this isn’t a very timely recap since i went to newport like three weeks ago… but just because i’ve been slacking doesn’t mean i should forget the trip entirely! so let’s see…
you might remember that i took a daytrip to newport, rhode island for my birthday at the end of march. it was a bit chilly, but such a great day - blue skies, restaurant week and fun with my mom. i was chatting with my friend whitney that day and she was saying she hadn’t been to newport in years and years and would LOVE to go. right then, we planned a quick girls weekend for the first weekend in june and we counted down the hours.
only issue… june = wedding season. newport = wedding location. weekend = wedding time. ergo… june weekend in newport = nearly impossible to find a hotel. the big staples were all booked, some of the b&b’s looked quite creepy and the upscale boutique hotels required a minimum two-night stay at about $450-600 a night. (no thanks.) instead of driving 35 minutes and paying a hefty toll back and forth over the jamestown bridge, i found an affordable hotel right in middletown (about 3 miles from the center of town in newport) - easy peasy!
on our trip, we visited a couple of the mansions, indulged in cupcakes and froyo (on different days, don’t worry) and had some great seafood. it was a perfect quick trip and we really lucked out with the weather on the second day. of course i didn’t quite luck out with the car issues i had during our last couple of hours in town, but i’ll get to that later.
here’s a little known fact that can save you some money when you visit the newport mansions: when you buy a pass for one or two mansions, that ticket can be upgraded at a lower price at any point within the next year. example: my mom and i bought a two-mansion ticket on my birthday and whit and i wanted to check out two mansions. instead of buying a new two-mansion ticket for $24, we were able to upgrade my original tickets (which i held onto) to a 4+ mansion ticket ($31 value) for just an extra $7. make sense? i thought so! i’m so glad i hung onto the tickets because i ended up saving us $34! such a bargain.
this trip, whit and i visited marblehouse and the elms (i went to the breakers and rosecliff with my mom in march). the mansions are so beautiful and fun to tour without it feeling boring and museum-ish.
eats & treats
we visited cupcake charlie’s on our first day and split a few of the cupcakes (didn’t finish them all, though. womp womp). clockwise starting top left: red velvet, chocolate mint, chocolate chip cookie, peanut butter cup. we didn’t realize until we were inside that cupcake charlie’s had been featured on food network’scupcake wars! what a ringing endorsement :)
since we all know how obsessed i am with self-serve froyo, we had to run into orange leaf (new to me, but they’re all over the place!) on our second day after lunch. good thing we did so much walking to burn it off!
and yes, we did eat food OTHER than dessert while we were there. we had a quick lunch at yesterday’s when we first got to town (no pictures, but quesadilla for me and cranberry chicken sandwich for whit!)
that night, when we went downtown in our cutest outfits, we ended up at the black pearl tavern (which will always remind me of johnny depp and pirates of the caribbean). we split a brie appetizer and both got scallops for dinner. too dark inside for pictures, but here we are outside the restaurant in our cutest summer dresses:
lastly, in between a boatload of shopping (so many shops downtown - a mix of regular retail stores like j. crew, banana republic and gap with fun touristy and boutique-y shops, as well), we had brunch outside on the water at the landing (wraps for all!). and yes, i’m serious when i say this was our weather and our view:
as we were heading out of town, my car started making some embarrassingly loud noises and i couldn’t figure out why. imagine whit and i in our cute sundresses, trying to politely crouch down to diagnose a car issue that we had no clue about. great visual.
a couple of very polite high school boys tried to help us out. here’s another visual: one of the boys put his bike down in front of my car and then crawled half under it off on the side of the road. EVERYONE that walked/drove by, stopped and gasped, staring angrily at me while they thought i RAN OVER THIS BOY. luckily that was not the case and he rigged up a temporary solution for me.
when i say temporary, i mean that it fell off four minutes later and i ended up having to call AAA. my oil pan cover or some-such-thing was dragging under my car and luckily he just ripped it off. you know, instead of my car being stranded in newport or me paying $3 a mile to get it towed 100 miles home…
i proceeded to drive 40mph home through torrential downpours until whit and i arrived in CT safe and sound. always and adventure…
overall, newport was an absolute blast and was a perfect way to kick off the summer. then again, i’ve visited during the holidays when the mansions were decorated for christmas and that was a blast, too. in short… newport is a great new england trip, no matter when you’ve got time to go!
no, i did not graduate from med school. no, i don’t like science. no, i will never be a doctor. my friend ashley, on the other hand… well, you already heard about my trip to philly to celebrate her graduation from med school. what you HAVEN’T heard, though, are some of the insanely creative details she put into her grad party!
in addition to being a total smartypants, ash is super creative and artistic, as well. a rare combo, if you ask me! she was able to take tons of ideas and pictures from pinterest and turn them into a totally focused, themed, fun med school graduation party.
instead of balloons tied to streamers, we blew up latex hospital gloves and strung them around the deck with ribbon!
ash made these adorable candy graduation cap pops with an upside down, mini reese’s peanut butter cup, a square of chocolate, some licorice and red frosting!
okay, this might be a little graphic for some, but centerpieces were portable urinals (filled with rocks and pinwheels) and little urine sample cups were filled with yellow food dye and water. apple juice could easily work, too!
pour grenadine into any drink (alcoholic or non) to make syringe shots! she just made a big batch in a bowl and sucked up the juice right into the syringes. to keep them cool, we kept them in little bedpans full of ice.
finally, she made one of those candy bars/tables that are so popular right now. glass bowls, vases, etc. of all different heights/widths and candy of every color you could think of helped to make the table pretty and fun! there were bags stamped with her official MD stamp and everyone could scoop up their own goody bag. we even put some of the candies that looked like pills into little CVS pill bags. she made an adorable sign for one of the jars (shown above) that said “pill poppin’” too.
make sure your guests of honor (sophie & ollie) get lots of attention and a good seat for the party & last but not least, make sure you remember why you’re celebrating - graduating med school is an INSANELY impressive accomplishment. congrats again, ash :)