I just came home from a quick weekend getaway to Rhode Island. I met up with my friend Kim who lives in the cutest house in Newport. I won't publish her addy on the internets, but if you're ever on the Garden Tour of Newport, you will see her charming home that she and her husband put a lot of work into renovating. She was so nice to show me around town. Once again, I had better-town envy. I loved walking past historic, waterfront homes and into town for lunch, as opposed to driving to the closest anything. (Oh, suburbia, we were not meant to be friends!)
|Kim & Steph - pre-vino|
The purpose of the trip was to see our mutual friend Nicole get married in Providence. What a beautiful bride! Nicole is so cute and sweet and I'm really happy for her! We had a great time at her wedding and I had maybe a little too much wine. It is entirely too easy to throw back a bottle of vino at a celebration. Or, anytime, for that matter.
|The happy couple!|
The day after the wedding, Kim showed me more of Newport. It was a little overcast in the morning, but the views were still gorgeous.
|Me, getting in the way of the gorgeous view.|
We went on a self-guided audio tour in The Breakers, one of the few mansions open for tours during the off-season. It was equally fascinating and appalling to see this place! The architecture and craftsmanship involved were impressive, although, I found myself more nauseated than envious of the opulence. I was in love with the views from the bedrooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, but the thought of being "introduced to society" at a debutante ball is just so strange. I am very happy to be a humble nobody in society and free from the expectations of being an heiress. We listened to the angst-ridden words of Gladys, the eldest daughter, as she worried about whether anyone would ever see her as the person that she is rather than an heiress of outrageous fortune. It was very interesting to see and to let myself imagine the lifestyle of the family and the servants. I had a couple of Scooby Dooby freak out moments even though I don't think that there is any rumor of hauntings in this mansion. When I looked into the eyes of the portraits, I imagined that the Vanderbilts are still occupying that space somehow. I felt the same way when we were in the enormous kitchen and butler's pantry, where the servants would gossip about the family and perhaps about one another. The imagery of them moving through that space was chillingly vivid.
|The Breakers, Newport|
When we left, the sun broke free from the clouds so we drove to the beach to see spectacular blue waves. There were a couple of nut-job surfers out there, too. Wetsuit or not, they're crazy!
|Second Beach, Newport|
With just an hour left to kill before I had to head to the airport, Kim and I returned to the Cooke House where we had brunch earlier in the day. We sipped on coffee and wine on comfy, leather sofas. There was a toasty fire crackling to my right, and this stunning, sunset to my left.
|Sunset from The Clarke Cooke House|
It was a really lovely weekend in Rhode Island and I'm so happy I was able to see these girls. Also, I don't appreciate home nearly as much if I don't leave it once in a while. Apparently, Matt missed me, too... He took a shot of this stunning (not) view of what he was happy to wake up to this morning. Awwww. It's good to be home. Now, time to plan my next vacation!