From 2005 to 2015 I owned a beach house in Newport, Rhode Island. It was a half block walk to the ocean. Do you think my kids came? Only if I paid their travel expenses. When the Amtrak fares went up (they doubled) I stopped paying. Needless to say, my kids very rarely trekked out to the beach house any more.
Imagine my surprise when my daughter told me that this summer, for her birthday, she wanted to celebrate it on the beaches of Newport, Rhode Island. She wanted to go back to the clam shacks we frequented. She wanted to sail the safe harbors once again. I usually don’t live backwards. I very rarely go back to where I came from. I like to move forward. I like to move on.
But I have to say, I was intrigued to go back to Newport, Rhode Island also. So, all of us will be spending around two weeks, back in our old haunting grounds, walking the beaches, visiting the parks, attending the concerts, dining at some of the finest restaurants once again. Together. Just like old times.
I’ve always owned two houses at the same time. That’s because I have always been drawn to the mountains AND the beach. So much so that I can never make up my mind what I prefer the best. We used to live at the beach and vacation in the mountains. Now, I live in the mountains and vacation at the beach. When I sold the Newport beach house, I used that money to buy a ‘beach house’ in Sarasota. After 1.5 years, that didn’t work out either, so I sold. (Note: my second homes have all been bought for cash)
I’ve kept the funds from the sale of my second homes sort of liquid. I’ve been on the lookout to buy another vacation home but nothing has caught my eye yet. Somehow the mountain home just seems to make perfect sense. So much so, that there has been no other reason to buy any more houses. If I get the travel bug, we just jump in our RV. Some homes you can consider an asset. Some homes, like vacation homes, can just be a drag on your finances. After a while, they become a liability.
Anyway, I’m signing off from blogging for the next few days. I usually switch to Instagram when I go traveling. You can follow our antics on my Instagram feed (which is on the lower right hand corner): @AdventuresCindi_Nick
Side Note: My older daughter, her husband and my granddaughter will be staying in my NY home while we’re gone so that they can avoid this massive heat index we’re currently going through. Temps today felt like 106F. Not good. They want access to the community pool and I don’t blame them. They’ve promised to be neat. We’ll see.