I woke up at 6am on Friday morning. I took the time to flat iron my hair(which I never do anymore), applied a no-makeup makeup look (gotta look effortless while traveling), and watched Eyewitness News until Tom woke up. Once Tom was up it was time to head out the door, pick up bagels, and meet my maid of honor Steph at the Subway. We were headed to Port Authority to meet up with Becca and Nicolette and then off to New Jersey to hop a ride with Tom’s sister Milissa to Newport. It was going to be a long day of travel.
After driving for a couple of hours we decided to stop in CT for lunch. Becca recommended a place called Muddy Waters Cafe and I’m glad she did. This adorable little eatery has soups, sandwiches, salads, cookies, and pastries. We ordered our lunch and then grabbed a seat outside. Everyone who worked there was super friendly.
I ordered a grilled chicken wrap with spinach, roasted red peppers, cheese, and pesto. It was very tasty and really kept me full for the rest of the day.
This the perfect place to stop on your way to Newport. The town of New London is also super cute.
After another couple of hours in the car, we were finally in Newport and our first stop was the Breakers Mansion.
A little bit of history on the Breakers: This mansion was the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his family. It was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and decorated by Jules Allard and Sons and Ogden Codman, Jr. It has 70 extravagant rooms and was built between 1893 and 1895 on Ochre Point Avenue.
We had a lot of fun exploring the massive rooms and halls of this tiny summer home. We partook in a self-guided tour of the home (which costs around $30) and took tons of beautiful pictures.
After the Breakers we checked into our Airbnb. My girlfriends found the cutest place super close to the Warf. Shortly after, they sent me on a fake mission with Milissa to pickup Rosé and water so they could decorate the apartment. I was on to them the second they asked me to go.
Once we returned, they surprised me with adorable decorations. They are so thoughtful and creative. The theme was Shan’s Splash Bash and everything was very nautical.
Soon my cousin Kelly arrived and we quickly got ready for dinner. Our plan was to walk down to the Warf and see what had the shortest wait…. which is not a good idea. Pro tip: make reservations people!
We were lucky and The Black Pearl was able to take us rather fast about a 10-minute wait. I also loved that we could use this as a Disney reference… Pirates anyone?
First, we order frosè because it’s my bachelorette party and I will be basic if I want to. Most of us decided to start with the clam chowder. It is what they are known for and it lives up to the hype. It was super creamy, tasty, and warming by the cold water.
For my entree, I had the seared tuna appetizer with seaweed salad and split an order of fries with Steph. Both were very tasty and you know how I cannot resist seared tuna.
We were all very tired after dinner so we decided to head back and call it a night. My sweet friends gave out goodie bags to all of us before going to bed. They were full of fun treats for the rest of the weekend. See ya next week for part 2.