Gatsby-style Newport weekend for dreamers, flappers and gastronomes
"The Great Gatsby" film was released over the last few days, and you can't blame Newport, Rhode Island, for trying to make a tourism buck off it. / Warner Brothers
Movie-inspired tourism is often a big seller. Although lots of “The Great Gatsby” novel took place on Long Island, part of the 1974 movie were filmed in Newport, which is making the most of the just-released fifth Gatsby film.
Excerpt from Boston Globe
The much-anticipated 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire, hit theaters May 10. That makes this the perfect time for a glamorous Jazz Age getaway in Newport, Rhode Island, where several scenes from the 1974 movie with Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, and Sam Waterston were filmed.
Check into the elegant Vanderbilt Grace Hotel (41 Mary St., 401-846-6200), summer rates from $520), where you’ll be greeted with a flute of champagne and a cadre of at-your-ready staff.