With spring in the air, we find that this is a popular time of year to plan those short getaways and longer vacations during the lovely warm-weather months in New England. Whether you’re looking for a short romantic getaway or a longer relaxing vacation, the Cliffside Inn in Newport, Rhode Island will make your visit to Newport a memorable one. For a change of pace, take a few days this spring or summer, and join us as you discover the ambiance and taste the wines produced by the wineries in our area. The Coastal Wine Trail, which meanders through the heart of the Southeastern New England AVA, offers visitors to Newport an easy way to spend several days sipping some of the finest wines in the region. Book your room with us today, and let us help you plan your journey to New England’s best coastal wineries.
The Coastal Wine Trail serves as an excellent guide to the area. In total, there are 14 wineries that call the Southeastern New England AVA home, with 3 of them located in and around Newport. The largest of our local wineries is Newport Vineyards, whose 75-acre farm offers an exceptional marriage of locally-sourced food with estate-grown wines. However, don’t miss out on two of our personal favorites; Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards and Greenvale Vineyards, both of which offer exceptional wine tastings in a beautiful setting. Sakonnet Vineyards hosts an annual concert series and a variety of other events in a stunning setting, and Greenvale Vineyards offers live jazz music every Saturday while you enjoy their wines from May – December. If you’d like to extend your journey to other New England wineries, there are several located approximately an hour away from our Inn.
Two of our favorite tasting events are coming up in May; the Rose Island Wine Tasting & Auction on May 24th and the Newport Vineyards Annual Spring Release Celebration on May 26th. The Rose Island Wine and Fundraiser event is a great way to support the Rose Island Foundation and its work to restore and preserve the Rose Island Light House. Nancy and I are active members of the Foundation, and we have spent a few nights, both on our own and with our staff in the Lighthouse keeper’s quarters (ask us about the excursions while you are here). Newport Vineyard’s 15th annual Spring Release Party is the perfect opportunity to sample the vineyard’s newest releases for this season, all while enjoying an evening of great food, live music and wine-themed fun. The list of activities includes some old-fashioned grape-stomping, potato sack races, wine tasting, live music, and more. Newport Vineyards also hosts other events throughout the season, so it’s worth checking our Plan Your Stay “Personal Concierge” page on the Cliffside Inn website whenever looking for some fun activities while staying with us in Newport.
If you’re ready to sip and swirl your way through Newport’s finest wineries, then now is the time to book your room at the Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast. Wine lovers will enjoy our afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, from 5-6 pm each afternoon. We feature an assortment of red and white wines from our cellar and some delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres to accompany. You are also welcome to select a bottle of wine from our cellar anytime, for enjoyment around our outdoor fireplace or in your room. Come stay with us, and see why the Cliffside Inn is the #1 choice for lodging in Newport.