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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Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

One of the most charming and down-to-earth seaside resorts I have ever stayed at. Located just twenty minutes away by car from New London, Saybrook Point Inn and Spa offers beautiful, scenic views of of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound. A perfect getaway for the weekend away from Boston or New York City as well as a prime location for a wedding or family reunion, the resort and spa is also less than thirty minutes away from Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, offering an exceptional alternative to relax the weekend away with the close proximity of the arenas and casinos. Old Saybrook itself is a quaint, historic town rich in history. Did you know, for example, that Yale’s original college campus was in what is now Old Saybrook, and the town was the former home of one of Hollywood’s greatest, Katharine Hepburn? There is a cultural arts center affectionately named ‘The Kate’ in her honor less than two miles from the Inn.

The details and amenities throughout are exquisite. The Inn includes several different types of accommodations including the Main Inn, two guesthouses, the Lighthouse Suite located on the marina, and vacation and long term rentals. Their villas are available for you to enjoy year-round on a weekly and monthly basis or even longer. The two historic guesthouses, Tall Tales and Three Stories, located just steps away and opposite from the Main Inn, allowing for ample privacy. The houses feature living spaces such as common room areas, game rooms, and roof-top fire pits that are perfect for mingling with fellow guests, enjoying a late night snack or early breakfast.

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Dinner at Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut encompasses every dreamy detail of your perfect restaurant: local, seasonal ingredients; friendly, genuine staff, fantastic food, and some of the most breathtaking views of the Connecticut River. The dining room as well as its outdoor dining space, including a high top table, overlooks the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets the Long Island Sound, and has a stunning vantage point of the marina. Inside, the coastal interior is very warm and inviting, with cozy corner booths and dim lighting.

There was plenty of activity throughout the restaurant and bar area when we arrived on a Friday evening in late October. Our waitress, the sweetest woman we had ever met, went above and beyond by suggesting a dish from each course from their dinner menu as well as detailing local points of interest in the area. She truly wanted us to have a wonderful experience while tasting a variety of dishes, and we certainly did!
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A London Food Tour

Since my first visit to the United Kingdom during the summer of 2011, I have considered London to be my second home. I love every aspect of the city: its people, culture, magnificent history, and its food. You may have heard the phrase, “In England, the weather is bad and the food is worse.” That statement could not be any more far from the truth. In one month of being abroad, it only rained three times and it was intermittent. During my second two-week visit, not a drop of rain fell from the sky.

On this particular visit, I had the pleasure of dining at some new (and favorite) spots for lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. Grab a cuppa and some biscuits as I take you to some of my favorite sweet and savory spots across central London.

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