From the Gilded Age to Today’s Gourmet Destination – Rhode Island

Above Photo Credit: Onne van der Wal

Packages Available: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights

Rhode Island is packed with 400 miles of coastline and 20 percent of the country’s historic landmarks.  Newport is the sailing capital of the world and home to the famed Gilded Age mansions. Providence’s celebrated restaurants, award-winning theatre and vibrant arts scene is enhanced by an elaborate river walk. Discover our country’s smallest state, the first of the 13 original colonies, and see why “The Ocean State” is a magnet for visitors wishing to experience natural beauty, walk in footsteps through history, shop in fabulous galleries and dine on amazingly fabulous cuisine.

ScailosDay One: 

Begin your outing with a stop at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket, RI. This beautiful church, built between 1913 and 1917 by French Canadian immigrants, was to serve the religious and social needs of the community. Built in modern French Renaissance style, the building exhibits all of the rich classical details of Romanesque architecture. In the 1920's, over 40 stained glass windows, designed and produced by French artists, were installed.  The interior walls, vaults and ceilings of the church were completely covered in fresco paintings by Guido Nincheri, a native of Florence, in the style made famous by Michelangelo and Raphael. In many ways, the themes and extent of the paintings are reminiscent of those in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

After your visit, continue on to Coventry and arrive at your hotel, home for the next 3 nights.

There will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.  Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool!

Your Welcome to Rhode Island dinner features great food and great views. Seafood abounds at this marina-side restaurant.  After dinner take a stroll along the docks in the bay.

Day Two: 

Rise and shine for a hot breakfast buffet served at the hotel.Board the coach and travel to Newport, where your first stop is at Green Animals.Embark on a self-guided tour of more than 80 pieces of topiary displayed throughout the gardens. Witness animals and birds, geometric figures and ornamental designs, sculpted from California privet, yew, and English boxwood.

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Next visit the Marble House, built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt.  It was a summer house, or "cottage", as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces.

In the fashion of the era, enjoy an included picnic “lunch on the lawn” at the Elms, the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind.

Early afternoon explore the beauty of Rosecliff Mansion. Commissioned in 1899 by Nevada silver heiress, Theresa Fair Oelrichs, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. After the house was completed in 1902, at a reported cost of $2.5 million, Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments here, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini.

Next, tour the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages", The Breakers. This mansion is a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. This 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo was inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin.

Tour the Newport Vineyards, followed by a chance to sit back and enjoy a sampling.

Bannisters warfBannister’s Wharf is your destination for the evening. The wharf that John Bannister built was the social and commercial lifeline to colonial Newport, the connector between an active harbor and an enterprising, young town. The history of Bannister's Wharf has been an exciting one. It has been home and hostelry, a place to buy bread and a place to break bread. Always it has celebrated a certain "joie de vivre." This is the place where people come to experience the ambiance that is expressly Newport. Enjoy unique boutique shopping and a delicious dining, on your own, at one of the many wharf restaurants.

Return to the hotel after dinner.

Day Three:

Begin your day with a hearty hot breakfast buffet served at the hotel. Board the coach and travel south to the Oyster Farm. This unique “farm” is an adventure in itself as you literally submerge yourself in your visit! Explore the aquaculture as the local farmer educates you on this industry.

Grilled OystersAfter the tour, enjoy lunch at the Oyster Bar, complete with fresh grilled oysters, chowder and more!

Next, visit Smith’s Castle, an award-winning historic site where four centuries of Rhode Island history are preserved and interpreted through tours. Built in 1637, this was believed to be the first house built in Narragansett. It was the original Roger Williams Trading Post.Enjoy time at your leisure to explore the quaint shops along the Pier in Narragansett.

Your farewell dinner is at the beautiful Coast Guard House, located in the famous Narragansett Towers. The Towers, also known as the Tower entrance to the Narragansett Casino, is a historic structure. The Narragansett Pier Casino was the center of social life in Narragansett during the late 19th century. The Narragansett Pier Casino rivaled the Newport Casino’s popularity as a resort for the social elite, until it burned to the ground in 1900. It is the only remnant of the Narragansett Pier Casino built in the 1880s. The Towers remains Narragansett’s strongest link to its past. An American tradition since 1945 the Coast Guard House has been synonymous with serving the freshest of seafood, delicious entrees and the finest desserts in a casual, relaxed spectacular waterfront atmosphere. The center of the restaurant was originally built as a life saving station for the U.S. Life Saving Service what is presently known as the United States Coast Guard. Your last evening in Rhode Island promises to be more than memorable!

Day Four: 

Rise and shine for a hot breakfast buffet served at the hotel. It’s time to pack those bags and check out, however there is still much to do before departing Little Rhody.”

Travel to Providence for a tour and demonstration at the renowned Scialo Bakery. Learn how craftsman of fine bread and pastries have made wonderful products since 1916. Sample delicious cookies, breads and pastries.

Arrive at a local ristorante. Gather for a tableside demonstration and decident Italian lunch.

After lunch, board the motor coach and travel home.

Details

Packages Available: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights

Your Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights accommodation
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners
  • Visit to St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center
  • Admission to The Marble House
  • Visit the Rosecliff Mansion
  • Tour the Breakers Mansion
  • Free time at Bannister's Wharf
  • Visit and tour an Oyster farm
  • Admission to Smith's Castle
  • Enjoy a tour and demonstration at Scialo Baker
  • Fully Escorted by a professional Tour Manager
  • Roundtrip motor coach transportation
  • Accommodations and breakfast for the coach driver
  • Taxes and Gratuities (NOTE: Gratuities for the tour manager and coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service. Gratuities may be included upon request.)

Pricing Information:

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