On the Road: Newport

Chester and I spent Labor Day weekend soaking up every last bit of summer with our friends Bridget and Bill.

The weather was perfect for an early morning hike on the Cliff Walk.

And, for touring the opulent mansions that once served as the summer homes of the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families during the Gilded Age. Hearing the stories of the families who built the homes and learning about the societal norms of the time made me feel like I had been transported into the pages of an Edith Wharton novel (or an American Downton Abbey). I was stunned to learn that throwing a season’s worth of summer parties could set a family back about $800,000!

My two favorite mansions. Rosecliff (top), where the old version of the Great Gatsby was filme and the Breakers, former home of the Vanderbilts.

We drank wine and ate cheese on the roof deck of our cute hotel, the Yankee Peddler Inn.

And, ate our weight in seafood.

Our favorite restaurant of the trip was Bouchard, a quaint French restaurant housed inside an inn of the same name, which we went to on our first night in town. Bridget and I both had the re-stuffed roasted lobster and scallops, topped with truffles, gruyere cheese and lobster sauce. It was an absolutely decadent dish and the only time that I have ever enjoyed cheese and seafood paired together.

On the second night, we wandered around the waterfront and came upon 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grill. We really didn’t know anything about it and were pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I had an excellent Asian-style tuna dish with Singapore noodles while Chester got his lobster fix.

On the way home, we stopped in Tiverton, a sleepy little town about 15 miles from Newport. Although there were some adorable looking antique stores in the area, everything seemed to be closed for the holiday. Luckily, our main reason for visiting, Evelyn’s Drive-in was open. So, we stopped for our final meal of the trip: fried clam cakes and lobster rolls.

The clam cakes had a slightly sweet coating, almost like funnel cake. The lobster was served on a buttered roll, with no dressing, except for a side of mayo. Simple, but perfect.

Chester and I made one last stop before our long drive home at Gray’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream from Gray’s

Our Newport trip was a wonderful way to cap off an amazing summer. I’m sad that the season is coming to an end, but I’m ready for all things apple and pumpkin, sweaters and boots, colorful fall foliage and a whole new set of adventures.


  1. I love Newport! My husband, sister & brother in law went there for a long weekend last Spring and had the best time. Great food, and it’s so relaxing by the water.
    Thanks for swinging by my site today- I love yours!

    • I’m already looking forward to going back! I feel like it could even be fun in the off-season–maybe just to spend a couple of days at a B and B to see the leaves changing in the fall.

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