Every summer my mother’s three siblings, their spouses and my four cousins plus significant others, extended family and friends spend time on the north eastern coast. It is a time for us to come together and enjoy family time and revel in isolation from our respective realities.
This year we spent our week in Newport County Rhode Island. It was picture-perfect, with enough action to keep us moving and water front docks perfect for sunny mornings spent pontificating over mugs of house brewed coffee.
Driving + Flying
My mom, dad, sister and I drove up in one day leaving Raleigh, N.C. at 5 a.m. and arriving at our destination in Tiverton, R.I. around 5 p.m. However, my husband flew into Providence on Monday and flew out on Friday on Frontier for $65.
My aunt and uncle chose and hosted us at the perfect home in Tiverton. We could have never left and had a full vacation. It was on a salt-water inlet calm enough for daily kayaking. We were a two minute walk from Evelyn’s, a well known sea food shack with fish tacos to die for. Rob and I also stopped in a local coffee shop with SO MANY options for dietary restrictions and rich, fresh brewed specialty drinks. As we adventured we learned a ten minute drive down the road lead us to boutiques like Salt and home made ice cream.
Sachuest Beach, RI
While the house was on an ocean inlet, we sought a beach day in the sand. We piled into cars and took a beautiful drive past wineries, landscaping nurseries, a brewery, old farm houses and new beach houses.
The beach itself was gorgeous. I collected way too many, little green stones that I told myself I could make into the next big line of jewelry. Some people in our party were brave enough to bare the cold ocean water in order to enjoy the waves. But, being from North Carolina I was bundled up in towels soaking up the sun on my face because the wind was relentless. Just enjoying the sound of the waves was enough.
It would be a perfect place to bring a blanket lunch, and maybe stop by a winery and take a bottle (if allowed I can’t remember).
I feel as though there is nothing I could enthusiastically impart about experiencing Newport, RI that someone hasn’t written already. I mean, this is where the Kennedy’s chose to vacation.
Shopping on Thames Street was a great mix of franchises (Alex and Ani) and local purveyors (art, clothes, jewelry). Rob and I went by ourselves and I returned again with the family, and enjoyed it both times.
I noticed too, that the entire town was very dog friendly.
I prefer an active vacation where each day is a new adventure. My family does as well, and we have learned that vacationing with 20+ people means going with the flow. Three of us went on morning runs around the Nanaquaket Pond, random pairings took out the two kayaks that came with the house, adults went to dinners, kids went for ice cream runs. It was perfect.
I would recommend visiting Newport County, RI, but more so I would recommend a family vacation. Relaxing is fun, but escaping from the world surrounded by people who love you no matter where you go.