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For a literary-minded beach escape, look no further than Newport. You’ll find a bookstore on practically every block in Newport’s oceanfront district, Nye Beach. The author-themed Sylvia Beach Hotel (pictured; from $115; 2-night min.; sylviabeachhotel.com) is the best place to relax and read your latest purchases. (The J.K. Rowling room features a Moaning Myrtle mural on the bathroom wall.) For a roomier stay, rent a classic three-bedroom Victorian cottage next door ($249; 2-night min.; vrbo.com/353645).