Some of us are lucky enough to have friends who move to really cool places. For me that friend is my big sister (sorority), Nikki. You guys may have remembered me visiting her for her wedding festivities (here, here, here, here, here and here) in Norfolk (here) and in the big apple a time or two (here, here and here). Needless to say there is a lot of Nikki here on the blog. 😉 Nikki and her Hubby recently moved from Japan (so bummed I didn’t go visit her there!) so it had been a pretty long time since we had last seen each other.
I love the Northeast and jumped at the chance to go visit her in a state I had never been to, Rhode Island! A 6:45hr drive turned into a 9:30hr drive (darn you NYC traffic) but it was all worth it. They live right on the water which made for some amazing views, especially at sunset. I arrived to Warren, RI around dinner time and we headed to the neighboring town of Bristol, RI for some dinner and drinks (I was pumped for amazing seafood). I loved Bristol with its large, New England, style houses right along the water with established trees. It really made me feel like I was in Nantucket. All of the houses lining the main street had flags/patriotic decorations galore for their upcoming Fourth of July parade. Bristol, RI is famous for their 4th parade, being one of the oldest celebrations in the United States. How cool!
Nikki and her Husband took me out to eat at a great spot right along the water- Dewolf Tavern . I had the Seafood Stew (shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, lobster, swordfish & crab in coconut, coriander, star anise and mustard see broth with broccoli rabe) It was so fresh and delicious! This place also had great cocktail combinations!
After dinner we walked to the nearby Judge Roy Bean Saloon with a great band (which was playing country I may add and I loved it!) This place was fun and had a beautiful bar with amazing wood details.
The next day we woke up and had a wonderful breakfast in Warren at Eli’s Kitchen. This place had limited seating but it was so worth the wait! They have fresh, homemade donuts in various flavors, so of course we all had to try one as an ‘appetizer.’ For my main dish I went with the Breakfast Burrito (eggs, black beans, avocado, tomatillo salsa, pickled cabbage, lime crema and Vermont cheddar served with home fries) which hit the spot and was very flavorful. Nikki ordered the Avocado toast and her Hubs the Cinnamon Roll French toast- both looked amazing! I have to say the portion sizes here are HUGE.
After our hearty breakfast, it was time to prep for the festivities later in the day, my very first Polo Match! Yep- like the guys on horses hitting a ball around with the stick. We got all fancy with cute dresses/big hat and packed up the car full of snacks, sandwiches, booze, chairs, blankets. Nikki and Dakotah’s friends, Rich and Jenna met us at Nikki’s house and off we went to Newport for the Newport Polo Match against Boston.
We arrived a few hours before the match and saw various levels of tailgating. These folks don’t play around! Some people had chairs, coolers, etc just like we did; but others had tents, fancy/comfy lounge sets and full buffets.
The weather was perfect and we enjoyed chatting, people watching (including those who were playing lawn games on the field!) and walking around to the bar and gift shop.
Soon it was time for the match to begin. The commentator had a British accent which made the game even more entertaining. Basically in polo there are 6 periods, called Chukkas, which last 7 minutes. Only 3 players per team are permitted on the field at one time. The objective of the game is to (while on horseback) hit a small ball with a wooden mallet through your team’s goal.
Before we knew it, it was half time. The announcer called for all of us to come onto the field to ‘stomp the divots’ made by the horses in the grass. This is a tradition in polo and made for a super fun time. The second half of the match went by quickly with Newport taking home the win 13-10!
We headed back to Nikki’s and after freshening up, the 5 of us headed to nearby Providence, RI for a night out on the town. After standing in a long line, we finally found ourselves on the Rooftop at the G with amazing views of Providence. This place was fancy with lounge-type chairs and gas fire pits.
We ended up hopping on over to Hot Club which was HUGE and located on the water for a few drinks before Uber-ing home.
I was so pleasantly surprised by Rhode Island, I cannot wait for my next visit!