Midtown Oyster Bar

Located on Thames, Street in the heart of Newport’s harbor, Midtown Oyster boosts a warm, friendly atmosphere for dining for lunch and dinner year round. Ever since joining Newport’s bustling social scene in June of 2013, this tavern and restaurant has been a popular spot for their impressive raw bar selection, fresh seafood, and non-seafood selections such as steaks, burgers, and sandwiches for locals and visitors to the region.

Once we arrived on a Saturday afternoon at 12:30, the downstairs tavern had a significant amount of activity, with all of the bar stools occupied and the majority of the nearby tables filled with guests. The restaurant is a two story building with two bar areas, with the second floor as a Burgee Bar. There is a generous amount of dining space upstairs with plenty of room between tables, allowing for a private and relaxing dining experience.

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Cliffside Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

A romantic escape set in the historic, seaside town of Newport, The Cliffside Inn is a couple’s ideal luxurious destination with the comforts and senses of home. The Inn also serves as a perfect getaway for small groups,, families, and friends. This was my husband’s first visit to Newport and my second. The last time I explored Newport was nine years ago while on a holiday bus trip from Hartford, CT where I visited several of the mansions during the holidays. I had longed to come back for several years and was delighted that I had the opportunity to stay for the weekend.

We arrived to The Cliffside Inn late on Friday night. We were so pleased with the communication with the staff prior to our arrival, regarding where we could pick up our key and where to park. My husband and I stayed in The Carriage House, which has its own private entrance, its own parking space, and is just steps away from the main house.

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10 Best Things I Ate in 2016

What a year 2016 was! I had the pleasure of dining at the best restaurants in the Hamptons and North Fork as well as some notable restaurants in Manhattan, Connecticut and Washington D.C. It proved to be very tough to narrow it down to ten favorite dishes, but after careful consideration, I am thrilled to present the ten best things I ate this past year. I could only imagine what delectable plates 2017 will bring!

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Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

Feast your eyes upon the king of burgers and shakes. Black Tap is living proof that good ol’ burgers, fries, and shakes still reign on. With three locations in Manhattan and more to open in the future, these are some serious burger joints. Famous through a hard-wired network of viral Instagram shots featuring their outrageous, ‘Crazy Shakes’, it is no wonder that Black Tap is top on the bucket list of New York visitors and residents alike.

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Haven Rooftop at The Sanctuary Hotel

Located on the ninth floor of The Sanctuary Hotel in New York City, Haven Rooftop offers out-of-town sightseers and New Yorkers alike an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As this rooftop French-American restaurant is ideally set within minutes of such landmark destinations as Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, and Grand Central, it is a perfect spot to kick back and enjoy a cocktail and dinner at their rooftop bar. During the summer months, it is an ideal escape to enjoy happy hour drinks al fresco. Year round, you can witness some of the best skyscraper views from the center of it all.

As we arrived in the lobby, we were instantly greeted by the doorman, who promptly took our coats and led us to an elevator that took as up to the rooftop. Upon arrival at 4pm on a Sunday evening, there was already some activity at the bar adjacent to our table and guests gathered around the bar room just opposite from the elevators. In the upstairs dining room, the tables are well spaced apart and the scene allows for a cozy and leisurely experience.
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