20 June 2011

vacation recs

hammersmith farm, where jack + jackie were married*

happy monday! last week i booked my plane ticket and hotels for a quick 48-hour jaunt up to rhode island over 4th of july weekend.  the beau will already be there for work and we thought this would be a fun way to squeeze in a mini-vacay and a chance to see him while he's gone for several weeks.  i fly to providence saturday morning and have to entertain myself all day while the beau works.  we'll have dinner in the city that night, spend the night, and then head off to preppy mecca, a.k.a. newport, sunday morning.  we have all day sunday and monday morning in newport, and then it's straight back to the airport for me and back to work for him.  i'll be home in time to grill out and watch fireworks with my family.

so this is where you come in.  i need your tips! i've never been to providence or newport.  where should i eat? what are the must-sees? what are total tourist traps that must be avoided? what are total tourist traps that are still must-dos?  shopping destinations?

we're leaning towards doing this sunset cruise on sunday {you can have a lobster bake delivered to you to dine on board. yum!} and we're definitely going to hit up cold fusion for some gelato goodness.  i'd love to have some newport breakfast/brunch ideas and your recs on where to get THE best lobster roll.  any ideas on bar{s} we should head to on sunday night? activities other than mansion-stalking and shopping on sunday afternoon?

and what about providence?  there are a gazillion art galleries {thanks, RISD} and amazing restaurants {thanks johnson & wales} and i'm having major trouble narrowing my to-do list down.  what's your fave place to chow down there? best museums/galleries?

i can't wait, y'all!

*image via here


Day Old News said...

I'm dying to go there! Look forward to hearing about your trip!

Pink Champagne said...

Get ready, I have lots of ideas for you!!!

Providence: for amazing Italian food, Federal Hill is your spot. It's the Little Italy of Providence - Cassarino's or Mediterraneo are both delish. Hemenway's has delicious seafood and is right on College Hill (Brown/RISD area). Thayer Street has lots of neat shops and little restaurants - it's an artsy area. If Water Fire is going on that weekend on the river, this is a fun event too! (And an FYI - the RISD art museum has an exhibit right now called Cocktail Culture - filled with Chanel, Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and more from the 1920s - 1980s. Ah-mazing)

Newport: Tour the mansions! The Breakers, Rosecliff, Marble House... they are all gorgeous and you cannot go wrong. The Clark Cooke House is great for waterfront dining (off of Thames Street), and Thames Street is your number one spot for boutique shopping, cobblestone streets, and bars & cafes. Chance & Lulu is filled with preppy designers... you will die. Castle Hill is an absolutely breathtaking spot (old mansion on the water with fine dining), but it's a little bit out of the way. The drive is beautiful and it's definitely worth it if you make it there! The Church where JFK & Jackie O got married is at the end of Thames a little up the road - it's beautiful.

Hope this helps... let me know if you have any questions! Have a fab trip, sweetie! XO

Miss Sweet Tea said...

I'll be in RI too over the 4th! The boyfriend's family lives in Providence and I've never been so they are planning tons of stuff to show me! I hope you have a good time!

aliesjec said...

Hey! You need to go for dessert and tea at Pastiche in Providence. It's very small and very sweet :). During the winter they usually have a huge fire roaring in the fireplace, so cozy.

The Zhush said...

Have never been but sounds parfait!