Our week in Newport has been so much fun and we have met really wonderful people- from the lovely customs lady who cleared us in, to other cruisers, the fabulous Oyster USA team and our OCC port officer, Janet, who with her partner Henry have been amazing.
|Our home in Newport RI|
We entered Newport Harbour in thick fog and found our way to a dock at Fort Adams. We are not sure if we weren't moored as part of the exhibits as the who boats next to us were historic and the crews were in costume!! They were all really friendly though and said we could wait for customs and even let us wash the boat off. We arranged a mooring at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club for a few days and they gave us a spot with a stunning view of the Harbour and both their yacht club and the New York Yacht Club's impressive Harbour Court. We loved the history of the ILYC named after a woman lighthouse keeper famed for saving over 18 lives before women had the vote when it was considered unladylike for a woman to row a boat.
We explored the gorgeous yachtie town of Newport, had a great meet up with OCC boats and then hired a car for a few days to explore the area.
|The OCC crowd at ILYC|
|Leanne and Janet|
|After the storm|
The next day we went the other direction and explored the local metropolis of Providence; it wasn't very exciting but the area known as Federal Hill was a delight - a really great food district, mainly Italian and that afternoon they had a festival with food stalls in the street. We had a fantastic Italian lunch and then got overwhelmed in the Italian Deli - it was so exciting to be in such an amazing footsore after 6 months in the Caribbean...
We celebrated Leanne's birthday with Oysters and huge steaks at a restaurant in town and then the next day all got invited to Janet & Henry's to watch the Americas Cup finals on their TV. They put on a fantastic lunch complete with brownies and of course dark n stormy's to drink.