I love Newport! Having a membership to the famous Gilded Age Newport Mansions, I always like to stop in and visit one or two of them. I usually have a routine down on visits - hit the mansions, walk the Point section of town to gawk at the beautiful colonial architecture, enjoy the Cliff Walk if it's a warm day, and of course, indulge in some rich food and sweet cocktails. I vary it up with something new each time, but it is all the standard (and worthwhile) things to do that everyone knows about.
Recently, I was invited on a charter cruise aboard the antique yacht, Temma, which is something I've never done or thought to do in Newport. I didn't know the option existed. I was ready for a new, unique experience in one of my favorite cities. Launched in 1928 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Temma is as elegant and sleek as the era she was built in. As a history enthusiast, I found all the 1920's details irresistible!
Greg and Alana, the owners and crew, are personable, friendly, and relaxed. My kind of people! They hosted us on a stunning ride through Narragansett Harbor.
The Temma has been thoughtfully taken care of and kept up beautifully, with gleaming wood surfaces and fresh, comfy cushions, everything is warm and inviting. Sitting back and relaxing against the pillows was just my speed.
I enjoyed boat watching from small personal crafts to massive yachts, from working boats and schooners to ferries, they were all eye candy to me. Greg and Alana filled us in on many of the boats' stories, which was fascinating.
A sailboat in front of the island mansion, Clingstone
Sailing by the Newport Bridge and Rose Island lighthouse
And viewing the sights along the shoreline was breathtaking!
The New York Yacht Club
Castle Hill Inn and Castle Hill lighthouse in the background
Passing Ida Lewis Rock which once was the Lime Rock lighthouse. Now it's the Ida Lewis Yacht Club.
Castle Hill lighthouse
Clingstone mansion, built in 1905, sits on a rock in the harbor and can actually be rented for a stay.
There was a bit of wildlife, too.
The cruise on Temma, was a unique and relaxing experience. I got to take in Newport from a completely different perspective and learned some interesting things along the way, all aboard a stunning piece of history. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary in the City by the Sea, check out the antique yacht: here. To get an even better idea of the sights you can see with Greg and Alana, check out their instagram: here, which is full of stunning images.
I can't wait to board her again!