Tour Restored Belcourt of Newport Mansion

Belcourt of Newport

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Newport has been many things to many people over the years, but most famously, it was the summer playground for many of America’s wealthiest and most prominent families during the Gilded Age. A poignant reminder of this period of American history are the mansions that are visited by droves of tourists each year. Newport’s historic mansions are easily considered to be the top attraction in Newport. There’s another, perhaps lesser known, but still just as beautiful, historic home worth touring the next time you’re in Newport. Belcourt of Newport, which in recent years underwent dramatic restorations, is a beautiful reminder of Newport’s storied history.  Book your room at our Newport Bed and Breakfast today, and step back in time to one of America’s most opulent periods of history in Newport. (more…)

Pamper Yourself With a Getaway to Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast

Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast Getaway in Newport, Rhode IslandNow that the holidays are over, many of us are looking for small ways to indulge in the simpler things in life; things like rest and relaxation. For many, getaways at this time of year involve warmth and sun.  However, we think there are plenty of great things to do during the winter in this historic New England town.  With its natural beauty comes a town full of interesting places to explore, a variety of shops to browse, and a top-notch restaurant scene fit for any foodie. We can think of no better place to spend a few restorative days than the Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Book your getaway to Newport today! (more…)

Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame

International Tennis Hall of Fame, NewportI 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. (more…)

This Winter, Explore Newport’s Attractions

Winter in Newport, Rhode IslandNewport is truly a four season destination, with plenty to see and do no matter what time of year you are visiting. Instead of staying home this winter, come to Newport. There are plenty of indoor activities and cozy outdoor excursions to keep you busy and entertained. Newport is home to a variety of great museums, a vibrant arts community, plenty of historic attractions, and an exquisite food scene.  Come stay at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast, and discover the myriad of ways to enjoy Newport this winter.   (more…)

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.