Comfort Inn at Newport Beach
28 Aquidneck Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842
Phone: (401) 619-2800
Fax: (401) 619-2814
Arts & Museums
The Old Stone Mill is a mystery to gaze at and wonder upon. Did the Norsemen build this upside down masterpiece, or was it born during colonial times for use as a baptismal font? Conjecture for the use of the tower is as varied as opinions surrounding its origin, which is why it remains a source of controversy to the present day. The stone structure is located in Touro Park off Bellevue Avenue in Newport.
The Newport Art Museum and Art Association is located on Bellevue Avenue in the Griswold House, The Cushing Gallery and the Gilbert S. Kahn Building. Historic and contemporary artistic treasures, paintings, furniture and ornaments depicting the heritage of Newport are housed on 2 acres focusing on Rhode Island and southeastern New England. The Museum offer lectures, concerts, shops and an art school. From February through may, the Annual Members' Juried Exhibition is on display.
All tennis buffs know that this is the place to visit while in Newport. The International Tennis Hall of Fame is truly a shrine to the sport, its history and many champions. Found at Newport Casino located on beautiful Bellevue Avenue amongst shops and eateries, the site is a perfect place to stop in and admire the lush, grassy tennis courts and the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum commemorating tennis pros from past and present.
The Newport Casino, home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, is a tennis landmark. It has 13 grass courts and an interactive museum. The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that provides information on the rich history of tennis as well as enshrining tennis legends from around the world. Built by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White in 1880, it is famous for its architectural style, and has been dubbed as a masterpiece of Victorian chic. If you're a tennis fan, come on over to Newport Casino, with its beautiful surroundings and old world charm. And if you're not a tennis fan, the casino holds other events, including part of the annual Newport Jazz Festival.
The Newport Colony House was designed after an English Town Hall designed by Richard Munday; Munday also designed the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House in Newport. An open marketplace is found on the first floor of the Colony House, with civic offices on the second. The design was intended to make what is now Washington Square into an elegant meeting place. The Colony House is the fourth oldest American state house that is still standing. The mayor of Newport announced the Declaration of Independence on its front steps. Tours by appointment. Donations accepted.
Chepstow is a black-shuttered Newport mansion designed after an Italian villa. You will find the 19th century collections of art, paintings, furnishings and documents of the Newport Morris family, indicative of Newport mansion owners and the wealth of the times. A spiral self-supported staircase, tiled floors and white stucco brings you back to days of leisure living in informal elegance of a Newport cottage. The Newport Preservation Society conducts tours of Chepstow with advance reservations.
This small museum on Thames Street in Newport is dedicated to the history of the Irish-American community in southern Rhode Island and their contributions. Open in June 2011, this museum and interpretive center is located in the part of Newport that was the historical district of the region's Irish immigrants and community.
If you like antiques and collectibles, you will delight in the Newport Postcard Museum. There is no admission charge for touring this Museum located at 152-154 Spring Street in Newport. Find turn-of-the century picture postcards of the city of Newport and a personal collection exhibiting over 800 Newport cards. The cards, a collection out of 5000 Newport cards, are listed by area such as the waterfront, downtown and structure for instance, a church or public building. Cards displayed include Washington Square, The Colony and Opera Houses. Cash only, credit cards not accepted.
The Elms was built in 1901 as the "cottage" of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind and eventually became known as another summer residence for the burgeoning population of the nouveaux riches at the turn of 20th Century. Modeled after the mid-18th-century château d'Asnieres outside Paris, The Elms showcases the Berwind's collections of art and ceramics. Now a historic landmark, you can learn its history and appreciate turn-of-the century gracious living. Admission: $11 adults, $4 children ages 6-17. It opens daily at 10a.
The Breakers is an architectural masterpiece, and was home to one of America's wealthiest families, the Vanderbilts. Tours of the mansion tell stories of the Vanderbilts as well as the building of this grand estate and the ventures of its architects and designers. Thousands of visitors arrive at the spectacular 70-room palace every year to enjoy the many special events and guided tours the mansion has year round and to walk the elegant marble halls or stroll the green lawns that overlook the blue sea on the cliffs below. Admission: $16 adults, $4 children ages 6-17.
The Isaac Bell House is definitely worth visiting to experience the best example of the "shingle style" architecture in this country. Designed by the famed architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White in 1883, the house boasts elements of Old English, European and colonial American design, and even a Japanese open-floor plan. Do not forget to notice the bamboo-style porch columns. Still being renovated to recapture its glory, the tour is considered a work in progress.
You cannot find a better example of The Gilded Age than the Marble House on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. It was built as a summer cottage between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. This stone palace set the tone for social and architectural change in the former wooden house summer colony of Newport. Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, Marble House was an inspiration from the Trianon at Versailles. The cost of the house at that time was said to be $11 million.