Libraries are good for Travelers.
Of course, we now have internet cafes and wireless access in some coffee shops, but to the real budget traveler, libraries are not just about borrowing books. They provide internet access to the public free of charge and they provide a more or less quiet place for people to read,reflect and research mid- adventure as well as pre-adventure. If you have a laptop and it has a wireless card, you can even access the interrnet outside the library on the grounds, or nearby under a shady tree. Daily newspapers are free as well as the latest magazines ,and public notices of events are posted. And don't forget, as a friend has reminded me, the bathrooms are usually clean and are also free. The main public library in Newport is on Spring St.. and it is quite roomy, has a fine thrift book shop and is heated in winter and air conditioned in summer. I try to make a trip to the public library in any town I spend a bit of time in. I would especially recommend this to long distance travelers who want to get a feel for the place they find themselves in. Newport has a second library of note, called the Redwood library. It is open to the public, but not for take out. That's for members only. It has it's own Art Gallery in the lobby and in a separate room that used to be an office. It is the oldest functioning library in the United States.. It has just been renovated with climate control to protect the artwork. A ride on the old train along the shoreline.St. Patrick's Day is pretty fun too. This year (mid-march) it didn't snow and there was a wonderful Parade. Many people dress with the color green, or wear some kind of costume. High Harry Potter Hats in green are acceptable. Bars and restaurants do a brisk business. The skating rink is cool too. People walking in droves up and down Thames street in warm weather; shopping, talking, eating ice cream, etc.. is a common site..
The Old Stone Mill
The Old Stone Mill or Tower is a prominient landmark in Newport's Touro Park. This structure has been the subject of centuries of debate over its origins. The two most popualr theories are that it was constructed by Benedict Arnold in the 1600s as a windmill similar to one in his birthplace, Chesterton, England; or that it was constructed by ancient Norse visitors.
At the time of taking the photograph, I was more interested in the 'modern' people!
From New York take 95N. to...
From New York take 95N. to 138E. cross the Jamestown & Newport Bridges.Exit to downtown Newport.
From Boston take 24S. to Aquidneck Island, which becomes Hwy 114.
From Boston Loga Airport, exit Airport onto 93S.follow
to Rt 24S /left exit/ follow through Fall River Mass to Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Quahog Company has become a must for every trip we take to Newport. On our first visit here we fell in love with the scallops wrapped in bacon and return for them as much as we can.
The place itself is a nice size with plenty of seating indoor and outdoors(weather permitting). We've always had good service and never felt rushed. I like that it's close to the Wharf and always in walking distance of wherever we stay. The menu has some good appetizer, salad and entree choices along with some good beer choices. I like coming her for lunch or a snack when it's less crowded. The scallops here flat out amazing. We also have had some calamari which was good but the scallops are the favorite dish for me here. The bacon wrapped ones off the appetizer menu. Liz likes their caesar salad and she claims it is one of the better ones she has had when dining out.
Once again we came here because it was on the idine list. And as seems to be our course in life we found a really amazing item on the menu that is so good it will bring us back just to have more of them.
The Cliff Walk
The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 miles walking journey. The best part about it is...it's free! All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and perhaps a bottle of water. When I went I also brought along camera. While the start is technically at Memorial Beoulevard there are several areas where you can pick up along the walk.
It is great on nice days to walk along and see the ocean as well as the views of the mansion grounds. One note however is that the cliff walk does get a bit more difficult as it goes along. Some parts of it are smooth while others are all large bouldars and they say at the start that you proceed at your own risk. Also do be on the look out for posion ivy.
One thing to look for is the Forty steps on Narragansett Ave. There are also plenty of other interesting sites along the way.