Now you can take your tours of The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, and soon, The Elms, on your own smart device. The Newport Mansions app, available through your app store for Apple or Android devices, contains the audio tours for each house (including the Family Tour at The Breakers), as well as photos, maps, and other features to enhance your Newport Mansions visit. All houses are now open for the season. Purchase your tickets online at www.NewportMansions.org.
Splendor at Sea Celebrates Golden Age of Steam Yachting in America
The new exhibition, Splendor at Sea: The Golden Age of Steam Yachting in America, is now open at Rosecliff. It shares an insider’s look at some of the private steam yachts of the Gilded Age: technologically state-of-the-art, magnificently appointed floating palaces, which were as richly furnished as their owners’ legendary mansions. Objects on display include Tiffany and Cartier silver, yachting apparel, family albums, navigational instruments, cabin furniture, trophies, and paintings. A visit to the exhibition is included with your tour of Rosecliff, so don’t miss it!
Free Admission for Newport County Days
Our annual Newport County Days weekend is coming up, and this year we’ve expanded it to three days. Residents of all Newport County towns will enjoy free admission to the Newport Mansions from Saturday, June 18 through Monday, June 20. All you have to do is show proof of residency at the ticket booth. The free admission offer also extends to employees of the hospitality industry – just show a business card or other employment identification. Other Newport County attractions are also offering free admission or other value for some or all of the weekend. See the full list.
Kick Off the Season at the Newport Flower Show
Spectacular oceanfront views, beautiful floral arrangements, unique shopping experiences, enlightening speakers, and a fun and colorful cocktail party – all in an elegant historic setting. What’s not to like about the Newport Flower Show?
Kick off summer in style June 24-26 at Rosecliff. Treat yourself to something extra special by attending the Opening Night Party on Friday, June 24. Regular daytime admission and special event tickets are also available, including an afternoon tea and a jazz brunch. The Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show is Bartlett Tree Experts, with additional support provided by Brooks Brothers, Northern Trust, Atria Senior Living, BankNewport, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England, United, and The Newport Daily News.
Don’t Miss the Angela Moore Fashion Show
The reigning Miss Rhode Island and two former holders of that crown will be among the celebrity models at the Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch, at Rosecliff on July 7. Garden Guru Kent Russell (at left) and Michaela Johnson, co-host of WPRI-TV’s Rhode Show will also walk the runway. There’s no more elegant setting to enjoy this colorful show by Newport’s own iconic designer. The show will feature nautical and resort fashions by Angela as well as Manuel Canovas, Just Madras and Jack Rogers. And Groovy Gator will show off some fun fashions for the kids.
Tickets are $90 for PS members, $100 general admission and include the champagne brunch, a $25 Angela Moore gift card and a guest pass to tour Rosecliff and the exhibition Splendor at Sea.
Elms Carriage House Restoration Progressing
The adaptive reuse/restoration of The Elms Carriage House is progressing steadily toward a scheduled completion in time for a ribbon-cutting in August. The second floor of the historic building will provide living and work space for four new scholars-in-residence who will begin year-long fellowships with the Preservation Society in September.
Special Tickets Available for IMC Opening Gala
Newport’s resident contemporary ballet company brings its stunning Nuit Blanche to The Elms Sunken Garden on July 8. Nuit Blanche will include live performances by Island Moving Co.’s talented dancers, occurring unexpectedly among the magnificent architecture and romantic spaces of the garden. La Petite Nuit Blanchette, a special 6 p.m. event inside The Elms, is being offered exclusively to patrons of the Preservation Society. The pre-party begins with a private tour of The Elms art collection and cocktails on the terrace. This special $150 ticket includes the opportunity to ramble across the lawns to experience the performances as they occur from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. A very limited number of these special Preservation Society supporter tickets are available, so act fast. Call the Island Moving Co. at 401-847-4470.
Newport Mansions Store Reopens at Green Animals
The Newport Mansions Store at Green Animals Topiary Garden is open for the season. The shop is full of whimsical garden accessories and ceramics, along with local food products, farm to table cookbooks and gardening books for kids and adults! Be sure to stop in during your visit to the garden.