The twins and I decided it would be a nice idea to take our Mom away for her birthday. We toyed around with a few places and decided on Newport, Rhode Island. I had never been to this part of the state, so I was pretty excited to check another destination off of the ole’ bucket list. Not to mention I could cross Rhode Island off of my Food Tour list.
Friday night was pretty much spent driving. We all got a later started than planned and of course didn’t consider Friday night rush hour traffic. My mom and I arrived a few hours before the twins so we decided to just grab dinner and relax at the hotel.
Saturday we went off exploring. We started by heading to Cliff Walk, a 3.5 mile long path along the edge of the Ocean. All along the walkway you have tremendous views of the water on one side and beautiful homes on the other.
We stopped at a little pub for lunch. Since there was a little chill in the fall air, we all enjoyed a bowl of soup. Michele and I also had to try the well known stuffed quahog, sometimes called stuffies, a staple of Rhode Island cuisine. It is essentially a large, hard shell clam stuffed with seasonings, break crumbs, clams, cheese, and sausage. It was quite delicious.
Next up was Ocean Drive. This 10 mile roadway is world renowned for it’s jaw dropping mansions and again, the ocean views. We lucked out with a beautiful day too making it for a lovely drive.
After making it most of the way through the drive, we headed back towards the “downtown” of Newport to park the car and walk around. Newport is your quintessential New England town. Shops and restaurants line the streets. Dozens and dozens of boats are docked at each of the wharfs. It’s no wonder Newport is one of the country’s main sailing centers.
After watching the sunset in Adirondack Chairs while enjoying a cup of tea, we took one more quick ride down Ocean Drive. I’m glad we did as we were able to catch magnificent views of the Ocean just as the sun was falling below the horizon.
Now to my favorite part of the day, the food! We all decided it was mandatory that we enjoy a nice dinner filled with seafood. We were in New England after all and what else is Rhode Island known for? I had found Anthony’s Seafood while quickly researching places to dine. After seeing that Guy Fieri had featured this restaurant on Diner’s, Drive In’s, and Dives, I knew this was our place. When we arrived, the line was out the door! Though it was a bit chilly, we were able to stand under heaters to stay toasty while perusing the menu. We each ordered a different variety of seafood and all were extremely satisfied.