April 3, 2018

48 Hours Newport, Rhode Island

With the prediction of the fast approaching 4th nor’easter of the season to hit our coastal town, my friend Elise and I set out to avoid this first day of spring, storm. Both of use needed some relief from the battering of the previous storms and the lack of electricity, this seemed to be the perfect solution. We set out early on March 21st for a 21 mile ride along the low roads to reach our destination, Gurney’s Resort, Goat Island! It became a truly an exciting and invigorating ride when approximately five miles from the resort our visibility and speed significantly decreased due the furious snow fall. We felt it was a sign that we were lucky to get out of Dodge in time and be staying at a resort that would not lose power and be equipped to keep us entertained and extremely happy! 

Let’s cut to the chase!  This was the storm that never materialized after that brief burst of snow, we stayed put waiting for its delayed arrival that never came!  Just like having a chronic illness, sometimes the best laid plans don’t happen and you make the best of what can be!  Well, the following is what we did on our 48 hour staycation in Newport!

Our room overlooked the East Passage, south of the Newport Bridge.  Even with the heavy fog and cold we stayed on our balcony and enjoyed the beauty of the angry ocean.  The room was clean, modern, and comfortable.  The Nespresso in the room was greatly appreciated, as well as the Gilchrist &Soames toiletries.  


Everything about our stay at Gurney’s was wonderful.  The Regent Lounge, had the most delicious Negroni Fresco’s and chili calamari.  The workout room was small, but well appointed, and the pool was absolutely delightful!     

We stayed at the resort the first two days, only venturing out for dinner.  From the front desk, concierge, and valet service all the staff went above and beyond to make our stay perfect!  There is a coffee bar in the lobby, a decanter of fresh fruit water replenished as needed, and a day spa with the most extraordinary views!

View from the mani/pedi station!

What I’ve learned from this experience is what I now believe was the intendant reasoning of taking a staycation, a relaxing, restorative, and enjoyable experience. In comparison to my  Staycation” in January 2017 which was an exhausting experience and not a heck of a lot of fun, this was a true staycation. The unpredictable weather we faced is similar to what individuals with chronic diseases face each day, uncertainty of what the day will bring, and making the most of what is present.  Waking up on the day we were leaving with the sun shining and calm seas, we left the resort to stroll the empty streets of Newport and visit some interesting local businesses.

Audrain Automobile Museum

The museum floor overflowed with muscle cars that looked like pieces of art!

Seashells In Bloom

Coastal items ranging from home decor, jewelry, apparel, and so much more!


A skin care clinic and retail store that sells 100% natural, handmade, herbal skin care products!

 The aroma of this store was intoxicating!

We meandered through the streets for hours before leaving for home, and wishing we could have stayed a bit longer!



  1. Elise Ferrara says:

    Best 48 hours in a very long time. Thanks for the memories❤️

  2. The uncertainty of the weather and the uncertainty of chronic illness. What a great comparison. I’ve been wanting to go to the Audrain museum. Hopefully this spring when hubby is back on his feet.

    So – lunch tomorrow !! See you

  3. Valerie Fuchs says:

    Sounds wonderful!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful description of your stay!!!