Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

The last stop on our New England road trip was Rhode Island. If you missed our other travel diaries, we also visited Vermont and Lake George, Portland, and Boston

We left Boston after a full day of exploring and headed to Providence. We had grand plans of going out to a fancy dinner but were so tired we opted for the Panera across the street from our hotel and a dessert of cannolis from Mike’s Pastry in our hotel room. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

The next day, feeling refreshed and ready to hit the ground running, we started our day with brunch at The Grange in Providence. I loved this place so much. The menu is vegetarian and the decor had us feeling like we were eating in a rustic Anthropologie. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

I had the Tex-Mex omelet, which was probably the best omelet I’ve ever ordered. Must re-create that at home soon. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Shelby ordered the “chicken and waffles” (it was seitan instead of chicken). I had a few bites and it was yummy!

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

After brunch, we loaded back up in the car and headed down to Newport. This was the part of the trip Shelby and I were probably least excited for, and the part of the trip our Mom was looking forward to most, ha ha. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Our first stop in Newport was to pay a visit to the “summer cottages” aka mega mansions that acted as the summer houses for America’s wealthy in the early 20th century. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

We visited The Breakers first, which is the grandest of all the “summer cottages” and was owned by the Vanderbilts. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

We opted for the self-guided audio tour, which was very informative, and took you about an hour to complete. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

The house was huge and very grand. It was very fun to walk through and pretend we were in the middle of Downton Abbey or something. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

After touring The Breakers, we headed to the famous Cliff Walk

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

This day was very sunny, which was a nice change from Portland and Boston, but is was very cold and VERY windy, which made walking along a cliff by the ocean not ideal. The part of the Cliff Walk we saw though was very beautiful, and in better weather, it would have been fun to walk along it more. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Look at those twinsies! 🙂

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Our next stop was The Elms, home of Edward Berwind of coal mining fortune. This home was much smaller than The Breakers, and way less people were touring it. At times, we felt like we had the entire house to ourselves it it was easy to imagine what it was like to live there. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

The ballroom was my favorite room in this house. Just imagine all the parties that were held in this room! 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

So much copper love in this kitchen!

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

After our second tour, we walked through downtown Newport and popped into a few of the shops. Farmaesthetics was our favorite and is a must stop if you’re into natural beauty products. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

We stopped into Empire Tea & Coffee and grabbed lattes for the road before heading back to NYC. 

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

Providence and Newport, Rhode Island | Travel Diary

And that concludes our New England road trip! I was a jam packed few days, and we covered a lot of ground, but such a blast! We might just have to make it an annual thing!

-Ash xx

 

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