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

Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame

Newport_SunsetIf you’re a sailing enthusiast or just enjoy maritime history, you’ll want to check out the Herreshoff Marine Museum during your stay at the Cliffside Inn.

The museum was founded in 1971 by Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff and Rebecca Chase Herreshoff to preserve the unique boat and sailing accomplishments of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company.

Located on Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, this maritime treasure features an impressive collection of sailing yachts, including Rhode Island’s oldest private yacht, SPRITE.

Extending from the Herreshoff Museum is the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, which honors the individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to this most famouse competition.

Visiting the Museum and the Hall of Fame

The museum is open from late April until mid – December.  Visitors are welcome to take a tour between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for military, $5 for students (10 years and up), and no charge for children under the age of 10. If you’re visiting in groups with 10 or more people, you can receive a 20 percent discount.

The Herreshoff Museum hosts some fabulous events and lecture series throughout the year…keep in touch with what’s happening by checking out the museum’s website.

The museum is only a 25 minute drive from Cliffside Inn in Newport. If you’re planning to visit by boat, dockage and moorage is available at the Museum’s waterfront in Bristol. It’s recommended to call ahead of time to make a reservation as spots tend to fill up quickly.


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

Cliff Walk – a Stone’s Throw From Our Newport Inn

Cliff Walk is known as one of the world’s most famous public access walking trails.

Located in Newport, this National Recreation Trail offers awesome views of nature’s beauty and the architectural history of the gilded age, including Rosecliff, The Breakers, and Marble House.

Cliff Walk in Newport, RI

When to Walk

This free, dog-friendly trail is open from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. It’s approximately 3.5 miles long, and more than half is rated easy for most walkers.

To get there, you can either park at  First Beach on Memorial Boulevard or along Narragansett Avenue. Both parking areas are close to the trail’s entrance. Public bathroom facilities are located at the Narragansett Avenue entrance.

On your return trip, you may want to hop on the RIPTA Trolley, or walk north to Bellevue Avenue.

The walk typically starts at the western end of Easton’s or First Beach located on Memorial Boulevard, and runs south to Narragansett Avenue, Webster Street, Sheppard Avenue, Ruggles Avenue, Mariane Avenue, and Ledge Road, ending at Bellevue Avenue at the start of Ocean Drive.

Once walkers reach the end at Bellevue Avenue there is a local beach called Reject’s Beach where you can take a dip — weather permitting!

If you’re just wanting to make a quick visit to the Cliff Walk, some of the best sites can be enjoyed between Narragansett and Ruggles Avenues.

What to Bring

When hiking, remember to pack water and snacks to keep you fueled. Also, wearing the right clothes and shoes for the weather will make your experience much more enjoyable.

Considering that some of the walk is unpaved, plan on wear good walking or hiking shoes to provide more comfort and support when walking across the more “rugged” parts of the hike.

Be Alert and Have Fun!

Some of the rougher parts of the trail are located on the southern half of the walk, south of Ruggles Avenue.  This section may be challenging for some, but if you take your time and stay alert, you shouldn’t face any problems.

Open 365 days of the year, Cliff Walk is the perfect hiking trail for any go-getter. Plus, our inn is located just a stone’s throw away. So if you decide to stay with us, you can cap off your day of exploration in luxury. We hope to see you soon!

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Timothy Valentine

Visiting Rose Island Lighthouse

Rose Island LighthouseOur last post revealed some of the best spots to watch sunsets in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the top places listed was the famous Rose Island Lighthouse located right in Narragansett Bay, along the span of the Newport Bridge.

The historic working lighthouse, built in 1869, sits on an 18-acre island off of the Newport coast, and is easily accessible via the Newport-Jamestown Ferry.  Guests may also visit Rose Island by their own boat if they choose.

Guests can enjoy the grounds around the lighthouse itself, walk the beaches below, and tour the historic lighthouse. From July to Labor Day, the lighthouse museum is open to the public between the hours of 10:00am-4:00pm. Visitors are welcome to bring their own refreshments and enjoy a picnic at one of the many picnic tables.

Rose Island and the Lighthouse History

Rose Island has had an important history on Narragansett Bay due to its strategic location at the entrance to the Newport Harbor.  At the time of the American Revolution, both colonial and British troops occupied the island, at different times, to defend Newport.  During the First and Second World Wars, Rose Island was occupied by the US Navy and was used to store torpedoes, manufactured at the Newport torpedo factory on nearby Goat Island, safely away from the mainland.

The wood-framed Rose Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1869 atop the remains of the 18th century Fort Hamilton’s south gun battery, and was activated in January, 1870. Because of its proximity to Newport, Rose Island was more accessible than many other lighthouse stations of its time. Lighthouse keepers on duty there, still had to deal with extreme weather, creative provisioning, and isolation at times.

When the Newport Bridge opened in 1969, the Rose Island Lighthouse became obsolete and in 1971 Rose Island was deactivated. For a period of time during the 1970’s the lighthouse and Rose Island were under the stewardship of the University of Rhode Island and used for marine research.  Ultimately, however, the school was unable to maintain the facilities, and the badly vandalized lighthouse was returned to the federal government. In 1984, when the lighthouse was declared surplus property, the city of Newport took it over.

After several failed attempts by private investors to develop Rose Island as an island resort during the 1980’s, a local group was formed to protect and preserve the lighthouse and the history of Rose Island.  The Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, with support from both public and private funding, completely restored the lighthouse and in 1992 the lighthouse was opened to the public. In 1993 the landmark lighthouse was finally relit, becoming one of the only few operating lighthouses maintained solely by dedicated and passionate volunteers.

Lighthouse Tours

Throughout the summer season, guests are welcome to take a guided tour throughout the lighthouse grounds. The lighthouse museum allows guests to step into each fully restored room that looks and feels as if the keepers still live there.

Admission for the lighthouse tour is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages of 6-12 and seniors 65 and older. Admission is free for Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation members or children under the age of five.

If you’re looking to visit the lighthouse between September and June feel free to contact the lighthouse’s office to set up the appropriate arrangements.

The lighthouse does offer educational programs, overnight or weekend stays, and group tours for those interested.

Traveling to the Lighthouse

The best way to travel to the Rose Island Lighthouse is by the Newport-Jamestown Ferry. For a list of the ferry schedules see the Newport-Jamestown Ferry schedule to the Rose Island Lighthouse. *Tip: If you travel by ferry, you’ll receive a $1 discount upon arrival!

If you own your own boat you’re welcome to tie up at the dock. If you have a small sailing craft, canoes, or kayaks you can land on the beaches near the lighthouse.

Pack Your Bags

It would be a pleasure for us to have you stay at our Inn when visiting the historic and romantic Rose Island Lighthouse. The Cliffside Inn is located only a mile from the Newport-Jamestown Ferry stop.

Make sure to book your stay before the summer ends! We look forward to having you stay with us on your journey to the Rose Island Lighthouse.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Barbara Eckstein