A few of you may have already seen the pictures that I post onto my tumblr from my amazing trip to Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but I would love to share some of the details with you about my wonderful time. My family, every summer, takes a trip and for the longest time we had been going to the same place, New Buffalo, MI. This year we decided that being only an hour away from home was not really feeling like a vacation anymore, but more like a second home. We mixed it up and decided to go out East.
We flew into Providence and had out first stop in Newport, RI. My mom attended her first year at Salve Regina there so it was only appropriate that we take a visit down memory lane for her. It was such an amazing campus as I was able to compare it to my campus, the University of Illinois, which is in the middle of corn fields. We spent two days here and were able to see some adorable shops and dined at some amazing restaurants that have been around for awhile. During the day was when we walked around the shops and the weather was absolutely horrible. It was in the 60s and raining all day, everyday. Outfits were a little bit of a struggle but layers were a must. I carried my North Face rain coat with me everywhere. Here is an example of one of my outfits that I wore during my Newport adventures.
Sweater: Old Navy (similar) | Shirt: Polo Ralph Lauren Classic Fit | Necklace: Jcrew (similar) | Jeans: American Eagle | Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider | Bracelets: Alex and Ani (Newport store exclusives)
Like I said, the shops were adorable and quaint but I think the food that I was able to enjoy was some of the best, even being from Chicago I can say that. We dined our first night at The Mooring, which was a restaurant on the harbor. I am a huge fan of lobster tail and so I decided why not try and tackle my first whole lobster. The Northeast coast is known for having some of the best lobster and all I can say is wow, they are not kidding.
When I first got my plate looking like this, I was a little alarmed. It seemed like a huge task that I was about to face. Even after 45 minutes of shell cracking and eating, it was undoubtably the greatest lobster I had ever had.
Our second night was spent at the notorious Castle Hill Inn, where I was able to experience the finest dining I ever have. I ordered a bacon wrapped wild boar that was mouth watering. Sadly, I do not have any pictures from this night because our cell phones were not able to be used but I was able to go back the next day before leaving and take some really awesome pictures with my sister.
Some of you may think that this location looks familiar and that is because KJP and Sarah Vickers have taken photo shoots on this lawn before. It was fun being able to follow them and then actually go and take my very own pictures here too.
After two gloomy days that looked like this in Newport, it was time to make our way over to the Cape. We spent 4 days in Brewster but I think that is something that I will save for a different post.