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I am officially a leaf peeper! That is somebody who travels around just to look at the autumn leaves. And they have been fairly spectacular,although not quite at their peek. They have web sites dedicated to the changing of the leaves and it all depends on the weather. They have had a mild autumn so far, so the leaves are a little late
Not wanting to waste a moment, I reconned the best things to do in Newport, and drove us out to Bellevue Ave to visit "The Breakers", former holiday home of the Vanderbilts. This area is home to some of the most magnificent mansions of the Gilded Age, jaw-droppingly gorgeous creations of awesomeness. An hour's tour of "The Breakers", and a drive out to the very snooty Newport Country Club, and we were about ready for dinner.
We dropped in at White Horse Inn, the oldest ...
... almost on my knees to get to our first floor room. We went for a short walk around town - it is very cold and still raining - so we retreated to the Oyster Bar for a drink and diner - excellent. Oh JFK and Jackie got married at the church across the road from our guesthouse. Sighting: A lot of pleasure craft and yachts - never seen so many since leaving NY. Mileage: 134 ...
... there was no mention of them on their map...well that's strange they both thought.
But before going in search of this mysterious area they first had some lunch at a delicious burger joint called Fat Ronnie's.
It was here that they got talking to another English couple who had just disembarked their cruise ship for a few hours. They were a funny couple, raving on ...
We then visited the Fort Adams which overlooked the port. After sampling
some traditional Rhode Island lemonade, a cross between lemonade and
a slushie, we saw some several schooners (2 masted boats) and some
Cup America boats from the 1980s sailing on the bay. It is these
boats that caused us to return two days later.
our visit of Boston we headed back down to Newport for a two hour
cruise on ...