Today is a day of celebration! Tomorrow marks one year since Tim and I wed, so we devoted Saturday to our anniversary festivities. We started off with a mutually loved breakfast item — doughnuts. We went to Anna’s in West Roxbury, where the doughnuts are made fresh and hand cut every morning starting at 2 a.m. Tim sampled their new peanut butter and jelly doughnut (peanut butter and chocolate glaze on top, with jelly filling in the center) and I went for the classic chocolate. Doughnuts just might be my favorite way to spend $1.
From Anna’s, we moved on to the destination of the day — Newport, Rhode Island. Visiting The Breakers (the Vanderbilts’ early 1900s summer “cottage”) has been on my to-do list for a few years. We had a most productive trip down, as I read “The Age of Innocence” aloud to Tim while he drove. I’ve chosen to study the book and its amazing author, Edith Wharton, for my class this semester, and reading it helped us get into the Gilded Age spirit for our visit to the mansions in Newport.
The Breakers was even more spectacular than I anticipated, and I’m now contemplating a preservation society membership so I can return and tour more homes in the neighborhood. The Breakers is on 13 acres of beautiful green, with an oceanfront view of the Atlantic. The “cottage” is a mere 130,000 square feet (that’s about 185 times the size of my apartment), with 70 rooms decorated after the manner of the most impeccable European palaces. I loved every room, and the stories on the audio tour were more than enjoyable.
After touring the home, we walked a few miles of the Cliff Walk and peeked into the back yards of some of the other mansions. I must find a way to live in a place with views like this.
Our evening included another dollar purchase, so stay tuned for part deux of our day. Sunday is rest day, so I’ll be back on Monday.