This is our first blog post after a very long Christmas break and we hope that everyone had a great start into 2016!
My little family and me had a very smooth and relaxing start into the new year as we spent the last couple of days of 2015 at the ocean side on Rhode Island. Rhode Island, a beautiful part of New England with (650 km) 400 miles of coastline and fully packed with historical landmarks.
This whole trip was not planned and was based on a very spontaneous decision after spending Christmas Eve at 21c (70F) in The City. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with 21c (70F) and personally I do prefer hot weather over cold weather. But it just felt very strange to see people wearing T-shirts doing their last minute Christmas shopping.
We came up with Rhode Island because it has been on our “place to go” list but we never made it there in the summer because the Hamptons are closer and were too tempting with its white sand beaches. So why not go there in the winter and experience an off-season vacation…
After only 2.5 hours car drive we arrived at our oceanfront hotel. The first thing we did: a long beach walk. Well equipped with warm clothes and heavy coats and we were amazed by the beauty of the sandy shores and the charm of New England even though it was cold and chilly. The saying “it’s not too cold, you are just wearing the wrong clothing” couldn’t be more true.
However, when the temperatures are between 2~7c (36-45F), the time we could spend at the beach were limited. But there are plenty different things to do and see as Rhode Island is rich in history and has quite a few colonial towns to visit.
For the next 4 days we basically had the same routine:
- Breakfast with an ocean view
- Beach walk
- Visiting one of the colonial towns
- Lots of seafood for dinner
Our conclusion after these couple of very relaxing days… Rhode Island we hope to see you again in 2016.
(Side note: one thing that made me especially happy when I was packing for our trip…no more diapers and endless wipes for my son who finished potty training couple weeks ago… what a milestone.)
Newport: a seaside city with a beautiful old town. Known for its history and mansions (e.g. The Breakers – the summer “cottage” of the Vanderbilt family) with great shopping and dinning options.
Mystic: smaller and more cozy than Newport. The large maritime Museum is worth to visit (Philipp was very impressed by the historical sailing ships).
Mystic Aquarium: during our short trip we had one day with rain. Perfect day to go to the aquarium.
Places to Eat:
Ocean House (Watch Hill)
Red Parrot (Newport)
The Mooring (Newport)
posted by Meng