Newport, Rhode Island, is as boater-friendly as a city can be. NUMEROUS MARINAS have transient dockage within walking distance of downtown, where cobblestone streets lead to waterfront eateries, shops and more. PHOTOGRAPHER ONNE VAN DER WAL, whose work appears in marine magazines worldwide, has a gallery on Bannister’s Wharf. BOWEN’S WHARF is home to a whiskey bar for pre-dinner cocktails, multiple restaurants for the main meal, and cookie and ice-cream shops for dessert. More restaurants, shops and a blues cafe are just across AMERICA’S CUP AVENUE, including a Helly Hansen store for boater-friendly gear.