Welcome Spring at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Welcome Spring at Blithewold Mansion and GardensThe warmth and light of spring is upon us! One of the best places on Rhode Island to experience the blossoming of the season is Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum!

Blithewold is a 33-acre estate overlooking Narragansett Bay in Bristol. It is considered one of the best remaining examples of the Country Place Era and the Arts and Crafts movement.

Established in 1894, the estate remains largely unchanged since its heyday and opens seasonally to the public. The estate’s 45-room mansion still contains the family heirlooms and is surrounded by a series of lovely and unusual gardens and plantings. (more…)

The Automobile as Art at the Newport Car Museum

Newport Car MuseumWhether you’re a fan of classic cars, mid-century design, or beautifully curated art exhibits, you’ll love the Newport Car Museum.

The Newport Car Museum displays seven decades of international, modern industrial automotive design as art worth celebrating. What are the best designed cars but beautiful sculptures? The Newport Car Museum not only recognizes this but puts it up on a well lit, high pedestal for all to see.

The museum opened in 2017, based around a private collection of more than 70 classic automobiles. It now includes more than 70 cars, from the 1950s to the present, displayed in 6 different categories. Ford/Shelby Cars, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars, American Muscle Cars, and Chrysler Mopars. (more…)

Play Tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame!

Newport International Tennis Hall of FameVisit the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI to learn all about the sport: its history, legends, and current stars. Maybe you can even get in a game on one of the grass courts!

The International Tennis Hall of Fame was established in 1954 by Jimmy Van Alen, an American tennis official. His goal had two parts. The first was to preserves and promote the history of tennis and celebrate its champions.

The other goal was to save the historic, 1880 Newport Casino, which has also played a role in U.S. tennis history. In 1881 the Newport Casino served as the birthplace of American tournament tennis.

Thanks to Jimmy Van Alen, this elegant example of Victorian Shingle-Style architecture is still with us. One could not ask for a better place to spend the afternoon. (more…)

Come Explore Newport’s Fort Adams State Park

Fort Adams State Park in Rhode IslandFort Adams State Park is home to a massive, old fortress guarding the entrance to Narragansett Bay. It’s also home to the annual Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and so much more!

Fort Adams State Park has long been known as a strategic defensive position from which to defend Narragansett Bay. The first fortifications were built here in the late 1700’s and more were added as threats and war technology advanced.

The park is better known for its music festivals, picnics, and gorgeous sunsets, these days. Fort Adams Bay Walk alone draws visitors and residents alike with its views of the House On The Rock, Newport Harbor and waterfront, Brenton Cove, three different lighthouses, and so much more. (more…)

Get Ready For Newport Wine and Food Festival 2018!

Newport Wine and Food Festival 2018Newport Mansions’ Newport Wine and Food Festival 2018 is one of the most anticipated events of the year with wine-paired meals, celebrity chefs, wine and food seminars, and the enduring beauty of Rhode Island. September 20th through the 23rd, 2018.

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a visit to Rhode Island and the annual Newport Wine and Food Festival? A collection of some of the finest vintners and chefs come together each year for what is arguably the best wine and food festival in the country.

As an added incentive, Newport’s famous mansions, Rosecliff, Marble House, and The Elms, play host to the event. Come soak up the classic beauty of these Guilded Age “summer cottages” during 4 days of wine dinners, tastings, parties, and celebrity chef seminars. (more…)