I recently attended a fascinating presentation on the history of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations (our official “state name”). I was reminded of the great history of this island community; dating back to 1639. Over the centuries, Newport has been many things to many people; a safe haven for those seeking religious freedom, a thriving port city, the home port for pirates and privateers, an artists’ and musician’s colony, the sailing capital of America, a popular destination for Tennis enthusiasts, and, of course, the summer playground for many of America’s wealthiest and most prominent families during America’s Gilded Age. Just walk around Newport, almost anywhere, and you will discover wonderfully preserved examples of our rich history.
While you are here, why not add a little recreation to your vacation! Take a few hours to visit the newly expanded and renovated International Tennis Hall of Fame, and maybe play a game on the famous grass courts. Book your room at our romantic Bed and Breakfast, (a gentle “lob” away from the International Tennis Hall of Fame), and walk through Newport’s gilded history.
International Tennis Hall of Fame
Tennis has long been a popular pastime for the residents of Newport. In fact, the legendary grass courts of what is now the International Tennis Hall of Fame once hosted the sports top legends in the US National Men’s Singles Championship, hosted in Newport from 1881 – 1914. Inside the museum, you’ll find over 1,900 related artifacts, and a highly interactive experience perfect for any fan of this great sport. The museum grounds also include what was once the Newport Casino, an elite social club for Newport’s wealthiest families. Today, the courts at the Tennis Hall of Fame are available for public play, and also host professional tournaments each summer.
Each July, after Wimbledon, the top ATP World Tour Pros come to Newport for the annual Hall of Fame Open; this year the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open. This event is the first stop in the summer swing for Pro Tennis in the United States, and it’s your only chance to see the sport played on grass anywhere outside of Europe. What we love is how accessible the pros are and the great interaction between players and fans. This year, the Newport Tennis Week and the tournament will take place from July 16 – 23. Tickets for the Tennis Week events are already on sale, so you’ll want to act fast.
As you are planning your visit to Newport, make sure to book your accommodations as well. There is no finer choice than the Cliffside Inn, located just steps from Newport’s famous Cliff Walk and the Tennis Hall of Fame. We look forward to welcoming you soon!