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Well that was a nice little break! Last week, Clint and I headed out to Newport, RI to see some favorite Texas friends, followed by a couple of days in Boston for a wedding with our Notre Dame friends. It was so nice to see everyone and a lot of fun to check out a couple of new destinations.

We’ve been wanting to head out to Newport for a while and it was so nice to spend a lot of time eating (hello, lobster!), walking around town and along the ocean and stopping at cool spots for cocktails. The views were gorgeous, food was amazing and time with friends was so much fun, and we’re hoping to make Newport visits an annual tradition. Here are a few of our Newport favorites from this trip:

See & Do:


  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Dinner here was amazing! The fish was all so fresh and I hear the oysters were awesome (I don’t eat them but Clint and our friends are very reliable sources). They also had a really great drink menu with interesting signature cocktails. We ate inside but there is a lovely outdoor deck where you could eat and watch the sunset.
  • Black Pearl: This is where the lobster roll photo above was taken. That was probably the best lobster roll I’ve ever had. It had super light mayo and was incredibly fresh. We also had really great clam chowder here, with a fantastic harbor view.
  • Scales & Shells: We had dinner here and their menu is all fish, all really fresh with an open kitchen so you can see your meal as it is prepared. They have a HUGE dish of lobster fra diavolo (for two), which was really great. We also had a chocolate cake dessert here that was rich and delish.
  • Atlantic Beach Club: As you might expect, this is right on the beach. We actually ate lunch (lobster and shrimp rolls) under a tent outside and watched the waves roll in on the beach. They also have indoor dining and host a ton of events.
  • Castle Hill Inn: We went for cocktails on The Lawn at Castle Hill before dinner at Scales. The adirondack chairs, blue water and unbelievably gorgeous view are quintessentially Newport. There was also a restaurant there where you could get the same view, and the inn would be such a beautiful place to stay.
  • Forty 1 North:  Forty 1 North is right in the marina and we had cocktails near some of the biggest, most beautiful yachts I’ve ever seen. This was a really luxurious location with a cool menu and neat details all over. From the oyster shell wall in the lobby to the big chessboard in the bar, there was always something to look at. I’d love to check out the rooms here and maybe stay a night too.



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