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Aug 12, 2019 - Cliff Walk and More

Original plan called for doing the Cliff Walk then taking a trolley tour. Talking to the guy at the visitor’s center he convinced me I should book my trolley tour immediately to be sure they don’t sell out. So, I booked a 1:30 tour figuring I could easily be back by then. While I was standing there waiting for the RIPTA (public transportation) trolley I thought I really don’t want to feel rushed on the Cliff Walk. In a eureka moment I said to myself “Wait. Why not take the 10 o’clock trolley tour and then do the Cliff Walk?”. No reason not...

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New England 2019

Aug 11, 2019 - Newport RI

Easy drive down from Boston. GPS threw me at first because I assumed, I’d come down I-95 to Providence then some other route down to Newport. But just a couple of miles from the hotel is Mass route 24 which becomes RI 24 and takes you almost the entire way into Newport. Looking at Google Maps it’s 6 of one and half dozen of the other between the two routes. After stopping in Middletown for some breakfast headed to Fort Adams State Park south of downtown Newport at the far end of the Peninsula. Took a tour of the Fort and upgraded to the...

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New England 2019

Jul 26, 2018 - Martha's Vineyard

Today we took a ferry ride to Martha's Vineyard. The ferry was a 45 minute ride and our bus was able to accompany us. Ron was then able to take us on a tour of the island and then we were dropped off to explore on our own. We visited the beach where "Jaws" was filmed. We also took in all the gingerbread houses, a lighthouse and other quaint attractions on the Island.

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Touring New England

Jun 4, 2018 - Newport, Rhode Island

Sat., June 2nd – Today Steve and I drove the entire length of New Jersey through the backroads to our stop in Florida, NY at the Black Bear Campground. We passed by Princeton University and later paid a $16 toll to cross the river into PA. They really get you when you’re pulling a 5th wheel along behind. It would have been $1 for a car! Sun., June 3rd – The Fergusons arrived in the late afternoon. We’re ready to start our travels together for the next 8 weeks. Mon., June 4th – It was a soggy day for traveling to Hope Valley, Rhode Island...

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Sep 25, 2017 - New England Road Trip - pretty as a picture

Sorry to leave comfortable and interesting Boston behind. I loved the house and neighbourhood we were staying in and there was still so much left to see and do in Boston. Such a pretty and interesting city but, we never really seem to have enough time anywhere. Cameron headed out to collect our hire car early this morning whilst I had a lovely long walk around the Savin Hill Bay Area where we were staying, enjoying the marina. The first stop on our road trip was in Plymouth, a pretty if somewhat sleepy little seaside town where we inspected...

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Jun 14, 2017 - Last day

Newport, RI It was a quiet day as most of Sandi’s family are gone. We will be leaving tomorrow ourselves. Fortunately we are driving as everyone else but one who has left on train or plane has had problems, some quite major resulting in an unexpected overnight stay in Chicago. After a day of driving around and reminiscing with the one brother still visiting here, we did laundry and then went to dinner at the Black Pearl with Sandi’s sister Barb and her husband Jim (the only actual Rhode Island residents in the family) who have been...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Winding down

Newport, RI Our pace has definitely slowed. Today’s major adventure was a tour of Doris Duke’s mansion Rough Point. Originally built by the Vanderbilt’s, this mansion was purchased by James Buchanan Duke, the founder of fortunes in electric power and tobacco, benefactor of Duke University, and father of Doris Duke. He died when she was 12 years old, leaving her 100 million dollars. Rough Point was one of 5 homes she owned and she summered in Newport. Princess and Baby, Duke's two pet Bactrian camels, also summered in Newport when Duke was...

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Jun 12, 2017 - Departures

Newport, RI It was a day of departures. After our usual scrumptious breakfast and making sure everything was packed up for those leaving today, some of us took in Rosecliff Mansion. This home did not belong to a Vanderbilt but was built by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs. Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments here, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini. Rosecliff is probably known best for its elegant heart-shaped, sweetheart staircase. Jim and Diana made their formal entry...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Rail Explorer

Newport, RI Oh, what a day! The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in America. The home, used for 6 weeks each year, has 70 rooms, 750 door knobs and over 300 windows. The interior has to be seen as trying to describe it does not do it justice. It took us over an hour to tour the areas in which we were allowed which did not include all of the house, the carriage house or the stables. We did learn that one of the chef’s specialty dishes was cow’s...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Great Chowder Cook-off

Newport, RI We had our usual scrumptious made-to-order breakfast and headed out. Swiss Village is one of the coolest places in Newport. Unfortunately it isn’t open to the public EXCEPT today! Swiss Village is a 35-acre property dedicated to preserving the genes of rare domestic breeds of cattle, goats and sheep. Because of the fear of contamination, the foundation opens its doors to the public only one day a year. We were able to walk through the faux Alpine Village built in 1914. We learned lots of useful things. Gloucestershire Old Spots...

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Jun 9, 2017 - Food tour

Newport, RI “Taste, Bite & Sip your way through little known historic neighborhoods and hotbeds of food and fun from seven Restaurants. Experience culinary dishes from historic taverns, to a waterfront cafe and a rustic pub, a hip hamburg & hotdog haven, hidden seafood shack and an upscale boutique hotel.” With a description like that, how could we resist? We partook of the Rhode Island Red Food Tour. The tour could handle 14. There were 10 of us. We quickly made friends with the two other couples and even adopted them into our family. Our...

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Jun 8, 2017 - The Elms - a sweet little cottage

Newport, RI It was a hodge-podgey day as Sandi’s family continued to filter into town. We started the day with a made-to-order breakfast with an amazing view of Newport Harbor from the breakfast room. We needed to fuel up for a day of mansions and coordinating arrivals. One of the most popular things to do in Newport is to visit the Newport Mansions to see the Gilded Age opulence of the "summer cottages" that the Astors, Vanderbilts, and Morgans called home – but for only six weeks of the year. The Elms Mansion was owned by coal baron...

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