This past weekend was the final round of my series of celebratory activities. It has been all about enjoying life for a bit to make up for the 8 months from diagnosis to completing treatment. I want to thank our friend, Melissa, for suggesting Newport, Rhode Island, after seeing a great deal at a Bed & Breakfast on LivingSocial. Mel, Matt, David and I had the most wonderful and relaxing time, with spectacular weather to boot.
We arrived around lunchtime on Sunday and had a tasty lunch and drinks at The Red Parrot. We walked along the water, perused some shops, and enjoyed coffee overlooking the marina. We checked into our B&B, Bellevue Manor. Our room was lovely, complete with jacuzzi and complimentary bottle of wine. There was one problem, however: the television didn’t work. This actually wasn’t a problem for me, as I quite enjoy silence. But it was definitely a problem for David, and so he reported the issue. Long story short: they couldn’t fix it and so moved us into the 3rd floor suite, complete with sauna, huge jacuzzi, king sized bed, and three tvs!
After getting settled, we went to the first of four mansions we would tour, The Breakers. I’m so happy that they have preserved these mansions, as they are all quite impressive. It was neat to step back into that gilded age and imagine how they lived. You could just feel and see the people! I can’t imagine the amount of money paid for these summer “cottages” and the summer social season… All for about 8 weeks a year.
We finished the day with dinner at the Atlantic Beach Club (lobster Thermidor!), wine in our suite, and, later, a relaxing sauna and jacuzzi. Note: I easily achieved over 13,000 steps on my FitBit today.
Day two: breakfast at our B&B followed by two more mansions: The Elms and Rosecliff. I’m so interested in learning more about some of these fascinating people who lived here (especially the strong women who ran these places, stood their own against these powerful men, and even fought for women’s rights).
We lunched at one of the oldest pubs in America, the White Horse Tavern, where I enjoyed lobster salad on a croissant. We then walked to the Island Cemetery to find the graves of Matthew C Perry and Oliver Hazard Perry, of Naval history fame, and ancestors of our friend and traveling companion, Matthew C Perry! It was a long walk back to our B&B but still we opted to go check out the cliff walk at the 40 Steps. I’m proud to say I was the only one to do the stairs after another mile on the Cliff Wall.
After wine on the veranda, we walked to The Black Pearl for dinner where I couldn’t resist getting, wait for it!, lobster! I think I had lobster of some form for every meal except breakfast!
Day 2’s tally for steps: over 16,000, my record!
Day 3: After breakfast with mimosas, we drove a portion of the Ocean Drive, admiring even more homes and the Atlantic, before visiting our final mansion, Marble House. We did some shopping, enjoyed our last lunch at Diego’s (lobster and avocado salad), and made the journey home.
I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to enjoy this great weekend. Thanks again to Mel & Matt, my hubby, and my parents, who took care of Ethan!
p.s. I realize that “Upstairs Downstairs” is not a movie, but rather a television series. However, the title seemed appropriate given all those mansion tours!