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.


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


  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.


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.

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.

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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