Newport is famous worldwide for its Gilded Age mansions, its history of victories in the America’s Cup yacht race, its Cliff Walk and other spectacular seaside lookouts, its authentic Colonial buildings, its Newport jazz and folk festivals, and more. And… you get to experience this great adventure when you join us for this late summer Interlude. Once in a lifetime adventure awaits!
If you’ve ever donned waist-high waders you know part of the adventure is just getting into them – what a hilarious photo op and delightful experience. Oyster fishing and exploration of the aquaculture is bound to be a favorite on this multi-faceted trip. You may even get the chance to learn how to open an oyster. Oh the pure joy when you work the tip of the knife into just the right spot and feel the oyster open ever so slightly – and learn how to hold the oyster so as not to spill the delicious brine. The fresh oysters, chowder etc are unbelievably tasty too!
Lighthouses have always held a remarkable fascination with me and I think with many others. On this escorted vacation you will enjoy a delightful one hour cruise throughout Narragansett Bay, which showcases some of Rhode Island’s beautiful lighthouses – extraordinary! For those who love history, Smith’s Castle offers four centuries of Rhode Island history wonderfully interpreted through tours. This 1637 structure is amazing architecture.
And … this is just the tip of this “joie de vivre” adventure! The French phrase expresses a cheerful enjoyment of life and an exultation of spirit – and this sojourn offers so many opportunities to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!
The “Joie” continues when you visit and tour the Newport Vineyards, where you can relax as you enjoy a sampling. In 1999 the Newport Vineyards Vidal Ice Wine was voted one of the top 50 US wines – definitely worth a taste! In 2010, Newport Vineyards 2010 Riesling won a Gold Medal at the Eastern International Wine Competition. This Riesling was one of over 1,400 entries, from five countries and 32 U.S.states. This one is definitely a winner on your palate. Newport Vineyards is the largest grower of wine grapes in New Englandand continues the tradition of growing quality wines on preserved farmland and it is beautiful to look at as well.
The Wharf that John Bannister built was the social and commercial lifeline to colonial Newport is now the hub of Newport’s harbor side shopping and dining, where you will find eclectic boutiques, sophisticated and casual restaurants side by side. It has always celebrated a certain “joie de vivre.” This is the place where people come to experience the ambiance that is expressly and uniquely Newport. Enjoy distinctive boutique shopping and delicious dining at one of the many wharf restaurants. A century and a half ago, the shops that lined the Wharf housed the purveyors of life’s necessities. Today, twenty shops and galleries offer a great variety of life’s little treasures. All, boast a welcoming atmosphere where storekeepers assemble the unusual, the distinctive, the very, very tempting – a savory shoppers sanctuary!!
The “joie” of all “joie” is of course the beautiful “cottages” of Newport. On this lovely Interlude you will be touring the best of the best. As you “summer in Newport” like the wealthy did so long ago, you will visit the fabulous homes of the very rich and famous: The Breakers, The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House. You will be dazzled by the opulence and grandeur of these mansions. Because these palaces are so large and stair-filled, it is recommended that you wear sensible shoes. The tour also includes acres of gardens and grounds, so foot comfort and safety is highly recommended. Also important to note is that visitors to the Newport Mansions are welcome to photograph or videotape the exterior of the houses and their grounds for their own personal use. But for the protection of the collections, and to avoid disturbing other visitors, interior photography or videography is not allowed.
If you love the ocean, or history, or opulence, or shopping, or architecture, or even oysters, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time on this escorted mini-vacation. Please review the attached itinerary and prepare for a joy-filled experience. I know you won’t be disappointed. Je vous souhaite un merveilleux voyage.
Gilded Age Mansions & Gardens of Rhode Island (click here for itinerary)
August 27-30, 2012 (4 days, 3 nights)
- Escorted vacation (0% fuss, 100% vacation!)
- Tour for active adults (share a great experience!)
- Includes home pickup and return (for clients in Marion and adjacent counties)
Eadie – Interlude blog team
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