Took a business trip to the lovely Newport this last week for my tiny house construction start-up, Modern Tiny Living, and it was an absolute blast. I’d never been to this part of the New England area before, and I honestly had no idea how spectacular it was. From the history, to the beer, to the “Newport Mansions“, it was a truly enjoyable trip.
Specifically, this trip was for the Newport Flower Show. The Newport Flower Show is a spectacular garden show with some of the most unbelievable flower arrangements I’d ever seen (granted, I am not a flower pro). This year’s theme included tiny “cottages”, which happened to include tiny homes. We were one of three builders invited, and the only one who wasn’t from the immediate region. It was quite an honor.
The event took place on the grounds of the Rosecliff Mansion. The Rosecliff, for you trivia lovers out there, was the location of the original Great Gatsby film. The oceanfront Rosecliff is truly unbelievable. Acres of oceanfront land, frescoes in the building, and every brick was shipped piece by piece from Scotland over one hundred years ago.
Anyway, beyond the show itself, which featured Martha Stewart as a guest (and our home was featured on her blog), Trent and I did get the chance to run around Newport, Rhode Island and explore the various nooks and crannies of this beautiful, quirky town.
Here’s my favorites list:
Best Coffee (and Donuts): Ma’s Donuts, Coffee, and More
Best Local Beer: Captain’s Daughter, Grey Sail Brewing
Best Lobster Roll: Midtown Oyster Bar
Best Casual Lobster Roll: Easton’s Snack Bar
Best Live Music: Parlor Bar & Kitchen
Best Prohibition Era Bar: Wharf Pub (Go the the small bar)
Here are some shots from the trip: