As I’ve described in a previous post, Newport, Rhode Island, is one of my favorite places in New England. Decadently full of natural and man-made beauty, it’s a real showstopper. This past Friday, I had the pleasure of taking some of my dear friends there for their first visit. If you’ve never been to Newport before (or even if you have), I’d definitely recommend retracing our steps.
After the quickest of lunches at Gary’s Handy Lunch diner, we headed over to The Breakers, the most extravagant of the many Newport mansions. The Vanderbilt family built this property at the end of the 1800s as a summer “cottage,” but it reads more like a royal palace.
While The Breakers’s majestic gates and opulent decor are marvelous, what really takes my breath away is the mansion’s perch along the ocean. Standing in the open stone balcony, you can gaze out at the waves while soaking up the salty air. Romping towards the sea on the property’s rolling lawn, you can easily imagine the candlelit party guests who maybe once did the same.
After we finished exploring The Breakers, we went to nearby Forty Steps at the Newport Cliff Walk. Forty Steps is a public stairway that leads down to the water, providing a perfect view of Newport’s cliffs. Sitting by the sea, we could feel the autumn in the air, which had that fragrant crispness that I love.
From Forty Steps, we took a quick drive over to Castle Hill Inn, a gorgeous hotel and gathering place with a strong preppy vibe. We pulled up Adirondack chairs on The Lawn and ordered a bottle of rosé to accompany the sunset.
Rosé completed, we headed over to Mamma Luisa for a phenomenal Italian dinner.
All in all, a beautiful salute to a beautiful summer.