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Wellness Guide to Newport Rhode Island

Like many of you, I spend most of winter daydreaming about being on a tropical island. But a warm weather getaway isn’t always in the cards, if you need to stay a little closer to home, you’re in luck! You may think of Newport as a summer hot spot but there is plenty to do year-round!

I recently popped down to Newport for a weekend getaway and to experience Newport Wellness Week (January 18th-25th)! From amazing restaurants, spas, and fitness studios, Newport makes a great wellness retreat. Check out all my recommendations on where to work out, best spas, where to eat and where to stay in Newport Rhode Island. Wellness Week goes through January 25th, so if you’re looking for something to do think weekend head on down! IMG_3868.JPG

Fitness Studios in Newport:

Sticking to a fitness routine when you’re away can be tough! I always like to look into local studios that have First Time Client offers. Newport is filled with tons of great studios, while I was in Newport this past weekend, I took a class with the local Studio Barre! Barre class is a great low impact work out and it is always one of my favorites.  Next time you’re in Newport check out some of these great deals.

Studio Barre– New Client Special 2 weeks unlimited for $65, a Single Drop in is $25

Wave Cycle – Wellness Week Special 3 Rides for $35, a Single Drop in is $20

Mend Yoga– Intro Drop in $5, standard drop in $16

 

Wellness Treatments in Newport:

Island Wellness Center – Want to come back from your weekend away completely refreshed? Stop into Island Wellness Center and check out their Himalayan Salt room to experience Halotherapy. Island Wellness also offers LED Light Therapy, and Cryotherapy.

Acupuncture Newport — If you know me you know I don’t do needles, but if you’re braver than I, acupuncture has been proven to have tons of benefits. Schedule and Anti-Stress Treatment to start your getaway off right!

The Preserve – Want to burn calories without working out? The Preserve offers Infrared Sauna sessions starting at $29, you can book directly on their website or on the MINDBODY app!

 

Spas in Newport:

I have a whole blog post coming on my experience with massage, a beginner guide etc. But if you are planning a trip to Newport regardless of it being a wellness weekend, couples’ getaway, or a family trip, you have to check out one of the amazing Spas Newport has to offer.

The Spa at the Newport Marriott- conveniently located downtown at the Marriott The Spa offers a variety of massage, facial treatments, and salon services. Mike and I got a couple’s massage during our recent stay and it was amazing, so relaxing. MH_PVDLW_spa1.jpg

Spa Fjor at Hotel Viking – also located in downtown Newport, they offer everything from Thai massage to a Milk & Honey Body Wrap.

The Bodhi Spa– If you’re looking for something a little different definitely check out the Water Journey, a hydrotherapy experience that takes you from a Dead Sea Salt pool, a Eucalyptus Steam Room, to a tradition dry Sauna. This unique experience is perfect for the seasoned spa veterans out there.

 

Where to Stay in Newport:

Newport Marriott – Located right on the harbor and a short walk from downtown the Marriott is a great choice. We stayed at the Marriott on our recent trip and it was fantastic, the views of the harbor cannot be beat and it still walking distance to all the restaurants and shops. Perfect for a couples’ getaway or a family trip the Marriott has a fitness studio and spa located on site, a pool, and 2 restaurants along with Plank Bar and a Starbucks in the lobby. Skiff Bar is perfect for evening cocktails and a causal dinner for two. If you are looking to have a family dinner head to MainSail, the open nautical dining room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$IMG_4675.JPGIMG_4818.JPG

Some of my other favorite spots to stay include the Gilded ($$), Castle Hill Inn ($$$), The Vanderbilt ($$), and The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina ($$).

 

Where to Eat and Drink in Newport:

The Mooring – If you’re looking to have a nice dinner make a reservation at The Mooring, request a table on the patio, if you time it right you can sip cocktails and enjoy amazing seafood while you watch the sunset over the harbor.  $$$

Midtown Oyster Bar – Whether you’re looking to grab a nice lunch or are looking for a fun bar to grab drinks at the Midtown Oyster Bar fits the bill. They have a fantastic raw bar and a rooftop bar! $$

Bar ‘Cino – This cozy spot is a must visit. Still pretty new to Newport, we stopped in for dinner on our recent trip, and it really impressed me. Italian but with a modern twist, no basic chicken parmesan here. $$

Skiff Bar – As I mentioned Skiff Bar is located right at the Newport Marriott. They have a fantastic cocktail menu and elevated bar bites. We had the pulled pork nachos and they were to die for! Other must tries include Chef Tyler’s famous mac and cheese, and the mango jalapeño margarita! $ IMG_4789

Slim Possible – Stop in for shakes, teas, and snacks to keep things healthy on your trip to Newport! $

 

What to Do in Newport:

The Newport Mansions – If you’re visiting Newport you have to see the mansions! Throughout the Gilded Age America’s wealthiest families built their summer “cottages” in Newport. You can get tickets from the Preservation Society website, I recommend buying the 5 House Ticket, the tickets never expire so if you don’t visit 5 your first visit you can always go back! Or you can purchase tickets on site at any house. I recommend Rosecliff, Marble House, The Elms, Chateau-sur-Mer, and of course The Breakers! The Breakers is a must see but I would save it for last!IMG_4916.jpg

The Cliff Walk – If you get a warm day and you’re looking to get some fresh air during your trip to Newport you have to do The Cliff Walk. Start at The Chanler by Belmont beach and head along the coast, you will pass by a number of the Newport Mansions, including The Breakers! Keep an eye out The 40 Steps, which head all the way down to the ocean. It is a really beautiful walk, bring good walking shoes because it is a bit uneven on certain parts!

Newport Vineyard – My favorite New England wine comes from this vineyard. A short drive from downtown the Newport Vineyard is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon. Do a wine tasting, you have to try The Great White, and then hang out and have a glass of your favorite wine. If you get hungry head into Brix their delicious farm to table dinning!

Shop Downtown – There are tons of cute shops on Bowens Wharf and along Thames St. There are also some amazing art galleries and antique shops. Be sure to check out a few of my favorite wellness shops: Natural Elements, The Apothecary Newport, and Farmaesthetics.

 

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Winter Guide to Stowe Vermont

Named one of America’s Top 10 Best Ski Towns by Forbes, Stowe Vermont has a little something for everyone. One of my favorite spots to ski during the long New England winters, Stowe is great for beginners just learning how to ski, those seeking black diamonds, and if your more into Après Ski than actual skiing don’t worry, there is plenty for you to entertain yourself with! Stowe offers 116 trails, 13 lifts, and a gondola connects the two mountains, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Filled with great restaurants, highly rated day spas, a long list of distilleries, breweries, and wineries, and plenty of outdoor activities.

If you’re trying to plan a ski trip this winter here is my breakdown of where it stay in Stowe, what to do during the winter in Stowe, and when to go!

There are so many options when it comes to Stowe accommodations, and a lot of factors to consider. First you need to decide do you want something on mountain – this is ideal for people who want to ski all day. Do you need something bigger for a larger group? Or do you want something quiet and a little further away from the mountain.stowe-mountain-resort-gondolas.jpg

The Lodge at Spruce Peak – This is really a one shop stop. If you’re looking to ski all day and plan on being to tired at the end of the day to go out this is the spot for you. There are a few different options here, The Village, offers traditional guest rooms, studios and suites. It is also the only spot with ski-in/ ski out option in Stowe. If you’re planning a trip with a large group The Lodge at Spruce Peak also offers luxury rentals and mountain cabins that can come with up to 5 bed rooms.

There are a number of dinning option located at The Lodge which is really convenient if your worn out from a day on the slopes. from the casual Great Room Grill to the more upscale Solstice Restaurant you will have a hard time finding a reason to leave Spruce Peak.

If you’re all skied out there is also Ice Skating, snowshoeing, ice climbing, horseback riding, and dog sledding! For my Après Ski warriors there are local brewery tastings, checking The Whistlepig Pavilion for fire baked cheese and whiskey cocktails!

 

Trapp Family Lodge – Want to feel like you went skiing in the Austrian Alpes? Check out Trapp Family Lodge, and yes that is in the Von Trapp Family. From traditional guest rooms in the lodge to 3 bed room villas, there is even pet friendly lodging if you want to bring your furry friends!

The Trapp Family Lodge has cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing. There is downhill skiing just a few miles from the Trapp Family Lodge.

For those looking for an Après Ski experience Trapp Family Lodge offers Farm-To-Table Dining, on site brewery, and enjoy mountain side hot chocolate at the Slayton Pasture Cabin.  While you’re there take advantage of the Trapp Family Wine Cellar, you can do tastings and guided tours. Book a massages and then go for an afternoon carriage ride, truly a magical experience in the snow covered mountains, end the day in the outdoor hot tub, don’t worry its surrounded by heated slate!Trapp_Lodge.jpg

Stowe Meadows – Valentine’s Ski Getaway? Yes please! If you’re looking for a romantic couple’s weekend Stow Meadows if the perfect spot for you. With only 4 suites, Stowe Meadows can easily feel like your own private mountain lodge.

Onsite there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. Downhill skiing is just a short drive away, Stow Mountain is 20 minutes up the road. You can also take advantage of the shopping and dining options in Stowe Village just 5 miles away.

Stowe Meadows if for those looking for a relaxing mountain vacation. If this sounds great but you were really hoping for more skiing, consider visiting in the summer to take advantage of their gardens, hiking trails, and swimming.

 

The Field Guide – This charming boutique hotel is part of the Lark Hotel collection, one of my personal favorite brands to stay with. Every room is uniquely decorated, with rooms starting at low as $87 a night. Stay in the main Lodge or in one of the Trail House suites, you can’t go wrong!

There is homemade breakfast every morning, they event partner with the BHAV Spa near by to offer Field Guide guest exclusive spa packages. Right in the heart of Stowe Village you are walking distance to tons of shopping, restaurants, and still just a short drive to Stowe Mountain.Screen Shot 2020-01-08 at 10.18.48 PM.pngrarebrick_20150811_2824.jpg

 

General Tips for Visiting Stowe Vermont this Winter:

-Book your lift tickets ahead of time!

-Book equipment rentals ahead of time, super important if you’re not bringing your own equipment, rentals will sell out during peak season so book ahead.

-Take a lesson! If you’ve never skied or are a little rusty Stowe is a great place to learn.

-Take a tour of the Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour, its great trust me.

– Avoid school vacation weeks and holiday weekends, the mountains will be super crowded.

-If you want to ski all season long at a bunch of different locations look into the Epic Pass.

Looking for more recommendations on where to ski in New England? Check out my post on some of my favorite skication spots!

 

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Pre-Holiday Getaway with Lark Hotels

The Holidays can be wonderful, but they can also be stressful! So this year Mike and I decided to get away for a weekend before the Holidays really ramped up. We checked in to The Hotel Salem, a fabulous Lark Hotel located in the heart of down-town Salem. It was perfect timing, the Halloween crowds were gone and things were still calm ahead of the Holidays. 4DF123E3-BEBF-44C7-8C54-9B501FA8B29E

The Hotel Salem opened just over a year ago. It is conveniently located, a bunch of great restaurants and cute shops are all within walking distance. The Peabody Essex Museum is just one block away and The Witch Museum is right next door! If you’ve never been to Salem I highly recommend doing both.

On Saturday we hit up Far From The Tree Cider and did a couple of flights to sample all their different ciders. On warmer days you can sit out on the patio, they don’t serve food but you are welcome to bring your own or have something delivered! Definitely try the seasonal cider, everything is made with local, freshly pressed apples for small batch cider.  BDBE0C89-84B2-44D7-B718-58E1C7D62B49_1_201_a.jpeg

The Hotel Salem has a restaurant located on the first floor of the building, The Counter. The staff was super friendly and the food was delicious! Friday night I had the Short Rib Grilled cheese, this thing was bigger than my head and it was amazing!! For breakfast in the morning I had the French Toast and Mike had the Chorizo Hash,  while we planned out our fun day of exploring Salem. When you stay at the hotel you get 10% off food at The Counter so definitely stop in for at least one meal during your stay.

Our hotel room was roomie and as with all Lark Hotels was uniquely designed to fit the location. It was the perfect setting to unwind and relax. Each room comes with all the necessary amenities; waffle robe, big screen TV, comfy bed, and most importantly a wine opener! There is also a coffee and tea station on each floor that you can help yourself to anytime of day. The station was also equipped with sparkling and filtered water. We had such a nice time, after a long day of exploring Salem we literally just crashed and took a quick nap before dinner. If you’re a light sleeper, try and request a room towards the back of the hotel, our room overlooked Essex St and it was definitely a bit noisy with all the bars and restaurants right there. 8B22BFFF-27FA-425A-9437-3C4AE745F35062CEFF46-6F25-4BB9-AADF-A4253727A52118287A47-CEC3-47B1-86B3-46C204DD84C7

After a weekend with The Hotel Salem I am feeling refreshed and ready for the holidays! What are you doing to relax and unwind before the holidays?

Thank you so much to Lark Hotels for hosing us for the weekend, as always all opinions are my own.
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Victory Cup Polo Match

This past weekend I got to attend the Victory Cup Polo Match in Westport Connecticut. If you’ve never attended a polo match, it’s a lot of fun! Westport was a bit of a drive from Boston so if you really wan to go but would like something more local check out the Newport RI Polo Club or the Hamilton MA Polo Club for public events.

Hats are a must, stilettos can stay home, and dress to impress! I wore a Lilly Pulitzer Maxi dress (that is unfortunately now sold out), a pair of my older Jack Rogers, and a hat, of course! We sipped rosé all day, had lobster rolls, and took in the match. There was also some great people watching! Thank you so much to Victory Cup Polo for hosting me.

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Tips for visiting Colby Farm

2019 update! If you live in New England and have an Instagram account I’m sure you have heard of Colby Farm! The past couple years it has become a must visit hot spot during the month of September, why? Because of this magical sunflower field that blooms this month! I went the last couple of years and I loved it! It’s like nothing you have seen in real life before. This year the field was even bigger and there were definitely more people clued into this little spot. But how can you get an awesome picture of this seemingly endless field without other people in the background of your photos? 

1. Go early

This means early in the season and early in the day, some years I wished I had gone a few days sooner than I did I was passed peak and the sunflowers were a little droopy. This year I went when the field was at 80% bloom and it was perfect! Not a ton of people since everyone was waiting for peak and the sunflowers still looked great. The earlier you go the better the sunflowers will look, keep an eye on the Colby Farm Facebook page they update you on when the sunflowers will be at peak bloom. Last year I went a few days after peak bloom but they still looked good. Go early in the day!! They open at 9:00am I recommend getting there at 9:00am, I know that seems early but if you wait there will be hundreds of other people there and you will have to wait to get in. Which brings me to my next point. 

2. Parking

The first time I went to Colby Farm you just parked at the little Farm stand and walked over to the sunflower field. That was years ago. Now parking is 10 dollars, so bring cash, and there is a giant field behind the sunflower field where they direct people to park. Because I got there right when they opened we were able to get a spot with out waiting but I heard other people have waited 45 minutes to an hour to get in. So plan to get there early! 

3. Follow the rules

There are signs that say don’t pick the sunflowers. Please just follow the rules, if you want to take some sunflowers home with you you can buy some in the Farm stand. This is a family run business and they rely on the money they make during sunflower season. Picking the sunflowers also leaves less for other peop to take photos with, so don’t ruin the fun for everyone else!

4. Walk around 

A lot of people stay by the side of the field closest to the farm stand I recommend immediately walking to the far side of the field. There will be less people and I think the sunflowers look better from that angle. Head over to the farm stand when you’re done taking photos in the field. They have goats and chickens! Go into the farm stand and do a little shopping. They have pies, fresh fruits and veggies, and cider donuts!! Remember this is a family business and it cost money to plant those sunflowers so don’t forget to support the hard workers that make that sunflower field possible. 

5. Be courteous

I know you might have waited a while to get in and you really want to get some photos of you, your significant other, kids, dog etc. but please remember everyone is there trying to do the same thing. If you see a spot you really want to take a photo in don’t jump in the background of someone else’s shot, just wait a minute for them to move on. Be patient and enjoy the experience! And please remember not to pick the sunflowers, buy some in the farm stand and leave the field to be enjoyed by everyone else 🌻

BOUNUS TIP! So I always try to go at the very end of August beginning of September but last year Colby Farm planted a second field in the back of their property, they planted this one later so that it bloomed after the first field was passed peak. So don’t stress if you miss the fields peak, keep an eye on Colby Farms Facebook page to see the second field announced. Haven’t heard anything about it this year but hopefully they keep it going!

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Have you visited Colby Farm before? Let me know in the comments!