The 1893 edition of Baedecker's United States listed Newport
hotel and boarding house costs as follows: Ocean
House, $4; Aquidneck
House and Perry House, $3; Pelham
Street and Church Street boarding houses, $10 a week, minimum.
Transportation costs were listed as well. For 10 cents, visitors
could travel from Washington Street along Bellevue Avenue to Bailey's
Beach. For 50 cents, visitors could travel around 10-mile Ocean
Drive. Hack fees were negotiable, averaging about $1 per hour.
For 5 cents, visitors could ride the electric trolley to Easton's
Beach, where they could rent bathing cabins and costumes for 25
Daily and Sunday newspapers regularly advertised travel to Newport.
One advertisement in the New York World announced a Sunday
excursion to Newport via the Long Island Railroad and the steamer,
City of Worcester. For a round-trip cost of $2, summer travelers
could enjoy a cruise on the Long Island Sound and two hours on
their own in Newport. 
Excursion Ad from
The New York World
society columns offered a glimpse into the lives of Newport's
smart set. The New York Times published a yearly "cottagers'
list." Descriptions of Casino balls, society dinners, polo matches,
and coaching parades gave those who did not live in Newport
the vicarious experience of observing these activities.
Special recreational magazines legitimating sports activities
appeared in the nineteenth century. Articles in Outing,
as well as in Munsey's and the Independent, discussed
the leaders in lawn tennis and the "glorious sport of polo."
Coverage of these upper-class sports ensured their emulation
by the middle class and the spectatorship of the working class.