Thursday, July 23, 2015

Newport, Rhode Island - Part 2

After we rested and showered after our ridiculous amount of walking, we headed out to a slightly early anniversary dinner at the Canfield House, which is apparently a renovated old casino in Newport. It was absolutely delicious, which is also good because we were starving after so much activity.

Since it still wasn't too late, we decided to head out to the Castle Hill Lighthouse to see if we could watch the sunset. It was gorgeous and well worth the trip.

Overall, we had an awesome anniversary and we still had another day of our trip left! Our host (we stayed with AirBNB) offered us bikes to borrow for our last day in town and we decided to take him up on it. We decided to start out by heading to a local beach called Gooseberry. The weather was awesome (not too hot) and the water was crystal clear. There were tons of hermit crabs crawling around, though!

After the beach in the morning, we hopped on the bikes and decided to tour The Breakers, which is the mansion of the Vanderbilt family and perhaps the most famous mansion (of which there are many) in Newport. I had seriously debated back and forth about whether I should wear tennis shoes because we were biking, or if I could get away with flip flops. I wore the flip flops and sure enough, sustained the first and only injury of our trip. Thank goodness it looks worse than it was (very minor), though I did have a pool of blood to clean up in The Breakers bathroom in my sandal once we arrived.

The Breakers was incredible. Everything was so ornate and designed just for the family. They didn't want anyone taking pictures of the inside, but it was worth the trip.

The scale of everything was probably the most incredible part of everything.

After the Breakers, we had dinner at the Gas Lamp Grille downtown. We got to sit in one of the street-level open window seats, so it made for some excellent people watching.

That night, since it was our last evening, we wanted to just bike around a bit to explore the rest of Newport. On the way home, we happened to ride by King Park while the sun was setting again. We decided to stop and watch the sunset again before riding home.

We skipped rocks and just enjoyed to rest of our anniversary weekend away. 

The next morning we woke up and headed back to the airport. It was a great trip and a wonderful place to spend a couple days away! We were excited to see Eleanor when we got home, but she had a wonderful time with family while we were gone. Now that another Strat will be coming (likely in less than 10 weeks!) this is the last trip we will be taking without Eleanor for awhile...though I'm already looking forward to the next one!


LA-jan said...

Beautiful pictures!
Happy Anniversary!

Dorothy said...

Happy Anniversary!!! What a beautiful weekend getaway!

Patty said...

Beautiful pictures! Who took the sunset pics? timer?