Sunday, August 21, 2005

Newport, RI

Description: Newport, Rhode Island

How We Got There: Car - exit 3a off I-95 in Rhode Island then followed signs to Newport (passed over the Jamestown and Newport bridges)

What We Did: Walked quite a bit, browsed the shops and enjoyed sorbet

We parked at the Visitor Center and got our parking validated there before we headed off (validation results in a free half hour of parking). We've found that location to be the most reasonably-priced parking. Other parking lots we saw were charging $10 while we only paid $4.

Newport is a great place for shopping - it has all types of stores from clothing to souvenirs to pet boutiques to sports photography to home decor.

We spent our afternoon walking on America's Cup Avenue and Thames Street browsing the different stores. We started with Bowen's Wharf - an area with a great collection of shops and restaurants (including lots of outdoor dining). The Black Dog has opened a store there - its first location outside of the Cape. E just happened to be wearing his Black Dog t-shirt today which he got on our trip to Martha's Vineyard a few years ago.

In addition, Newport has several art galleries. One I found particularly interesting was Art on the Wharf (33 Banister's Wharf, 401.845.6858) which featured oils, monotypes and limited edition reproductions by Tony Gill in their Cape Light: 5th Annual Summer Art Show. A painting of Brant Point in Nantucket - where E and I got married - was particularly stunning.

Since this was a "browse but not buy" trip (our main purpose was to get out of town and walk around), I resisted going in Claire Murray. Last time we went there, I came out with a beautiful quilt with scenes of Nantucket for our guest room.

Where We Ate: Cold Fusion Gelato

Since we ate lunch earlier in Westbrook, CT at The Whole Enchilada, we only needed a snack to tide us over until dinner. Therefore, we headed to our regular place - Cold Fusion Gelato. Their pamphlet indicates they "use only the purest natural ingredients: orchard-fresh fruits and nuts, the world's finest chocolate, exotic spices, farm-fresh milk, lots of love and yummy goodness". It shows.

They always have so many wonderful flavors - lemon ginger and lychee both caught my eye - but I ended up with pink grapefruit sorbet. E got strawberry lemonade sorbet, and it was a wonderful combination of sweet and tart.

We sat on a bench and leaned over while we ate to prevent the fast-melting sorbet from getting all over us. The sun was beating down mid afternoon, so the sorbet was a refreshing break in our day.


At 2/10/2008 2:24 PM, Anonymous Cathy, NY said...

My husband Anthony and I go to Newport every year; for about 5 years now. We usually stay overnight at a B&B; sometimes 2 nights. We know every part of that wonderful town!! Have you ever walked the cliff walk? Breathtaking! We even took the ghost tour last Oct; took another walking history tour the year before; eat at a restaurant called Yesterdays; and have to have the chowder at the Black Pearl on the Wharf, though the Wharf Pub has great chowder too. I could go on and on, but you get the point; great place to go. Will be going back this year; probably in Sept.
Cathy G.

At 8/02/2010 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had a great weekend in Newport in late June, and stayed at Bannister's Wharf in one of the second floor rooms overlooking the harbor. Great location- right downstairs was a gourmet coffee place, then Ben and Jerry's, and the Black Pearl to finish out all of the major food groups that we needed- caffeine, sugar and alcohol. The folks at Bannisters were very accomodating. We had a great time.



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