Newport Jet Lag Journal: Summer Colors
Yet another July has come and gone, which means yet another long weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. I am so enamored with Newport’s tiny scattered beaches lined with mansions and cliffs, the plentiful seafood dinners along the wharves, and most especially the colors of the houses and storefronts. They are so vivid and usually dotted with window boxes of daisies. But because the bright colors are on such historic, old friendly buildings they look charming instead of garish. I spent a morning wandering the crooked downtown streets with my camera admiring the colors and textures.
I joined the locals in their red, white and blue getups to listen to a reading (in historic dress, natch) of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Old Colony House. On July 20, 1776, Major John Handy read the Declaration of Independence from the front steps. As the list of men who signed the Declaration was read aloud, the audience applauded for men I had never heard – they were clearly local Rhode Islanders who were probably venerated in local schools when learning about state history.And once again, I looked forward to a beautiful meal and cocktails on the lawn of the Castle Hill Inn. This year’s reservation was later, so it was too dark once inside the restaurant to photograph the food well, so take a look at last year’s meal which was absolutely gorgeous. Bossy:It was the sidekick’s birthday, so we walked into the Mill Street Inn one day to discover a lovely pink champagne from our cute boys. Shockingly, she shared it with me. I love when it’s her birthday and I get things too: I also explored Trinity Episcopal Church, which was particularly interesting for me as someone who is accustomed to simple pews. This church historically had Newport families buy their own box – a literal box that they closed themselves into with a latched door. Now, churchgoers can sit wherever they choose. There are little needlepointed pillows all over the church provided by a needlepoint society that created about 1,200 pillows for the boxes!