through commercial avenues into the town itself, then trailing in slow-mo through residential streets to arrive at Ft. Adams State Park. So I think it’s a mark of near-genius (or at least thoughtful creativity) that the WLC Entertainment Group is offering a round-trip, from 6:30 am to midnight, by luxury bus, snacks and party favors available on board, one fest entry included for $200.