Waterfire: We did plan this trip around Waterfire as neither of us have been. We are most likely staying at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown the entire 4 days/3 nights which should be pretty good for this. Is it possible to surprise her with a gondola ride on the river? If so, do you recommend doing this at a time OTHER than the event so we can enjoy both things separately? Any other things to know about Waterfire?
Transportation Part 1: Looking forward to not having a car unless necessary. I've found RIPTA route 60 as a way to get to Newport in an hour. From what I've heard about the beaches in summer, a car may not be faster anyway. My question is - does Newport have a downtown? Will it be walkable and worthwhile once we are there if we don't have a vehicle?
Transportation Part 2: We will probably take 1 day and go to Boston. Using google maps, I see that I can take the MBTA Providence/Stoughton Line to Back Bay or South Station. Any recommendation? Head to one station and head back from the other? We'd probably do this on Friday?
DELS: OK, this is an important one. Again, using Google, I don't see any locations in the walkable city center. Can this be right? Definitely something I plan on having a few times while up there. Del's website isn't working (the location finder anyway) so any local advice?
I think that's it for now! I appreciate your feedback - it will be invaluable.