A November to Remember
Let’s face it. November gets a bad rap. Granted, it’s not overly festive, it’s dark out a good deal of the time, it’s too early for skiing — a transitional month for sure! In Newport, however, its golden and fiery beauty, lack of crowds, ocean mitigated mild temperatures and persistent lushness, make it a fabulous time to make your escape to the Castle Hill Inn! Hey, it is even more economical this time of year, for lodging and dining.
From November 1st through the 10th Newport celebrates Restaurant Week with discounted menus at most area restaurants — including lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch at the Castle Hill Inn. If you can’t get a reservation, join us at our Terrace Bar for RW lunch or at our Mansion Bar for RW dinner. For lunch, just $20 covers your entrée and dessert and there is even a selection of appetizers that you can add to your experience — attractively priced under $10. You should come every day! For dinner, 3-courses of the finest culinary options, which normally run $85, are yours for only $50. You should stay the week and indulge in a different combo every night!
Looking for deals on the Inn side? After a hiatus, our 40 Acres of Fall Package returns following Restaurant Week, designed to help you get the most out of a two-night stay, all the bang for less bucks, whether it be a weekend fling or a midweek getaway. The amenities start as soon as you check in. Your welcome amenity is a cheese plate paired with a half bottle of cabernet. What’s better on a fall afternoon than wine and cheese? Well, maybe afternoon tea, which is included in all overnight stays at Castle Hill Inn.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s included too! Whether you like pancakes (with blueberries, chocolate chips or caramelized bananas), eggs benedict, salmon toast, or choose to indulge in one of our house specialties: lobster hash or breakfast skillet (braised choriço sausage and tomato, crispy potatoes and burrata cheese, served in a skillet and topped with poached eggs); our overnight guests start their day off right, while enjoying stunning views of Narragansett Bay, between sips of coffee and house made smoothies.
We haven’t even gotten to the piece de resistance. The 40 Acres of Fall package includes a 3-course dinner for two in the Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn – a culinary journey that is hard to beat anywhere. Not sure which you will enjoy more: the beautifully prepared food or the stellar service.
In addition, see what came after the Victorian charm of the Agassiz Mansion (1875) at Castle Hill, and discover the Gilded Age excesses of the Newport Mansions, with two tickets to see one of the properties of the Preservation Society of Newport County. Marvel at the palazzo-style grandeur of The Breakers (1895), the gem-like quality of Marble House (1892) or the 18th century French fantasy of The Elms (1901). Beginning November 23rd, these mansions will be decked out in holiday finery, though it can’t much compete with the original decoration.
So, don’t even try to be ho hum about November. At Castle Hill, whether you come for the food and stay for the views, or vice versa, you can make it a November to remember right here.
– Shea C Nelson