Vagabond in America 2016 travel blog

Renting a scooter

Practicing for a regatta

Tourists enjoying a harbor tour

Kite surfing


Although I lived in Massachusetts and then Rhode Island for decades, I've never visited Newport, Rhode Island. Or, if I did, it was back in the 1960s. It's time to fix that omission.

Newport is most famous for its mansions. To check off that box, I visited "Rough Point", the home of Doris Duke. It's a huge building, right at the ocean's edge. It was built in 1892, during the Gilded Age, when the elite escaped the city's heat prior to the invention of air conditioning. It's now a museum filled with period furniture and artwork. I had to join a guided tour, since that was the only way onto the property. Personally, I prefer my air-conditioned RV. My view changes every week!

Next, I rented a 3-wheel scooter coupe. (See photo.) I'm sure the locals hate these things. You zip around the town making a horrendous noise. With three wheels, it didn't seem very stable on corners. Not being in a hurry, I slowed way down for the corners. It was a pleasant way to see the beachfront and tour the town.

Finally, I relaxed in an Adirondack chair, watching the yachts sailing in the harbor, while sipping a glass of wine. It's fun to pretend that you're one of the elite. That is, until you have to pay your bar bill.

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