It has been a while I haven’t written something touristy. Well every weekend of this summer in Boston, my husband and I have been trying to explore the places around. We went to Harvard, MIT last week and Glendale Falls a week before that. But I haven’t really sat down and written about it. But this weekend trip to Newport deserved a blog, so here I am writing today after a long while!
Newport is in the adjoining state of Rhode Island and it is every tourist’s dream summer place! It was a hour and a half drive for us. We first thought of visiting the Brenton Point National Park which has a sea facing. It was a little chillier for summer that day and we didn’t really go too deep here. But it was beautiful! You reach this park via the ocean drive which is 10 mile ocean spread road and it is drop dead gorgeous! This park offers majestic vistas of the humongous Atlantic Ocean as it meets Narragansett Bay.
Next we set our foot on the Newport Cliff Walk recommended by our cousin here. Imagine walking on a narrow paved road with the sea on one side and huge castle like mansions on the other! A 3.5 mile walk trail with spectacular panoramic views, tunnels, and long winding pathways. There were huge rocks in between and my heart skipped a lot of beats while trailing that part! Maybe another blog on that 😉
Imagine how fun it would be to exercise this way amidst the grandeur of the sea!
We had to peek into one of the mansions in the vicinity! Most of these mansions were built in the 1800s and now are maintained by the Preservation Society of the Newport County. We visited the Elms and OMG! I thought some rich and powerful European king must have been staying here before! This place was a summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind, who stayed in Philadelphia and New York the rest of the year. Mr. Berwind had all the riches to build this one as he made his fortune in the coal industry. He wanted a French design for his house and actually had designers and furniture from Paris. The mansion was completed in 1901 and costed $1.4 million! Whoops!
The mansion is surrounded by elaborate Classical Revival gardens displaying terraces made from marble/bronze structures and so many diverse fountains. It was like a huge park in itself!
After being completely awestruck by the Elms, we headed to Thames Street for some dinner. Thames Street has a harbour and some restaurants have a beach view. I loved this town with it’s bustling joy and carefree tourist vibes. Everyone around was having a really nice time and that freeness grows on you 🙂
We had dinner here and then headed back to our home. While going back home, the sky was colored in elegant pink and blue hues and I said to myself, “This is Life”!