Note: Rhode Island
RHODE ISLAND! We just got back from our little mini winter vacation to Newport, RI. Guys, it was GORGEOUS + I am so excited we had the chance to spend a few days there. We stayed in an Airbnb located in the city center so we literally could walk to absolutely everything - the wharfs, restaurants, grocery store, coffee shop, you name it. This was a dream come true since Jack is not a fan of his carseat. Newport is an adorable little colonial town on the coast with a lot of character, charm + history. I have personally never visited a town with so many historical, colonial homes, etc. so it was really, really fun for me when we were walking around!
Newport is busiest in the summer, but during the month of December they host Christmas at Newport where all of the mansions are decorated, the streets are decorated + there are a lot of fun, family activities. We really enjoyed visiting this time of year! I'll just buzz a few of our favorite things:
- The Breakers - We only toured one mansion while we were in Newport, though there are several, because we didn't think Jack would last for much longer than one. We were right! So I'm really glad we chose the Breakers. It is AMAZING! It truly reminded me of the many palaces + estates I toured in Europe, and I have never been in something like that here in America. On the day we toured the Breakers, Santa was visiting, so we had Jack meet him. Jack isn't a fan of Santa, but it was still a fun experience! They also had the entire mansion decorated to the nines. I loved walking the Gardens where you could see the Coastline. If you go, I would suggest buying your tickets in advance - it will save you a lot of time waiting to buy onsite.
- Cliff Walk - We only did a portion because we had Jack so we chose the portion that started at the 40 Steps + continued alongside the mansions. This was absolutely gorgeous and if we had the time, I would have loved to do the entire hike. Jack actually loved the walk + probably could have lasted the entire thing. It's absolutely gorgeous + really, really peaceful.
- Ocean Drive - One day while Jack was napping, Cody + I drove historic Ocean Drive + OMG. SO PRETTY! I wish Jack had been awake because the rocks were so gorgeous + I would have loved to take photos there. We also drove up to the end where the Castle Hill Inn is. I had read online that the restaurant isn't super kid friendly, so we didn't eat there, but if we were just there as a couple, I totally would have! The Inn is so picturesque + they have a gorgeous lighthouse on site.
- Thames Street - We were very close to this street so we walked it several nights. There are tons of shops, restaurants + more alongside it. It's also directly across from the Wharf which is a must while you are there.
- Our favorite places that we ate while there were Brick Alley Pub (Dinner), Mission Burger (Lunch) + Corner Cafe (Breakfast/Brunch).
On our second flight/trip with Jack, we learned a few more goodies about traveling with him. Now that he's mobile, it was realllly important to have an airbnb instead of a hotel - he needed space to crawl + walk. I'm not sure we would have made it in a hotel. We found ourselves hanging out midday or early morning just to give him some time to play. I also really love having access to a kitchen + a washer/dryer. That way we can stay in if we'd like for a meal, and I can pack less. I've also learned you just take more time to do things. Whereas before Cody + I could knock out 4 things a day, with Jack you maybe get 2. That's ok! You just have to be flexible + realize that when you're planning.
Jack is honestly a really flexible baby + a great traveler! I've decided I would much rather fly than roadtrip with him. He loves being able to move in the plane + talk to strangers. We're still at the point where the car for longer than 1-1.5 hours is TORTURE. Maybe that will change soon!
Anyways, I highly recommend Newport! I had never been to Rhode Island + couldn't decide which little city to stay in. We were so happy we chose this one! Feel free to message me for Airbnb links or any other info if you decide to visit!