We recently spent two days in Newport, Rhode Island – to escape the city noise, relax on the beach, visit some vineyards and to attend a fun Polo match.
Newport is truly one of the most beautiful places in America! [no matter what season you go on]. Famous for its stunning shorelines, ocean views, a three-and-a-half mile cliff walk, world-class sailing, and gilded mansions. To me Newport is really an American treasure.
While in Newport we visited…
Sachuest Beach, locally known as Second Beach, is a south facing, mile long, family friendly beach with good surf and great white sand. Alejandro played for hours on the sand, building castles, Niki spent hours riding waves and Nicanor and I were able to kick back and just relax. We brought our own picnic, although they have a small food stand with hotdogs and burgers. We loved every second in this tiny piece of heaven. ( FYI- Their bathrooms were clean with outside showers and easy parking $25, cash only ).
Then we made a brief visit to Greenvale Vineyards, a wonderful family own place with beautiful grounds. We got there on a Saturday afternoon and they had a live jazz band playing. We enjoyed their beautiful grounds and the great company. I loved that they plenty of places to put a blanket down and enjoy a great picnic with your family and friends.
Then our friends invited us to The Newport Polo Club to watch a match. This is definitely a must do experience during the summer. The game is so much fun, the boys loved watching the match and running around the grounds free. The best part besides watching the game is tailgating for me. The kids loved shaking hands with the players after the game and walking around the grounds getting to see all the horses and players. Add this to your list of summertime must-dos in New England. [And yes, there will be divot stomping during half-time.]
The whole experience is phenomenal and such a different thing to do. I would strongly recommend to anyone who’s never experienced it before!
( Insider Tips: General parking is free, but if you want to reserve a tailgating spot, do so beforehand. General admission is $12 for adults (bring cash), or there are other seating options available for higher purchase.)
I wish I had had even more time to take in all that Newport has to offer—but I was grateful nonetheless to spend some time in this magnificent spot.
On our way back to New York we followed the Connecticut Wine Trail to
Saltwater Farm Vineyard…What a place! Stunning grounds …. Easy front parking. And then you go inside their tasting room…it’s a re-purposed airplane hangar, from the 1930s, and now it houses the wine making facility. It resembles a “Quonset hut” in shape and it displays an “Industrial” look inside.
Tasting prices are reasonable & the staff was very helpful. The kids spotted a gigantic cedar tree, adjacent to the vineyard, with several Adirondack chairs underneath and run straight out there and started to play UNO. We enjoyed a blissful couple of hours, enjoying the breeze & our glasses of good quality wine, while our boys run all over the grounds. I would recommend hitting this place up for a tasting!!