Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Newport, Rhode Island, part one

I left Virginia late in the afternoon on Sunday, June 14 and stopped overnight in Rye, New York. After a delicious breakfast, i got on the road and headed to my friend Karen's bed and breakfast, Wander Inn, in Newport, Rhode Island. It's a relatively small B&B, with comfortable rooms, great breakfasts, and a nice deck for having breakfast (when the weather cooperates).

On Tuesday i walked downtown to the Post Office and then did some sightseeing. I've been going to the same place for 11 years but never tire of looking at Newport's architecture. This is a house that i've never noticed before, with a sailing ship weather vane.

Here's the whole house as seen from the street.

This is a glorious old house (probably from the early 1800s) that's been partially restored. It's currently a lawyer's office.

This is a close-up of the dormer window, twin chimneys, and nice trim under the eaves.

Here's a close up of the front door, with its Greek columns with fancy carved pediments. I don't think the etched glass door is original, but it looks lovely.

This is the Touro synagogue, designed by architect Peter Harrison in 1759 and completed in 1763...probably the first synagogue in what later became the United States. This is the site of the famous proclamation about religious freedom from President Washington that i cited in an earlier post.

This is the front window of the Claire Murray store...she designs wonderful hooked rugs with nautical designs.


  1. I love the pics - I loves architecture you might like to see my blog today as I've done a post on archetecture too!
    And I love the rug. Does your friend sell them - is there a website? You see we live right by the sea and love things nautical.
    It looks like you had a fabulous trip!

    Author (Milo and Alfie's Mom)

  2. Sorry about the typoes - I hurried!

  3. I love Claire Murray rugs...They would actually be perfect in this house we're staying in down here in Surf City NC.

  4. That looks like a lovely town. I may never get out of Texas again since retirement, so enjoy pictures of others trips!

  5. What a lovely post - and pictures!

    The Humans say the pictures make them want to visit Rhode Island.

  6. Great photos! I love to look at the architecture of old homes. Yes, I'm familiar with Claire Murray too! She has a lovely shop in Nantucket also.
    You are making me want to visit Newport! Glad you had a nice trip, and good to have you back!!