As I have mentioned before we love the concept of the Mystery Trip. You know, pick a destination, book a hotel and then let fate plan the rest of the trip. Newport, Rhode Island was another long weekend that we went with a mystery trip. For this one, my husband knew our destination and helped me research the hotel.
Bed & Breakfast
We had decided we wanted a bed & breakfast for this trip. I had been to Newport as a kid and my husband had never been, so I wanted to share this lovely town with him, but didn’t have the time or desire to plan the trip. Our hotel would be researched. We have a variety of websites that we use to research. We use Tripadvisor to do some of our research, along with other site I got as a travel agent. After much searching we came up with the Almondy Bed & Breakfast Inn. It seemed exactly what we were looking for. The room we booked had a fireplace and it’s own bathroom (a must).
The Inn was on Pelham Street. Since we knew we would arrive late as we were leaving after work I called ahead for check-in instructions. They were nice enough to leave our room key with our name and instructions to the hotel and room in the mailbox. This made the drive much less stressful as we weren’t trying to beat some check-in clock.
We stayed in the Blue Bay Room. Our room was lovely with a wooden four-poster bed and a gas fireplace that we used during our stay. There was even a 2 person Jacuzzi in the bathroom. The room as you could imagine had a view of the bay and also was directly on Pelham Street. The location could not be beat. It was close to all the action. Easy to get to everything. Parking was available in the rear of the Inn which made it even more convenient.
If you are learning about us, we are all about the included breakfast. The Almondy made breakfast a treat. Claudette greeted us and made us feel welcome. Mimosas were the drink of the morning and were the perfect start to our weekend. Breakfast was freshly made and perfect. I called ahead for gluten-free options and they could not have been more accommodating. Freshly made omelettes, yogurt with gf granola and fresh fruit were all options. Fresh pastries were also available for those that didn’t need gf options and everyone was raving about them.
So as you may or may not know our mystery weekends start with us picking at random items from an envelope. Before a weekend starts I research things to do in a specific city we are visiting and write them on slips of paper and put them in an envelope. When we start the weekend we pick an item at random for our first activity. First activity up on this trip was the Best of Newport Trolley Tour.
The trolley tour took us the length of Newport and got us to see a variety of sites. We saw some beautiful scenery. Our guide was Ann and she was incredibly knowledgeable of the history of Newport and the Mansions. The tour took about 1 and half hours. It was a good way to get your bearing about where things were. We love learning the history of places and Ann was great at answering questions about every topic.
We lunched at a great place called Diego’s. What an awesome menu. The had an entire gluten-free menu. So many choices. We tried the Korean tacos and the Chicken Nachos. Both were delish. I would go back there tomorrow if I could.
Next out of the envelope was to visit the mansions of Newport. What a great afternoon. We bought the Winter Pass for the mansions which would allow us to visit up to four mansions with the tickets whenever we wanted to. We went to The Breakers first. Spectacular is the only way I can describe this mansion. We then went to see Rosecliff mansion which was a smaller mansion. Rosecliff was also the mansion used in original The Great Gatsby. It was also used to film a number of other movies. They gave us an audio tour that we were able to listen to the history of the mansion.
The Almondy has a lovely wine and cheese reception from 5-6 pm every night. We met Billy who is the Manager and really got to know him. Traveling allows us to meet new people. Making new connections and visiting new places is the reason we travel as much as we do. It was delightful to chat with him and learn about his life. We lived in similar places and had lots in common.
It was a rainy night so we stayed close by for dinner. We went to The Wharf Pub for dinner. All the restaurants in the area were packed, but we were lucky to get two seats at the bar. They had live music. They had a gf menu, but you have to ask for it. The Burrata was amazing. The rest of the meal was ok, but it was fun to listen to the live music and people watch.
Breakfast the next day was more of the same delights that Claudette prepared the day before. The weather was bad so we headed out early to get home. Mystery trips are always a surprise. We get to see new cities and meet interesting new people. This trip was no exception. Some times you just need to let your trips plan themselves. Sometimes you just need to enjoy the ride.