Otter Expedition: Newport
I’m an East Coast kid at heart. I grew up with Summer trips to Maine, weekends skiing in Vermont and road trips down the Coast. My mother was an antique dealer when I was younger, so we took every opportunity to rummage through estate sales or hit up a flea market. Sounds cheesy, but small New England towns are just so damn charming!
New Yorkers make a regular practice escaping the city as often as we can during the warmer months. We flock to Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown… or really any seaside town we can find.
This time around, Mike and I set our eyes on Newport, Rhode Island. Nothing sounded better to me than a weekend sitting on a dock with a giant glass of wine, doing absolutely nothing. Am I right?
I mean, we did plenty of eating, and saw a bunch of sights, but it was about as care free as you can get on a vacation.
Huge thank you to The Attwater for putting us up! They’re a modern, quirky Lark Hotel right in between the harbor and the Newport mansions. Perfect walking distance to both. Lark Hotels are known for their small plate breakfast, and this one did not disappoint. Our huge suite had a beautiful tile shower (which I really should have done a shoot in…) and the main lounge is straight out of an interior design catalogue.
Definitely worth checking out if you’re heading that way. Or hit up their sister hotel, Gilded, just around the corner.
As far as sights in Newport? Here’s a list of everything we loved:
The Mooring: a restaurant and bar that’s a straight shot down the road from The Attwater. We hung out at the bar a few times during our stay and the lobster roll is killer. They also had this amazing dessert of the day, an elevated ho-ho.
Restaurants really need to get on the elevated snack cake band wagon, cuz I’m all about it.
The Breakers: Newport is known for its mansions… The Newport Mansions (obviously). We were still a little early in the season, so a few of them were closed (or were the location of a movie set), so we took a tour of the two Vanderbilt mansions, The Breakers and Marble House. Absolutely stunning homes. They call the Marble House a cottage, which is just ridiculous.
Take the scenic Cliff Walk on your way there. You won’t regret it!
Mission: Fantastic burger place and actually one of the best meals we had while we were there.
Fluke: Restaurant right in the middle of the harbor village. If you time it right, you can watch the sun set while eating dinner on the third floor.
Ben and Jerry’s: because it’s Ben and Jerry’s…
So if you’re in need of a bougie, preppy weekend, my money is on Newport!