Expanding the Culinary Garden!

The Culinary Garden at Castle Hill Inn is growing! This year we are going from six raised beds to eleven, and the greenhouse has doubled in size. This expansion is very exciting to me, and I know my enthusiasm is shared by the culinary team, who will now have even more fresh produce grown on

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Daffodils and Bear-shaped hedges

Newport Mansions Spring Preview

I think we can agree that the definitive symbol of spring is the flower. And what about the definitive activity: spring cleaning? And the creatures that best represent the season? The birds, of course. Well, springtime at the Newport Mansions has that all covered for you and then some. If flowers are your thing head

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JT O'Connell

Founding Fathers

The stellar attributes of the Castle Hill property cannot be denied and, in a very real sense, we owe our enjoyment of it to our two great benefactors: Alexander Agassiz and J.T. O’Connell. Once acquired, both men were enamored of the place for life, and left it in the hands of their descendants. Alexander Agassiz

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Photo of Rough Point in the winter

A Rough Point Holiday

Newport is alive with history. And history gives us tradition. Traditionally, the holiday program of the Newport Restoration Foundation (newportrestoration.org) has featured Rough Point in “Undecked Halls” – reflecting the state of the house in winter, when its chatelaine, Doris Duke, had decamped to other climes. This year, they have added another element, with certain

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Photo of Sailboats for Hope sailing through

Boat Traffic

Newport is the sailing capital of the world, and there is no better place to watch the sailboats floating by, or racing by, than at the Castle Hill Inn, but there is much more to the daily boat show. Located, as we are, on the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, a panoply of marine traffic

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Photo of Outide the Sunset Room in Autumn

Enchanted Autumn

Autumn is a special time in New England. The cooler temperatures and shorter days set in motion a scene change from green-washed surrounds to a new pallet of oranges, yellows, reds and umbers.  Here, in Newport, we get to experience the full display of this transitional season. From the fall foliage and unique autumnal blooms,

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Aerial View of Vernon Court in Newport

Museums of Bellevue Avenue

Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island features almost too many museums to list – from the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum and the Audrain Automobile Museum on upper Bellevue to the several properties of the Preservation Society of Newport County that line the length of this august boulevard. These latter are house museums and

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Picture of Fountain in Front Garden

September Snapshot in the Gardens

At Castle Hill the ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum has started to bloom, the rose of Sharon is at its peak, the very first leaves are beginning to turn… and the deer have begun eating our Swiss chard and kale! It must be September. The dry weather that persisted through the second half of August and into

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Picture of path on Nature walk

Nature Walk and Talk

We are immensely proud, if not in awe, of our forty-acre property. It sprawls down from the mansion-topped hill with its view of Newport Harbor and the Newport Bridge. The East Passage of Narragansett Bay flanks our western shore, and Castle Hill Cove cradles the peninsula to the east. Heading south you pass, and maybe

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picture of our Greenhouse in midsummer

Midsummer in the Culinary Garden

August has arrived, and with it comes a whole new host of veggies from our culinary garden: tri-colored beans, gold and purple beets, cilantro flowers, cucumbers, and tie-die carrots to name a few. The “purple haze” carrots are harvested young before they turn fully purple, giving them their distinct tie-die coloration. The golden beets also

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