Divine Retreat

Last weekend, while travelling in Newport, R.I., I had the pleasure of brunching at Castle Hill Inn.  The inn itself was constructed in 1874 as a summer retreat for the Swiss scientist Alexander Agassiz.  He was intent on studying marine biology on the beautiful coast but ended up hosting many of the “thinking sorts,” such as Thornton Wilder and many of the so-called “naturalists”.  The interior of the inn still exudes 19th century seascoast luxury, with beautiful views, rich hardwood floors and woodwork throughout, housing 4 dining rooms, 9 guestrooms, and the kitchen.  The grounds are as spectacular as the inn with views of the harbor, Narragansett Bay, and the original Castle Hill lighthouse.  The large lawn sweeps all the way to the water’s edge and is dotted with groupings of adirondack chairs, perfect for sipping your morning coffee or an afternoon cocktail.  Some of these photographs are my own, some courtesty of Castle Hill’s website.  If a stay at Castle Hill Inn is not in your budget, pay a visit and take in brunch or dinner.  You will feel as though you’ve been transported back to a simpler more civilized time.

Entry of the inn
Turret room
Hydrangeas and mums– my new favorite combination
Hydrangeas along the terrace– fading blooms all the way into October
Castle Hill Lighthouse


  1. Maya @ Completely Coastal says

    I love to go to the Castle Hill bar in the winter! And walk out to the lighthouse too. Such a great view from up there!

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