59. Newport, Rhode Island

I attended back-to-back weddings in two different states and lived to tell the tale! And this is it. We left Charleston early Sunday morning for yet another amazingly beautiful wedding with some of my best friends–this one in Rhode Island.

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Sunset at the venue, Belle Mer

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Overview:
Newport is a pretty city right on the water that still manages to feel quaint in some places while feeling very fancy-pants in others. It’s definitely got that New England maritime thing going on, which is…not necessarily my vibe, but it was a great location for the wedding and an undeniably beautiful place to be in the fall.

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How I got there:
A connecting U.S. Airways (now American) flight between Charleston and Providence with a stop at DCA. The American Airlines app told us the wrong gate for the second plane (not the first time this has happened to me lately at DCA–look out), prompting us to change terminals needlessly and nearly miss our flight. Which ended up not only being at the same gate we’d arrived at, but also on the same airplane.

This was the first and only time I’ve managed to talk a gate agent into opening the door once it had already closed, though. I was pretty proud of that.

From Providence’s T.F. Green Airport, we rented a car and drove half an hour to Newport.

Where I stayed:
Room block at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Newport Middletown. All hotels in Newport, from what I can tell, are expensive. Day-trip it?

What I did:
The day after the wedding (at the gorgeous Belle Mer), we took a quick drive through town and then set off on Newport’s famed Cliff Walk. We mapped to and started at the 40 steps, heading to the right on the path after that.

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Salve Regina University

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What I missed:
We only saw a couple of mansions, and only from the outside. There are all kinds of events and tours you can do. More info here.

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