So you’re traveling to Newport, Rhode Island for a weekend. And you know you want to explore the stunningly beautiful Newport Mansions.

One problem: there are ten properties owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County, all open to the public to tour.

So where do you begin? And what are the sites you can’t miss? View Post



We’re so close to Newport now.

Our road trip is nearing its end.

But Trevor has already had enough.

He doesn’t want any more Kindle videos. He’s tired of the children’s audio books. He’s already enjoyed a sippy cup of milk. He is squirming, he wants “out” of his car seat, and his fussing is dangerously approaching meltdown mode.

Chris’s and my weariness level is reaching its peak.

But then we happen to catch site of a road sign for something called “Green Animals Topiary Garden.”

It’s an intriguing name.

And a public garden sounds like the perfect place to allow Tru to hop out of that car seat and run free for a little while.

Chris follows the signs, and we’re both feeling a little more hopeful now. We’ve never heard of this place, but the Green Animals Topiary Garden just might save us in this moment… View Post



After having seen so much of it, I have to say this:

If you’re planing a trip to New England and you’re tying to decide which towns you must see, I’d definitely recommend you put Newport, Rhode Island at the top of your list.

From the ocean sunsets, to the beautiful downtown shopping district on the harbor, to the historic mansions and gardens, it’s all just so beautiful.

We loved it all. And…

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As we pulled up to the ornate gates of The Elms in Newport, I felt as though I was leaving New England for the French countryside. View Post



The sun has just set as we make our way toward WaterFire in Providence, Rhode Island.

Trevor’s first sight is of a man selling multicolored glow toys with flashing LED lights.

The man stops to take our ten-dollar bill, then uses his teeth to rip open the clear plastic packaging. He turns on Trevor’s new light-up toy, hands it to Trevor, then continues pushing his small cart down the street. View Post



If you explore one historic mansion during your visit to Newport, Rhode Island, make it The Breakers.

This incredible mansion, built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II (heir to the Vanderbilt fortune), is often called the epitome of the Gilded Age.

Chris and I have explored castles throughout Europe, and still, The Breakers stands out as one of my favorite preserved buildings.

It’s just so extraordinarily beautiful and so unbelievably well-preserved. View Post



Of all of the places we’ve seen and explored so far on our family’s travel journey, Newport stands out as one of our top travel destinations in New England.

Why? View Post