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!

Melt Your Winter Blues at the Newport Winter Festival 2014

It’s that time of year again for the annual Newport Winter Festival here in Newport, Rhode Island! Beginning February 14th, this 10-day winter festival is sure to heat up your winter spirits.

Make this winter one to remember by enjoying any of the 150 events happening in the romantic city of Newport.

As always, a portion of the festival’s proceeds will go to local charities and nonprofit organizations as well as local business and community programs.

Highlighted events will include the Children’s Fair, Chili and Chicken Wing Cook-offs and a concert by the cast of BeatleMania.

With events starting as early as 9:30am, you’re sure to find something to do. Here’s a list of some of the featured events happening during the 10-day festival:

February 14 – Start off with a Pillow Fight on the back lawn of The Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, and then top the night off with a cold one at the Polar Pineapples ice infused bar.

February 15 – Head on over to the Newport Harbor Hotel to heat things up a bit with the 19th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-off starting at 11:30am.

February 16 & 17 – Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and imagine it’s summer at any of the following events: Absolut Bloody Mary Competition, Newport Vineyeard WINE-ter-Fest or the Tropical Drink Contest. For the athletic types, you can check out the Beach Polo Series happening on Easton’s Beach at 2:00pm.

February 21 – Laugh away the winter cold at the Hyatt Regency, Goat Island with two nighttime comedy performances. Starting at 6:30pm, check out comedian and famous juggler, Bryson Lang’s comedy and juggling act. And then you can end the night with the Funny Girls Comedy Show featuring comedians Kerri Louise and Stacy Kendro.

February 22 – Eat to your heart’s content at the 4th Annual Chicken Wing Cook-off happening at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel beginning at 11:30am. Relive the revolution with the cast of Beatlemania at 9:00pm at the Hyatt Regency. Gather around and sing 29 renditions of the songs that will forever warm our hearts.

February 23 – If you’re daring enough, bid adieu to the festival by taking the Polar Bear Plunge into the frosty Atlantic Ocean with The Newport Polar Club at 12:00pm.

With over 150 events this year, the 26th Annual Newport Winter Festival is sure to be full of food, fun and music for all. Come stay with us here at The Cliffside Inn and enjoy one of Newport’s most loved winter festivals.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

‘Tis the season for sparkling lights, the smell of fresh pine and stunning holiday decorations at the Newport Mansions.

Decked from floor to ceiling in holiday cheer, The Breakers, The Elms and The Marble House open their doors for Christmas tours November 23, 2013 through January 5, 2014.

Make sure you don’t miss The Breakers this year — the mansion is showcasing the work of five pastry chefs who have create models of the Newport Mansions out of gingerbread. The Breakers is also featuring over 28 Christmas trees twinkling throughout the mansion’s corridors as well as its iconic 15-foot red poinsettia tree.

Photo Credit: Terry Johnston (Creative Commons)Evenings at the Mansions

Make sure you stop by one of the Holiday Evening Events at the mansions. You can enjoy live holiday music and indulge in a holiday beverage as you take in the beautifully lit rooms reminiscent of Newport’s Gilded Age.  Scheduled performances include:

November 30 at The Breakers, Voices of Christmas Victorian Carolers

December 7 at The Breakers, Solstice Singers, Voices of Peace

December 14 at The Breakers, NE Tenors

December 21 at The Elms, Voices of Christmas Victorian Carolers

December 21 at Marble House, Barrington Presbyterian Church Music Program

December 28 at The Breakers, New Providence Big Band

And for a romantic celebration, enjoy a special Holiday Dinner Dance in The Breakers Great Hall on December 21st.

The Nutcracker Suite 

You can also enjoy the classic holiday tale, The Nutcracker, at Newport’s most adoring mansion, Rosecliff. Catch one of the 14 performances occurring November 29 through December 6.

Holiday Shopping in Newport

Last minute holiday shopping is always easy in Newport. You can shop at all of the specialty shops and galleries along the Newport waterfront while you enjoy all of the Christmas in Newport festivities, and maybe a cup of chowder and a warm fire when you stop for lunch.

Join Us This Holiday Season

Take a break and enjoy the warmth and spirit of this holiday season at the Cliffside Inn while taking part in Newport’s Christmas Celebration at the Newport Mansions.

 

The Newport Folk Festival; A Newport Summer Tradition

Newport Folk FestivalOne of the great Newport summer traditions takes place this weekend; July 26 – 28 – the 53rd Newport Folk Festival.  The Folk Festival was founded way back in 1959 and is held at the mouth of the Newport Harbor at Fort Adams State Park.  The Folk Festival will feature four stages, local food specialties, and crafts.

The Cliffside Inn offers a comfortable stay and is the perfect place to unwind after a day of music on the Newport waterfront.

The 2013 Lineup

Friday’s lineup includes an extraordinary list of new and classic folk musicians including: Fiest, The Old Crow Medicine Show, The Mountain Goats, John McCauley, Amanda Palmer, Blake Mills, The Milk Carton Kids, and several other great performers.

On Sat. July 27, folk-pop darlings The Avett Brothers will headline the festival along with Jason Isbell, Iris DementFather John Misty, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Sarah Jarosz, and many others.

On the final day of the festival, July 28, Beck will headline along with The Lumineers, Andrew Bird, The Felice Brothers, and Spirit Family Reunion, just to name a few.

Evening Events

There will also be various events happening around Newport each night after the festival. Dawes and Friends will play a benefit concert for the Newport Festival Foundation on both July 26 and 27.

Also playing right downtown, at The Newport Blues Café, the festival’s good friends, Deer Tick, will be doing their own three night run Friday-Sunday for the Newport Foundation and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

It’s time to book your stay at The Cliffside Inn to experience this historic weekend full of music and art. And don’t forget to pick up your tickets for the festival’s late night evening performances. We hope to see you this weekend!

The 2013 Sunset Music Series in Newport, Rhode Island

Sunset Music Series logoThe summer months are here, and the thought of escaping everyday life for a weekend getaway is becoming irresistible. If you’re a music lover, we know of a great event for you. The Sunset Music Series in Newport, RI brings you this summer’s best music line-up in an enchanted setting on the waterfront.

The Cliffside Inn is an easy walk to the Yachting Center and all of the great restaurants along the waterfront for pre or post concert dining.

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