|Not my photos. These are courtesy of Mr. Google|
Photos of the room and a little history of the castle at the end of this entry.
It’s Saturday morning and I’m doing my favorite morning thing.
It’s a small aquarium but nicely done with plenty of sea creatures to explore.
|Touch tank man was crabby|
|Hello Baby Skate|
|And I thought I was having a bad hair day!|
This is a Northern Red Sea Anemone.
|And a turtle for Janet|
|Making friends with the locals That's a seal on the bench next to me.|
Blame the blurry on the photographer!
|Some headstones date back to the 1600's|
|Beautiful Stained Glass Window|
|A Pipe Organ|
|What a beautiful place to spend eternity|
|This is the daytime view of the picture I posted yesterday of the Misty Evening|
|I love when they bring a tool kit before your meal|
|This my friends, is my version of a Happy Meal ;~}|
|View from our window seat|
We walked around the wharf and up and down the streets. We found a little breakfast place across from the wharf that we might try one day. More walking, walking, walking. I went into a fancy schmancy shoe store to look at a pair of shoes that caught my eye in the window. They were pricy. Paul said if I liked them he’d buy them for me. Okey dokey then! Then we decided to go back to the visitor center and take the trolley tour. We had an hour left at our parking lot and the tour is 90 minutes so we decided to move the car to the lot by the Visitor Center since it would have been a pretty long walk. We drove past Historic St. Mary's.
|Historic because that's where JFK and Jackie got married|
|Opps, forgot to take a photo before I dove in|
Since it’s going to be a nice day we might do the Mansion Tours today. Dunno yet but stay tuned. You know I’ll report back!
|This is actually the back of the "cottage"|
|Paul standing at the front entrance|
|500 year old tapestry|
|Marble columns with gold at the top|
|Beautiful chandelier with ceiling plate (typical throughout)|
|Mrs. B's Bedroom|
|Mr. B's Bedroom|
|Bathroom (sink is across, vanity in the center)|
|Red Marble Slab walls in the Dining Room.|
They cut the slabs in half and open them like a book
|Mrs. V's Bedroom|
|Mr. V's Bedroom|
|Consuelo's spirit looming!|
|Very Impressive Kitchen|
|Oven and Heating Surfaces|
|Pots so heavy they have spigots|
|The path to the Tea House|
|The Tea House|
|View from the Tea House|
|Waiting for my date|
|Still looking for the RI Mushrooms|
|That thing that looks like a baked potato is the puff pastry of the Wellington|
This morning its 42*, expecting a high of 54*. That rain that was expected has moved to tomorrow. YES! We’re thinking of maybe taking the trolley tour today. Afterwards we'll have lunch on the wharf and for dinner we'll stay in and eat the leftovers that are piling up.
We’ll save another mansion tour for either Wednesday or Thursday.
We walked around the wharf for a while and enjoyed the beautiful morning.
|Finally saw a sign that this is a Kwanzan Cherry Tree.|
They are in bloom everywhere and so pretty
|Yep - Viking (just like my last trip but a different type of cruisin' )|
|This little nugget could be yours for 17 million|
|Eisenhower had this little cottage built right on the golf course where he liked to play|
Paul had an open faced tuna melt.
|The grand staircase|
The children slid down the banisters on sliver platters!
|Baccarat Crystal Chandeliers, So impressive it was hard to look away.|
|More Ceiling Art|
|Marble lined walls in the game room|
|This tub was carved from a single block of marble|
|Mr. V's Bedroom|
|Mrs. V's Bedroom|
|Another elaborate Kitchen|
|Hard to capture the beauty|
Today we have another day of postponed rain. Its 44* with an expected high for 53* and cloudy. Mr. Sunshine is trying to break through the clouds. We haven't decided whats on the to-do list yet.
|A little redheaded visitor this morning on Mi-Patio|
|Oreo Cows lounging|
|The Llamas headed over to checked me out while I was checking them out|
We discovered a little tiny cemetery on a back street dedicated to Dr. John Clarke.
|The wood sculpture above this one was carved from a single piece of walnut|
|This wall hanging that looks like tapestry is woven bamboo|
|Marble Angels Dancing|
|Marble Man Pondering|
|View of the back of the cottage|
|Named for these steps that lead down to the rocky shoreline|
|Your reward for walking down the steps|
|Salve Regina University. The tents on the left are being set up for graduation|
|Poetry Boxes along the walkway|
|Benches along the path to sit and daydream.|
Kind of reminded me of the benches on the Danube
|View form my patio, nice day for sailing|
It’s re-stuffed roasted lobster and scallops in gruyere lobster sauce. Oh My Stars! I could see why it’s their specialty. Paul had one of their specials de jour, a Veal Chop with demi glaze and three kinds of mushrooms.
We split a Grand Marnier Souffle
|Not my photo. I forgot to take a pic so I snatched this one from the web.|
|Even my cappuccino was picture perfect|
Morning coffee on the patio and that rain that was predicted for today has moved itself to the weekend. TYJ. We've been so lucky with the weather. Its 44* now with a high of 57* predicted for the day. Paul asked last night what my favorite meal has been this week. We've eaten soom pretty amazing food so he was shocked when I said my favorite (beside the souffle) was the belly clams at Flo's. I think I was just surprised at the burst of creamy deliciousness hidden under the crunchiness. I was expecting the texture to be a little firm, like mushroom-ish. He said if that was my favorite we'd go back again today instead of going to breakfast. Hmmmmm? Not sure what the day brings (typical). This is our last full day here. We check out Friday morning and head for the airport. We have one more mansion to choose from on our ticket. We'll have to do a little research and see which one we'd rather see. There is also a automobile museum that Paul wants to check out. Dinner tonight at the Castle Inn across the way. Its a Prix Fixe menu (translation "table of the host") so we have no idea what there will be to choose from since it changes daily. A dinner adventure...To be continued...
|Plaque says the Cliff Walk was wiped out by Hurricane Sandy and rebuilt 2013/2014|
On the way back I saw a woman overlooking the path and taking pictures. She approached us and said she’s a photographer for the Newport Daily News and had taken a picture of us on the path and asked permission to use it. Sure, why not. She took down our name and where we were from and what we doing there. Who knows. We may just be in the local paper. Big news headline “Patti and Paul, vacationing here from Phoenix, AZ, walkin’ the walk.” Slow news day!
ETA - OMG - we're in the paper! Too funny.
|Don't know why it says 2014. It was taken 5-11-17.|
|A tug boat actually tugging boats!|
|Lovely view from our table.|
If you look into the sun you'll see a sailboat passing by
I started with the soup.
|Spring Dug Parsnip Bisque (with peas, mint and burdock root)|
|Spring Greens with red pepper, ricotta and fennel|
|Pan seared and finished in the oven with fiddle heads, radish and salsa verde|
|Served with ramps, cured ham and horseradish-buttermilk vinaigrette|
|Apricot Souffle with vanilla creme anglaise for me|
|Look at all these wishes waiting to be made...|
The Ocean Cliff Resort was a great place to stay. One of our better timeshare experiences. Beautiful views; well laid out; only 10-15 minutes from downtown. It could use a little maintenance but overall it was great.
The castle was originally owned by Arthur Bronson of New York, a financier who speculated in land, then sold to GM Hutton who was a wealthy industrialist who built the Trans-Siberian Railroad in Russia. Said to have made about 10 million per year at the time.
|Living Room to Dining Room|
|Living Room to Patio|
|Bedroom (dresser on the left; chair and window to the right)|
|Bathroom 1 (shower behind the door)|
|Bathroom 2 - jetted tub|
|Castle Hill Inn across the way with Event Center|
Old Tennis Courts to the left
|Ocean View straight ahead|
|Ocean Cliff Resort Event Center to the right|
|Solarium with Pool and Jacuzzi|
|Originally the Gate House, now used to store lawn equipment/maintenance supplies|
Nicely done Travel Gods.
Facing the scale with one eye shut for the post vacay weight in. Down two pounds! We ate a lot of amazing food which must have been balanced out by all the walking.
What's next? Pack your bikini wahini we're going to Hawaii. ;~}
Maui in July with my sister Diane, her b/f Jay, and my long time friend Janet.
So looking forward to smelling the pineapple and plumeria through the trade winds.