We start the Saturday morning the way I like it. Slow.
Today the sun is shining and despite of being a bit chilly, I could not enjoy this feeling more.
We are staying at a beautiful Airbnb right in downtown and only 5 minutes away we find this lovely local café, Harvest Market.
The place is a whole vibe, not only are their coffee and breakfast options so good, but the first thing you see when you enter the door is this adorable dog laying on the floor and an art gallery on the other side of the room.
After ordering our breakfast we head to the king Park by the sea. I get an avocado toast-heaven- and a soy latte with honey. Tom, gets his favorite breakfast -cream cheese bagel- and a latte with brown sugar.
I recommend taking a walk all along the waterside towards downtown, once you reach the main street -Thames street- enjoy all the small boutiques and make your way to Bowen's Wharf, a busting harbor and square plenty of boutiques, cafes and galleries.
I buy a bottle of black truffle oil, and olive oil at Virgin & Aged where you will find a large variety of gourmet oils and vinegars, and head back to the Airbnb to get our car.
The next activity today is the Newport Vineyards, but before, we do a quick stop by Tom's mom's friends house, where they are having a small get together to celebrate Saint Patrick's day.
Before we keep moving forward with the day I am going to stop here for a second to talk a bit about St Patrick's day.
On March 17, Irish and Irish Americans commemorate the death, as legend has it, of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
The Newport Saint Patrick's Day Parade is always held on the Saturday preceding March 17th but, this year, due to Covid-19, There isn't a parade but small gathers get together at home and embrace the day with some traditional foods, drinks and a lot of green!
More than 50.000 people visited Newport on 2019 to see the parade. Newport’s Parade is considered the largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Rhode Island and one of the biggest in New England.
Newport Vineyards, is located at Middletown, a 15 minutes drive from Newport downtown. It is not only a vineyard but as well a winery and brewery. We ordered two Flights, one with different wines and the other with different beers, my absolute favorite was 'the double vaccination'
After resting a bit after so much drinking, we end the day with a drive along the Ocean Drive, 10 miles of historic landmarks and stunning coastal views. If you visit during summer time I recommend walking and going for a swim.
We loved Harvest Market so much that we go back for breakfast again.
This time I order an oat milk turmeric and acai bowl, Tom gets a very huge bagel and a nitro cold brew coffee- cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas through a pressurized valve. I fell in love with the flavor and creamy texture.
After this beautiful breakfast we are heading to one of the most famous attractions in Newport,
The Cliff Walk, a world famous walk along the eastern shore. This walk combines the rugged Atlantic coast with the mansions of Newport's gilded age -The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and the rise of disparity between old money and new. This is the only National Recreational Trail within a National Historic District in the United States.
You will pass famous sites and mansions like The Breakers, Forty Steps, Rough Point, and Mrs Vanderbilt's Tea House. On the other side, you get views of the Atlantic and Rhode Island's coastline.
The walk is totally free and takes about to 2.5h.
The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century America.
I wanted to visit but it is currently closed since HBO is filming the series 'The Gilded age'
Time to go back home, but we'll be returning to Rhode Island next June. I cannot wait!