I never really understood the importance of a babymoon until I had my own this weekend. Anel and I have been so stressed out with working hard to get our ducks in a row before the baby arrives, that we haven’t really relaxed or just enjoyed each other’s company in months. Months! Yes, we’ve had the occasional date night, but often after long days I’m too tired to go out anywhere so we order in. Don’t get me wrong, those nights are great, but sometimes you just need to leave the house and be with each other, in the moment.
Taking two days with no plans and no work was incredible. On Friday afternoon, we made the familiar drive to Newport, a place near and dear to our hearts. We got married there almost five years ago, and I’ve spent time there with my family every summer for as long as I can remember. Going as a couple and making our own memories every year is so special. This time? Even more so!
After weeks and weeks of rain in New England, we seriously lucked out with the most beautiful weekend ever. Following a quick rain on Friday afternoon, it was sunny and hot for the rest of the weekend, exactly what I was hoping for. We spent two nights at the new Gurney’s Newport (currently undergoing renovations but still incredible!) because I loved my time at Gurney’s Montauk so much.
I won’t go through a play by play but the highlights were: One of the best dinners I’ve had in months at Scarpetta, a couples massage with a view of the ocean, two spectacular sunsets (the view from Gurney’s is unbeatable), a day by the pool, a trip into town for dinner at our favorite restaurant, Clarke Cooke House, ice cream cones on the wharf, a quick jaunt on the Cliff Walk (I got too hot and had to turn around) and then a Sunday spent on Easton’s Beach with lobster rolls and Del’s frozen lemonade.
If it seems like there was a lot of food and relaxing involved, well there was! You can enjoy a little photo diary of the trip below. We didn’t go too crazy taking pictures because we really wanted to focus on being present, but we got some great ones that give you the vibe.
Over the course of our stay there, I had another growth spurt (pretty sure it wasn’t food related) and I now feel more giant than ever going into what’s supposed to be a super hot week. I plan to stay extra hydrated with my favorite summer pregnancy concoction: Coconut water blended with ice, and avoid being in the hot sun for more than a few minutes.
Del’s frozen lemonade: One of my favorite things in the universe
Sunset on night one
Family photo (minus Boots!)
Lobster tagliatelle with asparagus and basil bread crumbs at Scarpetta
An old lighthouse on the property
View from The Pineapple Club
Iced decaf with almond milk for me, latte for Anel
Sunset on night two
Rosé for Anel, blueberry cucumber mocktail for me at Scarpetta
Thank you to Gurney’s Newport for hosting us. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.