Visit the Newport Art Museum

Visitors often think of Newport as a summer destination. It is, but there is so much more!  Newport is also an incredible cultural destination, with lots to discover for the avid art enthusiast.

Come visit Newport and the Cliffside Inn this winter, and see what’s happening at one of Newport’s top attractions, the Newport Art Museum.  To get started, simply make your reservation at our luxury Bed and Breakfast.

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Historic Landmarks in Newport

Historic Landmarks in Newport, Rhode IslandNewport has been many things to many people over the years.  Most famously, it was the summer playground for many of America’s wealthiest and most prominent families during the Gilded Age. Remnants of this storied past are visible today in the many mansions and historic landmarks that dot our shores.  Many of Newport’s historic landmarks have been preserved, and visiting these destinations is an excellent way to get a feel for this charming City by the Sea.  This fall, take a step back in time and journey into Newport’s history with us, at the beautifully renovated Cliffside Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Our Second Empire Victorian Manor House was originally built in 1876, and has since been authentically restored to its original condition.  Our award-winning Inn the perfect place for history lovers to stay when in Newport!  Book your room today. (more…)

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…)

Visiting Rose Island Lighthouse

Rose Island LighthouseOur last post revealed some of the best spots to watch sunsets in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the top places listed was the famous Rose Island Lighthouse located right in Narragansett Bay, along the span of the Newport Bridge.

The historic working lighthouse, built in 1869, sits on an 18-acre island off of the Newport coast, and is easily accessible via the Newport-Jamestown Ferry.  Guests may also visit Rose Island by their own boat if they choose.

Guests can enjoy the grounds around the lighthouse itself, walk the beaches below, and tour the historic lighthouse. From July to Labor Day, the lighthouse museum is open to the public between the hours of 10:00am-4:00pm. Visitors are welcome to bring their own refreshments and enjoy a picnic at one of the many picnic tables.

Rose Island and the Lighthouse History

Rose Island has had an important history on Narragansett Bay due to its strategic location at the entrance to the Newport Harbor.  At the time of the American Revolution, both colonial and British troops occupied the island, at different times, to defend Newport.  During the First and Second World Wars, Rose Island was occupied by the US Navy and was used to store torpedoes, manufactured at the Newport torpedo factory on nearby Goat Island, safely away from the mainland.

The wood-framed Rose Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1869 atop the remains of the 18th century Fort Hamilton’s south gun battery, and was activated in January, 1870. Because of its proximity to Newport, Rose Island was more accessible than many other lighthouse stations of its time. Lighthouse keepers on duty there, still had to deal with extreme weather, creative provisioning, and isolation at times.

When the Newport Bridge opened in 1969, the Rose Island Lighthouse became obsolete and in 1971 Rose Island was deactivated. For a period of time during the 1970’s the lighthouse and Rose Island were under the stewardship of the University of Rhode Island and used for marine research.  Ultimately, however, the school was unable to maintain the facilities, and the badly vandalized lighthouse was returned to the federal government. In 1984, when the lighthouse was declared surplus property, the city of Newport took it over.

After several failed attempts by private investors to develop Rose Island as an island resort during the 1980’s, a local group was formed to protect and preserve the lighthouse and the history of Rose Island.  The Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, with support from both public and private funding, completely restored the lighthouse and in 1992 the lighthouse was opened to the public. In 1993 the landmark lighthouse was finally relit, becoming one of the only few operating lighthouses maintained solely by dedicated and passionate volunteers.

Lighthouse Tours

Throughout the summer season, guests are welcome to take a guided tour throughout the lighthouse grounds. The lighthouse museum allows guests to step into each fully restored room that looks and feels as if the keepers still live there.

Admission for the lighthouse tour is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages of 6-12 and seniors 65 and older. Admission is free for Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation members or children under the age of five.

If you’re looking to visit the lighthouse between September and June feel free to contact the lighthouse’s office to set up the appropriate arrangements.

The lighthouse does offer educational programs, overnight or weekend stays, and group tours for those interested.

Traveling to the Lighthouse

The best way to travel to the Rose Island Lighthouse is by the Newport-Jamestown Ferry. For a list of the ferry schedules see the Newport-Jamestown Ferry schedule to the Rose Island Lighthouse. *Tip: If you travel by ferry, you’ll receive a $1 discount upon arrival!

If you own your own boat you’re welcome to tie up at the dock. If you have a small sailing craft, canoes, or kayaks you can land on the beaches near the lighthouse.

Pack Your Bags

It would be a pleasure for us to have you stay at our Inn when visiting the historic and romantic Rose Island Lighthouse. The Cliffside Inn is located only a mile from the Newport-Jamestown Ferry stop.

Make sure to book your stay before the summer ends! We look forward to having you stay with us on your journey to the Rose Island Lighthouse.

Photo Credit: CC Image Courtesy of Barbara Eckstein