Monday, October 12, 2009
We took Cristie down to Newport to check out the coast and the Gilded Age Mansions. She and I toured the 65,000 square foot Vanderbilt Mansion while Luke took Laurel on the sea walk. (Priceless antiques + toddler = insanity). The marble and platinum were impressive, but of course I found the kitchen and the butler's pantry to be the most fascinating. And Cristie and I swooned over the simple linen bedding in the bedrooms. As it was Conference Saturday, we busted through the mansion's audio tour in an hour, walked through the pouring rain, and dragged our bedraggled selves into Cafe Zelda for the best clam chowder I've EVER eaten. Who says you can't do Newport in 2 hours?