Newport, RI: Day 1

SPRING VACATION!!! Finally! I was so excited that I had a little break from work and was able to take a short vacation with my parents. We decided to go to Newport as we have been there once before, but only for a day as it was a stop-over trip on our way to Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard. And of course all we really did that one day was shopping (I blame my mother for my shopping genes). So on this trip we finally decided to go and actually do some activities instead of just shopping. On our first day, it took about 2 1/2 hours to drive to Newport, and we decided to have a more relaxing first day there, since it was only a 3 day trip. We ended up going to Harborside Inn right along the harbor and in the heart of all the shopping and wharfs. It was an excellent hotel and the front desk receptionist was so nice! I highly recommend this hotel if you do stay in Newport and you must try the cookies that they serve in the afternoons all the other cookies you have tried in your life are obsolete! I really enjoyed this hotel because its not like a regular hotel room, it’s a loft style room (for the deluxe rooms) and it was great because my parents could sleep on the main level and I was able to sleep up on the loft so I had my own private space. There was a great big window looking out onto the wharfs and the Newport Bridge, and there was also a nice French door balcony looking out onto the harbor and the boats. There was also a window up on the loft so I could look out onto the water from my bed. After we got settled we decided to go out and explore the area a bit, and there was a Ben and Jerry’s right around the corner from our hotel so of course we had to stop there! We also explored all of the stores near the 2 wharfs, Bannister’s Wharf and Bowen’s Wharf. This area is definitely tourist-centered but there are some great art shops and it’s fun to stroll down the cobblestone streets. We decided to eat at a cute little restaurant/pub for dinner called the Wharf Pub and they had great food (I decided to get a burger and fries) and my mom got a shrimp salad and I snuck a few pieces of shrimp since they were sooo good! After dinner we stopped by a fudge store next to Ben and Jerry’s and bought a 6 piece sampler of fudge and we decided to eat it back on our hotel deck and watch the sunset and it was a perfect end to a perfect day 🙂

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Harborside Inn

 

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Our waterfront room with a loft
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My bed on the loft

 

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View from my bed

 

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Gave my dad some presents for his birthday!

 

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Awesome batman-esque rental sports car

 

 

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Fudge shop right around the corner from the hotel

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Buying some art supplies to sketch the sunset from our hotel

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Little carnival/merry-go-round

 

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Shopping at the wharfs

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Newport Harbor Bridge- view from our hotel

 

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“Can we just skip to the part of my life where I travel the world?” – Anonymous

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