Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Freedom Tower & Hudson Yards | NYC

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The summer time is a great time to visit the city. Only minutes over the bridge and I can find myself in New York. No matter how many times you visit, there's always more you can discover... and new attractions being built. 

This time, we visited the One World Observatory aka, The Freedom Tower. It's currently the highest point in New York City... and the views truly make you feel like you're on top of the world once you're up there. 

We then took a stroll at the new Hudson Yards looked through their shops, ate a slice of margherita focaccia in the Eataly and then stumbled upon the new Little Spain and tasted their Patatas Bravas
which were soooo good! I definitely recommend trying them when you go. 

And of course, a visit downtown is not complete without walking along the The High Line. Here's to a summer of adventures!

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Newport, Rhode Island


We researched where we wanted to discover this year and came upon the charming city of Newport in Rhode Island. Only 3 hours away from North Jersey by car and we took off to spend a few days in the classic coast by the sea. (Guys this was a huge step for me considering I NEVER cross the George Washington Bridge... but I'm proud to say I got over my fear ;). 

We stayed for 3 days, but that was perfect to see all of the major sights. Here is a little travel guide I put together of the top things to do, where to go, and of course what to eat. 

Be sure to bring sweaters and jackets because it is further north and by the sea. We were cold in the evening, and warm during the day!

Crossing the Claiborne Pell Bridge

We stayed at the gorgeous Hotel Viking, built in 1926 and part of the prestigious historic hotels of America. As soon as you enter the lobby area, you can here playful jazz music inviting you in.

The Cliff Walk

We rented a car, but decided to walk to many places around the city. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States and is known as the Ocean State. Newport is only 11.39 miles! Also since parking is limited in Newport, we kept our car at the hotel for most of the time and explored by foot. 

The Cliff Walk is along the eastern shore with stunning views of the ocean... resembling the beautiful views of Ireland we saw last year.

As you walk further, you'll stumble upon the Forty Steps and the gorgeous mansions along the coast.


The Atlantic Grille

If you go to Newport, you have to try a lobster roll in which they are famously known for. Most restaurants have it on their menu, I tried it at the Atlantic Grille, which is located in the next town over in Middletown. 

Newport Shipyard

Since Newport is the sailing capital of the world, you can go to the Newport Shipyard and see all of the beautiful sailboats and yachts docked at the port. Newport holds the annual '12 Meter Regatta' in which you can take part and sail away around the New England area. 

Tucked away and hidden behind the shipyard, you'll find Belle's Cafe. The cutest little breakfast and lunch spot. 

We ate breakfast and had a hot cup of coffee before we started our day exploring the city.

The Shops at Long Wharf

Looking to shop for awesome souvenirs? Take a stroll at the shops at Long Wharf, where I found the cutest sweater, baseball cap, postcards, pens, and mug... all must haves when I go on vacation. ;)

The Elms

When you visit Newport, you must visit one of their mansions. The Elms was constructed in 1901, as the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York.

To be able to walk through the property will take you back in time to a much simpler life. You can still see the dinner stains on the long wooden table in the kitchen and can imagine the cooks hustling and bustling to get supper ready. 

You'll feel like you belong in The Great Gatsby which was actually filmed at The Rosecliff and Marble House in Newport.

Classic Cruises of Newport

A visit to Newport is not complete without sailing away on one of their sailing tours. We went on the champagne sunset sail and was one of my favorite parts of our trip. The sunset was gorgeous and the tour guides were super nice and friendly!

Later, we stopped at Bannister's Wharf where we found a cute little coffee shop, The Coffee Grinder and enjoyed a cappuccino and homemade chocolate chip cookies. The owner was so sweet and told us she has been running this small business for more than 20 years! She makes all of the treats she sells... definetly reccomend this spot. 

Also, check out Bowen's Wharf for more shopping and cute shops. 

Newport Vineyards

If you love wine, then you need to visit Newport Vineyards. This winery was so beautiful to walk around, breathe in the fresh air... and sample their amazing wines of course. 

We went on one of their wine tours, and we learned so much! The staff was so nice and really informative about the history and process of wine-making. Their tours even include a Newport wine glass you can take home as a souvenir! My favorite was the white merlot. I definiely reccomend visiting when you come to Newport. 

I found a Barbara street!

Another great restaurant located on Thames street, I had the Tomato, Basil & Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta Sandwich... soo yummy.

Newport is also known for its many lighthouses. Be sure to stop and see one on your trip! We had a great time exploring this charming town... I hope you enjoyed my little travel guide and hope it's helpful for your next trip!