Newport in January

Newport is Rhode Island’s biggest draw. In fact, it is quite the popular place to visit. New York’s wealthy – such as the Vanderbilt’s and Kennedy’s – made their way there, loading the town with mansions. So when I planned a road trip in the area I made certain to add the location on the itinerary.

What I was not prepared for was that Newport, unlike any other city we visited, actually has an off-season. While it may seem obvious that a beach town will not get as many visitors in January, that did not mean that the place would be dead. What about the people who actually live there? I assumed I could at least be able to visit the town and do some exploring. Instead what I found was a waste land. There were almost NO shops open. Museums and breweries were closed as well. In fact, I can count on my fingers how many people I saw. I almost expected a ball of tumbleweed to blow across the road.

My advice? If you’re planning a road trip in this area of the states, either stick to warmer weathers or be prepared to skip Newport. At least I managed to visit the beach and take some gorgeous pictures. And grab some Newport wine of course.


By the way, I am officially declaring Rhode Island the land of sunsets. First Providence and not this. I keep getting blown away.



RISD Museum of Art

There is a problem I often find with museums: size. They are either too big and overwhelming, making it impossible to see everything in one trip. Let alone actually take in the experience of what you have seen. Or they are too small or simply provide art from one particular niche.

When visiting the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art I managed to find the perfect sized art museum! Not only was it neither too big nor too small, but it also provided such a wide variety of art.