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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Our Anniversary Rhode Island Getaway Part 1: Newport & Narragansett

For the past few years, we've traveled on our anniversary, and it's become a tradition we hope to maintain even after kids come into the picture. Destinations like Italy and Napa have been on our wish list, but this year, we bought a house, so we kept it simple. We love New England, especially coastal towns, and neither of us had been to Rhode Island before. One day, Josh turned to me and said, "How about Block Island for a few days," to which I responded, "Okay!" I had never even heard of Block Island.

We left on the day of our anniversary, which was September 26th and we decided to spend a night in the Newport area before heading to Block Island. We booked our BI hotel pretty far in advance, but we waited until just a couple of months ago to book our night in Newport. We couldn't find anything at the last minute and ended up at a B&B in Narragansett, and had dinner in Newport, which was only a half hour away. Newport seemed gorgeous, but we only saw it from our car window. We got in late afternoon, and since there was some food and wine festival going on, we couldn't even find parking after driving around 15 minutes. So we got dressed, headed to the Cliff Walk before dinner, and just went straight to the restaurant.



The Cliff Walk was really all it's cracked up to be. Right on the water, you have amazing views of the ocean with a lovely, paved walkway that was both relaxing and invigorating. I loved it (even if I was in my super fancy dress for dinner). It was such a nice way to get acquainted with Rhode Island (Oh, hello! Nice to meet you!).


Cliff Walk as the moon was coming out - so pretty!

We had dinner at the Chanler at Cliff Walk, and as soon as we walked in, I was a little intimidated. It's rather opulent with marble floors, intricate fixtures and seriously, the fanciest bathroom I've ever been in. I don't take a lot of selfies, but I kind of had to in here because I was alone and was freaking out at its lavishness.



Dinner was incredible. We had an attentive waiter and wait staff who all gave us anniversary congratulations (we felt like A-Listers or something!) and the food was outstanding. Dessert even came with a chocolate "Happy Anniversary" written on it. I feel like these are things I always see in everyone else's photos, but it never happens to us. Also, dessert was a peach cobbler with goat cheese ice cream. I die. Dinner took over two hours, and it was all kind of surreal. It was definitely the best dining experience we've ever had.

The B&B we stayed in, The 1900 House, was also only two blocks or so away from the ocean, near a great little walkway. So, after a homemade breakfast that morning of a baked apple stuffed with raisins and whipped cream, belgium waffles with fresh fruit and cinnamon buns, we took a stroll along the water (we kind of needed to after stuffing our faces). Side note: I always feel self-conscious at B&Bs when breakfast is served because I feel like I need to be all refined, but my desire to save face doesn't outweigh my desire to stuff my face. Our ferry to BI was later in the afternoon, so we were able to really take our time to soak it up. Whenever I'm near the ocean, my favorite thing to do is climb on the rocks, pick one to sit on, and just breath in the view and salty air. So that's what we did. Josh usually has to peel me off the rocks because I never want to leave.



We ended up having a little hiccup during our stay at the B&B. Another couple was staying there, also celebrating their wedding anniversary, AND leaving for BI the next day. So the poor innkeeper got us mixed up, and gave us the wrong room (we had booked and paid for a suite, and we got the smaller little room in the house because she accidentally put the other couple our room). To us, it wasn't a big deal and we just asked her to adjust our room rate. The next morning at breakfast, she gave us a gift certificate for a free night's stay in their suite because she felt so awful and was so happy that we didn't care. So we'll definitely be back next year!

The ferry to BI was only about 10 minutes away from our B&B which made things really convenient. So in just a few minutes, we were already off on our next adventure. Coming in Part 2: Block Island During Off Season.

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