A few weeks ago, Mike and I journeyed back East for an extended East-Coast-tour. After spending a couple beautiful days in Connecticut for a friend’s wedding, we drove about an hour east to Newport, Rhode Island to visit one of Mike’s Navy buddies and friend of mine who used to live in San Diego.
Let me preface this post by saying that I have been dreaming of visiting Newport for a long time; the town has a reputation of old-money East Coast grandeur, full of mansions, lighthouses, and all things nautical. There’s also a significant military presence, which is partly attributed to the presence of the War College, and the Officer’s Candidate School that Mike attended to begin his Navy career several years ago (and my own dad did several years before that!). In fact, Mike’s friend who we were visiting in Newport was his roommate at OCS
Sights to See
One of my favorite things that we did in Newport was just walking around the town, and up and down Thames Street. The quaint streets were lined with shops and restaurants, and interspersed with the occasional historical landmark… I was in heaven. But the thing you absolutely HAVE to do if you’re ever in Newport is the Cliff Walk— it’s a world-famous public access walk along the coast where you can view several of the historic mansions that have made Newport famous. It’s just really a beautiful walk (not to mention a photographer’s dream). Wear good walking shoes though! The path does get a little cliff-y at points if you want to get really adventurous.
I did my fair share of shopping while we were in Newport (had to load up on as much nautical-themed clothing as I could!). My favorite stores were Island Outfitters and this sweet boutique named Pink Pineapple, where I picked up this anchor-print top (seen worn at a recent work event).
There was also a Lilly Pulitzer signature store called Anchored in Pink that was to die for… but unfortunately (fortunately?) we encountered it too late in our trip for me to do any real damage there. And I can’t leave out the Black Dog Store… we actually also shopped at The Black Dog Store in Mystic, CT before we even made it to Newport, and we bought Georgie’s first collar there, which you can see in this post. And for those of you that have prepster boys and brothers in your lives, you have to check out Summer Ties— bowties, neckties, pocket squares and more in every print you can imagine at this original Newport-based shop.
You can view all the Shopping Newport has to offer on their very helpful tourism site: DiscoverNewport.org
If you’re planning to visit Newport, there’s only one thing you should be eating: seafood. The city has some of the best seafood in the world, which we took full advantage of during our visit. Our host is a pretty adventurous eater and talked Mike and I into trying oysters for the first time (not too bad)! My favorite place we had drinks at was The Grill at Forty 1° North, and we had a fantastic (reasonably priced!) seafood dinner at Anthony’s Seafood— I ended up tackling a whole lobster there. I also have heard great things about Midtown Oyster Bar, but we didn’t get a chance to dine there.
Have you ever visited Newport, Rhode Island? What was your favorite part?