Newport Rhode Island Day 2

by Joanne on September 19, 2009

It was a cold morning.  We didn’t want to get out of bed but then there was so much to look forward to, our enthusiasm over came the need to stay warm under the sheets.  

Our Bed and Breakfast, simply called “20 Fair Street”, offered a breakfast at 8 AM of eggs, bacon, pancakes, fresh fruit, an assortment of breads and muffins, coffee, and juices.  They accommodated my diet of egg whites and no meat.  I tasted Ted’s pancake, it was light and fluffy.  We chose an apple, banana, melon, grapes and watermelon for our fruity fiber fill up.  Then it was off to Starbucks for REAL coffee! 

It was windy along with the cold so when we made it to Starbucks the warmth was welcome.   We sat, sipping strong coffee and playing with our electronics (cell phones).  Then it was time to go to the show.  The gates opened at 10AM …on the nose!

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We saw some fantastic boats of all sizes, names, and models.  Of course when it comes time for us to take “the plunge”, we won’t opt for new but will look for a used one.  This show just gets our feet wet and teases us with that brand new smell and crisp bright colors of new interior…like a new car.  Here is one example….could this be in our future?

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We spent 3 hours at the show before heading to Benjamin’s for lunch.  It was obvious I was getting hungry because, as we passed all the booths at the show, these things made it into my pocket:

 DSC_1056 I didn’t eat all of them but was well on my way to trying before we got our lunch.

Back to Benjamin’s, nothing fancy.  The food was ok, meaning it was served as expected with no surprise interesting flavors to delight the palet.  We both had swordfish…again.  Ted started with the raw clams (squirting lemon all over himself      ).   DSC_1054

I’m very boring and went with a salad to start.  The swordfish was grilled and served with mapled carrots.  As I said, not bad, not overly good.  

We covered a lot of ground in the morning. It was time to see Newport from the deck of a boat.  We set sail on the Schooner Adirondack II.  This is a 78’ pilot schooner built by Scarano Boat Building of Albany, NY (a place close to our hearts).  We saw the sights of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, Historic Lighthouses, Fort Adams and the “Blue Guitar” ship is owned by Eric Clapton (didn’t see him though).

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It was close to 5pm and we had to hit land again.    We went into the Market to the left of where The Adirondack II docked and saw all the live lobsters brought in for Saturday.    We also stopped for a “brewski” at “The Barking Crab”.  I had a great micro brew, Pumpkin Ale and Ted had a local Amber ale. 

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We were prepped for night time fun and went back to the B&B to change.  On the way, we saw bag pipers who were playing outside Pier 49 in anticipation of the whiskey tasting.  That would have been fun to watch as the tasters progressed through their sampling. 

We went to the Rhino Bar and Grill, a sports bar and less than a 5 minute walk from our B&B.  There are a lot of college games on that we opted to watch while we enjoyed a casual, bar dining experience for our last night in Newport.

We started with The Mediterranean Pizza:  artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, black olives, feta and mozzarella cheese on a thin crust. 

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Both of us had HUGE garden salads.  Ted had the Rhino BBQ Baby Back Ribs (basted with house BBQ sauce but instead of fries, the Garden Salad was Ted’s side). DSCN1938

I had the Blackened Salmon (Cajun spices, cooked in a cast iron skillet topped with caramelized onions and sweet peppers).  Everything was completely representative of it’s menu description:  bursting with flavor, tender, spiced to our liking, and cooked to perfection.  

DSCN1941  We tried our luck with the RI Keno game… nada, of course.  The game AFTER the 5 we played, resulted in 2 of our 3 numbers coming in.  Go figure!  DSCN1933

In early tonight, so we can get up, get packed, have a quick breakfast offered by our B&B, then hit the road.  Ted’s feet hurt from covering too much ground to day.  At the Rhino, a group of girls came in celebrating an engagement.  There was WAY too much screaming going on and questionable antics with a somewhat offensive looking balloon. 

We leave our B&B and Newport, R.I. both of us promising we will be here again. That is for sure.

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