By Eileen Gunn
On previous, childfree trips to Newport, RI, we grooved in the hot sun at the famous Folk Festival, kayaked Narragansett Bay, slurped raw clams and drank a lot of beer. These activities weren’t likely to go over well with Tiny Traveler, age 4.5, so I wondered what we would do during a 24-hour stopover on the way from Mystic, CT to Cape Cod.
As it turned out, there was more to do than we had time for.
We arrived at noon and immediately headed to Bowen’s wharf for a boat tour of the harbor. The wind and sun on an outdoor deck can be a lot for a little kid, so we chose the Majestic, which has some inside seating. TT looked at the boats, the fancy houses and the action in the harbor while I listened to a tour that included local history, sailing trivia and gossip about who owned which yacht and who had partied in which mansion. TT was content for the hour it lasted, but started to get squirmy toward the end.
After lunch and a swim in the pool at the perfectly located Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina*, we took a walk down Thames Street, window-shopping and admiring the harbor views. We stopped at Kilwin’s candy store, across from Bowen’s Wharf to watch workers dip caramel apples and bought Oreas and pretzels dipped in chocolate for after dinner.