All of the Tennis Week events take place just 3 blocks from the Cliffside Inn, and if you want a break between matches, we are just a few steps away from the Cliff Walk and Easton’s Beach.
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.
Tip #1 – Give yourself time to explore the Cottages.
If you’re planning on visiting several of the “cottages” while visiting Newport, spread the tours out over a couple of days. We recommend that you allow yourself about one to one-and-a-half hours to tour each property and that you don’t tour more than three of the mansions in one day (you will overdose on opulence!).
Tip #2 – Purchase a multi-mansion ticket to save money.
If you plan to visit more than two mansions, we would recommend buying the “Newport Mansions Experience” ticket. This multi-mansion ticket (available for purchase at any of the mansions) will give you access to any five of the properties, including the Servant’s Life tour at the Elms, for a little over $30; a huge savings over purchasing individual tickets! The tickets are undated, so you can spread your tours over several days.
They’re called the Newport Mansions for a good reason. Many of these properties are BIG, and include more than 80 acres of gardens and grounds which you can explore. Lace up your sturdy walking shoes/sneakers and leave your high heels or flip-flops in your room; you’ll be glad you did.
Tip #4 – Don’t forget to visit Rough Point – the Newport home of Doris Duke
One of our favorite mansions to visit, owned by the Newport Restoration Foundation, is Rough Point, the former home of tobacco heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke. The home is exquisite in its architectural detail and is filled with priceless art, artifacts and furniture collected by Doris during her lifetime of world-travel. Miss Duke is a Newport legend and she lived at Rough Point until her death in 1993. Rough Point remains today, just as it was in 1993. The tours are guided by a group of very knowledgeable docents who will inform you about the home, the collections, and the life of Doris Duke. Don’t miss this one!
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Newport Mansions this summer, and don’t forget to book your stay at Cliffside Inn soon! Our B&B is located steps away from the historic Cliff Walk, which includes four of the mansions along its route.
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:
- Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen
- The Mooring Seafood Kitchen
- Restaurant Bouchard
- 22 Bowen’s Wharf
- The Black Pearl
- Cafe Zelda
- Clarke Cooke House
- And more
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.
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.
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
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!
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:
- Take part in the 2013 Newport Winter Festival, February 15th-24th, and enjoy 10 days of food, music, and entertainment throughout Newport and Newport County.
- Explore the history and charm of the Newport Mansions, the Preservation Society of Newport County’s historical properties representing over 250 years of architectural history in Newport.
- Dine at several of our favorite local restaurants, including The Mooring, Mamma Luisa Ristorante, Restaurant Bouchard, and more.
- Shop to your heart’s content at Newport’s many antique shops and boutiques like Aardvark Antiques, The Drawing Room Antiques, Style Newport, and more.
- Feast your eyes on gorgeous works of art at the Newport Art Museum, National Museum of American Illustration, and more.
- Cozy up by the fire with a drink at the Cliffside Inn, White Horse Tavern, Clarke Cook House, The Black Pearl, or Castle Hill.
- Enjoy the best of the silver screen at the historic Jane Pickens Theater and stop by in February to see the live-action and animated Oscar Shorts of 2013.
- Strap on a pair of ice skates at the Newport Skating Center and take advantage of their Live DJ Skate Nights every Friday in January.
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.