September 18, 2012
A Hike Along Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island
This past weekend we had glorious weather here in the northeast and I happened to be visiting a glorious place. My friends, Holly Bannister and Doug Newhouse, have a lovely oceanfront home in Newport, Rhode Island and invited me for a visit. You may recall a blog I posted last April all about the Titanic party I attended there. Once again, this was a busy and fun weekend of boating, touring, and hiking in the refreshing salt air. Join me for an invigorating jaunt along the famous Cliff Walk.
1 This is Lily, the Newhouse's Samoyed dog, waiting to join me on the spectacular Cliff Walk. Samoyeds, named for the Samoyedic people of Siberia, were bred for herding reindeer and for pulling sleds.
2 Olivia Newhouse was busy on Sunday morning trying to work out some computer issues.
3 Tyler Stone, a house guest, was busy reading the Sunday newspapers.
4 Doug Newhouse took advantage of the quiet time and got some work done, while the other weekend guests were still sleeping.
5 No one but Lily wanted to join me on the Cliff Walk. The two of us set off at about 7:45 on a gorgeous morning.
6 The 3.5-mile Cliff Walk is truly dramatic, as it hugs the coastline on one side.
7 On the other side, you pass mansion after incredible mansion, like this gorgeous home in need of restoration. It was built right on the cliff and has commanding views of the ocean.
8 During the 1800s in Newport's gilded age, the very wealthy started building their enormous vacation cottages in this area. This one must have fifty rooms!
9 I stood in this spot for a few minutes, hoping to feel some salt spray. I felt none.
10 I saw a few people fishing and catching.
11 The walk is, indeed, a bit treacherous in some places...
12 Especially when a strong Samoyed is pulling you along like a sled!
13 The beaches are stone and the waves roll those stones, making an unusual, but very pleasant sound.
14 All along Cliff Walk are the great waterfront homes of Newport.
15 With craggy shores, cliffs, rosa rugosa, and sweeping lawns, this is all the best Newport has to offer.
16 Local historians believe that the first established paths along the Cliff Walk shore line were formed by deer.
17 The Narragansett Indians hunted the deer along the path.
18 When colonists settled here, the path was then used to collect cargo washed ashore from shipwrecks.
19 Some areas have steep drop-offs and you pass at your own risk.
20 Cliff Walk is unique in that it is a public right-of-way over private property.
21 This is Rough Point, the former cottage of Doris Duke and is now owned by The Newport Restoration Foundation and is open to the public as a museum.
22 Another one of those steep drop-offs
23 If you decide to visit Cliff Walk, be sure to wear good walking shoes with gripping soles.
24 The rocks along the shore can be quite slippery.
25 This walk is one of the most popular attractions in Newport.
26 Cliff Walk is open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.
27 And, you can enjoy all this beauty for free!
28 This mansion is called The Waves and was once owned by A&P grocery store heiress Josephine Hartford Bryce.
29 What a great way to start the day!