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Anna's Donuts & Coffee in West Roxbury

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.

chocolate doughnut from Anna's Donuts in West Roxbury

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.

Ashley and Tim at the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island

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.

Newport, Rhode Island's Cliff Walk

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.

view from the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island

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.

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Comments: 5

  1. mackenzie September 18, 2011 at 9:38 am Reply

    doughnuts? are you even a part of this family?

  2. Mel September 19, 2011 at 8:24 am Reply

    I’ve been meaning for years to read ‘Age of Innocence’. You are my motivation to do it now.

  3. Russanne September 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm Reply

    Isn’t the Breakers amazing? Kyle and I went to the Breakers in July and it would have been amazing except for the fact that it was 100 degrees outside and I chose to wear spanx. I was so unhappy all day. That should really be saying something because how can you be unhappy in Newport RI?

  4. Rachael September 21, 2011 at 11:12 am Reply

    What an awesome trip! That place is gorgeous!

  5. Melanie October 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm Reply

    I LOVE Newport and touring the Breakers is one of my favorite things I have done in New England. Lydia (3 years old at the time) even enjoyed the audio tour for children. So glad you guys went.

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