On Friday, 31 May 2013, Janice and I drove to Newport, R.I., which we had visited briefly about eight years ago during a small-ship cruise of the New England islands. We met her parents at the Wyndham Long Wharf, where we had a nice suite.
From there, we walked into town, browsing through the antique shops, art galleries, and typical seaside tourist traps. We had dinner at Busker’s, one of many fine pubs in Newport.
The next day, we took a sailing cruise of the harbor aboard the Madeleine. We were lucky with the weather, which was sunny and breezy, unlike the rains of Memorial Day weekend or the violent storms that much of the country has recently suffered.
I dashed off to the Chowder Cook-Off for lunch. I got about two-thirds of the way around all the samples before I rejoined Janice and her parents to visit some of Newport’s historic mansions. We were impressed by the Breakers, Cornelius Vanderbilt’s mansion, which he called a “cottage,” as well as the Gilded Age opulence of Marble House.
We caught a bus back into town and had dinner at the Wharf Pub. That night, we played pool and watched Trouble With the Curve, which, like Midnight in Paris, was a movie I wouldn’t go to the theater for but still enjoyed.
On Sunday, June 2, we had breakfast at Belle’s Café in the Newport Shipyard before heading back to Massachusetts and Upstate New York. In all, it was a relaxing weekend. I look forward to joining Ken G. for the Creation Star Trek convention this coming weekend in Boston, as well as a trip to Seattle at the end of the month!