Snapshots of Cliff Walk

The charm of the Castle Hill Inn is due in large part to its historic structures – the Agassiz mansion, Castle Hill Light and the Chalet – combined with its seaside setting. Guests who enjoy this elixir of New England charm will surely enjoy the Cliff Walk, on the eastern end of the peninsula that

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Sustainability in the Culinary Garden

Since every day is ‘Earth Day’ in my book, I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the efforts we are making in the Castle Hill Culinary Garden to be environmentally friendly and use sustainable techniques. Castle Hill Inn has been implementing new “green” strategies each year. I am happy to be a

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Sailing out front of Castle Hill

Sailing Captures

Newport is the sailing capital of the world and there is no better place to be a spectator to the action than the Lawn at Castle Hill Inn. People often say that coming to the Lawn is like entering a movie set due to the sumptuous setting and the stunning and picturesque background. Now cue

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July in the Culinary Garden

Remember the greenhouse image from the June blog post? Well, just look at how the garden has grown! From June to July is one of the biggest growth spurts in the Culinary Garden. Many of the plants have doubled in size and beds are looking full! July is the month of Hydrangeas blooming, Nasturtiums spilling

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Two-Wheel Drive

This season we have introduced sleek new touring bikes from Martone Cycling Co. for our houseguests to enjoy, complimentary, of course. Designed as a fashionable urban bicycle, they are also perfect for exploring the nooks and crannies of the Ocean Drive. Our horticulturist Leita and I took them out for a spin and were pleasantly

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Expanding the Culinary Garden!

The Culinary Garden at Castle Hill Inn is growing! This year we are going from six raised beds to eleven, and the greenhouse has doubled in size. This expansion is very exciting to me, and I know my enthusiasm is shared by the culinary team, who will now have even more fresh produce grown on

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Daffodils and Bear-shaped hedges

Newport Mansions Spring Preview

I think we can agree that the definitive symbol of spring is the flower. And what about the definitive activity: spring cleaning? And the creatures that best represent the season? The birds, of course. Well, springtime at the Newport Mansions has that all covered for you and then some. If flowers are your thing head

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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 ( 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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