After talking to my boss Mike and hearing his suggestions to visit Newport mansions, we decided to travel one weekend north of Stamford, CT. Our plan included Newport in Rhode Island and Boston Massachusetts. Boston is about 200miles and Newport 160 miles north by I95.
On the way we made a stop at the Historic Nautilus Ship. You will found it at the exit 86 on Interstate 95. The admission was free. This submarine force museum is located at Naval Submarine Base in New London. USS Nautilus is of course decommissioned and open as a museum. At the board we walked through main rooms of the submarine - it was tight. We could only imagine how difficult it was to be there.
Next stop was already in Newport, RI. Rhode Island is the smallest state by land area in the United States. We parked our car in the harbor of Newport. As Newport has coastlines on the west, south and east, it is definitely a maritime city. Its harbors teem with commercial fishing boats, power and sail pleasure craft. Newport is known as the sailing capitol of the United States.
Newport is very scenic city; we visited it mainly because it is the home of the number of mansions dating back to the Gilded Age. During the mid-18th century, Newport was at the height of its prosperity as a colonial seaport. Great merchants became patrons of the arts, leaving a legacy of fine Georgian architecture and furniture in Newport’s houses. We got the brochure from the Visitors Center. There was a map in this brochure guiding to the famous mansions.
The weather was sunny and warm, just perfect for wandering around. When walking on the streets of Newport, you really felt richness in the air. There was also a possibility to ride a trolley to the historic properties. All the mansions are worth seeing and visiting in Newport, but we liked most Chateau-sur-Mer, the Elms and the Breakers.
After the tour in the mansions we decided to drive towards Boston. Our plan was to find the motel near Boston and explore the city on next day. Our experience so far in America with finding the motel has been very successful – the only question has been whether the room will be for $40 or $50. This night was unfortunately different. It seemed to us that there are less motels than usual in the Boston area. Also, as it was Saturday night we did not found any vacancy. We found some options to take the hotel room for $150 but we did not that this is a reasonable price just for sleeping seven hours. At 10PM it was dark and we were quite tired already, so we gave up. As the weather forecast promised rain for next day, we decided to drive back to Stamford and to go to Liberty Island on Sunday.