Highlight on Newport, Rhode Island
We spent a few days in the charming, affluent seaside town of Newport in Rhode Island. It’s where many millionaires had their summer homes during the gilded age, including the Vanderbilts! We were in New York for Christmas and decided to drive through Connecticut to get there! I’ve always wanted to see it. The weather was freezing! But we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We surrendered to the cold and piled on coats and scarves! Of course we we did the mandatory mansion tour of gilded mansions down Bellevue Avenue, as well as some lighthouse and harbor walks, a ghost walk (of course) and antique shopping… but most especially, I LOVED being in our “Turret Suite” at Castle Hill Inn, a 4-star Forbes Rated Property… Photos below! Plan your vacation there, now! Nothing like relaxing seaside air and salty walked along the cliff. It remind me of my home town in South Africa.
A visit to The Classic Coast—nine vibrant and historic towns all sharing some seriously prime New England coastline—is both everything you expect and enjoyably unpredictable.
10 Fun Facts About Newport
- 1657: Newport operated the first ferry service in the nation.
- 1716: Schoolhouse in Portsmouth is built, and today is the oldest schoolhouse in the United States.
- 1781: Newport held the first notable celebration of George Washington’s birthday, hosted by Count De Rochambeau of France.
- 1866: Newport had the first photograph taken by electric light.
- 1886: Newport was home to the first International Polo Match.
- 1884: Newport is home to the oldest US Naval War College.
- 1904: Newport was the site of the first automobile arrest in the country when the offender was charged with driving 15 miles per hour.
- 1930-1983: The prestigious America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport, was raced in the waters off Newport.
- Newport is home to the oldest typewriter in America which can be found at the Newport Historical Society.
- Newport has more colonial homes in use than any other location in the United States.