NEWPORT, R. I. – There are those of us who simply will not sit or lie on a beach all day.
Not that sun, sand and surf are not wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. The question is, how much time are you going to bake in the oven, even with sunscreen? Me, I’m good for maybe two hours. Actually, if there are any waves at all, I’ll body surf until my sport shorts pockets are filled with sand.
I’m kind of antsy to begin with.
Which is why Newport is a great place to loll on the beach, or jump in the surf – or do other things, all in the same day, all in the same morning if you want. Newport has lots of beaches, some bigger, some smaller, each with its own personality, even its own demographics. Just as important, there are restaurants of every kind close by, some of them excellent, and sightseeing opportunities galore along with a thriving retail district where you can shop until you drop, as they say.
Of course, you already know about the mansions.
My article on Newport, with a sidebar on Newport chowders, can be viewed on-line at Courant.com and will appear Sunday, Aug. 21, in print editions of The Hartford Courant. It will be on the cover of the Travel section. Access the stories at http://www.courant.com/travel/hc-newport-beaches-20160821-story.html and http://www.courant.com/travel/hc-rhode-island-chowder-20160821-story.html.