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Friday: arrived early morning and drove to Newport. Had coffee and muffin/bagel at a little cafe (can't remember the name) before getting started. It was really foggy until 1pm or so and then cleared to become a beautiful day.

Things we did:

-Newport Harbor Lighthouse: it was ok, small and hidden behind the Hyatt Regency.

-Went to the Purgatory Chasm. Waste of time, not much there. I had the wrong chasm in mind, I thought we were headed to the one that is somewhere in Massachusetts where you can climb through the chasm.

-Flo's Calm Shack: I got clam balls and chowda. Chowda was good, balls were way too bready. My wife got fish & chips. Fish was good, chips were just alright.

-Had a few beers at Coddington Brewery. Beer was really good, they had a fantastic watermelon and blueberry.

-Did The Breakers + One Tour. So we did The Breakers and The Elms. We enjoyed both tours. Elms was audio tour with individual headsets. Breakers was guided tour. No pictures allowed inside homes, only outside. Even though I enjoyed the tours, visiting two mansions was enough for me, I could not have done anymore tours. They start to look the same after a while.

-Did a little of the Cliff Walk (area behind The Breakers). It is ok, wouldn't go out of my way to walk it.

-Drove around Newport a bit, looking at all the nice homes.

-Went to watch the sunset at the Newport Inn but did not feel like having to pay a valet to park our car, so we just watched some of the sunset near one of the beach areas.

-Drove to Fort Adams to try and get some pictures from the outside (I did not want to tour it). Waste of time, no photo ops outside of Fort. Good photo ops of harbor and bridge though.

-Headed to Providence after our day in Newport to hit Trinity Brewpub for some food and beer. Beer and food was just ok.

Saturday: Weather was crappy all day because of the hurricane. Foggy, grey, wet, rainy, windy. Gloomy but not horrible.

-Went to downtown Providence because my wife wanted to see the hotel that her Great Grandfather worked in (now a parking grarage) and where her Grandmother grew up (houses no longer there).

-While downtown, the grand re-opening of the Dunkin' Donuts Center was going on so we walked through that for a few minutes. My wife and I both contributed to a guys effort to break the world record for high fives. I got my picture taken with the Celtics '86 Championship Trophy and got some autographs from members of the Celtics dance team.

-Walked through the lobby of the Biltmore Motel, looked at old pictures, artifacts and the line where the flood reached.

-Had a beer at Union station Brewpub. Beer was just ok.

-Headed to Mystic, CT to visit the town and have Mystice Pizza. I had been there before, my wife hadn't. We both enjoyed the pizza but on the way there, my wife read an article about the movie and found out that the entire movie "Mystic Pizza" was filmed almost entirely in towns other than Mystic. So, that took away from her excitement. She didn't even like the movie that much but this article turned it into a mission to find the actual film locations. So, after eating and walking around Mystic for a bit, we headed to find these locations.

-"Mystic Pizza": In the Borough of Stonington, we located the building they used as the pizza parlor, the house of the "rich kid" and the bar they hung out in.

-We headed to Westerly to see the Watch Hill Lighthouse and Flying Carousel. Mistake....The carousel was not operational (out of season) and the lighthouse was a 15 minute walk and it was pouring outside.

-Headed back towards Newport to end our evening drinking the best beer in RI at Coddingtons. On the way I wanted to stop at the Hitching Post to try the clam fritters as recommended but as we drove by, it looked like they were closed for the evening. From what we could tell, places started closing around 5pm in some areas. Guess because it is out of season.

-Before crossing over into Newport/Middletown, tried to find Beavertail Lighthouse but got all turned around and just gave up.

-Back at Coddington. Enjoyed a few more beers, wings and calamari rings. Everything was good. All in all I tried five different beers there and liked them all. Only bad things was that the bartenders were not too friendly. We did find out that "Happy Hour" is illegal in RI.

-Headed back to the hotel for the night in a complete downpour. Could hardly see the road.

Sunday:

-Weather had cleared and it was a nice mroning to fly out.

-Was going to buy some Coastal Extreme Brewing Blueberry beer at the airport but was told that they cannot sell alcohol before noon on Sunday. Arghhhh!

I don't think I forgot anything. All in all a good trip. We really enjoyed Friday but the weather Saturday and the added frustrations of not being able to locate some of our sights put us in a bad mood off and on. Almost everything I had wanted to see or do did not pan out. Rhode Island, or at least this part of rhode Island does not have great road signs. Many times we found no street signs, faded street signs and no signs showing distance to next town. I had wanted to try some more seafood places recommened by Fodorites and see more lighthouses but ran out of time. Oh, well.......next time.

We stayed in West Warwick at a Comfort Suites and it was fantastic.

I use TripAdvisor and post my reviews/ratings on there if anyone is interested.

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