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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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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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Ancient Rome

Rome is on a lot of people’s bucket lists. It’s easy to see why so many flock to the Eternal City, from the amazing food to ancient ruins there is a little something for everyone. My recent trip to Rome was a whirlwind, we fit so much into just a few days!

On Day One we took on Ancient Rome, doing the three hour tour of the Colosseum. It’s incredible to stand in front of a structure built nearly 2000 years ago. In my opinion he skyscrapers we build today will never be as impressive as what civilization were able to create thousands of years ago with significantly less technology.

Throughout the tour you will hear stories of Ancient Emperors, gladiators, and executions. The Colosseum was much more than a simple sports stadium.

The Three Hour your also takes you to the Roman Forum, the birth of civilization as we know it today. Standing in the middle of the Roman Forum you are surrounded by ruins that once held important government offices, temples dedicated to the Roman Gods, and even housed the Vestal Virgins.

We did one of the Skip the Line tours with City Wonders and I highly recommend! The lines to get into the Colosseum were insane. Bring your camera, a reusable water bottle, and very comfortable walking shoes! I’m in my 20s, in pretty good shape and I was sore at the end of the tour. It is a lot of walking across uneven ancient paths, so be prepared, and whatever you do do not try to squeeze the Colosseum and Vatican City into one day. You will be so miserable by the end you won’t enjoy any of it!

In late fall the afternoons can still be pretty hot, we booked a 3pm tour, the first hour was a little warm but but 4pm the sun was starting to set and we got some relief. If you’re visiting Rome in the summer I would recommend going with an early morning tour so you can wrap up and get into the AC before the sweltering heat sets in. Definitely book your tours ahead of time, trust me this will save you a lot of stress when you arrive. The tour company will give you a meeting spot and when you arrive just look for the flags that have your tour company listed. If you’re only in Rome for a short period of time you should absolutely do the Colosseum, we all studied Ancient Rome in school but getting to see it first hand was really special.

Have you been to Rome or are you planning a trip? Let me know in the comments what the highlights are for you!

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Guide to Fall in Woodstock Vermont

If you love fall (and of you don’t why are you even here?) then you’ll want to plan to visit Woodstock Vermont this season. Viewing New England fall foliage is a must every year and I personally believe that Woodstock is one of the best places to take it all in. The charming little town is just under three hours from Boston, so it makes the perfect weekend getaway! IMG_4908IMG_4953IMG_5164

Set your GPS to the Woodstock Inn and Resort. The charming inn is conveniently located in the center of town. If you can book a room I highly recommend staying there for the weekend! If not grab a drink or lunch at the restaurant, check out their giant pumpkins and fall display on the front steps before you head out to explore!

Couple other great places to stop for a bite:

  • Mon Vert Cafe, sandwiches to die for and plenty of vegan and gluten free options!
  • Worthy Kitchen, if its a brisk day stop by for their mac and cheese, its amazing!

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Stroll through town, start at the Inn and walk down Central Street and pop in and out of art galleries, boutiques, and some residents even deck their stoops out in pumpkins and fall decor, they make the perfect photo! IMG_4862IMG_4840IMG_5158IMG_4839

Hop back in your car and take a ride over to the Billings Farm and Museum. I’d also recommend heading over to Sugarbush Farm for gorgeous views plus cheese and maples syrup tastings! These are great options for learning a little bit about this history of Vermont.

For the ultimate fall views you’ll want to drive up Cloudland Road, right up the street from Billings Farm. The road winds up a giant hill that allows you to take in amazing views of gorgeous farm land! When you get to the top turn left on Galaxy Hill Road for more picturesque farms and views!

Peak foliage in Vermont is quickly approaching so book your trip now!

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Sconset with Capture Nantucket

I love exploring Nantucket! I am pretty comfortable saying Nantucket is my favorite place on earth! A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to explore Sconset with Capture Nantucket. Eleanor started capture Nantucket to help people capture the beauty of Nantucket for themselves. This is a photo tour, she helped me find all the best spots, told me about the history of Sconset, and gave me some killer editing tips! It was a foggy morning in Sconset but my and my mom had so much fun with Eleanor and we even got to grab a cookie at Sconset market. If you haven’t had one, it will change your life!

I had visited Nantucket a bunch but had never made it out to Sconset, so I decided to to the iPhone Tour with Capture Nantucket. They have tours for those just taking shots on their phone, or for more advanced DSLR users. I chose to explore Sconset but Capture Nantucket has a variety of locations and packages so you can get the most of your tour! They are also reasonably priced, our iPhone Tour was just $75 per person.

I got so many great shots and got to learn so much from Eleanor about photography and the history of Sconset!

This madras dress is what summer dreams are made of! Now on sale from Vineyard Vines, and for cloudy mornings I love this VV denim jacket, it even has seersucker detailing on the collar and cuffs. Thank you so much VV for making sure I’m dressed for the good life all summer long! #edsftg