- Thursday: Fly to Boston, Massachusetts
- Friday: Drive down to Newport, Rhode Island (about 2 hours away) for the day
- Saturday: Wedding in Boston
- Sunday: Fly back
Dates: June 29 to July 2, 2017
While planning a trip for me and Tim to the Boston area for a friend’s wedding, we decided to take a day trip down to Newport, Rhode Island. We’d heard good things about the coastal town, and I’d not yet visited the state (it was my 44th one!). Bonus, one of my best friends, Ashley, was off work that Friday and free to join us on our mini-adventure.
We drove down from Boston and started at the Breakers Mansion. This is one of many old and historic mansions along the coast in Newport. What makes the Breakers noteworthy is that it was another family home for the Vanderbilts (who were a very wealthy family in the United States). Constructed in the late 1800s, it’s a good example of the “Gilded Age” – a time when it was very in style to show off your wealth in the most extravagant means possible.
Touring the home felt like touring palaces in Europe – not something you can typically experience in the US. Also, having listened to dozens of audio guides around the world, I can say with confidence that the guide for the Breakers is one of the better ones I’ve listened to. The information was interesting, relevant and well-paced, and it was easy to understand where to go next on the tour. I would recommend touring this mansion if only for that!
Afterwards, we ventured to downtown Newport and had lunch at an Aussie-style café, followed by a walk along the Cliff Walk – a walking trail at the top of the cliffs with the ocean on one side and the mansions on the other. The weather was great and the path wasn’t too crowded. It made for a scenic stroll and good conversation.
All in all, Newport was a worthwhile day trip for someone who has already spent extensive time in Boston and wants to explore another state. I can see the nightlife being fun and the food great, as well. That said, there wasn’t anything particularly unique about Rhode Island as compared with other New England coastal locales. It was beautiful and a bit posh, but predictable.
Of course, the highlight of any day exploring with a good friend you don’t get to see often is catching up and spending time together – and for that, I’ll go anywhere!
Have you been to Rhode Island, or are from there? What do you love about the state? Where would you recommend I visit on a return trip to Rhode Island? Let me know in the comments!