Newport Folk Festival and Jazz Festival 2015

The weather is finally thawing, and the Newport Music Festival season is ready to start up! This year, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals both have jam packed lineups with great music for all.

Located within close proximity to our Inn, the Folk and Jazz Festivals are perfect for any music lover.

Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival

Back in 1965, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, making folk music history. 50 years later, the festival is ready to continue making history the weekend of Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26. Located at Fort Adams State Park, the Newport Folk Festival features four stages of music plus food and crafts for all ages.

As of today, the festival’s three-day and single-day passes have all been sold, except for the Friday single day passes. If you haven’t purchased parking with your tickets, you can purchase parking at the festival at an additional charge for $20.00 per day.

So who’s playing this year? The three day festival has a stacked lineup every day of the event with acts such as Leon Bridges on Friday, Brandi Carlile on Saturday, and Lord Huron on Sunday. The festival has an eclectic variety of folk artists playing each day, and the set times and stages will be announced soon on the Newport Folk Festival’s website.

Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival

This year’s Newport Jazz Festival begins on Friday, July 31 and runs through Sunday, August 2 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Live music will be played throughout both venues with tickets starting at $40. On site parking is available, but it does come at an additional price anywhere between $12 – $36.

Since 1954, this festival has been showcasing jazz artists in the heart of Newport. This year’s lineup includes an array of jazz musicians featuring, Chris Botti on Friday, Snarky Puppy on Saturday, and Dr. John on Sunday. The set times and stages have yet to be announced, but make sure to check the Newport Jazz Festival’s website frequently for updates.

Stay at The Inn

Only a 15 minute walk from the Inn, Cliffside is in the ideal location for attendees of these July festivals. If you decide to walk to the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to take in some of the most breathtaking views of Newport before spending the day listening to world class music.

Book your room today — we look forward to seeing you at the festivals!

Jazz Festival Photo Credit: CC Images Courtesy of Todd Van Hoosear

Folk Festival Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of SWIMPHOTO

Guest Favorite Recipes: Granola, Pancakes, and Fondelé Cookies

Cliffside Inn Pancakes of Insane Greatness - With Blueberry CompoteMost of our posts talk about the wonderful views and activities our guests enjoy while staying at our Newport, Rhode Island inn. But we’d like to take a step back today and look at some of the culinary treats we offer at the inn and share the recipes for some of our guests’ favorites.

Cliffside Inn’s granola, our Pancakes-of-Insane-Greatness, and the Cliffside Inn Fondelé Cookies are sure to awaken your taste buds during your next stay with us, or from the comfort of your own home.

Cliffside Inn Granola

Made twice a week in our kitchen, and served daily, our Cliffside Inn Granola is full of honey, cinnamon, oatmeal, almonds, raisins, and craisins. You will love the aroma of the granola baking in the oven, and then enjoy it for days with a fresh cup of coffee or tea in the morning or as a delicious snack during the day.


1 cup raw oatmeal kettle oats (Quaker Instant Oatmeal also works fine)
½ cup Rice Krispies cereal
¼-⅓ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter
⅛ cup honey
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ cup almond slices
½ cup seedless raisins
¼ cup craisins
¼ tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Combine the sugar, butter and, honey in a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. After removing from heat, add vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the oats, Rice Krispies, cinnamon, and sliced almonds together.
  3. Fold the melted sugar mixture into the oat mixture until they are well coated.
  4. Pour the granola mix out onto a sheet pan spreading evenly so that it’s no more than ½” thick.
  5. Bake the granola in a pre-heated 300 degree oven for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, turn granola in the pan and place back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Repeat the process of turning the granola and baking for 5 minutes until the granola is a uniform toasty brown (2 or 3 times; for a total cooking time of 25 – 30 minutes).
  6. Remove from oven (stir immediately) and let cool in the sheet pan for about 20 minutes.
  7. Place the cooled granola mixture in a large mixing bowl and stir in the raisins and craisins.

*Store the granola in an airtight container in a dry place, where it will keep for at least 1 week.

Cliffside’s Best Pancakes

Whether you’re staying at the inn or planning a big breakfast party, our pancakes are sure to satisfy. They are the start for several of our guests’ favorite breakfast specials. These pancakes are so light and fluffy they will melt in your mouth. Add a few blueberries or strawberries if you like and top them off with warm maple syrup or… with a fresh berry compote or  with sliced bananas sautéed in butter and brown sugar, and you’ll see why they are the best!

Dry Ingredients

2 cups flour
2-3 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder

Wet Ingredients

2 cups milk
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 egg yolks (keep whites aside)

Preparation (makes 10-12 pancakes)

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Wisk the wet ingredients
  3. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients  – mixture should remain lumpy
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff, but not dry
  5. Gently fold beaten egg whites into the batter

Pour/ladle the batter onto a hot griddle. When the air pockets on top of the pancakes pop, and stay open, and the edge of the pancake appears dry, gently flip the pancake. Cook the second side until lightly browned and then serve immediately with warm maple syrup or a berry compote.

Cliffside’s Fondelé Cookies

Fondelés…even the name sounds romantic! Our famous fondelé cookies are a favorite in the evening and served nightly as part of our turndown service.


1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup King Arthur unbleached flour
2 cups uncooked Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda

Preparation (this recipe makes approximately 35 cookies)

  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Squeeze, pound, mix, mash the ingredients. Make sure that all of the ingredients are incorporated evenly. At this point the dough may be wrapped up in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks until ready to bake.
  3. Form the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a non-greased cookie sheet; approximately 2 inches apart. Use the bottom of a juice glass, dipped in granulated sugar to gently flatten the cookies until less than ¼” thick (thickness not critical…so don’t use a ruler).
  4. Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes (a little less if the cookies are thinner). Allow cookies to cool completely before removing from tray (they will fall apart if not cooled or if they are overcooked).
  5. Once cookies are completely cool, dip ¼ of the cookie in melted chocolate (melt chocolate morsels in a double boiler), and place the dipped cookies on wax paper or parchment paper in the refrigerator to cool.

Book Your Fall Getaway Today

These favorite recipes are sure to leave you feeling satisfied and wanting more. We open our doors to you for a romantic getaway this fall season. Come and enjoy some of Cliffside’s most unforgettable treats on a trip you’ll never forget.

The Newport Restoration Foundation’s Rough Point Mansion

Founded in 1968 to restore and preserve colonial era houses by heiress Doris Duke, the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is home to a collection of 18th and 19th century architectural pieces.

Rough Point Mansion

About Rough Point

Former home to heiress Doris Duke, the oceanfront estate displays her fine collections of French furniture, European Art, Chinese porcelains, and Turkish carpets collected throughout her worldly travels. Located on Bellevue Avenue, Rough Point also offers visitors a beautiful view of the ocean.

The 2015 exhibit Fired & Inspired: Ceramics at Rough Point displays Duke’s diverse ceramic collection. The exhibit features plates, mugs, and candlesticks, along with many other items that were made from earthenware, stoneware, or porcelain.

While visiting Rough Point, make sure to stop by the Formal and Kitchen Gardens. With more than 35 different varieties of dahlias and the rose arbor, the Formal Garden is perfect for any plant and flower enthusiast. The Kitchen Garden, produces vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers that are shared with local food banks, NRF staff, and NRF educational programs.

Rough Point welcomes guests to experience what life was like as a heiress. Tours run about every half hour and last about 75 minutes. They begin on the house’s first level and lead to Duke’s bedroom and the special exhibits. Rough Point’s tours cost $25.00 per adult and consist of small groups of about 12 to 14 guests.

Please keep in mind, that Rough Point is currently closed for the 2014 season. It will re-open for the 2015 season on March 26, 2015.

Cliffside and NRF

Cliffside innkeepers, Bill and Nancy Bagwill are proud winners of the 2014 Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award. Recognized for their meticulously restored Inn, Bill and Nancy clearly convey their affection for historic architecture and interiors.

Just a 5 minute drive from Doris Duke’s Rough Point mansion, Cliffside Inn offers the historical and luxurious accommodations that will fit right into your culture packed trip.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of johnandmary.F

SVF Foundation Annual Open House

SVF-Open-HouseOn Saturday June 14th, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the SVF Foundation is hosting its annual open house.  This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the beautiful grounds, built by Captain Arthur Curtis James as a Swiss village, and to look behind the scenes at the scientific process known as cryo-preservation to protect heritage species and genetic diversity.

The Cliffside Inn  is just a few minutes from the SVF grounds, and is the perfect place to call home for this once-a-year open house weekend.

Parking for the open house is available at Fort Adams State Park and a free trolley ride will provide transportation to the foundation’s grounds from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

What Is the SVF Foundation?

SVF_SignThe SVF Foundation is a non-profit foundation that focuses on protecting the food supply and genetic diversity by preserving rare and endangered heritage breeds of livestock. Through the process of cryo-preservation, SVF is able to reawaken a breed to its full genetic diversity by collecting 200 embryos and 3,000 straws of semen per breed. The foundation’s library of this frozen genetic material is vital to our world’s food supply.

The foundation’s land, formerly known as, Arthur Curtiss James’ Surprise Valley Farm (or Swiss Village to the locals) was built in 1916 by Arthur Curtiss James. In 2002, a renovation was made to the Swiss Village, and at that time the SVF Foundation began operating from the village grounds.

The doors to the foundation are usually closed to the public, but every June they are opened for one day to share the foundation’s mission, and to educate visitors about endangered breeds and cryo-preservation.

Annual Visitor Day Events

svf sheep sheeringThe event is free to the public, and visitors are welcome to enjoy the foundation’s 35-acre property as well as take part in the demonstrations and activities taking place throughout the day.

Here are a few of the activities that will be offered during the open house:

  • Self guided tour through the historic Swiss Village
  • Inside look into the SVF’s state-of-the art facilities
  • Meet and greet with SVF laboratory, veterinary, and animal care staff members
  • Visit with Chip, a rare Tennessee Myotonic goat
  • Live cryogenics and sheep shearing demonstrations

Make Your Reservation at Cliffside Today

The summer months are around the corner.  With its magnificent beaches and coastline, historic sites, and summer activities, you are sure to find something you’ll enjoy in Newport this summer.

Book your stay now and enjoy a weekend getaway to the City by the Sea!

Tips for Touring the Newport Mansions

Are you planning a trip to Newport to visit the Newport mansions this summer? Here are some tips for touring the mansions that will help you appreciate and enjoy them the most. And, if you’re still looking for a place to stay during your visit, check out the #1 rated bed and breakfast in Newport on TripAdvisor, Cliffside Inn.

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