Make sure to read my posts about Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 as well especially if you are planning a trip to Boston!
Newport is 1 1/2 hours away so we got on the road at 9AM (hoping it would be right after rush hour) and we made great time getting there. Our first stop was at one of the famous Newport Mansions, The Breakers.
You do a self guided audio tour (see headphones and thing around our neck). The audio tour was REALLY good! I liked it a lot. It gave you the basics/overview and then also gave you options to hear more detail if you wanted by pressing certain numbers.
The Breakers was The Vanderbilt's summer "cottage" even though it has 70 rooms! It was built in 1893 for The Vanderbilt's to enjoy with their seven children. Oh and the views are AMAZING!
In 1972 The Preservation Society bought the home from The Vanderbilt heirs and the house is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
This is a must-see if you are ever in/near Newport. It is like nothing else I've seen in the USA!
The Marble House based on a few friends' recommendations. This house was owned by "the other" Vanderbilt's, brother to the owner of The Breakers. Lucky family! This home was built between 1888 and 1892 (prior to The Breakers actually)!
The Preservation Society acquired this house in 1963 and in 2006 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
While The Marble House isn't as big as The Breakers it is still amazing. Again we had a self-guided audio tour which was very interesting!
We drove by the other mansions and they are all beautiful. I hope to visit some of the others in the near future.
Cliff Walk. This is a 3.5 mile walk along the ocean and you can also see many of the Newport Mansions along with other private homes.
Could we have been in Newport on a MORE gorgeous day!? (The answer is no in case you are wondering)! It seriously was a "top 10" day in my book. The temp was perfect and the sky was so blue with perfectly place fluffy clouds.
Rachel and I wanted to get to the game a little early so we could hang out on Yawkey Way. It is the street along one side of Fenway that is closed and you can only go in if you have tickets to the game. They sell food and beer and a lot of other fun stuff is going on. It is a great scene!
Oh and just in case you were wondering. . . the Red Sox WON! Not only did they win but they did so by a lot. I'm just glad Rachel is a good sport and had a blast at Fenway despite her team losing. At least she got a ball.
The next day I had to go back to
For those of you who have asked/wondered. . . Rachel and I did meet through blogging. This was our 3rd blate (blogger + date). We met in November 2012 at Katie's wedding and then saw each other when I was in TX for Blissdom in March 2013.
Rachel and I have several differences (where we live, political views, religious views, etc). But for all our differences we have just as many if not more things in common. We had a wonderful time exploring Boston and beyond and it was so fun to get to know Rachel even better. She has become a great friend (all thanks to blogging)!
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