I have been putting lots of miles on my car with trips all over the East Coast this summer, and like I mentioned in last week’s post, I recently went to Newport, Rhode Island for a tennis tournament at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (I told you my family loves tennis). I got to see some great tennis matches, and I also loved seeing all the beautiful buildings in the area and on the famous Cliff Walk. Historic buildings are my favorite, so I took tons of photos! 🙂
Newport is only about 5 hours away from Philadelphia, so it’s an easy weekend trip. We started the day with a singles match of John Isner (who I’ve actually met and seen play before) against Dennis Novikov. Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters were also there that weekend to be inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame, but we didn’t run into them (though I have seen Andy Roddick play twice before).
The International Tennis Hall of Fame has a museum and grass courts (you get free admission into the museum with your tournament ticket), and the Hall of Fame Open is the only tournament in the U.S. played on grass courts. The venue is absolutely beautiful, and I loved how they maintained the historic buildings! I felt like I had stepped back in time.
Isner (on the right in the teal shirt) is easy to pick out from a crowd because he’s 6’10”!
After the match, we went to the International Tennis Hall of Fame museum. There were a lot of interesting tennis accessories over the years that were really cool to see, and I didn’t realize how long women had been able to compete in tennis, so that was really interesting to learn about. They also had a hologram of Roger Federer, who is my favorite player, and I actually got to meet him a few years ago on my 19th birthday!
We actually caught a glimpse of Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, a paraplegic tennis player who was being inducted into the Hall of Fame that weekend!
One of the women competed wearing a poodle dress!
After the museum, we walked around downtown until a doubles match started. The area was beautiful, and like I said, I absolutely loved all the historic buildings! It was a pretty quiet area with lots of cute shops, and I didn’t really have any time for shopping this time but all the antique stores looked really nice.
This is an old mill that they created a park around
You know I got excited for a Viking hotel 😉
After walking around and stopping for some snacks, we went back to the tennis courts to wander around some before watching Sam Groth and Leander Paes take on Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Rajeev Ram. It was a pretty close and exciting match, and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Rajeev Ram won (they later went on to win the tournament).
I don’t get an open sky like this in Philly, so I take advantage of sunset photos whenever I get the chance!
The next day, we did the Cliff Walk before I needed to head back to Philly. The Cliff Walk is a walkway along the shore that takes you to some of the most beautiful mansions I’ve ever seen. Newport was the summer destination for many of the rich and famous back in the day (including families like the Vanderbilts), and their homes did not disappoint. You can go inside of some of the homes, but I didn’t have time so I’ll definitely do that the next time I’m in Newport!
Some of the homes on the Cliff Walk are still privately owned, so if you go, make sure you don’t trespass on someone’s property. Even though it’s on the shore, I was surprised that it wasn’t cooler with an ocean breeze. It was pretty hot and really humid, so make sure you dress appropriately and bring some water!
The Breakers, the Vanderbilts’ summer home
Newport is now one of my favorite places in the U.S., so I will definitely be going back at some point! 🙂 It was quaint, beautiful, on the water, and it had tennis, so that’s really all I could ever want! If you’ve been to Newport before, what did you do? Comment below!
Wow! So many beautiful photos! I’m a big fan of tennis (and player too:-)) so thank you for the picturesque walk!
Thank you! 🙂
Looks like a nice place to visit! Definitely going on my bucket list. That tennis course looks nice too.
Thanks! It’s a great place to visit!
The architecture is beautiful, it somehow looks like Copenhagen.
I could see that! The architecture definitely has a European feel to it!
What a great experience. I am really not into tennis, but it must have been exciting to get to see the matches. I couldn’t stop marvelling at the photos of the beautiful houses, and the mansions! Such amazing architecture!
Yes I fell in love with all the beautiful buildings there!
Stunning photos! I’ve never been to this area but it looks so quaint and full of history! And although I’m not into tennis, the town looked super cute and fun! I love your “About Me” page and all your funny facts about yourself!
Thank you so much! 🙂
Wauw! I love historic buildings too! You took some very beautiful pictures! Great post 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
I went to school in Providence, RI and spent two summers working and living in Newport! It is one of my favorite places to visit.
During college I was lucky enough to plan two special events at the International Tennis Hall of Fame which was so awesome!
That’s awesome! Which events were you able to go to?
These photos are amazing and inspiring. Guess I gotta head to Newport 🙂
Thank you! You should definitely go to Newport if you get the chance!
Even for those who are not into tennis, this seems such a beautiful place to visit! These houses are amazing and your photos do them so much justice.
Thank you! Yes the tennis courts were beautiful!
What a fun experience to see the tennis matches! I’ve been wanting to spend a weekend in Newport. Maybe I’ll go this fall. Thanks for the tips!
I bet Newport would be beautiful in the fall, you should definitely go!
Looks like an awesome and interesting trip! The Cliff Walk looks like it was fun – what beautiful homes!
Thank you! 🙂
I too love Newport! Definitely go see a couple of mansions the next time you go. We also did a Segway tour (so fun!) and went to a glass blowing workshop and made our own Christmas ornaments.:)
Glassblowing sounds like a lot of fun! I’m definitely planning on going back to go inside some mansions!