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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Newport & Providence, Rhode Island you can see these species: Eurasian Wigeons, Peregrine Falcons, Horned Larks, Least Terns and Piping Plovers.
Check out Rhode Island Nature Trails (visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-do/nature-trails/bird-watchers-nature-trail/) to find the best places to see more than 300 species.
Fieldfare (fieldfare.com/birdingri.php) is another excellent resource for birding locations and timing.
At Save the Bay (savebay.org/birding) they offer birding tours on the water but more importantly they are actively involved in the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay area.
Beverages: Rhode Island has several great wineries (and since the state is small, you’re never more than an hour away from any of them).
PublicTransportation: This is your site for public transportation (discovernewport.org/transportation-information/public-transportation)
Business Information: Here is help in regard to your business: (newportchamber.com)
Day One: After dropping your bags off your first stop is a mansion tour. If you’re a first time visitor to Newport you will probably want to see the Mansions or Summer Cottages. The Preservation Society of Newport County offers tours for 11 properties located on 80 acres of gardens and parks.
Each property exudes elegance, inspiration, art, interior design and landscapes. Audio tours are available at Rosecliff, Marble House and the Breakers. Plan on spending between 1 and 1 ½ hours per mansion.
The Brick Alley Pub – L & D: Daily, 140 Thames St, 401-849-6334 is a popular choice for lunch.
The Brick Alley Pub is famous for clam chowder, steamed mussels and little necks, salads, pizza and lobster rolls. Your beverage is the sparkling blackberry sangria and dessert is Tina’s bread pudding with caramel rum sauce and whipped cream.
To get some back story on Newport visit the Brick Market Museum & Shop – Daily: 10-5, 127 Thames St, 401-841-8770
Their exhibits feature James Franklin’s printing press, the figurehead from the yacht Aloha, photographs, furniture, colonial silver, paintings and objects of daily life.
The Newport Historical Society’s Archives & Special Collections consists of merchants’ records from the 18th to the 20th century, an extensive African-American history collection and a unique collection of diaries and journals.
If you enjoy the game of tennis it’s fun to visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame – Daily: 9:30-5, 194 Bellevue Ave, 401- 849-3990
Occupying the Newport Casino, which was designed by the American architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the buildings that house the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum are one of the world’s finest examples of Victorian shingle-style architecture.
The Newport Casino opened its doors in 1880 as a premier social club for the city’s wealthy summer residents featuring shops, a billiards room, a theatre, tennis courts and sweeping porches lined with intricate lattice work.
The Museum contains a diverse collection of memorabilia, art and fashion from the 12th century through present day. Items on display include trophies and attire belonging to the game’s biggest stars.
One of the most popular dining places in Newport is Bouchard Restaurant – D: W-M, 505 Thames St, 401- 846-0123
We suggest starting with one of their tartars (yellow fin tuna or salmon) or the asparagus and lobster in puff pastry. The Dover sole with sorrel sauce is a good choice for your entrée as is the lamb chops in a rosemary red wine sauce.
The wine is ’12 Rose Les Comaniers de Puits Mouret, Ott. For dessert go for the soufflés.
Day Two: Breakfast is at the Atlantic Grill – B,L,D: Daily, 91 Aquidneck Ave, 401-849-4440
Here we feast on omelets, short stacks, French toast with strawberries, toast, home fries and coffee.
For decades we have worked with several illustrators on our guides and other proprietary projects so we suggest visiting the National Museum of American Illustration – Th-Su: 11-5, 492 Bellevue Ave, 401-851-8949
The NMAI was founded in 1998 by Judy and Laurence Cutler to show their collection form the ‘Golden Age of American Illustration’. It is located in Vernon Court, an 18th century French chateau from the ‘Gilded Age of Architecture,’ designed by Carrére & Hastings.
The three-acre grounds were inspired by King Henry VIII’s gardens created for his ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn at Hampton Court Palace. The adjacent three acres originally known as Stoneacre (1884) was designed by the first American landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.
The Museum of Yachting in Newport – Th-M: 10-5, 449 Thames St, 401.848.5777 is a must see for sailors.
Here are collections of maritime reference materials, a library with 3,000 titles on yachting, yachting history, sailing and boatbuilding.
The Mooring Restaurant Seafood Kitchen & Bar – L & D: Daily, 1 Sayers Wharf, 401-846-2260 is our pick for lunch.
Like everybody else we come here for the view, the atmosphere and the raw bar. You can’t go wrong with any of their fish and seafood entrees.
A glass of the ’11 “Zios” Albarino by Pozos de Lusco is great with your oysters and the ’07 Riesling from Zind-Humbrecht with your mains is perfect.
At Sail Newport – Daily: 9-5, 60 Ft. Adams Dr, 401-846-1983 you can get your feet wet.
You can rent a boat to cruise around the harbor. In case you don’t have a sailor in your family they have sailing instructors to get you started.
Usually we avoid old historic dining places but the White Horse Tavern – L & D: Daily, 26 Marlborough St, 401-849-3600 was a pleasant exception. It dates from 1673 and claims to be America’s oldest tavern.
They are known for the lobster bisque and lobster mac and cheese. If you’re looking for a fish break the ribeye with fingerling hash, sautéed onions and chimichurri is very good as is the pork chop with sweet corn hash.
Day Three: The Corner Café – B & L: Daily, D: W-Sa, 110 Broadway, 401-846-0606 is your breakfast stop.
The usual French toast and omelets are available but they also have burritos and sandwiches to go with your coffee.
Our cousin Tracy suggests a visit to Providence to see the Rhode Island School of Design Museum – Tu-Su: 10-5, Th: till 9, 20 N Main, 401-454-6500
The permanent collection is categorized by department that includes:
The Decorative Arts and Design department’s collections encompass European and American furniture, silver, metalwork, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, and plastics from the medieval period to the present. The Charles L. Pendleton Collection includes furniture made in 18th-century Boston, New York, Philadelphia and by the Townsend-Goddard circle of Newport cabinetmakers.
Other highlights include Chinese export porcelain; French Empire furniture; European porcelain figures; 18th- and early 19th-century French wallpaper; 20th-century and contemporary design.
The Painting and Sculpture collection includes works of European and American art from the 12th through the mid-20th century. Highlights include Renaissance and Baroque works by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Lippo Memmi, Tilman Riemenschneider, Hendrick Goltzius and Salomon van Ruysdael.
17th- and 18th-century paintings by Nicolas Poussin, Angelica Kauffmann, and Joshua Reynolds; 18th- and 19th-century American paintings by John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, Martin Johnson Heade, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent.
19th and 20th century European paintings and sculpture by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger and Oskar Kokoschka.
20th century American works by George Wesley Bellows, Robert Henri, Charles Sheeler, Maxfield Parrish, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Nancy Elizabeth Prophet; and a Latin American collection including paintings by Joaquín Torres-Garcia, Wifredo Lam and Roberto Matta Echuarren.
The Prints, Drawings, & Photographs collection comprises more than 25,000 works including prints, drawings, and photographs, and dating from the 15th century to the present.
The holdings include a large group of Old Master engravings and etchings, and particular strengths in prints and drawings of 18th-century Italy, 19th-century France, and 19th- and 20th-century America. The department also holds one of the largest collections of late 18th- and early 19th-century British watercolors in the United States.
The Asian Art collection spans a period of almost 5,000 years and covering the geographic areas of East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic world.
The Asian sculpture collection ranges from Indian Buddhist and Hindu materials to Chinese and Japanese including the later twelfth-century wooden Dainichi Nyorai Buddha, the largest (about nine feet tall) seated Japanese figural sculpture in the United States.
The Costume and Textile collection range from 1500 BC to the present. The earliest piece is an ancient Egyptian tomb fragment, and a major focus of the present collection is the acquisition of contemporary fashion and textiles from all over the world.
The richness of the Costume and Textiles collections extends from examples of Elizabethan needlework, Italian Renaissance textiles, French printed toiles de Jouey, Navajo chief’s blankets, and fashions from the most celebrated European and American designers of the 19th and 20th centuries to a world-renowned group of Japanese Noh theater robes and Buddhist priest robes donated by Lucy Truman Aldrich, the greatest single donor to the Museum’s textile collection.
The Ancient Art collection includes bronze figural sculpture and vessels, an exceptional collection of Greek coins, stone sculpture, Greek vases, paintings, and mosaics, as well as Roman jewelry and glass. Highlights include an Etruscan bronze situla (pail), a fifth-century B.C. Greek female head in marble, and a rare Hellenistic bronze Aphrodite.
The Egyptian collection includes a Ptolemaic period coffin and mummy of the priest Nesmin; a rare New Kingdom ceramic paint box; a relief fragment from the Temple at Karnak, and a collection of faience.
Lunch is at Nick’s – B & L: W-Su, D: W-Sa, 500 Broadway, 404-421-0286.
We suggest sharing the charcuterie plate as a starter. A glass of the ’12 Gamay from the Loire Valley is perfect with it. For your main the char-grilled lamb with mushrooms and smoked bacon is a good choice or the roasted black bass with potato fish-cake, capers, greens and a black olive aioli.
Your wine is the ’09 Nero d’Avola from Tenuta Rapitala Alto and for dessert the decadent rhubarb-blackberry-shortbread pudding with chocolate-orange ice cream and caramel.
The Providence Atheneum – M-Th: 9-7, F,Sa: 9-5, Su: 1-5, 251 Benefit St, 401-421-6970 provides you with an educational and artistic experience.
The Providence Atheneum is the 4th oldest library in the US. The Providence Atheneum is a period piece where Edgar Allen Poe was a regular visitor. Its book collection numbers more than 150,000 with many books hundreds of years old. Their art collection has works by Gilbert Stuart, Giovanni Thompson and Edouard Monet.
Take a walk through the Roger Williams Park and Zoo – April-Sept: 10-5, Oct-Mar: 10-4, 1000 Elmwood, 401-941-4998.
The Park has more than 100 acres of ponds plus specimen trees, a rose garden and oodles of sculptures. The museum of Natural History, the Botanical Center and Carousel Village are here. At the Zoo we visited the wild life of New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia. You can experience rock climbing and take a ride on a camel.
We love Peruvian cuisine and we love Los Andes – L: Sa,Su, D: Nightly, 963 Chalkstone Ave, 401-649-4911
At Los Andes your ceviche comes as a medley of diced tilapia, squid, shrimp, PEI mussels,tossed with a cilantro, rocoto and garlic leche de tigre. Another savory appetizer is the squid dusted with flour, fried and tossed with queso blanco, choclo, mint, tomatoes and garlic butter.
For your entrée the strips of chicken breast, sautéed with chorizo, cherry and banana peppers, onions, tomatoes is finished in a garlic-wine broth and served on a bed of steak fries topped with mozzarella cheese and scallions.
Another inspired dish is the pan seared strips of angus sirloin, and chorizo, sautéed with dijon mustard, deglazed in a marsala wine, finished with your choice of raw or sautéed onions, jalapenos, and tomato salsa, topped with hard boiled eggs, served on a bed of steak fries.
Your wine is the ’09 Nero d’Avola from Tenuta Rapitala Alto and dessert is the flan.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge aka Mr. & Mrs. Sites & Bites
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