It has been a long time since I last visited Newport Rhode Island, so when Susan and I were looking for a place to extend a brief holiday around a visit to our son in NYC, Newport quickly climbed to the top of the list. Jeremy has recently moved to a new, and much nicer apartment on the upper east side, but he needed a heavy dose of "mom" to help get his room properly organized. Given the cost of hotel rooms in the city we also had a vested interest in helping in the purchase of a comfortable, guest accommodating, sleep sofa.
On the way south we decided to spend a couple of days getting reacquainted with Newport in the off season. We were lucky to find a lovely and reasonably priced bed and breakfast. The Marshall Slocum Inn was warm and friendly, conveniently located with off street parking and, of course, Wifi. My problem with B&Bs is that, while out shooting the sunrises, I often miss the breakfast part of the deal. Happily the Inn served until 10AM and the food was definitely worth getting back.
|Ocean Avenue Dawn|
Newport is known for its busy harbor and dramatic rocky coast. On the first day I left early, rushing to catch the sunrise along the Ocean Drive. I made my way down to the rocks just in time and was able to experiment with composition and exposure.
I love catching the surf with both and long and short shutters to contrast the varying moods as the breakers crash on the rocks. As the sun broke through the clouds, the back-lighting of the surf provided added drama. It was a calm warm morning and I hated to leave, but breakfast was calling.
After breakfast we explored downtown and appreciated the quiet relaxed atmosphere that off-season Newport provides. Unlike the congestion of summer, the streets were nearly empty and parking was easy to find. From a photographic perspective the lack of crowds made it easier to capture the beauty of the seaport. I especially enjoyed shooting the Trinity Church, decorated for the autumn with an array of pumpkins and only a few people to distract from the mood.
Later in the day we strolled along the Cliff Walk, a 3.5 mile pedestrian walkway running along Newport's rocky shore and next to many of the opulent mansions for which the community is famous. The Walk is one of Newport's most popular attractions and the weather was lovely. Sadly we only had time to explore a portion of the trail, since we planned to head across Narragansett Bay to catch the sunset and moonrise over Point Judith.
Two Moon-rises in One Month
|Point Judith Light Gated|
|Trail Through the Reeds|
Our daughter Abigail's boyfriend Grayson spent two summers in Newport crewing on the Madeleine, one of the local windjammers, and we benefited from his recommendations for great, out of the way, restaurants. Again, given the season, reservations were not a problem.
|Red Tail Hawk|
After our tour we headed towards New York following coastal roads. The only picture I shot in the city was of the fender that my son scuffed while braving the Manhattan traffic. Our trip to Newport provided a lovely but all to short reacquaintance with this little gem of the New England's Southern coast. I would not choose to visit during the congestion of the summer, but off season it is a wonderfully quiet and restful escape.