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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Chinese New Year at Castle Hill

Not sure how to celebrate Chinese New Year? At Castle Hill we have got you covered. Between February 16th and 22nd, the tasting menu in the Dining Room will once again be the creation of Chef de Cuisine Andy Taur in honor of his Chinese heritage. His parents immigrated to the United States before he

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Christmas at the Mansions

If you have ever wished that the Newport Mansions had even more glitz, then Christmas at the Newport Mansions is right for you. How does one deck a great hall that is essentially a 50-foot cube? Any way one wants really, it’s not like the original occupants of The Breakers were in Newport for the

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Newport: Season Slow Down

Photo credit: Discover Newport   Between the last of the major cruise ship visits to Newport on November 3rd and Black Friday on November 24th, the City by the Sea takes on a different aspect, that is less about crowds and more about peacefulness. [In the interest of full disclosure, the city’s restaurant week will

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Castle Hill: A Wedding Story

What is your wedding style? Is it high glamour or subdued elegance? Is it inspired by New England beaches or classic Hollywood? Whatever your wedding style, the experts at Castle Hill want to craft a wedding celebration that is perfectly suited for you. Even if your personal style includes things like, umm… goat cakes and

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Castle Hill and Newport Style

What is Newport style? Is it any combination of pink, blue and white? What about green? It certainly made a good showing this past summer, in bright shades of turquoise and emerald – paired with white or navy blue of course. Photo Credit: www.belgiandandy.blogspot.co.uk (left) and www.glamradar.com (right)   Is Newport style different from Martha’s

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Castle Hill and the East Passage

We have decided to call our blog East Passages, inspired by the channel that flows by us to the West, and connects the Atlantic Ocean to Newport Harbor and the upper reaches of the Narragansett Bay. The port of Providence, twenty-five miles to the North, would not be viable without the deep waters of the

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