48 Hours in Rhode Island

Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Rhode Island is not at the top of everyone's US bucket list. And that's not surprising as it's the smallest of the 50 states. However, it's very easily accessible from Connecticut and therefore was a great place for me to go to with my friends from Edinburgh who are on exchange at the University of Connecticut. We stayed in a town called Warwick but spent most of our time on the island of Newport which is connected to the mainland by a toll bridge. I'm so glad that we decided to make this trip as the weather was absolutely stunning and the scenery was beautiful. It felt very 'New England' and was also a beachy paradise. Despite doing a lot of travelling and being busy, I felt so relaxed afterwards!

My friends rented a car at their university and I got the train from Stamford to New Haven where they picked me up. They were a little later than expected so I popped over to Maison Mathis - a cafe that I visited on my previous trip to New Haven. I had a quick cup of tea and a chocolate and sea salt cookie whilst I waited for them and then it was time to hit the road. 

It's about a two-hour drive from New Haven to Newport but it went by in a flash as we had so much catching up to do. I hadn't seen my friends for at least three months and with so many big changes happening in our lives recently, it's safe to say we had a lot to talk about. By the time we reached there it was lunchtime and we were hungry so we stopped at the Fatulli's Bakery for lunch. I had a toasted ciabatta with grilled chicken, brie and cranberry juice. I was seriously hungry at the time so it was honestly heavenly. It was a really nice little cafe in a central location so I'd recommend it if you're in the area and want a bite to eat. 

And then it was finally time to explore. We walked around Thames St - it was almost like the high street area and had a look at some shops and then walked around some harbour areas too. We were going to try and catch a shuttle boat to Goat Island but we'd just missed the next boat and instead of waiting for another hour we decided to just drive over instead which was super easy. 

We didn't have any solid plans for the island - we literally just saw it on the map and thought 'oh let's go there'. We parked the car and walked over to this grassy area. At the end, there was a wall where we were able to stop and take in the views. And of course some candids. Despite being the last weekend of September it was still crazy hot - around 30 degrees and this was a great spot to just sit and enjoy the sunshine. 

We were renting an Air BnB in Warwick which was about a 45-minute drive so we headed there to check in and drop off our bags before dinner. On the way there we managed to accidentally crash a police car convention by taking the wrong route accidentally. We stayed at this Air BnB and it was in a fantastic location. 2 minutes to the waterside and a nearby beach. We didn't spend too much time in the area as we were really looking for a cheaper place to stay but it was really relaxing when we went for a walk. If you'd like to book your first Air BnB please use my link for £25 off your first stay. We went to a place called Finn's Harborside for dinner in East Greenwich. I didn't take any food photos as it was a bit dark but I do have some lovely photos of the surrounding harbour as the sun set. It was also my first time having fish and chips since moving to the US and I was so bloody excited about it. Brit seal of approval! 

The rest of the evening was pretty chill, we had some wine whilst we relaxed and watched American Vandal on Netflix. It had been a long day so we were ready for bed! In the morning we headed back to Newport and stopped at the Blue Plate Diner for brunch. After we'd stocked up on pancakes and French toast we went down to the south of the island to drive past some of the mansions. Newport is famous for its huge mansions that you can tour. We didn't tour any as we were short on time but it was fun to drive past and take a peek. We then stopped to do a cliff walk which was one of my highlights of the trip. The views were amazing, the weather was great and my company was stellar. 

We went to a beach called Gooseberry Beach where my friends took a quick swim before we drove back to Connecticut. I didn't have my swimsuit but I did walk through the water a little. It was a gorgeous beach. The sand was so smooth and extremely clean. The water was really nice and refreshing on a hot day too. Unfortunately, that was the end of our weekend in Rhode Island. I was so surprised by how much I loved my sixth US state. I'd definitely recommend a visit to Rhode Island if you're in New England. 

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