Newport Beach - Rhode Island - For the Smallest State it Sure Packs a Big Punch!

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After leaving New York - Our next stop was Newport, Rhode Island. By the turn of the 20th century, many of the nation's wealthiest families were summering in Newport, in their gorgeous "cottages", such  asThe Breakers, Belcourt Castle, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff.  The Astors and the Vanderbilts came for a brief social season  and to escapte they heat, and entertained in these grand, gilded mansions with elaborate receiving, dining, music and ballrooms, but strangely enough with few bedrooms, since the guests were expected to have cottages of their own! :-)

The social scene at Newport is described in one of my favorite books, Edith Wharton's the Age of Innocence.

With an amazing coastline Newport harbor is filled with all sorts of boats and is known s the sailing capital of the U.S.  Probably most famous for holding and defending the America's Cup (which unfortunately is not in America anymore :-(

We had the best ever crabcakes for lunch at the White Horse Tavern,  which was built in 1673 (and considered to be the oldest surviving tavern in the U.S.) - gave me goosebumps!

]Newport is also home to ,Hammersmith Farm (which is where Jackie Kennedy was married from) Prescott Farm and The Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish house of worship in the Western hemisphere.  Apparently, George Washington gave a speech at the Touro Synagogue extolling the virtues of freedom of worship and  the right for the Jewish people to live and worship freely in the United States. 

Newport was also a major center of pirate activity during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. In the 1720s, colonial leaders, acting under pressure from the English government, arrested many pirates. Many were hanged in Newport and were buried on Goat Island.

 

And then there is Fort Adams the  largest coastal fortification in the United States.  It really is an engineering and architectural masterpiece and the setting for the Newport Jazz Festival - which we unfortunatelymissed by just one day!

 

 

 Is it feet? Is it a wave? Remarkably, there is a sidewalk statue, a permanent wave on Thames St and Memorial with feet sticking out.  But really, whose feet are they really? A lot of rumors about it; some say Greta Garbo, Merle Haggard, Dorothy Lamore, Billy Carter... It's a mystery! 

 

All in all very cool, with the gorgeous historic mansions, the beautiful ocean drive, amazing harbor, and my favorite, the back in time Colonial Feel!

                                            

If you or someone you know is thinking buying or selling a home   - or if you would like more information on Chilliwack Real Estate  please give Chilliwack Realtor Liz  Moras of Landmark Realty Chilliwack a call at- 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@gmail.com.  Selling property in Cultus Lake, Chilliwack, Hope, Abbotsford, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C.

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Liz ~ Thanks for taking me along on your vacation.. This is a great post and now I would love to experience Newport Rhode Island.

October 11, 2010 01:19 AM
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Funny- we have a "Goat Island" on our lake, so I liked the marina name.  And WOW, what an old tavern.  Crab cakes... made my mouth water.  I must get some.

October 11, 2010 03:08 PM
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Sharon Alters
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Liz, I was in Newport years ago. It is such a beautiful place. Those Vanderbilts certainly did get around! They wintered in Jekyll Island and the Carnegies wintered on nearby Cumberland Island.

October 12, 2010 12:25 AM
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Sharon Alters
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Liz, I was in Newport years ago. It is such a beautiful place. Those Vanderbilts certainly did get around! They wintered in Jekyll Island and the Carnegies wintered on nearby Cumberland Island.

October 12, 2010 12:25 AM
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Sharon - that 'rich' life is hard to envisage sometimes - the opulence...:-)

Tammy- they never said why it was called goat island - was it the shape of the island or that there were a lot of goats on it? :)

Joan - so many beautiful places in the U.S. to see! :-) 

October 12, 2010 10:40 AM
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Sharon - that 'rich' life is hard to envisage sometimes - the opulence...:-)

Tammy- they never said why it was called goat island - was it the shape of the island or that there were a lot of goats on it? :)

Joan - so many beautiful places in the U.S. to see! :-) 

October 12, 2010 10:40 AM
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That was a very interesting journey through Newport Beach!

October 14, 2010 04:52 AM
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Arthur Chapman
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Liz,

Just found your post about our wonderful city!  I was born and raised in Newport - the the "Fifth  Ward'.  You'd have to be a Newporter to know what that means!

I am so happy that you enjoyed Newport.  Please look me up if you ever come back this way!  I'll show you some of the "local" happenings!

All the best,

Arthur Chapman

November 29, 2010 11:18 PM
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Julie Duncan
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Just stumbled on this as I am contemplating a return to Newport after moving the the Boston area in 1972. First and foremost, do not ever confuse Newport RI with an "Newport Beach" in the US. Not even 1 of the 4  in Newport beaches (and one in adjacent Middletown) are called Newport Beach...but enough of that.

I grew up there and couldn't wait to leave since it was "small, & everyone knew your business". Not a cool thing when you're a teenager!

I have, however, spent the last 40 years unknowingly working my way back. It started with feeling like I lived in the midwest because it takes me 45 minutes to get to a beach. They I started planning 2-week beach vacations to Cape Cod so my children wouldn't become pool/lake people exclusively. We had to go all the way to Orleans (the elbow of the Cape) to find a beach as beautiful as Sachuest Beach -we called it 2nd beach - not too clever, we had 1st beach 2nd beach and 3rd beach, the official names of Easton's Beach and Sachuest Beach were never used by locals - I still don't know if 3rd beach has another name!) But the water was sooooooo cold, I spent the entire week comparing it to the wonderful water in Newport.

I finally gave in when my husband - a Jersey Shore guy - said, "so why don't we go to Newport instead?" We did and continued to go until our children reached an age where trying to get everyone on a 2-week family vacation was near to impossible. But my plan worked - all 3 kids can almost give the tour of the Breakers - Cornelius Vanderbilt's 136-ish room summer "cottage". I worked there in college as a guide and found the romanced of the gilded era hard to resist.

Long story short - now kids are grown and I'm looking a a long term retirement plan that would include a return to Newport... it feels good to consider "going home"!

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