Christmas in Newport 2015: Our Top Event Picks

There’s no doubt December is a busy month in Newport! With all there is to do, we thought we provide a list of some of our favorite Christmas events. If you’re a guest at Cliffside Inn, feel free to ask for help planning your day around these fun events.

December 11th – Friday

Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m., St. Lucy’s Church, 909 W. Main Rd., Middletown. Concert to benefit The Artillery Company of Newport. Admission $10 adults, children/seniors $5. http://www.newportnavychoristers.org/

St. George’s School Service of Lessons & Carols, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 7:30 p.m. The birth of Jesus is told by lesson and song. Congregational singing and carols by the school choir. Free. 847-7565. http://www.stgeorges.edu/

Annual Tree Lighting and Grand Opening of the Newport Skating Center, 5.m. America’s Cup Ave. Celebrate with good cheer, hot cocoa and cookies, carolers, and skating performances with the Island Skating Academy

Christmas Tree at Cliffside Inn

Our Christmas Tree at Cliffside Inn

December 12th – Saturday

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 847-8344. http://www.newportrestoration.org

Artisan Craft Fair & Boutique Sale at Potter League for Animals, 10 a.m – 5 p.m. 87 Oliphant Ln. Middletown. 846-0592 X116. http://www.potterleague.org

Open House at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 10-5 p.m. 194 Bellevue Ave. Donate a canned good for the local food bank and enjoy free admission to the museum. A great activity for the whole family. http://www.tennisfame.com

Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. Hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship, and learn how Newporters made their way in winter during Newport’s colonial era. Departs from the Museum at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St. $15 adults, $10 for NHS Members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required. Weather permitting. 841-8770.

Emmanuel Church Handbell Choir performs at Seaman’s Church Institute, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Free. 847-4260.

December 18th – Friday

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.

Annual Deblois Gallery Holiday Party, 5-7 p.m. 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 847-9977. http://www.debloisegallery.com/

Holiday Dance party at the Edward King House, 7 p.m., 35 King St. No partner or dance experience necessary. $25 in advance. 846-7426. http://www.edwardkinghouse.org/

December 19th – Saturday

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 847-8344. http://www.newportrestoration.org/

Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society.

Hoppy Holidays at Newport Storm Brewery, 12-6 p.m., 293 JT Connell Rd. Annual Christmas open house celebration with guided tours, entertainment and snacks. $10 admission. rmello@newportstorm.com

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum and Shop, 127 Thames St.

Holiday Evening Duet at The Elms and Marble House, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy two houses for the price of one during this evening open house event, with live music and refreshments. $35 in advance, $45 at the door, children 6-17 $10 in advance, $15 at the door 847-1000 or visit http://www.nnewportmansions.org

Return to Camelot at St. Mary’s Church, 7 p.m., Spring St. A special Christmas themed Return to Camelot program featuring Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy. Free of charge but donations welcome to St. Mary’s music program.

23rd Annual “Messiah and Carol Sing: The Christmas Story”, by Swanhurst Chorus, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church, Spring & Dearborn Sts. Handel’s Messiah as well as beloved carols. Bring your own score and scores will be available for rent. A festive “Wassail Bowl” reception will follow. Admission $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under, and $25 maximum per family. 401-682-1630 or http://www.Swanhurst.org/

December 26th – Saturday

45th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. 401-741-5920. No advance reservations are necessary. We are always looking for friendly people to assist with our house tours. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer docent for the Candlelight House Tours, please contact Nancy or Alice at historichousetour.volunteer@yahoo.com

Holiday Evenings at The Breakers, Dec 5, 12, 26. Live holiday music and refreshments. 6-8 p.m. Adults $35 in advance, $45 at the door, Children 6-17 yrs. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 847-1000 for reservations. http://www.newportmansions.org

December 27th – Sunday

45th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. 401-741-5920. No advance reservations are necessary. We are always looking for friendlypeople to assist with our house tours. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer docent for the Candlelight House Tours, please contact Nancy or Alice at historichousetour.volunteer@yahoo.com

Road to Independence History Walking Tour: 11 a.m. departs from the Museum at the Brick Market at 127 Thames St., The Newport Historical Society. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies. Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. $15 adults, $10 NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required, 841-8770. Tickets can be purchased at tour departure point. Weather permitting.

December 28th – Monday

45th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. 401-741-5920. No advance reservations are necessary. We are always looking for friendlypeople to assist with our house tours. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer docent for the Candlelight House Tours, please contact Nancy or Alice at historichousetour.volunteer@yahoo.com

Rogues & Scoundrels History Walking Tour, 11 a.m., departs from the Museum at the Brick Market at 127 Thames St., Newport Historical Society. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations required, 841-8770. $15 per person, $10 for NHS members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Tickets can be purchased at the tour departure point. Weather permitting.

International Tennis Hall of Fame – Tennis Week 2015

Tennis Week 2015

Tennis Week is one of Newport’s best summer events. The week of July 11 – 19 is all about the Historic Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, located at the Newport International Tennis Hall of Fame, and approximately three blocks from our Inn.

Tennis Week offers up a great opportunity to experience the sport’s history and nostalgia, along with being a part of a new inductee ceremony. Founded by tennis innovator, James Van Alen, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has been home to events, such as The Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, for years.

2015 Tennis Week

This year, there are several players being inducted into the Class of 2015 International Tennis Hall of Fame. WTA Star Amelie Mauresmo, Australian Wheelchair Champion David Hall, and Tennis Industry Leader Nancy Jeffett will be inducted on July 18 during the Enshrinement Ceremony starting at 12:00 pm.

Aside from the Class of 2015 inductee ceremony, there are several other fun events that you can check out and be a part of. Free tennis clinics (complimentary with Tennis Week ticket prices), Alex and Ani ladies day, and singles and doubles tournaments (players soon to be announced) are some of the featured events happening throughout the week.

Tennis Week ticket prices vary day-to-day but can range anywhere between $15 for a single day to $245 for the entire week. Hall of Fame members can save $8 on their ticket purchases, along with first access to the best seats.

Game, Set, Match!

Tennis week is perfect for any tennis lover. It provides a chance to learn more about the sport, engage in fun tennis activities, and be a part of history.

The first serve is only a few weeks away and the time to book your stay is now. We invite you to take a step inside our beautifully restored Victorian mansion to experience a stay like no other. Let us make this a truly relaxing and memorable visit to Newport.
We look forward to seeing you for Tennis Week 2015!

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Bruno Girin

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