The last house we saw was Kingscote, which is one of very few examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the U.S. It’s also the oldest of all the Newport mansions, built in 1839. It fits the term ‘summer cottage’ better than any of the other houses. Never mind the fact that the stable had more square footage than my house!
From Kingscote, we went to the Green Animals Topiary Garden, which was ten miles or so north of Newport. It’s not only the oldest topiary garden in the U.S., it’s also the furthest north. The topiaries were started in 1905. They’d only been open for the season a couple weeks when we were there, so some of them were a little shaggy, but it was still fun to see.
I thought the basket of flowers was especially fun.
The house had a wrap-around porch with rockers, so after walking in the garden, we stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the view.
Our last day there, we drove to Woods Hole, MA and caught the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. This is the hotel in Edgartown where we had lunch.
to the small lighthouse,
where we took in the amazing view.
The best part of Martha’s Vineyard? The two new story ideas I got, of course! Getting three books out of one research trip will give me some extra bang for my bucks. Now all I have to do is write them.