Even though Newport, RI is just a hop and a skip away from Boston, Nick and I have rarely visited! (save for bachelorettes and the Newport folk festival, which I associate with the one weekend each year when Nick comes home from camping looking and smelling like a wet dog) It’s our goal to explore more locally in New England, so we recently drove down for a weekend getaway and to see some friends!
The area must’ve been at peak hydrangea season. I had my camera out and mouth agape at literally every turn. I mean, how spectacular are these ombré ones!? I inadvertently matched in my summery madras plaid dress, which got quite a few compliments. It’s probably my favorite find yet from Modcloth – it’s adjustable at the shoulder straps, at the back tie, and is made in a very comfortable and lightweight 100% cotton with lining. I hope some of you were able to pick it up back when I first Instagram’ed it!
For dinner and drinks, our local friends pointed us to the popular lawn of white chairs at Castle Hill Inn. This was actually one of the venues we considered for our wedding. Ultimately it was nixed as we had no personal connection to the area, but what a gorgeous, relaxing spot to catch the sunset by the water!
The next morning we hit up the 3.5 mile coastal Cliff Walk, lined by the larger-than-life, historical summer mansions circa the Gilded age. As a kid living in the south, I was awed by the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate, so would love to tour their “modest” 70-room summer cottage the next time we visit Newport again. I think the Cliff Walk would be a little boring to walk all the way since you can’t see much of the mansions, but it makes for a fantastic run with the changing terrains and ocean breeze (do go earlier before the crowds hit)!
We then headed to one of the few nearby beaches to catch some vitamin D. As early birds, we were able to avoid the typically pricey parking and had the beach mostly to ourselves! My swimsuit is part of my talented friend Khatu’s collection on Etsy. She designs, patterns, and sews each one of these as a working mom. As a fit-tester, I’ve seen firsthand just how much work goes into each handmade garment! Her swimsuits in either petite or regular sizing have a full lining, adjustable straps or ties, and a cutout slot if you want to insert bust padding (she sells these cups separately, as well). If you have a little one, you’ll also have to check out the “mommy and me” options that are too cute for words!
Brunch at Corner Cafe afterward was the perfect end to this morning. Their omelette with shrimp, avocado, and bacon was just chock-full of good stuff.
There’s about 3 to 4 wineries in the area which become a mecca for bachelorette parties on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons (single guys, take note). We went to Greenvale Vineyards on a Sunday and it was pleasantly peaceful! Sure it doesn’t compare to Napa, but not bad for being in this region. They had a tasting of their 8 wines (mostly summery whites) for $12, and a live band in the afternoon.
We can’t wait to go back to this darling city soon, and would love any recommendations on spots to hit up next!