I gifted myself a ticket to the New England Coastal Creative for Christmas and literally counted down the days until it was time to go! The conference was full of inspiration, meeting new friends and spending time with some of my favorite people!
The conference was at Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island! This beautiful and historic hotel was full of character and charm! Also, within walking distance to the charming town of Newport! It was unusually frigid and this southern girl wasn’t prepared but definitely made the most of it!
Day 1: A group of us headed to the cutest coffee cafe, Picnic across the street from Hotel Viking. After warming up with New England Clam Chowder and salads, we explored a bit and browsed in the shops. Lydia from The Supper Club organized the most fun photo shoot at Jessica Hagen Art Gallery! Stay tuned to see the photos from photographer, Rebecca Love!
Kiel James Patrick hosted the member party at their adorable coastal inspired store! We munched on a charcuterie, had Newport Lemonades and took a huge group photo in front of KJP’s woody wagon! So New England! After the party, a group of us had dinner reservations at Clarke Cooke House where I had more chowder (I just can’t be in New England and not have it!). It is amazing how like-mind creators can come together and form friendships over chowder and warm bread. The conferences I’ve been apart of have given me the most supportive community!
Day 2 began with inspiring sessions from brands, bloggers and marketing experts. We then had a Fashion Show lunch including Sailor Sailor, Kate Leigh Co, Draper James and Navy Bleu. After a full day of learning, we had the Gilded Age Cocktail party! It was so fun to see everyone’s costumes and dresses! I called it an early night and dozed off while watching old episodes of The Office.
Day 3 started with a hospitality panel and a daydreaming session for me of all the hotels I want to visit that were represented there! Luckily, the sun was out and warmer temperatures greeted us as we walked over to The Wharf for lunch at The Black Pearl. (Yep, you guessed it…I had more chowder…and a lobster roll!) Sadly, after one more session, I had to head to the airport! (Where my flights were delayed and I thought I’d be spending the night in Orlando! Thankfully, I made it home…around 2 a.m.)
I am so grateful for a few days at NECC! It was engaging, I made new friendships and deepened relationships. It ignited some new goals for my business. I’ve also added Newport on my list to go back and visit…in the summer!
If you head to the area, a few places to check out are:
The Cliff Walk
International Tennis Hall of Fame