All posts tagged: Rhode Island

Childhood Favorite at Colt State Park

Last week I traveled back to New England to visit family, and one of my secondary priorities was making sure I got to eat all of my local favorite foods. At the top of my list was a Del’s Lemonade straight from the truck. A Rhode Island favorite that originated in Italy in the 1840s, the frozen treat is part of so many childhood memories visiting my grandparents in Bristol, RI. So I was ecstatic to discover one of Del’s trucks while visiting Colt State Park during my trip. It’s still as delicious as I remember.

The Breakers

When I was growing up, my sisters and I often stayed with our grandparents in Bristol, RI when we had time off from school. Some of my favorite  In the late afternoon, we would occasionally drive to Newport and cruise by a stretch of ocean front mansions formerly owned by some of America’s most wealthy and powerful families, stopping for ice cream on the way home or Colt State Park to watch the sunset. It wasn’t until I was dating my husband and we took a weekend trip to Newport that I actually toured the inside of one of these homes, The Breakers Mansion, formerly owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Vanderbilt and his family spent most of the year in New York City, and traveled to their Newport vacation home every summer. The Breakers is referred to online as a summer cottage, but truthfully it is a behemoth that takes two and a half hours to tour.  The home is opulent and full of fascinating details, for example, Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom was designed as a perfect oval, and all …