During the 19th Century, Newport, Rhode Island served as a summer playground for America’s wealthiest families, like the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Morgans. These families spent their summers on Newport’s coastline, at what they referred to as their “summer cottages.” To the average person today, these summer cottages are breathtaking, and are one of the most popular attractions in Newport today. This summer, there are a couple of unique events at one of our favorite mansions, Doris Duke’s Rough Point. Come celebrate in style with us! Book your room at the Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast today. Continue reading
Newport’s Blithewold Mansion is arguably one of the most beautiful of the Newport Mansions, with it’s incredible gardens and a stunning view of Narragansett Bay. Blithewold is considered to be one of the most intact examples of a Country Place Era estate, and is a stunning example of the Arts and Crafts movement in art and architecture. But Blithewold is really known for their extraordinary gardens, which feature and incredible range of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, and whimsical stonework. The majority of the gardens are still intact and as they were in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, and they bring the estate to life the way Bessie Van Wickle McKee envisioned all those years ago. Come stay with us at the Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast in Newport this summer, and explore the extraordinary grounds at Blithewold Estate. Continue reading
Newport, Rhode Island is truly a four season destination, with plenty to see and do no matter the time of year. In light of Newport’s popularity, many of the town’s most popular summer events require a little advanced planning to ensure you have both tickets and a place to stay. To that end, we’ve put together a guide to some of the top reasons to visit Newport this summer, in hopes of helping you make the most of your time in our charming and historic city. There are no finer accommodations in Newport than the Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast. Book your room today, and get started planning for these top summer events today. Continue reading
Tennis has been a part of Newport’s culture since the Gilded Age, when the city served as a summer playground for America’s wealthiest families. Today, that history is on display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, located on the grounds of what was once Newport’s most exclusive social club. As the summer season comes into focus, we’re gearing ourselves up for a season filled with exciting activities like sailing around Newport’s harbors, summer polo matches, and, of course, tennis matches. As you make your plans to visit us in Newport, Rhode Island this summer, don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the action yourself. Book your room at our romantic luxury inn.
Visiting the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Tennis has long been a popular pastime for the residents of Newport. The Newport Casino, which was built in 1879, was an exclusive resort for wealthy Newport summer residents. It was here that the United States Lawn Tennis Association had held its first championships in 1881, an event which continued until 1914, and which made tennis the main attraction at the Newport Casino.
Eventually, the casino began to fall into decline, but was ultimately rescued and converted to what is now the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Since its inception in 1954, the Hall of Fame honors the sport’s top players whose accomplishments deserve recognition as being among the greatest in tennis history. Over the past 64 years, just 252 individuals have been honoured, hailing from 23 nations. This year the Tennis Hall of Fame will induct Michael Stich, and Czech tennis legend Helena Sukova. Stich is the sixth German to be inducted, joining the ranks of Boris Becker, Stefanie Graf, and 1930s tennis greats Barron Gottfried Von Cramm, Hans Nusslein, and Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling. Helena Sukova is a 14-time major champion in doubles and mixed doubles. Stich and Sukova will be officially inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on 21 July, during Hall of Fame Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island.
Inside the museum, you’ll find over 1,900 tennis-related artifacts, perfect for any fan of this great sport. Today, the courts at the Tennis Hall of Fame are available for public play, and also host professional tournaments each summer.
Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open
Each July, after Wimbledon, the top ATP World Tour Pros come to Newport for the annual Hall of Fame Open. This Year’s Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open will take place July 15 – 22, 2018. 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. 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 at the Cliffside Inn. We’re located just a short walk from the Tennis Hall of fame, in addition to other top attractions in Newport. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Enjoyably coastal breezes, mild temperatures, sunny days, and luxury accommodations all add up to a fantastic getaway. Spring is an exceptionally beautiful time of year to visit Newport. These spring months also bring stunning natural beauty, in the form of emerging buds and flowers at Newport’s famous gardens. One such garden is the Blue Garden, which has its origins in Newport’s famed Gilded Age.
Additionally, in mid-June Newport hosts the Newport Flower Show, a general celebration of the many luxurious gardens around Newport. As you start planning your next trip to Newport, don’t miss your chance to stay at one of the top 25 Bed and Breakfasts in the world, as recently rated by BedandBreakfast.com. Book your room today! Continue reading