Sailing into Summer in Newport

Sailing in Newport, Rhode IslandThere are many wonderful activities to do in Newport during the warm, sunny months of summer.  Take in a traditional Polo match during Newport’s International Polo Series, watch professional Tennis or hit the courts yourself, enjoy the vistas from Newport’s romantic Cliff Walk, tour the magnificent summer homes of America’s wealthy families, or get out on the water and go sailing around Newport’s spectacular harbors. There’s something extraordinary about Newport during the summer, and it’s your turn to discover exactly what that is for yourself.  Book your room at the Cliffside Inn, one of the most romantic Inn’s in all of New England, and sail into summer with us in Newport.   (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…)

Christmas in Newport 2015: Our Top Event Picks

There’s no doubt December is a busy month in Newport! With all there is to do, we thought we provide a list of some of our favorite Christmas events. If you’re a guest at Cliffside Inn, feel free to ask for help planning your day around these fun events.

December 11th – Friday

Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m., St. Lucy’s Church, 909 W. Main Rd., Middletown. Concert to benefit The Artillery Company of Newport. Admission $10 adults, children/seniors $5. http://www.newportnavychoristers.org/

St. George’s School Service of Lessons & Carols, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 7:30 p.m. The birth of Jesus is told by lesson and song. Congregational singing and carols by the school choir. Free. 847-7565. http://www.stgeorges.edu/

Annual Tree Lighting and Grand Opening of the Newport Skating Center, 5.m. America’s Cup Ave. Celebrate with good cheer, hot cocoa and cookies, carolers, and skating performances with the Island Skating Academy

Christmas Tree at Cliffside Inn

Our Christmas Tree at Cliffside Inn

December 12th – Saturday

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 847-8344. http://www.newportrestoration.org

Artisan Craft Fair & Boutique Sale at Potter League for Animals, 10 a.m – 5 p.m. 87 Oliphant Ln. Middletown. 846-0592 X116. http://www.potterleague.org

Open House at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 10-5 p.m. 194 Bellevue Ave. Donate a canned good for the local food bank and enjoy free admission to the museum. A great activity for the whole family. http://www.tennisfame.com

Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. Hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship, and learn how Newporters made their way in winter during Newport’s colonial era. Departs from the Museum at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St. $15 adults, $10 for NHS Members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required. Weather permitting. 841-8770.

Emmanuel Church Handbell Choir performs at Seaman’s Church Institute, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Free. 847-4260.

December 18th – Friday

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.

Annual Deblois Gallery Holiday Party, 5-7 p.m. 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 847-9977. http://www.debloisegallery.com/

Holiday Dance party at the Edward King House, 7 p.m., 35 King St. No partner or dance experience necessary. $25 in advance. 846-7426. http://www.edwardkinghouse.org/

December 19th – Saturday

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 847-8344. http://www.newportrestoration.org/

Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society.

Hoppy Holidays at Newport Storm Brewery, 12-6 p.m., 293 JT Connell Rd. Annual Christmas open house celebration with guided tours, entertainment and snacks. $10 admission. rmello@newportstorm.com

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum and Shop, 127 Thames St.

Holiday Evening Duet at The Elms and Marble House, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy two houses for the price of one during this evening open house event, with live music and refreshments. $35 in advance, $45 at the door, children 6-17 $10 in advance, $15 at the door 847-1000 or visit http://www.nnewportmansions.org

Return to Camelot at St. Mary’s Church, 7 p.m., Spring St. A special Christmas themed Return to Camelot program featuring Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy. Free of charge but donations welcome to St. Mary’s music program.

23rd Annual “Messiah and Carol Sing: The Christmas Story”, by Swanhurst Chorus, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church, Spring & Dearborn Sts. Handel’s Messiah as well as beloved carols. Bring your own score and scores will be available for rent. A festive “Wassail Bowl” reception will follow. Admission $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under, and $25 maximum per family. 401-682-1630 or http://www.Swanhurst.org/

December 26th – Saturday

45th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. 401-741-5920. No advance reservations are necessary. We are always looking for friendly people to assist with our house tours. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer docent for the Candlelight House Tours, please contact Nancy or Alice at historichousetour.volunteer@yahoo.com

Holiday Evenings at The Breakers, Dec 5, 12, 26. Live holiday music and refreshments. 6-8 p.m. Adults $35 in advance, $45 at the door, Children 6-17 yrs. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 847-1000 for reservations. http://www.newportmansions.org

December 27th – Sunday

45th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. 401-741-5920. No advance reservations are necessary. We are always looking for friendlypeople to assist with our house tours. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer docent for the Candlelight House Tours, please contact Nancy or Alice at historichousetour.volunteer@yahoo.com

Road to Independence History Walking Tour: 11 a.m. departs from the Museum at the Brick Market at 127 Thames St., The Newport Historical Society. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies. Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. $15 adults, $10 NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required, 841-8770. Tickets can be purchased at tour departure point. Weather permitting.

December 28th – Monday

45th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. 401-741-5920. No advance reservations are necessary. We are always looking for friendlypeople to assist with our house tours. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer docent for the Candlelight House Tours, please contact Nancy or Alice at historichousetour.volunteer@yahoo.com

Rogues & Scoundrels History Walking Tour, 11 a.m., departs from the Museum at the Brick Market at 127 Thames St., Newport Historical Society. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations required, 841-8770. $15 per person, $10 for NHS members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Tickets can be purchased at the tour departure point. Weather permitting.

International Tennis Hall of Fame – Tennis Week 2015

Tennis Week 2015

Tennis Week is one of Newport’s best summer events. The week of July 11 – 19 is all about the Historic Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, located at the Newport International Tennis Hall of Fame, and approximately three blocks from our Inn.

Tennis Week offers up a great opportunity to experience the sport’s history and nostalgia, along with being a part of a new inductee ceremony. Founded by tennis innovator, James Van Alen, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has been home to events, such as The Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, for years.

2015 Tennis Week

This year, there are several players being inducted into the Class of 2015 International Tennis Hall of Fame. WTA Star Amelie Mauresmo, Australian Wheelchair Champion David Hall, and Tennis Industry Leader Nancy Jeffett will be inducted on July 18 during the Enshrinement Ceremony starting at 12:00 pm.

Aside from the Class of 2015 inductee ceremony, there are several other fun events that you can check out and be a part of. Free tennis clinics (complimentary with Tennis Week ticket prices), Alex and Ani ladies day, and singles and doubles tournaments (players soon to be announced) are some of the featured events happening throughout the week.

Tennis Week ticket prices vary day-to-day but can range anywhere between $15 for a single day to $245 for the entire week. Hall of Fame members can save $8 on their ticket purchases, along with first access to the best seats.

Game, Set, Match!

Tennis week is perfect for any tennis lover. It provides a chance to learn more about the sport, engage in fun tennis activities, and be a part of history.

The first serve is only a few weeks away and the time to book your stay is now. We invite you to take a step inside our beautifully restored Victorian mansion to experience a stay like no other. Let us make this a truly relaxing and memorable visit to Newport.
We look forward to seeing you for Tennis Week 2015!

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Bruno Girin

Newport Folk Festival and Jazz Festival 2015

The weather is finally thawing, and the Newport Music Festival season is ready to start up! This year, the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals both have jam packed lineups with great music for all.

Located within close proximity to our Inn, the Folk and Jazz Festivals are perfect for any music lover.

Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival

Back in 1965, Bob Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, making folk music history. 50 years later, the festival is ready to continue making history the weekend of Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26. Located at Fort Adams State Park, the Newport Folk Festival features four stages of music plus food and crafts for all ages.

As of today, the festival’s three-day and single-day passes have all been sold, except for the Friday single day passes. If you haven’t purchased parking with your tickets, you can purchase parking at the festival at an additional charge for $20.00 per day.

So who’s playing this year? The three day festival has a stacked lineup every day of the event with acts such as Leon Bridges on Friday, Brandi Carlile on Saturday, and Lord Huron on Sunday. The festival has an eclectic variety of folk artists playing each day, and the set times and stages will be announced soon on the Newport Folk Festival’s website.

Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival

This year’s Newport Jazz Festival begins on Friday, July 31 and runs through Sunday, August 2 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Live music will be played throughout both venues with tickets starting at $40. On site parking is available, but it does come at an additional price anywhere between $12 – $36.

Since 1954, this festival has been showcasing jazz artists in the heart of Newport. This year’s lineup includes an array of jazz musicians featuring, Chris Botti on Friday, Snarky Puppy on Saturday, and Dr. John on Sunday. The set times and stages have yet to be announced, but make sure to check the Newport Jazz Festival’s website frequently for updates.

Stay at The Inn

Only a 15 minute walk from the Inn, Cliffside is in the ideal location for attendees of these July festivals. If you decide to walk to the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to take in some of the most breathtaking views of Newport before spending the day listening to world class music.

Book your room today — we look forward to seeing you at the festivals!

Jazz Festival Photo Credit: CC Images Courtesy of Todd Van Hoosear

Folk Festival Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of SWIMPHOTO