A weekend in Newport, RI

Another destination checked off the list!

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I’m really looking forward to Spring time and the warm weather that comes with it.   A few weeks ago, Brian and I planned to go away for the weekend for just one night.  I didn’t want to take anytime off work, so we decided to plan a night in Newport, Rhode Island since neither of us had been there before.

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Crossing the last bridge.. almost there!

It’s about a 3 hour drive from us, so we got on the road a little after 7am.   The ride was pretty smooth with no traffic.  As we got into RI, we crossed a few steep bridges with views of the water!

We finally made it a little after 10:30 am and parked right on Thames street.  We decided to stay at the America’s Cup Inn, which is a cute little hotel right in the heart of Thames street.  We came during off season so parking was free.   They were so friendly there and let us check in early.

After setting our stuff down we decided to walk along Thames Street and explore the wharf area with all the boats.  Thames is their main street with tons of shops, restaurants, and bars.  It’s also right next to the water.

Here are some photos of the wharf area and the scenery… I love those brick sidewalks.   This is definitely a sailing town.  It was too cold to see any boats out on the water, but the boat theme was everywhere.  I’d love to go sailing one day!

After walking around for a bit, we decided to grab a late breakfast at Diego’s, which is a Mexican restaurant down on the wharf.   I ended up having the Diego’s huevos and Brian had the Wharf Hash.  We both agreed the food was tasty with the right amount of spice.  We didn’t end up drinking, but this would have been the perfect place for a boozy brunch.  They had all sorts of fresh cocktail ingredients out on the bar.

 

We walked around some more and took more pictures (of course!)

 

After breakfast we decided to burn some calories and walk to the Cliff Walk.  If you go to Newport, this is the one thing you HAVE to see.   It was about a 2 mile walk just to get there, but we decided to go for it.  We are big walkers!

We took Thames street to get there… I just can’t get over those brick sidewalks & streets.  It makes the city feel so rustic and old, which I love.

We saw some of the cutest houses on our way there.  Am I the only person who loves looking at cute houses and thinking about my future home?  One day… 😉

Certain parts of the walk made me feel like I was in Europe again!  It just had a really sophisticated look to the area.

Not to mention some huge houses!  Some of them have been converted to various museums.  We didn’t stop at any of them because we were limited on time.  I bet this area will be beautiful during fall when the leaves are changing.

We finally got to the Cliff Walk!  The view was phenomenal, not to mention really peaceful.  I’m not sure how far the Cliff Walk actually is, but it takes you all along the coast.  Most of it is a paved pathway, but there were areas where you actually had to walk on rocks and large boulders… good thing we were wearing sturdy shoes.

Look at those huge houses with a view of the beach!  I bet it’s so amazing sitting outside with that view every day.

After exploring the Cliff Walk for a while, we decided to head back to our hotel room.  On the way we stopped at Midtown Oyster Bar.  I previously saw this restaurant on Yelp, and knew we had to stop in.  While I don’t like seafood, Brian loves it!  I wanted him to be able to eat some yummy seafood.

He tried various oysters and clams there and said they were amazing!  I just had a light salad since I knew we were doing dinner later.   We also had a few beers, I was so surprised/happy that they had the Sam Adams Summer Ale there already.  That’s one of my favorite beers that I didn’t discover until the end of summer last year.   That means summer is right around the corner, right?

We were exhausted after that and went to our hotel room to rest/shower for dinner.   On dinner, we decided on Brick Alley. On our way there, we stopped and watched the sunset.  It was so beautiful and reminded me of the sunsets back home in CA.

Even though it was off season, the restaurant was packed!  After waiting 30 minutes we just decided to get burgers to go and relax back in our room.  The burgers themselves were just okay, nothing special.  We were both so tired from waking up early that we went to bed around 9pm!

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Waiting at the restaurant…

The next morning we woke up and checked out around 9am.  We decided to go to the Corner Cafe for breakfast, because it was within walking distance and a friend recommended it.   Apparently, this place is super popular because there was a 25 min wait.  We decided to stick it out since it had good reviews.  Once we were sat I ordered coffee and the light breakfast burrito which came with egg whites and veggies inside.  It also came with a side of yogurt & granola.  Brian ordered an egg/shrimp special and a pancake on the side.   The home fries were amazing but the rest of the food was just average.  Plus, I had to ask them for more coffee 3 times.   I need my coffee in the morning!

 

Before we left we decided to take a drive on Ocean Drive, this is a 10 mile scenic street with views of the water and huge mansions!  The photo above does not even do the house justice.  It’s fun to look at houses and wonder who lives there.  After looking at the mansions we headed home!

Overall, Newport is a beautiful, beach vibe town and I’d recommend stopping there if you’ve never been before.   Hopefully we’ll get a chance to go back once the weather warms up a bit.

How was your weekend?!

 

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