With being on the go so much in America we hadn’t found any petsitting assignments that fitted our busy schedule. But when one came up for 10 days in the new year we jumped at the opportunity. Our first petsitting assignment in America took us to the smallest state – Rhode Island.
After our incredible two weeks in New York we were in need of a little down time and our organised petsit in Rhode Island was just the ticket.
From our Airbnb in New Jersey (A) we drove 200 kms and spent the night in Groton, Connecticut (B) at yet another Wyndham property (see our Wyndham Properties review here). The following day we only needed to drive 60 kms to Exeter, Rhode Island (C) to meet our latest furry friends and their owners.For the next 10 nights we were to be looking after Lucy, the super smart golden retriever, and Sadie, the super smoocher. We were nestled in a beautiful setting, a lovely home set in 30 acres of woods with tracks the owners had created. It was a wonderful spot to relax after our busy time in New York and we always enjoy the company of the pets. The weather was taking a dramatic turn and we woke to light dustings of snow a couple of mornings and below zero temperatures, as well as some rain. This meant taking Lucy for her walks also meant many layers and since she wasn’t very interested in Logan walking her, it was up to me, or at times we all went.
Pat and Jim, the home owners, gave us many ideas of things to do in and around the area during our stay. We were happy to take it easy (and let the budget recover from New York), but we did get out and about a couple of times.
One day we ventured out to explore The Cliff Walk in Newport and while it was only a few degrees in temperature, thankfully it wasn’t too windy. We tried to encourage Lucy to come with us but she wasn’t keen to get into our vehicle, so she missed out on the beautiful coastal views. From Exeter it was a 25 minute drive to the seaside city of Newport. The strong yachting community could be seen in many facets around the area and we discovered that the America’s Cup was held there in 1983 and that JFK & Jackie had strong ties to the area and were married there in 1953.The full length of the track along the coastline is 5.6 kms but we just parked at one end, did a couple of kilometres along the well constructed section and returned to the car. We saw some incredible 1800’s mansions and there were signs and information boards along the track that gave us more history behind some of them and the area. Most of them, ‘summer homes’ for wealthy New Yorkers… and one (the red sandstone), once the centrepiece of a tobacco heiress’s estate, is now part of Salve Regina University.Another day we drove 20 minutes to the Providence Children’s Museum which looked like a very hands on facility and somewhere that the boys really enjoyed. Entry cost was $52 USD/$78 NZD for all of us, which we thought was quite a lot, but we did spent a good few hours here enjoying the activities. Another productive ‘School of Mum and Dad’ field trip.After our time in Exeter we said goodbye to Lucy and Sadie (and Pat and Jim) and continued to our last stop in America, Boston.
Average Daily Spend for 11 nights – $96.13 NZD ($191.37 under budget per day)
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