So many Rhode Islands celebrities, such elegant places and great universities.
We prepared a few millions to have with us when we will return, to make some investments in opulent luxury. Ya, right, if our trip will be in the next million years, maybe. Anyways, the great taste and beautiful surroundings charmed us entirely.
Newport is almost completely surrounded by the ocean, and it is easy to see why generations of American aristocrats chose it as their summer getaway destination.
To feel the atmosphere of the place, take your “Rolls Royce bike” and go first to The Breakers. This “small house” of 33 rooms was the Vanderbilts’ summer “cottage”. The mansion is so overwhelming in its grandeur that it's easy to miss the fine details of its decoration - the carved wood and stucco flourishes, and the details lavished on almost every available surface. If you liked The Breakers, you will also love the opulence of the Elms. The magnificent gardens have been restored to their original beauty.
In Newport, you have to be prepared to see the luxury in the most tasteful of it potential. The Marble House, our next must-see attraction here, was designed by the same architect as The Breakers, and was a gift to Alva Vanderbilt. Imitating the Petit Trianon at Versailles, the house is filled with opulent details, none so extravagant as the ballroom, inspired by the hall of Mirrors at Versailles and almost completely encrusted in gold. That’s no surprise, Mrs. Vanderbilt kept it even after divorce.
Continue your ride with Chateau-sur-Mer and Rosecliff. Then, give yourself a royal treat! Stop pedaling for few hours and take a cruise of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay with expert sailors.
The mix between famous mansions, inside stories, beautiful yachts and escapades will be a kind of a new pleasure!
2. Cliff Walk, Newport
Some of the views of the Newport mansions are from Cliff Walk.
Here, you see the side that provided the backdrops for elegant lawn and garden parties in the Gilded Age. Marble House, The Breakers, Rosecliff, Beechwood, Rough Point, and several others share the preferred location between Bellevue Avenue and the sea. Access the path from the bottom of Forty Steps (at the end of Narragansett Avenue), or begin at the very start of it at the end of Easton's Beach on Memorial Boulevard.
Despite past efforts of mansion owners on the preferred ocean side of Bellevue Avenue to close off access, Newport's Cliff Walk has remained a public walking path since the days when the great palaces were at their prime.
The Newport Cliff Walk, 3.5 miles long, is a combination of paved, easy to navigate paths and unpaved rocky areas through which it isn't so easy to traverse. You must be extremely cautious throughout the entire trail! In some spots, the cliffs have drops over 70 feet.
3. WaterFire Providence
This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance.
If you ask locals what Providence's signature event is, chances are that most residents would say WaterFire, a series of nearly 100 bonfires that seems to magically perch on the three rivers of downtown Providence.
WaterFire is a multi-sensory spectacle, replete with the comforting aroma of burning wood and the lilting tones of carefully curated music, which amplifies the experience. Street performers, musicians and thousands of attendees add to the enchantment.
You can’t miss it, really!
4. Narragansett Bay Beaches
If long stretches of fine white sand beckon you, head for the towns of Narragansett and South Kingstown, south of Providence, to find a string of public beaches on the protected waters of Narragansett Bay.
Take your bike and start a great ride on The East Bay Bike at weaving through coves, marshes, parks and bridges. Quite a scenic journey from Providence to Bristol along the shore of Narragansett Bay. Also the bikers community found here offers organized, arrowed rides every Sunday throughout the year, and welcome riders of all levels. At any pace, the rides are always an adventure in that riders see beautiful sections of Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut, and Southeastern Massachusetts which they would rarely experience in a car. The rides are of at least 2 distances; 20/30/50 miles are common, with longer options in summer, shorter in winter.
Clear ocean waters, cool breezes, bright sunshine and a ride to remember, this is what you should expect from this place.
5. Block Island
Bicycling is the best way to see Block Island, because is small enough—only 7 miles (11 km) long—that you can see most of it on a bike tour in one day, and even more enjoyably in two or more days.
Bikes can be rented at several locations on island, or you can bring your own over on the ferry. For example, Island Bike and Moped now accepts on-line reservations for bikes. And are at least other rent places for bikes.
While you can bike just about anywhere, there are a few routes that are more scenic than others. The 3.4 route begining in Old Harbor (town) and taking you up to the Southeast Light and Mohegan Bluffs before bringing you back in to town is our favourite. The route is the following: start at the ferry landing and turn left onto Water Street. Pass the Statue of Rebecca at the Well as you continue to travel uphill on Spring Street, then past the Manisses Hotel.
As you continue up the hill you will see the Abrams Animal Farm and North Light Fibers on your right. Continue on the Spring Street which will then loop downhill once you pass the Spring House Hotel and be careful, the route is curvy. As you keep going, you will pass St. Andrews Church and St. Ann’s Church. At this point the road will be uphill until you reach the Southeast Light. At this point it may come harder to ride and prefer to walk instead. The views here are very beautiful, being high enough, and if it is a clear day, you will be able to see the Newport Bridge.
As you come to the top of the hill, you will see the Southeast Light, a great place to stop for photos. This beautiful red brick Victorian style lighthouse was built in 1873.
When you depart, continue to your left until you see the "Payne Overlook", again, head to the left when you leave from here. Not very far along, on your right, you will see Pilot Hill Road. It could be a small sign here, but, anyway take left on the dirt road with a triangle of brush at the entrance and continue to the end. At the end of Pilot Hill Road you will see the monument to the pilots on your left, and a beautiful view straight ahead.
Continuing down the hill, on the paved road, you will pass the Block Island School and Medical Center on the left and the road will curve a little to the right and then it is all downhill again once you pass the Atlantic Inn. At the bottom of the hill you will find yourself back at the statue of Rebecca at the Well. It will be a lovely ride, we promise!
6. Mohegan Bluffs
They are truly majestic and it's not just the bluffs but also the beach below.
The beauty of this little slice of paradise is spectacular if you pull up to the bluffs. Of course, you can ride your bike up to there. Once there the views are spectacular. Standing about 150 feet above the beach the view over the ocean is quite something to behold.
Some people say the beach at the base of the 200-foot tall Mohegan Bluffs is the most beautiful on the island, harboring a secluded, if rocky, place to swim and surf. It’s a bit of a climb to get there, however, with a set of 141 steps leading down to the sand. Make the effort and the payoff is spectacular, with clay cliffs that offer one of the most dramatic views of the Atlantic in all of Rhode Island!
7. Rough Point, Newport
Another, exquisite location is Rough that belonged to Heiress Doris Duke.
The house, her personal art and antiques collections, and the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, show a different era and style in Newport's past. Tours are led by knowledgeable guides who talk about the house, its inhabitants, and a sampling of the significant works of art collected by Doris Duke and her parents.
Lasting approximately 75 minutes, the tour visits the entire first floor, then continues upstairs to Doris Duke's bedroom and the special exhibition galleries. Visitors may explore the grounds on their own, following the guided tour of the house.Tours depart every half hour.
8. Fort Adams State Park
Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.
The park offers a wide range of activities including salt water bathing, fishing, boating, soccer, rugby, and picnicking.
Fort Adams is perhaps best known for its annual summer concerts when the Jazz Festival, and the Folk Festival draw thousands to enjoy the music and beautiful surroundings.
9. Brenton Point State Park
The place affords its visitors one of the most commanding and spectacular views on the East Coast.
The park is located at the point of land where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, midway along renowned Ocean Drive.
Visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking, fishing, or just relaxing with the cool breezes and majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Spent your sunny day on your beach cruiser. Accessorize it with an equally stylish and comfortable cruiser bike saddle.
10. Misquamicut State Beach
One of the state's most popular beaches with over a half mile of beach front, where there are also many local attractions for children.
The village-like structure includes a bathhouse building, a concession building that includes a gift shop and offices, a lifeguard tower and shade gazebos.
You will totally enjoy half mile of state beach with clean, clear water and a low-surf zone.