We arrived in Newport on Sunday afternoon. It was a bit cool and cloudy at times but still we had time to check out Thames Street before we stopped to get ready for dinner. I found Bella an adorable harness at a shop called Salty Dogs and we also bought ourselves a Newport-esque Christmas orniment for our tree. For dinner we went to the Brick Alley Pub which is also on Thames. They had a fairly large menu but I decided on having a bacon cheeseburger with fries and K had the lobster roll. We both enjoyed what we had picked and headed back to our condo before Soprannos started.
Our first full day in Newport was much busier. We walked through Newport, all of the way from our condo to the Chateau-sur-Mer. It turned out to be about a two mile walk but we really enjoyed being able to see parts of town rather than just zooming past it in the car. During this walk we peaked into the International Hall of Tennis. What a beautiful tennis court! We toured the Chateau-sur-Mer based on a recomendation by a friend. K and I both really enjoyed the tour. After our tour we walked back to our condo to wait for our friends to join us. I was pretty exausted at this point and was ready to sit and do some waiting. Once our friends showed up we had lunch at the Red Parrot along Thames street. They ordered a bucket of steamers and it seemed to be never ending! I didn't participate in eating them. There was something about them that didn't look appetizing to me that afternoon. After more shopping we had dinner at an Italian joint called Sardella's. Our friends eat regularly at a place near their home in Hoboken NJ, and the owners of that place know the owners of Sardella's and recomended that we try it. The food was very good, and we really enjoyed dinner there.
Our last full day in Newport was another busy one. After getting ready we headed back up to Bellevue Avenue to do some more site seeing. We took a walk along a portion of the Cliff Walk, and ended up at The Breakers. The Breakers is the Vanderbuilt family summer home which we decided to tour. It is the largest of all of the Newport mansions and was quite impressive. Surprisingly it only took two years for the structure to be built! We stopped for a casual lunch at a place called O'Brians Pub. They where one of the few places open for lunch on Tuesday. Our last notible stop on our trip was to the Black Pearl Restaurant. We had reservations to dine in the Commodore's room. Everything about it was wonderful. I can see why they get such good reviews!