Good morning my loves!! Living in New York City, we are so fortunate that many beautiful destinations are just a short drive away, so we have decided that in 2020 we will try to explore the wonderful cities that are accessible by car. So happy that our first trip of the year brought us to New England – just three hours from NYC!
The image above perfectly sums up our vacation in Newport, Rhode Island. I am delighted to share with you guys our stay at The Vanderbilt Hotel, the loveliest areas that we visited, as well as our ride along Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue in a classic car from the 60s!
We planned this vacation on a whim, and we were aware that the weather reports announced chilly & rainy days with 20+ degrees. But we got lucky! because Newport welcomed us with temperatures in the 50s and lots of warm sunshine!
THE VANDERBILT HOTEL – TOP 20 HOTELS IN NEW ENGLAND – CONDE NAST TRAVELER 2019
The Vanderbilt Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel that was originally built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a scion of the Vanderbilt family. It has been restored to its former glory, and is one of the few private homes of the era to operate for guests as a fully functioning and top luxury hotel in Rhode Island. Today, The Vanderbilt Hotel comprises 33 rooms and luxury suites, a spa and fitness center with indoor and outdoor pools. Overall, we LOVED our stay here, everyone was so friendly!
Breakfast at The Vanderbilt Hotel is oh so good! We started our first day with one of the best avocado toasts I’ve every had, a fruit plate, toasts with homemade jelly, hot tea & coffee, and fresh orange juice.
The breakfast room is connected to the hotel’s beautiful Garden Terrace (see below!) overlooking Trinity Church in the back.
After breakfast it was time to explore Newport… Our first stop was Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina located on Goat Island, and surrounded by Narragansett Bay. Our pups loved feeling the breeze from every angle!
Meandering through Bowen’s Wharf & Bannister’s Wharf is a fun experience in the early afternoon. If you want to get a warm cup of coffee, head to The Coffee Grinder, a charming & iconic coffee shop overlooking historic Newport harbor. Be sure to walk around the pedestrian area, you will find boutiques, galleries, cookie stores and restaurants – it is so lovely and enjoyable.
Later on that day we headed to The Vanderbilt Hotel’s fine dining restaurant. The ambiance was spectacular, and the food was exquisite. New England clam chowder is a must when visiting this area of the country, and the one I ordered was amazing!
For dessert we opted for an all time favorite of mine, the classic Italian panna cotta, and delicious beignets. The dishes were beautifully presented and seasoned beautifully, exactly what we were craving. Grabbing a table by the fireplace was the coziest too!
The following morning after breakfast, we walked over to St. Mary’s Church, and did a little sightseeing by foot. The day started out with some clouds, but by 1 PM the sun was shinning bright again.
One of the highlights of our vacation was travelling back in time to vintage Newport in a classic car. Nothing better than touring the city’s beautiful architecture and coastal scenery in a 1966 Ford Mustang! We appreciate that The Vanderbilt Hotel organized this beautiful ride for us!
The Vanderbilt Hotel offers tons of activities to enjoy while visiting, including ‘spirit sessions’ (to learn how to make delicious cocktails while exploring the spirits of the regions of the world), The Oysters ($1 oysters from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at The Bar), 30-minute winery tours at the Newport Vineyards, a culinary walking tour through Newport, a Cheese Masterclass, a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Breakers, an educational seal-watching boat tour, private sailing lessons at the Newport Yacht Club, as well as the opportunity to learn the art of glass blowing. As you can see, we opted for the classic car experience!
Be sure to drive along Ocean Drive. There are multiple spots where you can stop to take photos. It is a popular Newport scenic tour that has been designated a national Historic Landmark District!
A visit to Newport is not complete without a visit to one of the historic mansions. The Breakers, The Elms, Rosecliff & Marble House are renowned for their exceptional elegance (during this trip we toured Rosecliff). These mansions were built during the city’s Colonial, Victorian and Gilded Age, and can be found along Bellevue Avenue.
We arrived back to our hotel, and it was time to pack to drive back to New York City. This hotel was the perfect base for our stay, spacious rooms, a fabulous lobby area, a prime location, and an incredibly friendly staff. Below you can see our room, I thought the decoration and space was fantastic, especially since we had to fit two puppy beds (the hotel provided these for our stay). If you’re looking for a wonderfully located, beautiful and upscale place to stay, then I’d definitely recommend looking at The Vanderbilt Hotel for your stay in Newport.
Always happy bringing our two pups with us on vacation.
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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I would 100% recommend this hotel for a romantic vacation, otherwise for any weekend getaway!
A special thank you to The Vanderbilt Hotel for their outstanding hospitality.
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