I have a huge family - siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins. This happens when you are half Irish, and half Italian. People BREED. The greatest thing about my family is that we all make an effort to show up for the big events - especially weddings. My cousin Dan married Marisa this weekend and so I hit 95 (the most crowded highway in the world) and drove up for the festivities.
I lived in Portsmouth, Rhode Island (20 minutes from Newport) until I was 10, and would return every summer until the end of high school.
If you do one thing in Newport, have a drink at Castle Hill Inn, this gorgeous Relais & Chateaux property on a peninsula overlooking the water. The lawn is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Of course, you have to visit the famous mansions too, built for insanely wealthy turn-of-the-century families like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts to live in for six weeks a year. They called them "summer cottages."
For more of my Rhode Island tips - check out my guide here.