I know most of You are asking the question “ Why Did She Move To Newport???”
I’ll put everyone’s mind at ease... I didn’t lose my mind!!!
NEWPORT showed up on my radar about 25 Years Ago; after my BFF, Susan Oliver suggested I come up & try it out... Susan, grew up in Newport!!!
You see, I was doing the Hamptons thing with my friends from the city; during my summers… We (4 of us) would rent a house in East Hampton & would race off on Thursday evenings on the LIE; spending waaay too much time in traffic & ended up spending the weekends socializing with mostly everyone I knew from the city...
After listening to me complain about my frustration with the commute to Long Island; Susan said, “Come Up To Newport”...
“NEWPORT”, I screamed...
“What Am I Gonna Do There???” And she calmly responded, “Just Come Up”
So, I boarded an Amtrak train out of Penn Station headed to Kingston, RI & 3 hours later; after seeing these sweet seaside towns along the Connecticut Coast I arrived in Rhode Island!!!
My ride into Newport was breathtaking!!! Seeing Narragansett Bay; Driving over the Jamestown & Newport Bridges... I was already lovin’ IT!!!
Then my BFFs ( Susan Oliver & Jimi Franco) took me on the scenic ride into town & my mouth fell wide open; I was stunned at the sight of one beautiful structure after another!!! Saw Jackie O’s Childhood Home... The Church where she & John got married... There was one historic site after another!!!
I landed in a pretty, historic preserved town.
Newport’s history is so rich; but unless you visit, you won’t realize what you’ve missed...
This is stuff not taught to us in our history classes.
I was blessed to have a “Walking Encyclopedia” as my tour guide. Jimi Franco knows everything you would want to know about Newport & more...
To know that I would wake up & discover a magnificent moment in history on a daily basis; while indulging in the splendor of “The City By The Sea” was a dream; but I was living it, each time I visited!!!
The Hamptons were in my rear view mirror... I would pop in to that scene, for a party or two that shouldn’t be missed; But, NEWPORT was where I was spending “quality time”!!!
I dubbed it the more “Grown Up Hamptons” After all this was “America’s First Resort”.
This became my “go to” getaway; whenever I spent my winters in NYC; The Summers were spent in Newport. I brought the “special” people here with me on vacay... The special boyfriends (one ended up being my husband); My Special BFFs from the city; My Brother & his Wife; And, of course MY SON!!!
I finally, brought my Mom up last year ( which you’ll hear more about in the BLOG).
The images you’ll see here; were shot at The Elms - A Newport Mansion. It’s my most FAVE of all the Mansions... And, they’re all quite stunning; but there’s something very special that resonates with me about The Elms!!!