Monday, June 28, 2010

Rediscovering Rhode Island

Last week, my family was hosting some guests from Armenia.  I made some really yummy treats for them while they were here, including macaroni and cheese, chocolate peanut butter chip ice cream, red velvet cupcakes, and fresh blueberry scones.  They are spending most of the summer at their home in Los Angeles, but stopped by Rhode Island for a matter of 4 1/2 days, which gave us little time to squeeze in as much of the must-see RI sites and activities that we could.

First, we took them to the cemetery (I know that sounds creepy) to see the Armenian Genocide monument there.  We also went to visit my grandfather's grave, because they were close family friends of his and wanted to pay their respects.

We later had a nice dinner with our relatives at my parents' house.  My aunts, uncles, and cousins all came to greet our guests and welcome them to RI.  

The next day, we took our guests to Colt State Park in Bristol, RI.  I've spent many summer days here growing up, attending church picnics, cookouts, graduation parties, etc.  In fact one of my most vivid memories of childhood took place here... me going down a small paved hill (see photo below) on my bike the first time I ever rode it without training wheels, and crashing at the bottom.  I still have the scars to prove it :)


The next day was Newport day!  If you are ever in RI, even for a day, you need to go to Newport.  There are incredible mansions there from the turn of the century (the LAST century that is), incredible ocean views, lots of boats, shopping, great food.  It really is the jewel of RI.  First we went to the Cliff Walk to take in the view.

Then on our way to Brenton Point State Park, we drove by my "fantasy" Newport house (we've all picked one!) the Watermelon House.  FINALLY, I got a picture of it :)

Then we had lunch at one of my absolute favorite places, Castle Hill Inn!  I will be posting a review of it shortly, so check my next blog post for a full report and photos!

Finally, we hit up the Breakers for a tour before heading to my aunt's house for dinner later.  The Breakers belonged to railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt in the late 1800's.  It is quite possibly the most regal residence that is currently around and in its original state that did not belong to royalty.  You can tour it, but cannot take photos inside.  There are several other amazing mansions you can tour in Newport, but this is the largest!  When you only have time to tour one, I'd suggest the Breakers :) Random trivia... years ago Michael Jackson attempted to purchase the Breakers.  It wasn't for sale!

This house is next door to the Breakers.  It's my sister's "fantasy" Newport home... the Angel Sea Mansion! 

The next day was our last full day together and was jam-packed with activities!  We enjoyed the RI Air Show in Quonset, RI (the F18 demonstration was a site to be seen, let me tell you!), followed by a visit to Goddard Park to eat some lunch while some of us took a dip in the ocean.  We later joined the rest of our relatives for dinner hosted by my grandmother at Chelo's Waterfront, a favorite of hers and my late grandfather.  The view there is great, but with the exception of the amazing Chelo's clam chowder and clam cakes, the food is average.  My lobster mac and cheese was a HUGE disappointment, hardly any cheese, and not remotely filling.  We washed down dinner with ice cream and then headed to the Providence Waterfire downtown.

My adorable nephew eating ice cream at Chelo's! 

I hope our guests will be able to visit us more in the future!  I had such a wonderful time with them!  And if you're ever in RI, I hope these suggestions of activities will be useful to you :)


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