September 29, 2014
Visiting Beautiful Newport Rhode Island
I recently spent a couple of weekends in Newport, Rhode Island - to attend a wedding, and to participate in the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival.
Newport is one of the most beautiful places in America! Famous for its stunning shorelines, ocean views, a three-and-a-half mile cliff walk, world-class sailing, and gilded mansions, Newport is really an American treasure.
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.
I hope you enjoy these photos.
1 While in Newport, I stayed at the wonderful Castle Hill Inn. Here's a photo of the Agassiz Mansion, which is the focal point of the inn.
2 The house was commissioned in 1874 by Alexander Agassiz, an accomplished marine zoologist and oceanographer. It was originally his summer home, where he spent much of his time studying the ocean and the sea life within it.
3 A breathtaking view of the lawn overlooking the bay.
4 The Castle Hill Inn lighthouse was built in 1890 by the famous American architect H.H. Richardson. It served as a beacon for ships navigating
5 The granite tower of the lighthouse stands thirty-four feet tall and in recent times, it has acted as the starting and finish line for many of Newport’s famous yacht races, affording guests unparalleled views of the action from the rolling lawn.
6 Standing at the lighthouse you can see the main property, and in the distance the beautiful Newport Bridge.
7 Here's a closer look at the bridge, whose total length is 11,248 feet, ranking it number 80 among the longest suspension bridges in the world.
8 Fisherman along the foot path to the lighthouse settle in for the day on the rocky shore of Narragansett Bay. Narragansett Bay is a bay and estuary on the north side of Rhode Island Sound. The Bay forms New England's largest estuary, which functions as an expansive natural harbor, and includes a small archipelago. Small parts of it extend into Massachusetts.
9 The beach cottages of the Castle Hill Inn are great examples of classic New England shingle-style architecture.
10 This was my very cozy room inside one of the beach cottages at Castle Hill Inn.
11 Here is a beautiful morning view on the beach.
12 I love this photo I took of a fisherman and the crashing waves.
13 Some treasures from the rocky Newport coastline!
14 People enjoying an early morning dip.
15 The rocky cliffs looking down on Narragansett Bay.
16 A beautiful photo of the bay and the deep blue sky fretted with scattered clouds.
17 A wonderful shot of the setting sun behind the clouds.
18 A beautiful yacht!
19 The Newport Dinner Train is a heritage railroad operating in Newport, in conjunction with the Old Colony and Newport Scenic Railway. It has two 72-seat traditional dining cars and a 48-seat parlor/lounge car which functions as a cabaret.
20 The quaint little New England town of Newport was bustling over the weekend.
21 One of the things I love to do when I go anywhere is just drive around and take in the scenery and the architecture. I loved this arched entrance to one of the spectacular homes here.
22 I also loved this curvaceous stone wall.
23 Isn't this a gorgeous entrance!
24 A beautiful road in Newport!
25 This is the sign outside Marble House, one of the famous Newport Mansions. This was where part of the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival took place. Here's a link to find out more about Marble House: http://goo.gl/OeFBd
26 This is the the stone wall outside Marble House.
27 At the festival, I demonstrated recipes from my new book, One Pot, with MSLO chefs Sarah Carey and Thomas Joseph.
28 We demonstrated how to make cioppino, which is on page 203 of my One Pot cookbook.
29 It came out perfect!
30 It was standing room only for the demo, and the audience was so engaged and asked great questions!
31 The event also included a book signing. I love doing book signings because it gives me a chance to really connect with people.