Being able to get away can be so relaxing. Living in New England, we are spoiled with the number of choices of destinations. While some spots are heavily marketed as “the” place to go, you may be overlooking some lesser hyped locations. We’d like to shine our spot light on the smallest of states Rhode Island. Although it is small in size, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to do and see. Here are just some of the things we found that made our trip to Rhode Island a great weekend getaway.
Avoid the Rush
Driving to Rhode Island was such a breeze from where we live in New Hampshire. We love New Hampshire with all our hearts, but the traffic into the White Mountains on the weekend can be a rush to beat the crowds. If you are from Massachusetts, the same can be said for heading to the Cape. Basically there are places that you need to be driving odd hours in order to avoid the rush. Our destination for this trip was the Newport, Rhode Island area. This isn’t to say that there isn’t any traffic going into Rhode Island, but it just didn’t seem as bad, and a lot less stressful.
Money in Check
We love to travel. Unfortunately, love of travel is an expensive kind of love. Lucky for us, we are nature lovers and can handle camping. We found a really nice campground in the area called Burlingame State Park in Charlestown, RI. It was close to everything we wanted to visit, got us closer to nature, and cheap alternative to hotel.
First Stop Fort Adams
Our first stop in Rhode Island was Fort Adams. Established 1799, Fort Adams was at the time the most heavily armed military base in America. We went on one of the tours of this base that is so worth the money. First off the guides are fantastic. Their knowledge of the historical significance of the base and the enthusiasm with which they relate the information is so interesting. We also got a chance to explore some of the tunnels that run throughout the fort, which always appeals to our curious natures.
Exploring worked up our appetite. This leads to the next reason why Rhode Island was so much fun, the food! A friend suggested we try Aunt Carrie’s for great seafood.
The food was excellent. It was the first time we ever had clam cakes (awesome!) and the lobster roll was great as well.
Of course the perfect way to finish off a meal is with dessert. We asked around for the best ice cream in the area, and the response we got was unanimous. Brickley’s Ice Cream was the choice. As you can see by the line, more than a few other people had the same idea and thought that Brickley’s was the best.
Great Food and ice cream can always make for a good weekend, but we were in Rhode Island. Any great weekend in Rhode Island for us will always include going to the beach. Our next stop was Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett. The beach is always great for sunsets. We got some great photos and had lots of fun.
Waking up the next day, we packed up our campsite and were back exploring the area. Some of the locals recommended the best breakfast with the best Bloody Marys in Rhode Island, so of course we checked it out.
The Ocean Mist was a lively place, packed with people and did not disappoint….and neither did the Bloody Marys.
Time to See the Sights
Pleasantly full, we were off to see the sights. First stop was an antique shop that had extravagant statues. Ever the cat lover, Cathy just had to say hi to the kitties.
Heading back to Newport, we visited the local shops and went sightseeing.
Take a Cliff Walk
While here we had to visit Newport’s top attraction, the iconic Cliff Walk. It is a oceanfront walkway that provides amazing views of the ocean, mansions, and stone stairs leading down to the ocean (the 40 Steps).
As I mentioned earlier, we have a long curious streak. We heard about a former artillery fort that was open for exploration, so of course we had to explore it.
Even if you are not into exploring, the views from the fort are peaceful and worth the visit.
Street Art & More Ice Cream
One of Cathy’s passions is street art. She always is on the lookout for artistic murals around the world. Finding street art and yes more ice cream made her day.
As for the ice cream, local once again led us to a great place and they even had their own kind of street art
We had a time in Rhode Island, that was fun and sure to be some place we escape again for a great New England getaway.