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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Why We Love Our Culinary Garden

The chefs at Castle Hill do an impressive job of sourcing their ingredients as close to home as possible and so it makes perfect sense they would be excited to have food grown on site. They appreciate the quality found in herbs that were picked that morning and radishes that grew just meters away, not

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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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The Culinary Garden: Early Spring

The Castle Hill Culinary Garden is entering its second season and we are off to a great start! Seeding has begun in the greenhouse and now that nighttime temperatures are consistently above freezing there are a handful of plants ready to brave the cool air. Among these cold-hardy contenders are Russian and Siberian kale, sugar

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Daffy Time in Newport

As is typical of New England in early April, spring still seems more like a concept than a reality. But don’t worry, the daffodils will make it all better! They are poised and ready to pop, just in time for the annual festival that trumpets their return. There are swaths of them planted in strategic

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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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Duck Egg Salad With Oscietra Caviar

Yield: 12 canapes Ingredients 8 duck eggs (chicken eggs can be substituted if duck eggs are unavailable) ½ cup mayonnaise ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard ¼ teaspoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon red onion, minced 1 ounce Oscietra caviar** 1 loaf brioche bread ¼ teaspoon paprika ¼ cup green onions, chopped Chive tips, as needed Salt

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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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