You can access some really cool places just a short drive away from New York. We wanted to have a quaint, English feeling getaway and after I got some recommendations, we chose Newport -Rhode Island to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. It was about a 4 hour drive from New York but well worth the beauty. Newport is is full of history, staged with Colonial houses, churches, mansions, museums and of course some really cool restaurants! With all that character, fun and adventure Newport is definitely not to be missed.
I absolutely love planning holidays whether it is a far destination vacation or a short weekend city break, I always research things to do, see and of course eat! Below is my little adventure trip to Newport and hopefully will inspire you with ideas and tips for your next little get away.
Where to stay:
I wanted to get a true experience of the old English town feel. So picking a hotel was proving quite difficult. I then had a brain wave. Instead of a going for a modern hotel, I convinced my husband to stay in a traditional Bed and Breakfast. Yes, he wasn’t a fan at first so it was a lot of convincing on my part. I had researched a couple of places and found the Victorian Ladies Inn had some really good reviews. We booked this hotel right away as I honestly think the best way to enjoy Newport is to go traditional and floral tea cosy it up!
The Victorian Ladies Inn was a brilliant choice.The best words I can use to describe this B&B are cute, Victorian, quaint, English, floral and very homely. After a long drive from New York, we were happy to arrive at our new home. It was walking distance to the mansions and marina area. The owners of the Victorian Ladies Inn were very friendly and they had a cute little dog too. They also were helpful in booking tickets to the local attractions and sometimes at a discounted rate, so if you visit don’t forget to ask!
The Victorian Ladies Inn has designed and decorated each room in a different and elegant way. We had chosen the Arthur room for our stay. Once we were checked in we made our way to the room and boy I was impressed. From floral tissue boxes, rich wall paper and a four poster bed, the room had a lot of character. There were two little chocolates left on our pillow as well. We also had our own little fire place and floral arm chairs. There was definitely a 1950’s English feel to this place. We were given our own set of keys to the house so we could come and go as we pleased. Every day at 3pm, tea, cake and freshly baked brownies were served in the living area. What more can this British girl ask for? This was literally my dream house!
Each morning, breakfast was freshly prepared by the chef and owners. We were served with tea/coffee, fresh omelette of the day, pancakes and waffles. There are breakfast tables seated outside, and we were lucky enough to sit outside one of the days. The homemade granola was delicious (I even asked the for recipe) along with fresh fruit, bagels and cake. They also have custom made Victorian Ladies Inn mugs- I bought one of course!
Newport -things to do:
Newport Mansions: We spent a day visiting the famous Newport mansions which were really close to our B&B. We were also only a 15-20 minute walk away from the Wharf (the harbor area) where all of the restaurants were located. I have to say the mansions are a must visit. You don’t have to see them all however, the main ones are worth a viewing. First we visited the Breakers Mansion. Mr Vanderbilt’s home was amazing. It has 15 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms and 40 servants, can I move in please? We also visited the Elms and the Marble House. Each house is exquisite and amazing in its own right. You are given a headset to listen to while you explore the house. It does take time to visit each house properly so I think three mansions is enough, however if you have more time you can visit all 5 of them. Other than extreme house and billionaire envy, it’s a really fun day out.
Cliff Walk: We decided not to do the Cliff Walk as we had seen some of the trail from the mansions. It is definitely a trail to walk if you have time!
Fort Adams: We spent an afternoon visiting Fort Adams. This is a great spot to see the Narragansett Bay, Newport Bridge, sailboats, and lighthouses. The 2.2 mile Bay Walk around the fort is completely paved and flat so you can take a relaxing stroll to enjoy the views. Admission to the grounds is free. There is a paid tour into the fort. It is another good place in Newport to see the sunset. The tour guide was great. He was extremely knowledgeable and engaging with the adults as well. He guided us through the officer’s quarters, kill zones and the underground tunnels. It was fascinating to think this was a real fort/war zone at one point.
Finally a walk in the Wharf (harbor) area of Newport is the icing on the cake and the end to a beautiful evening. As the sun sets, it glows against all the boats and yachts. It truly is a perfect picture.
We had an amazing couple of days in Newport, Rhode Island and Block Island. So if you are looking to get away from the corporate world, ditch the modern, visit some history and eat good food, visit Newport. If you need any ideas or help planning a vacation, please get in touch.
Happy Vacation Planning!
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