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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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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Picture of Nasturtiums growing near the Green House

Healthy Highlights in the Castle Hill Culinary Garden

“Let food be thy medicine” ~Hippocrates The more I researched for this blog post, the more impressed I became by the wide range of health benefits present in the flowers, vegetables, and herbs we grow. This article will outline some healthy highlights for each plant, but there are so many more benefits to be aware

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Turn up the heat to cool down with a Blazing Bromeliad

Our bartenders have created the perfect remedy for these hazy, hot days of summer – the Blazing Bromeliad! It’s a refreshing combination of smoky Peloton Mezcal Tequila mixed with freshly squeezed lime juice and some house-made Habanero Pineapple syrup. It brings a little heat to the party as it cools you down. We suggest sipping one

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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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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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