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!

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Are you planning a trip to Newport to visit the Newport mansions this summer? Here are four tips for touring the mansions that will help you appreciate them 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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Newport RI Restaurant Week 2013

newport-restaurant-week-callout-spring-2013Newport, RI is celebrating Restaurant week in early April, so come visit and enjoy prix fixe three-course meals at some of Newport’s best restaurants.

From April 5th to April 14th, nearly 50 restaurants in Newport and Bristol County will be offering special three-course lunch and dinner menus in celebration of Newport, RI Restaurant Week Spring 2013.

Taste the best cuisines that Newport has to offer at a very special price—three-course dinners are offered for $30, and lunches for $16. And, of course, there will be several culinary events taking place throughout the week as well, like a chocolate and wine paring at the Gas Lamp Grille and wine tastings at Newport Wine Cellar. This is always a special week in Newport and a great way to welcome the change of seasons.

Many of Cliffside Inn’s favorite restaurants will be participating in Newport RI Restaurant Week, including:

Book your stay at Newport’s #1 rated bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor, the Cliffside Inn. Our romantic bed and breakfast is conveniently nestled in the historic district and a short walk from Newport’s restaurant and shopping districts.

From a steaming cup of corn and crab chowder at The Mooring to a grilled petit filet mignon at 22 Bowen’s, Newport’s restaurants are featuring an array of creative menus. Come to Newport during Restaurant Week, and enjoy some of the best foods the City by the Sea has to offer.

2013 Irish Heritage Month in Newport, RI

Visit Cliffside Inn this March for a celebration of all that is Irish during the 2013 Irish Heritage Month in Newport, RI.

Here’s a list of some of the events being held in Newport this year leading up to and following the 57th Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Also, while there’s still time, don’t forget to book your room at the historic Cliffside Inn where you will have a memorable stay while you enjoy all the festivities.

Upcoming Events

Every Friday and Saturday

Traditional Irish Music at Fastnet Pub
1 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
5pm to 9pm

Enjoy traditional Irish music and excellent pub fare at this popular meeting spot every Friday and Saturday in March.

Museum of Newport Irish History
648 Lower Thames St., Newport, RI 02840
12pm to 4pm

Learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present and about the many contributions made to our community by individuals of Irish descent.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Green Eggs and Ham Brunch at Hibernian Hall
2 Wellington Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
9am to 1pm

This parade fundraiser is great fun for the whole family. Come enjoy the huge spread for just $10 per person. Special family prices are also available.

Irish Dancing at “Forty Steps”
Cliff Walk, Newport, RI

Kick off Newport’s annual Irish Heritage Month celebration with live traditional Irish music and set dancing. The event commemorates the informal dances held at Forty Steps by the Irish who called Newport their home during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when “Newport was Irish.”

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pre-Parade Party at Hibernian Hall
2 Wellington Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
6 pm

Get in the festive spirit at this free event. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and entertainment will include Irish musicians Fishing with Finnegan and Mystic Highland bagpipe band as well as a DJ.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

57th Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Starts at Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
11am to 1pm

The parade is scheduled to last two hours and will include seven pipe bands, nine marching bands, four fife and drum corps, three clown units, eight reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations including police and fire units, social/fraternal organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, and non-profits.

Sunday, March 16, 2013

7th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Family Celebration
“The Hut”, Golden Hill Street, Newport, RI 02840
1pm to 4pm

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the entire family at “The Hut” behind Newport Public Library. There will be live entertainment with bag pipers and Irish step dancers as well free food and refreshments.

This is just a sampling of some of the events taking place in March 2013 for Irish Heritage Month in Newport, RI. For a comprehensive calendar of events, check out the official schedule hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and book your stay at the Cliffside Inn before it’s too late!

Winter Activities in Newport, Rhode Island

Winter Activities in Newport, Rhode IslandEnjoy what people who are in the know call our “secret season” – winter in Newport, Rhode Island.

During the winter months, the City by the Sea takes on a serene and magical glow, and there are plenty of indoor and outdoor winter activities in Newport, Rhode Island to keep you busy, including some fantastic restaurants, unique shops to explore, cozy spots to enjoy a warm drink or glass of wine by the fire, and much more.

To top it off, the Cliffside Inn offers lower rates in the winter, so you can enjoy everything our historic luxury inn has to offer while saving some extra money to use around town.

What to do in the Newport area this winter:

These are just a few ideas for winter activities in Newport, Rhode Island. For even more ideas, check out our Newport Activities page. You’ll find lots of links to many of our favorite spots in the Newport area.