Castle Hill Inn, an iconic Relais & Chateaux property in Newport, Rhode Island will offer a full lineup of festive and engaging summer events, which pay homage to classic Americana traditions. Castle Hill Inn’s Social Date Book of summer events for 2014 includes weekly movie nights, beach bonfires and stargazing, award-wining clambakes, and a variety of other key Newport events that the Inn will be participating in.
This quintessential New England summer destination centers its events and activities around the celebrated Lawn at Castle Hill Inn, a signature Newport experience. Here, guests enjoy a lush rolling lawn and wrap-around views of Newport harbor, with the opportunity to experience the delectable culinary offerings of Castle Hill. Artisanal cocktails are served under a custom-made Sperry sailcloth awning, while lunch can be enjoyed while reclining seaside in the Adirondacks. A more formal dining experience can be had on the Sunset Terrace, where diners will enjoy Executive Chef Karsten Hart’s artfully crafted fine dining menu.
Also new for summer 2014, Castle Hill Inn is launching a water taxi for guests, which will conveniently take passengers from Castle Hill Inn Marina to Newport Yachting Center Marina, without the worry of traffic or having to drive into town. The service will begin with weekend service on Saturday, May 17 and transition to operating seven days a week starting June 21 thru Labor Day weekend.
Classic films on the Inn’s sweeping lawn will return for the second summer. Castle Hill Inn will be showcasing films from the James Bond film franchise. In true Castle Hill Inn fashion, films are projected on a custom-made sailcloth screen, while refreshing cocktails and gourmet snacks are served. The films will be shown every Monday beginning June 23 through August 25
The official starting line of the annual Newport to Bermuda race on June 20 sits right in front of the Inn’s majestic lawn, making it the perfect spot to wish the competitors well on their 3 day journey to the finish line at St. David’s Lighthouse in Bermuda. The Castle Hill Hinckley yacht will be on the water, available for guests who want a true sailor’s perspective.
On Sunday evenings, Castle Hill Inn’s private beach is the place to go for s’mores, cocktails, storytelling and stargazing with a local astronomer, who leads guests through a fireside astronomical experience. This will occur on Sunday evenings during July and August.
For the Fourth of July, the Castle Hill Inn lawn offers an obstructed view of Newport’s annual fireworks show. Guests will enjoy gourmet drinks and bites while watching the spectacular fireworks.
A time-honored New England tradition, Castle Hill Inn’s clambake pit is nestled on the far edge of the picturesque bluffs and is the weekly centerpiece to a dining experience rich with natural flavors and homegrown fun. Guests can observe the process led by Castle Hill Inn’s Executive Chef Karsten Hart, sip artisan cocktails, or play bocce and croquet against the backdrop of Newport Harbor until it’s time to gather for a uniquely local and expertly prepared feast. The clambakes will take place on July 8, July 22, July 29 and August 12.
For more than a century, Castle Hill Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, has captured the imagination of guests from around the world with its enchanting coastal setting, relaxed elegance and authentic Newport spirit.
Nestled on a 40-acre peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the property exemplifies the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th century seacoast life. Combining the elegance of a boutique hotel with the inviting comforts of a coastal inn, the Inn offers resplendent lodging options to suit the needs and preferences of all guests. Accommodations include nine guest rooms and suites in the original 19th-century Agassiz Mansion, and 24 private, waterfront accommodations in the Harbor House, Chalet, Beach Houses and Beach Cottages. On property activities include stargazing, clambakes, bonfires, games on the lawn, kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, surfing, and sailing.
Voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure as one of the top hotels in the world, and lauded by the New York Times as ‘the best spot in town,’ Castle Hill Inn is Newport elegance at its finest.
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Carrie Coolidge is a Pursuitist contributor based in Manhattan. From 2009 to 2011, Carrie served as Co-Editor of Luxist, the luxury lifestyle website at AOL where she ran the Luxist Awards, a program that honored the very best in fine living. From 1996 to 2009, Carrie was a Staff Writer at Forbes magazine, where she covered real estate, personal finance and the insurance industry, among other areas. Carrie is also the author of six books, including "The Business of America is Business". Follow her on Twitter: @carriecoolidge