Jennifer's Travel Journal-Newport, Rhode Island
Newport Rhode Island is a great place for a nautical vacation. There is so much to see and do from sailing to shopping to touring the Mansions and Cliff Walk to great restaurants to tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Check out http://www.gonewport.com/
There are a wide variety of accommodations. We stayed at the charming Francis Malbone Bed & Breakfast, circa 1760, centrally located on Thames Street across from the harbor. Our stay was spectacular: amazing gourmet breakfasts & afternoon teas, friendly staff, comfortable rooms. The Inn is filled with lovely antiques and a lovely garden courtyard for outdoor dining. http://www.malbone.com/
Insiders Note: Robin Williams stayed here when Christopher Reeve’s daughter was married a few years ago. Also there was a George Clooney citing on the island when we were there.
Breakfasts included Scrambled egg & cheese on English Muffin w bacon...
Waffles & apples & sausage...
Eggs Benedict w sausage & tomato
Blueberry French Toast...
Afternoon Tea – Iced tea, lemonade, quiche, cheese & crackers, brownies, fresh fruit. Exquisite!
Restaurants in Newport offer a wide selection of experiences. One night we chose Café Zelda’s...delectable!
The Moorings on the water at Sayer's Wharf...Great seafood!
A bag of doughnuts - Lobster, shrimp & scallop fritters...I also had Seafood Pie!
Mama Luisa’s...for tasty Italian...
Lunch at Castle Hill Inn...The lobster roll was delicious!
Coffee Grinder for coffee & sweets
The Mansions are incredible! www.Newportmansions.org
We toured The Breakers – Home of Cornelius Vanderbilt 1895, audio headsets available
Rosecliff - Great Gatsby & Amistad were filmed here. The Ballroom is incredible!
Gatsby looking across the water for Daisy...
A recent wedding at Rosecliff
The Marble House – 1892 Alva Vanderbilt’s home...
Cliff Walk 3 ½ mile cliff walk with great views of the ocean & mansions!
The Island Tour from the Visitor’s Center to learn more about the history of Newport and see the whole island! www.vikingtoursnewport.com
Sailing on the Aquidneck – Exceptional, informative.
Newport is where Jackie Bouvier married John F Kennedy at St. Mary's Church
The reception at Jackie's mother's home Hammersmith Farm
Yachts owned by a Scottish Baron, Nick Cage’s,& FB founder Chris Hughes...
Trinity Church and old cemetery
International Tennis Hall of Fame – grass courts, tournaments, tour, eating, gift shops. www.tennisfame.com
Many Regatta’s are held in Newport. Other things to do: tour a vineyard, watch Polo, swim at the beaches, “Coaching Weekend”, Harbor Lights Boat Parade at Christmas and more… I saved the best for last...Bill and Hillary and Ted Kennedy! No we didn't see them but thought this photo was great! Happy Sailing!