Besides being born here, I haven’t spent all that much time in New England. I really do like it – all the charm and historic buildings. And especially the nautical character of coastal towns. Newport’s got it out the wazoo!
We had quite a bit of difficulty getting here due to a stand-still traffic jam on the highway (along with two very full bladders!)
We took a detour through Brockton and ended up arriving about an hour later than we’d hoped, meaning lunch wasn’t until 2:45 and any chance of touring a mansion was postponed until tomorrow.
Snacks for the hungry passengers
We arrived with great warmish weather and walked downtown to hunt out some chowder at The Black Pearl, which comes highly recommended.
Nothing tastes better than bread + butter when you’re hungry!
The New England Clam Chowder lived up to expectations!
It wasn’t too thick, and had a nice clam fishiness to it – in a good way!
Both couples shared a bowl
I ordered a Boston Lettuce + Radiccio salad with Apples + Walnuts and Housemade Bleu Cheese. It totally exceeded expectations!!!
Before lunch, we spotted a shop called The Cookie Jar
Which rocked cravings for cookies inside us all
We split a Butterscotch Oatmeal, Gingerbread Man and PB Cookie four ways.
Hit the spot!
After some more strolling we headed out to the Newport Storm Brewery (Matt’s goal in life is to visit every brewery there is)
I opted out of the tasting because I can’t seem to get hydrated today from last night’s brewfest
But I had a taste of all of them, and the Cyclone 2010 (12% ABV!) was incredible!
We’re resting now before heading out to dinner in a while. Such a late lunch put a damper on our appetites.
All in all, a fabulous visit already!