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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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 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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Photo of Cliff and Liza wedding on beach

Destiny by the Sea

Liza and Cliff wanted an elegant and intimate wedding, something just between themselves. Having ruled out a destination wedding or a cruise ship wedding, they embarked on a search for an elopement package, somewhere in the Northeast, close to home. Cliff describes that everything they saw on-line, however, seemed “cheesy, artificial or mechanical”. Sometimes it

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Ocean Sailing Recap

Growing up in Rhode Island, I often heard the phrase: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” It was an iteration of a phrase purportedly made by Mark Twain about the weather in New England. Regardless of whether he said it (or how he said it), the sentiment was certainly true this past May

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Newport Sails into Spring

Some things are made for each other: peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, sailing and Newport — it is why the New York Yacht Club erected its very first clubhouse here in 1845 and the America’s Cup Races were held here for a period of over fifty years. And it is certainly why the

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Monuments of Newport

Newport embraces its history. Long before it became the grandest resort of the Gilded Age, Newport was a colonial powerhouse of industry, culture and ideas. Freedom of religion and enterprise was guaranteed by the colonial charter of Rhode Island a hundred years before it was written into the Declaration of Independence. The 1663 charter, which

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Castle Hill Inn Escapes

Spring may be approaching but there is still a lot of hum left in the drum. With the last weeks of Winter upon us (we hope), consider finishing the season with an escape to Castle Hill Inn. Our Winter Wonder package is designed to brighten your spirits during the darker sometimes drearier days. If that

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