Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Vacation to Newport, RI 06/14/12 - Part 3: Friday
Friday morning we got up, packed and then went down to have breakfast at Johnny Rockets Express before taking the long shore road drive up to Newport, RI. When we got to Newport, it was such a beautiful day that I thought the best place to start our adventure would be Rough Point, Doris Duke's ocean front estate. I had discovered this the last time I was down with the kids (05/13/09: Trip To Newport, RI) and just loved it.
From there we headed over to Rosecliff. I had forgotten how grand the ballroom here is. It's just breath taking. And Rosecliff is where the movie The Great Gatsby (among others) was filmed.
By the time we finished touring Rosecliff and walking the grounds I was beat. So, we headed over to the Howard Johnson's in Middleton, RI to sign in, unpack, and then into the heated pool for a swim and some backgammon poolside.
For dinner, we drove over to the Marina Cafe & Pub on Goat Island. It was really nice because we were finishing up just as the sun started to drop over the harbor. Sue got some really nice pictures of the bridge looking toward the island as we left. After wandering around the harbor area for awhile, we headed back to the hotel for the night.
Coming over Narragansett Bay on the Newport Bridge from Jamestown.
The camel topiaries at Rough Point.
Sue makes a new friend....
The front of Doris Duke's magnificent Rough Point.
Spectacular views from the back of Rough Point.
Shot of the back of Rough Point.
Off the back lawn of Rough Point.
From the back lawn showing a different view of Rough Point.
The front of Rosecliff.
The side gardens at Rosecliff.
The water fountain at Rosecliff.
Looking north from Rosecliff.
Setting up for a wedding on the back lawn of Rosecliff.
Statue on the grounds at Rosecliff.
Sue took another picture of the front of Rosecliff on the way out. Just a spectacularly beautiful house and grounds; one of my favorites.
And a final shot of the front of Rosecliff through the trees.
Some yachts docked around the marinas on Goat Island.
The Marina Cafe & Pub on Goat Island where we had dinner.
Looking out into one of the many boat moorages off Goat Island.
A dusk shot from the causeway bridge to Goat Island.
Sue just swept the camera a little north from the previous shot to catch the view of the Newport Bridge at dusk.