Saturday, December 21, 2013

Newport, Rhode Island Off-Season (From Dec 30, 2011)


The difference between a location on- or off-season reminds one of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.  While the same core structures exist, the experience is so different as to be unrecognizable.  And for many tourist hotbeds, the best time to visit them is when they are at their population ebb.  This came to mind yesterday.










































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27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope you, your family and all of my fellow Daily Prep visitors have a great 2012.

Looking forward to all the great posts to come.

Live long and propser!

Ian from way way down there!!

Grace said...

I love your outfit, Muffy! And Newport looks beautiful.

...just another preppy shopaholic said...

Fabulous photos, thanks for sharing! My family has a timeshare over at Oceancliff that they've had about 18 years! Love visiting Newport, can't wait to go back in August!

Kionon said...

Absolutely stunning photographs, Muffy. As usual, your various forays leave me simply jealous.

And of course, it's everyone's favorite... well yours and mine... norwegian sweater. Like yours, mine is the 1980s women's. At 115lbs, I haven't much of a choice. But I tend to save quite a bit, because when I shop, I always go straight to the kids section and pick up 14-16s or 18-20s. Very rarely is the percentage off less than 50% off versus the adult sizes, and that presumes no sales are going on, when the percentage off can be even higher.

My father recently got the newer Mountain Red/Navy version of the norwegian sweater for Christmas, and if I wore it, it would be more like a norwegian blanket! Pictures forthcoming, probably tomorrow... We're also going to get my shoes taken care of.

Worthington said...

So glad that The Chanler gets your seal of approval. It is on our 'short list' of domestic locations for our honeymoon, which will be next Oct. We appreciate a off-season visit to a tourist destination, too!

j. antoine said...

Thank you for a year of amazing posts! I look forward to what's to come in 2012. Happy New Year to the Daily Prep and all its lovely readers!

Hege said...

Happy New Year, from a reader in Norway.

Jacob Phelps said...

Wow! What a beautiful place to be!

Coach Mac said...

Thank you, Muffy! The best to you this year. Happy Hogmanay Day!

sailormadras said...

As usual great pics, for me it is just as pretty in the winter on a blue sky crisp day . I almost like the solitude better, than the touristo's from Warwick roaming the streets in droves. It may be the smallest state but if you love the water and sailing it is for sure the biggest! ty for sharing:)

Dawn said...

Happy New Year, Muffy! I have so enjoyed the glimpse of your life you've provided this year. I am especially envious of your sweater, which looks as perfect as mine did back in the mid-80s.

Caleigh said...

Hi I loved your post about Newport! My family has a house here for summering. My parents were actually married at the nyyc. Yesterday I was walking my dog down to the cliff walk and I believe I may have seen you!!! Small world! I know you mentioned like coming down in the off-season, but you should take a trip down here this June for the America's Cup races it should be a lot of fun!

Cranky Yankee said...

Does 'Caleigh' realize that Newport's June event is the America's Cup World Series and not the America's Cup challenge? We lost that long ago and Larry Ellison is hosting in San Francisco.

http://www.newportri.com/features/sports/let-the-preparations-begin/article_835c0dfe-286d-11e1-9249-001871e3ce6c.html?mode=image&photo=0

Anonymous said...

Tell me more about this America's Cup thing. I know they have Jazz and tennis - but when did the America's Cup golf tournament come to town. Wasn't aware Ellison played golf.

Susan R said...

Muffy...it just seems to get better and better over here at The Daily Prep. I swear if I ever make it to the East Coast, I'm going to have a pleuthera of wonderful places to visit. I'm tellin' ya, the tourism board needs to be giving you some kick backs for all of these enticing posts.

Anonymous said...

some of the most striking photos on this blog to date! looking forward to another year.
--long-time-reader/ first-time-commenter

Anonymous said...

Thank you posting your pictures of Newport. I Love the "off season" !
My grandfathers were also on the Arabella...Christopher and son, James Avery.

Kionon said...

Muffy, I need your advice. I sent back the LL Bean shoes that didn't work, and I am ordering the LL Bean Boots Rubber Moccasins. However, I was planning to order a 7 1/2 because that is what I wear in boat shoes/blucher mocs. My sperry's are typically 7.5. An 8 will be too big. Will the 7 be too small?

I'll be grabbing a pair of camp mocs if the duck mocs are a no-go.

Reggie Darling said...

Marvelous post with marvelous photographs. I attended St. George's in nearby Middletown (but with a Newport mailing address) in the 1970s, after Historic Newport had restored many of the town's 18th century buildings (funded in large part by Doris Duke), but back when Thames Street was a gritty dockside street of gin mills and tattoo parlors catering to the Navy men back when the US Navy still was a (major) presence in town. The "cottages" were considered white elephants, and many were being torn down or converted into condos, or simply closed down. My how times have changed!

Patsy said...

I did not know the Chanler served lunch - score! Thanks, Muffy!

I see many familiar names on that wall at Newport Shipyard, assume they were closed for the week.

j.mosby said...

I could retire in Newport! what a great town to live in!

Katahdin said...

After years summering in Newport, I spent one winter there post-divorce having been displaced from Manhattan. Off-season there was a stark but interesting "yin" to the busy "yang" of NPT high season. I got through a good many books and Black Pearl hamburgers

Tim said...

I love the shot of you with the gloves and the birds-eye sweater in what looks like a ship yard. In it, you appear to have a real air of hands-on pragmatism. I take it the jacket is a Barbour. That photo is my new screen wallpaper. Go Muffy.

David P said...

I would love to visit Newport someday, and as an avid tennis fan, I'm particularly interested in the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. It looks like a beautiful facility. Please consider visiting and posting photos.

Curious, is Newport not considered preppy? It did show up on the entry on the preppiest towns.

David P said...

Edit: I meant to say that Newport did NOT show up on the list of preppiest towns.

M.D. Johns/New Communications said...

That is the sort of day that, in the run up to Christmas, really appeals to me and is usually more memorable than the holiday itself. My husband and I were talking about days like that, especially in the off season, as we drove home from the last farm market of the year earlier today. Tourist towns are best in shoulder season!

Tim said...

Where's the station wagon?