Cape Cod & Newport, Rhode Island

Trip Start Apr 15, 2008
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Trip End Apr 01, 2010


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Monday, July 28, 2008

Cape Cod
Laying a couple of hours south of Boston is the semi circle peninsula of Cape Cod a picturesque area where the pilgrims first hit land in 1620. 
We drove the length of the Cape Cod Peninsula to Provincetown which is set on the end of what is known as the Outer Cape. Provincetown is a town full of artist and residence who just want to live away from the main stream hassles of life. A great town for walking around, it has a scenic setting on the bay with beaches and docks. A 267ft pilgrims monument has been erected which can be climbed for great views of the town. The houses are picture postcard, coated with painted clap board. Most houses are from the late 1800's and the town hosts heaps of classy restaurants and craft shops lining the narrow streets.
We stayed in a small town called Hyannis, like many of the villages and towns dotted along these coasts Hyannis is brimming with shops and eateries, a special mention has to go to the British Beer Company, ah real beer! We were please to find a pub which has draft Ale on tap, a few pints of Old Speckled Hen went down a treat! Whilst here we spent a pleasant evening with a Canadian couple we met when ordering from the bar! Paul's Father had originated from the UK and Paul had spent a couple of years at Uni in Lincoln and Eastbourne. We had fun chewing the cud, making all the usual comparisons of life styles etc... Hyannis is also where the famous Kennedy family lived and still own properties.
There are two scenic driving routes along each of the coasts; Route 28 to the south and Route 6A to the north both routes cuts through woodland villages dotted with large mansions, white churches and more clapboard houses. You need buckets of money to live around here. All along the coast the roads are lined by colourful summer flowers, unusually for America most of the gardens have white picket fences and are beautifully tended, they have the biggest Blue Hydrangeas we have ever seen, blooms as big as footballs.
 
Newport - Rhode Island
Wow what a gem, we loved this place and would really recommend it as a great place to visit.
Set in a perfect position on a costal island in the south of the small state of Rhode Island. This is where the rich New Yorkers came to build the summer Mansions, no cost was spared and Bellevue Avenue is lined with these impressive homes it is well worth a visit. 
Along the coast is the aptly named Ocean Drive, this is a breathtaking drive following the cliffs and coves with more disgustingly large homes, we can but dream! Along this drive there is a kite flying site, sound a bit boring!? Well you should see the kites they are huge and of all shapes and colours you can't help but be impressed.
The main town of Newport is set around the harbour with cobbled streets lined by historic buildings, pubs and yes more shops! What a shame we have no room in our cases! 
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