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

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.

Ingredients

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

Preparation

  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.

Ingredients

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.

A Quick Guide to the National Museum of American Illustration

National-Museum-of-American-IllustrationThe National Museum of American Illustration is one of many world class art museums located in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, and just a few minutes from our inn.

The museum, founded in 1998 by Judy Goffman Cutler and Laurence S. Cutler, is home to famous art collections from the ‘Golden Age of American Illustration,’ which falls between 1895-1945.

The museum is located in Vernon Court, an 18th century French chateau from the Gilded Age of architecture. The mansion was designed by the famed architects Carrére & Hastings, who are also famously known for designing the New York Public Library and the US Senate and House Office Buildings, among many others.

The Collection

The Museum’s American Imagist Collection is one of the largest collections in the world, and it features an array of masterpieces of illustration art.

The illustrations displayed throughout the museum represent how Americans view or viewed themselves both socially and culturally. The visuals evoke responses from the past, present, and future audiences. Whether you’re an avid art appreciator or a newcomer to art, American Illustration offers history, relevancy, and beautiful nostalgic pieces that display meaningful content.

Famous pieces from Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth are just some of the renowned American Illustrators that you’ll see displayed throughout the museum.

When To Visit

The museum is open year-round, offering free parking and self guided, group guided, and privately guided tours. Tours typically last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

During the summer season hours (Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day) the museum is open for self guided tours Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 11:00am and 5:00pm, and guided tours on Fridays at 3:00pm.

During the off season hours (Labor Day – Memorial Day Weekend) the museum is open for self guided tours on Fridays between 11:00am and 5:00pm, and guided tours on Fridays at 3:00pm.

In addition to the museum’s regular hours, they are open year-round for Group Tours consisting of 4 or more people, Private VIP Tours, and Private Founder’s Tours with prior reservation.

The museum’s admission rates are as follows:

Adults: $18
Seniors (60+) and Military: $16
Groups (6 or more): $15 per person
Students: $12
Children (5 to 12 yrs): $8
Private VIP Tours: $100 per person
Private Founder’s Tours: $250 per person
AAM and NEMA Members: Gratis

How To Get There From the Inn

Located less than 5 minutes away from our Inn, the National Museum of American Illustration is an ideal place to visit for any art lover. Click here for directions.

Ready to visit? Book your room at the Cliffside Inn, and feel free to check out more information about the National Museum of American Illustration on their website.