Visit the Lighthouses of Newport

Lighthouses of Newport, Rhode IslandLighthouses dot the entire east coast, from the northern tip of Maine south to Florida. Lighthouses, typically built in remote locations, are extraordinarily beautiful beacons, and serve as an important reminder of our history.  In Rhode Island, these lighted beacons have been guiding ships around the notoriously rocky shoreline since the 1800’s.  There are more than a dozen beautiful lighthouses in the Newport area, each with its own story.  Book your stay at our Rhode Island Bed and Breakfast this summer, and tour these incredible, historic destinations. (more…)

Sunset Cruise in Newport Harbor

sunset cruise in Newport HarborWhen you live in a city surrounded by water, you learn to appreciate the intricate relationship between community and sea.  In Newport, being out on the water is a way of life. That’s never more true than during these warm summer months, when there are hundreds of different ways to interact with the bays, harbors, and waterways around Newport.  Whether chartering your own sailboat, watching sailing regattas, walking along famous cliffside walks, or enjoying a romantic sunset cruise around Newport, the choice is yours. The end of summer is coming quicker than we’d like. Come spend a few of these last summer days with us at the romantic Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast.   (more…)

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.