This past week, we traveled to Newport, Rhode Island for our babymoon! For those of you who don’t know, a “babymoon” is a vacation taken by couples who are expecting, before their baby arrives. It was a much-needed getaway for us, as we’ve been so busy with work and preparing for the baby. My husband and I work opposite schedules, so it was nice to get away and spend some quality time together. Newport was the perfect babymoon destination for us, because it was a place that we have always wanted to explore together and was easy to travel to by car. I would highly recommend going during this time of year (after Labor Day), because we still had beautiful summer weather, and it was less crowded with tourists than during the summer months – See more about our trip below!
For our stay, we rented a small cottage through Home Away – we’ve done this in the past and have always had good luck with our rentals. The hotels in the area were very expensive, even though it was considered off-season, so renting through Home Away was a much cheaper alternative. The cottage was minutes away from the beach and offered more amenities than a hotel would have anyway.
There were endless places to dine in and around Newport. We had our coffee and breakfast at the cottage every day, but did dine out for lunch and dinner. Our favorite restaurants were Brick Alley Pub and The Red Parrot restaurant. Most of the restaurants in Newport specialize in seafood, but these two restaurants offered a variety of other food choices as well, and were both decently priced. We also enjoyed the food at Easton’s Beach snack bar!
The downtown Thames Street area of Newport is full of places to shop, with everything from popular stores such as J. Crew to souvenir shops and privately owned boutiques. The majority of the stores cater to tourists and carry similar merchandise. My favorite place to shop was Armory Antique Marketplace – it was full of beautiful furniture, décor, and collectibles. They also offered a selection of vintage clothing for really great prices. If you know me, you know that I love one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. I found an amazing 70’s dress and a vintage Liberty of London floral scarf for next to nothing. I also finally got my husband into vintage – he ended up purchasing more pieces than I did!
The Mansions are a must-see destination in Newport. There are 10 mansions in total, but we only chose to visit two during our stay. The Breakers is the largest and most popular mansion – We had both been there when we were younger but wanted to revisit. We also went to Rose Cliff, which was very beautiful and got to see the Pierre Cardin fashion exhibit.
Newport offers a variety of boating excursions and tours out of Bowen’s Wharf. We decided to go on an afternoon sail with Sightsailing of Newport. It was one of the most fun and relaxing things that we did during our stay. We went on a 3:30pm “Sails and Ales” cruise around Newport and Narragansett. My husband was able to do the complimentary beer tasting for the both of us! I was a little nervous about going on a boat at 7 months pregnant, but the boat was so large that we barely felt the waves and was completely safe.
We stayed minutes away from beautiful Easton’s Beach, which is between Middletown and Newport, RI. It was easy to park and wasn’t overly crowded because of the time of year that we went. It also had a great snack bar where you could get lobster rolls, sandwiches, etc.
There were a few things that we didn’t get to do during our stay. One was the Cliff Walk – being 7 months pregnant, I was too tired to walk more than we already did during the day, but would love to do it next time. We also didn’t get a chance to go to Castle Hill and see the lighthouse. We loved Newport so much that we’ve already talked about going back next year for a few days! I hope you enjoyed reading about our trip and let me know if you have any questions!