It is said that: “what you see in the world around you, is a reflection of who you are.” Well, I must be a very romantic person because most of the time, I find the places I visit to be very romantic. But then I think, well, I guess if you are in love with someone it is easy to find “the romance” in pretty much everything you see. Ok, maybe that’s what it is in most cases, but I’m telling you in this case, this beautiful town encloses romanticism on its own. When you visit Newport, and I don’t care if you are single, engaged, married or whatever… the magic of this city will get to you in such a romantic way, that you could not help but to become one of us: The Newport, RI, lovers! Those who always need to come back for more because it is never enough… And here is why:
Newport is located 23 miles south of Providence and 61 miles south of Boston. Aerial Photo From Robinson R44 Helicopter by Michael Kagdis
For those of you who love history, this is the place to visit. Newport has a lot of history. It has been known as New England’s summer spot since the 1850’s and for the famous Newport Mansions (www.newportmansions.org). It is surrounded by the ocean, which gives it that beautiful energy that comes from nature. And it is one of the most beautiful, historic and cozy towns I’ve ever visited.
Entering the 20th century, many of the nation’s wealthiest families were spending the summer time in Newport; including the Vanderbilts, Astors, and the Widener family. They built the largest “cottages”, such as The Breakers (1895) and Miramar (just to mention a few). During their stay, they kept busy hosting social events in grand fashion, showing off their gilded mansions with extravagant foyers, dining, music and ballrooms. Today, visiting one of these beautiful mansions is like stepping in into the past, where you feel that time stops as you carefully look at the spaces just the way they had it decorated back in those times; and it is almost overwhelming to keep up with the amount of architectural details as well as the interior design themes, arranging from painted ceilings to exclusive art pieces brought from all over the world exquisitely placed throughout the entire mansion. Not to mention the grandeur backyard with gorgeous landscaping and stunning views of the ocean, each of these “cottages” humbled-ly have. Today, these beautiful-full of history-mansions play a big role in the touristic site of Newport; and of course I couldn’t finish this paragraph without mentioning that they also function as exclusive venues. They host social events and beautiful weddings from people who come from all over the US and the rest of the world. Can you imagine having your dream wedding at one of these mansions? Say it loud: O M G! ☺
Another place to visit when you are in Newport is the famous Cliff Walk. It is a 3.5-mile public access walkway bordering the shoreline by Narragansett Bay. I cannot express enough how spectacular the view of the ocean is from the Cliff Walk. So you nature lovers cannot –read carefully- you cannot visit Newport and leave without making it to the Cliff Walk. The fresh air, the romantic walk, the view and the feeling of freedom this place provides, make this, one of the most popular sites in this city. A perfect plan would be (since the Cliff Walk is located behind some of the “cottages”) visiting one or two of the mansions per day (if the length of your stay allows it) and just stroll along the famous Cliff Walk afterwards to kinda de-stress from the intense moment, where you were in-taking that entire world of opulence you just saw in the mansions. And just walk along the cliff and relax. Oh, and make sure you have comfortable shoes and a good camera.
Photo taken from www.travelandleisure.com
And last but not least, downtown! Newport’s downtown is beau-ti-ful and it has a lot to offer. It is romantic, as it has the charm of the historic old architecture combined with a modern but cozy feel; and it is also near the bay. It is almost like a two way street and that’s it. Only that it is not “it”. It might be just a long street but it has many restaurants and all kinds of different shops. Some of our (My husband and I) favorite places to eat and hang out in Newport are: Brick Alley Pub & Rest., Benjamin’s; Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen; The Pier Restaurant. And one that my beautiful hubby likes a lot located in Middletown is, the famous Coddington Brewery. They brew their own beer and have a special one: Blueberry beer.
To wrap my point up, whether you are looking for a fun-romantic-classic getaway weekend or just to spend time with someone special (best friend, fiancé, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.), Newport, Rhode Island will not disappoint you. Especially if you are a romantic person like me ☺, who’s always looking forward to great experiences and the opportunity to create beautiful memories. Also, those who see history as interesting as romance, will definitely find this place magical. Newport will also be very suitable, in my opinion, for engaged couples and friends who are looking to travel for a unforgettable bachelor or bachelorette trip. There’s more to Newport than what I have described here. If my hubby had written this, you would have read more about the huge Navy base, the awesome Naval War College and a lot more history in detail. But… he didn’t. ☺
Me @Bowen Wharf, Newport, RI 2012.
View from the bar at the Fluke.