Luxury Family Vacation Rhode IslandA Family Castle to Call Home
Why stay anywhere else when you can call a castle home? Castle Hill Inn is a 19th century mansion but a modern day memory maker. It will lure you with quiet yet lavish luxury and centuries old charm. Living the seacoast life, you will frolic on your own private peninsula complete with panoramic ocean views. And that’s only the beginning.
Good for: Families desiring a picturesque, sophisticated and relaxing escape; adding a family weekend on to a Boston work trip or a seeking a refreshing stop on the way to the Cape or Maine.
· Panoramic ocean views from the Adirondack chairs on the Lawn and Terrace
· Private Beaches and ocean front parks
· Leisurely sails on the private Hinckley Yacht
· Strolls around historic Newport – along the wharfs, Cliff Walk or Thames Street.
Suggested stay: 3-4 days. Newport itself is small enough to explore in a weekend but the property at Castle Hill will transport you so you will want to stay longer
What to know: Traffic can be trying during high season so take the Inn’s exclusive launch service downtown. It allows you to escape the masses, boarding at Castle Hill’s private marina and arriving promptly at Bowen’s Wharf.
A Castle to Call Home
Castle Hill Inn’s mansion is perched upon the hill in Narragansett Bay far enough away from the bustle of downtown but with easy access to all your heart desires. Play on the beach, explore the forty acres and have a land or water adventure. Whether you stay in a beach house, harbor house or in the AgassizMansion, there is a stay custom designed for your (family) needs. Don’t miss the Lighthouse Suite, whichoffers a bedroom and sitting area separated by French doors that lead to a wood-paneled room that your kids will think convert into their very own tree house.
Families cannot spend enough time on The Lawn. Adirondack chairs welcome you to sit and the 360-degree ocean views captivate you while sipping a cocktail and watching the children run around. The sailboats leisurely pass by while your kids retreat to their plush lawn blankets Seek solace after bedtime and enjoy a formal dining affair at the Castle Hill Dining Room. Don’t miss the Georges Bank Scallops and the native fluke.
When the little angels are tucked into bed take respite at The Retreat at Castle Hillby Farmesthetics, the natural herbal skincare line based in Rhode Island. The signature facial or massage is customized to suit your needs. And it will do you wonders while you melt away in the pristine atmosphere of the mansion suites.
The Great Outdoors
In summertime, make your first stop the private beach. The rocky coastline, playful waves and beach toy stand will wow kids of all ages. The little tykes can build their own sandcastle inspired by the one on the hill. Sans kids, head behind the Harbor Houses and down the steep staircase to Grace Kelly Beach to soak the sun on the cliffs in what feels like your own private, rocky enclave.
If you and the tots prefer to transform into land rovers, there are bikes for exploring the property. Follow one of the many nature trails and pedal over to the restored light house for a picnic. When the kids get tuckered out reenergize them with croquet and lawn games or a short stroll to the ocean front Brenton State Park where the sky is colored with countless flying kites.
Newport is also home to some of the best golf in New England. Play a round of golf at the esteemed Newport Nationalcomplete with a challenging course and beautiful setting.
Then end the perfect day with a favorite tradition of Beach Bonfires & Stargazing on the private beach front. You can cozy up next to the fire and enjoy tasty s’mores, storytelling and stargazing with the local astronomer.
Sailing in Style
Indulge in the luxuries of Castle Hill on the water with an exclusive charter for Inn guests aboard a fully crewed fleet of Hinckley Yachts, the finest classic wooden yachts in the world. Splurge on the Aquidneck Tour and circumnavigate the island in style from the deck of the Hinckley.
Travel to downtown Newport aboard the M/V Mistress, Castle Hill’s own motor launch while admiring views of the mansions and harbor. Little ones won’t even ask “Are we there yet?” since they will be busy taking in the beautiful mansions.
The seaside city
Families will enjoy exploring the seaside city of Newport. The beachfront Exploration Center & Aquariumallows you to get up close and personal with creatures from the Narragansett Bay. Continue yoursunny day on Easton's Beach, Newport's largest beach and recreation area, and go merrily around on the historic Carousel at Easton’s Beach. Then stroll along the beach over to the Cliff Walk(which even has a stroller-friendly patch and spots easily navigated for the littlest legs) and stop at the Breakers or Elms for a family mansion tour.
Peruse the quaint shops along Bellevue Avenue as you stroll past mansions and continue your discovery of Newport up and down Thames Street. For a unique and one-of-a-kind opportunity, make sure to experience Glass Blowing at Thames Glass. It is a husband and wife-owned studio where you can view expert hand glassblowing and families can make their own ornament or paperweight with the help of their expert glass blowers.
After a fun day exploring town, leisurely make your way down the wharf and let the kids count the sailboats as you relax and savor the fresh local catch at 22 Bowen’sor TheMooring. And if the kids are good, let them have one cookie at the cookie jar and ice cream at Sprinkles before you retreat to your peninsula.
(Photos courtesy of Castle Hill Inn)