I’ve gushed before about how neat my college town is. It’s a pretty popular tourist destination and there are sights and scenery all around that will have your eyes darting from one thing to another. That is, if you don’t get mesmerized by the beautiful ocean backdrop.
There’s almost always something going on and it’s a fun place to explore. The restaurants are endless, as are the bars!
Even though it’s colder now and the winter season doesn’t have the town running rampant with tourists, people still come to visit, especially during Christmas time.
The mansions are decked out with decorations and the lights around town make you feel like you’re walking in a winter wonderland. They even setup an ice skating rink!
Recently even Christina Aguilera made a trip to visit! Maybe she was scouting real estate? I wouldn’t doubt she could afford the likes of these…
But I didn’t see the Britney-Rival-Pop-Star of my youth.
I met someone even better.
Kath of KERF fame!
And her sister, Laura, from Taking Back My Twenties!
And their respective Matts!
They came to Newport for the weekend and were kind enough to meetup with me for a visit. We all met up at The Mooring so they could get their evening of beer tasting and appetizer sampling off to an official Newport start.
(Head over to Katheats for a recap of their adventures!)
At The Mooring, these seafood donuts caught their attention on the menu. Though I didn’t participate in the sampling, they did look quite good.
While it’s great checking out new blogs, I think everyone has their standard go-to blogs that they love to follow. If you’re like me, you may consider them real life friends even if you’ve never conversed or met before, especially in person.
is was one of those people for me.
Meeting Kath was honestly an incredible experience for me. Through reading her blog and following her posts I found the inspiration to start my own. Granted, it took me longer than I would have hoped to get started, but I may not have taken the leap of photographing and writing at all if it weren’t for her! She, Matt, Laura, and Matt were so gracious and I enjoyed chatting with them so much.
[I may/may not have been a bit starstruck.]
After The Mooring, they headed over to Diego’s and I said goodbye as I headed out to meet some friends for our Secret Santa party.
It was an evening of friends (new and old!) and Christmas spirit.
I’m heading home this week after finals are over and I don’t think I can think of a better way to have spent my last Saturday in Newport for the year 2010.
Have you ever met someone you admire or who has inadvertently inspired you?
What did you do this weekend to get into the Christmas spirit?