“E.J., we’re going to be in town for the Newport Flower Show, are you available to meet?” asked Anne, a client of mine. “Of course, I am,” I replied. And just like that a wonderful weekend was booked. Lucky them.
What are you waiting for?
You have plenty of reasons to come to Newport. Not only is today the beginning of the world renown Newport Flower Show, but, most kids in Newport are still in school. No beach crowd traffic to deal with, yet. And I mean yet. Which is why late June, the Flower Show, and perhaps you, go hand in hand with your perfectly timed mini-vacation.
If you want to experience Newport like the rich and famous, allow me to offer you some ideas. First, begin your trip by thinking about where you want to eat, drink, and sleep. There’s lots of opportunities where you’ll be treated well. Why? Because when you frequent local establishments in the s-l-o-w, wintry months of January and February, like Becky and I do, you’re treated well in June. You’re welcomed with open arms. Literally. And I’ll see to it that you are too.
I know you have plenty of excuses not to come, but, planes, trains, and automobiles shouldn’t be among them. Because Providence is easily accessible by air, you can grab an Uber into Newport, and I’m going to help you with the rest. OK?
Get here early. Begin your weekend on a Thursday. Visit the Chanler Hotel’s Cara bar overlooking the Cliff Walk, where, you can sip whatever my friend Maurice recommends. Trust me. You’ll be in good hands. Then, stroll the Cliff Walk or perhaps save that for the morning with your Empire coffee or latte (my office is next door to their William Street location).
Use your loyalty points at the Newport Marriott or stay at a handful of other top-rated hotels. I’ll provide you with the list. No roach hotels for you. And as for dinner, settle in at the farm to table TSK or sit at the bar on the third-floor of Fluke and allow the owners, Jeff and Geremie, to do the rest while you relax and take in a gorgeous sunset. Ease into the weekend, because tomorrow there will be plenty to do.
Imagine breathing in the salty, ocean air of coastal Newport. Isn’t it, nice? Why not stop and smell the roses for a change and create a lifelong memory in Newport in the month of June? You won’t regret it. You deserve to live like the rich and famous.
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P.S. Martha Stewart and Sachi Rose Pollard are top billing at the Flower Show this weekend. Pollard will “entertain and educate about Small & Sustainable Arrangements on Friday,” according to the Newport Mansions website:
Gilded Age “cottages” were built with every convenience, designed for entertaining and to represent a lifestyle. Today’s cottages, much like their gilded ancestors, are also about lifestyle. Join us to celebrate the tiniest of homes, which are smart in both technology and style. The front lawn of Rosecliff will be transformed into a Tiny House Village, complete with four tiny homes and their adjacent sustainable gardens. A Tiny Traveling Theater on the front lawn will host rotating pop-up lectures and demonstrations throughout the weekend.
P.P.S. Begin your trip by emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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