We left the Sandwich Marina on Sept. 23 for our first day of cruising with Addie and Lange who flew in from Miami the night before. Our original plan was to cruise to Fairhaven across from New Bedford. But the day was so beautiful and the waters on Buzzard’s Bay so calm that we decided to take advantage of the great weather and go on to Newport. It was great to have a pilot on board to assist the captain on the cruise!
On our way to Newport in Narragansett Bay, we passed the “cottages” on the Cliff Walk. These amazing mansions were built as summer homes for the rich and famous such as the Vanderbilts, Doris Duke, etc. in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
We arrived in Newport at 4 p.m. and took a mooring ball. This was by far the largest mooring field we have stayed in and it was filled with incredible sailboats of every type – racing, cruising and many award winning models. We were lucky that the Newport Boat Show had taken place the week before we arrived. Otherwise, we would never had been able to find a place to stay here.
From our mooring, it was a short dinghy ride into this historic and very nautical town.
We walked all afternoon always on the lookout for a good and not-too-touristy place to eat. We were surprised that so many restaurants were closed. We weren’t sure if they were already closed for the season or they were just recuperating from the previous week’s boat show (one of the country’s largest).
We ventured outside the main part of town and happened upon an area called Historic Hill. This was a very nice section where many of the town’s original buildings are located. It was there that we saw the church where JFK married Jackie. We also found the perfect place to eat - an Italian restaurant that was filled with locals. Always a good sign! We benefitted by the long walk back to the dingy which helped in working off some of those delicious calories!
After stopping for Lange’s favorite fudge, we got back to Zendo where Lynn spent considerable time on the phone with Stephanie who is dealing with all the “fun” challenges that come along with managing people! The rest of the evening was spent exploring options for our next port of call.