Just Back -- Newport, Rhode Island

Yes, we know that Newport is not in the Caribbean.  But there is something about that town that just keeps drawing us back, and we want to share that with you.  For such a small town, there's quite a bit to do.  Here are some highlights:

- Sunset Toast on Goat Island (Pineapples on the Bay at the Hyatt):  The food is nothing to get excited about, but the champagne toast and cannon shot at sunset is a hoot.  You can also purchase s'more kits at the hotel's front desk and cook 'em up at the nearby fire pit.  And of course, the sunset is stunning!  

- Mansion Tour:  We chose to tour the most famous of the mansions, The Breakers.  It is a self-guided tour using audio guides.  There is a "Family Tour" option you can choose to listen to, as well as the "regular" one.  I was nervous about our children getting anxious or losing interest before we completed the whole tour, but the Family Tour was great and kept them engaged the whole time.

- Sailing on Narragansett Bay:  We went on a two-hour sail aboard the Sightsailer.  We enjoyed sitting on the bow and hanging our feet over the side to catch splashes of water while seeing the sights of Newport from the water.  

- The Grill at Forty 1 North:  Quite a scene, great for people-watching and gawking at mega-yachts.  Be forewarned -- drinks are in the $12 - $14 range, dinner appetizers in the teens, entrees $30 - $60.

- Evening Cocktails on the lawn at Castle Hill:  Always a favorite; just sit back, enjoy a cocktail and the view of the Newport Bridge and the boats going by.  The kids can get some energy out by running around on the hill and everyone can enjoy the sunset.