By Kassondra Granata
Everyone needs a break, whether it is a moment of silence shared between you and a cup of tea or going on a mini vacation and taking time to enjoy yourself. As a college student with six classes and an ongoing agenda, like many on campus, one would think that they simply do not have time for that. It is crucial that you give yourself time to de-stress before one goes completely insane.
This weekend, as my Valentines Day present, I went to Newport, RI for a small, well deserved vacation. It was difficult at first to come to terms that I was going to put my busy lifestyle on hold, but I soon got over it the moment I began to drive over the last bridge and saw the remarkable city before me.
I have been to Newport a few times every year for the past five years, and it is one of my favorite places to go. The neighborhoods, predominately wealthy, are so quaint; I mainly enjoy traveling to Newport for the sightseeing. The different colored houses and the historical significance of it all is very interesting.
The fact that it is a city, and such a different type of city I have traveled to, is also interesting. The downtown on Thames Street is always bustling with people, and I find it quite enjoyable to just take a walk, people watch and take a glance in the unique shops.
The sight of the Newport Harbor with the docks adds so much character to this city. I was never a very “nautical” person until I discovered Newport. I love the brisk smell of the ocean and the sounds of the waves crashing against the docks. The scenery at Newport is magnificent, and there really isn’t one spot that doesn’t have a certain beauty to it, whether it be a lamp post or the cobblestone streets.
The food was also a great change. One night we dined at The Red Parrot, which is one of the best-known restaurants in Newport. I was nervous upon arriving because there might have been a long wait, but we were seated as soon as we arrived. I have to say, despite the fact that we were seated at a small, wobbly table right next to the bathrooms and near the entrance, it was one of the best meals I have had in a while. The hostess stuck a wedge under the wobbly leg and I wore my coat the whole time. The clam chowder was delicious, and I highly recommend the Sicilian-style penne.
Sunday, our last day, consisted of shopping and taking a tour of The Breakers, a mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family. The Breakers is one of Newport’s stunning summer “cottages” that has over 20 bathrooms and 700 doorknobs and counting. We took a self guided tour with our own headphones throughout the mansion. We walked through the Grand Hall, where there was a grand staircase and beautiful architecture, the breakfast room, the dining room, the music room, bedrooms and throughout each room there was a different type of style. Some rooms had real gold infused in the wood panels. I was astonished and privileged to be able to see this firsthand. I also came to the conclusion that I never want to own a house to this extremity. My significant other made a joke that “vacuum day” would be awful.
As I passed over the bridge on the way back to Conn., I felt at ease. Taking a break and taking a time to enjoy yourself is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Try not to overwork yourself. If you plant yourself in an office and dismiss any idea or notion of having fun, you are missing out on great opportunities and consolation on your well being.