Looking for inspiration? Here are some sample itineraries featuring our biggest and best known attractions along with some hidden gems for both the Group and FIT markets.
The Gilded Age is preserved in Newport at The Elms where you’ll learn about the staff that served the household, gossip about the extravagant parties and walk through the extraordinary grounds. Venture on a tour of Newport’s famed Ocean Drive where castles and palaces are perched along the rugged New England coast or enjoy high tea at Blithewold, the country home of Augustus Van Wickle in Bristol. This charming forty-five-room turn-of-the-century mansion and thirty-three acre arboretum and gardens overlook Narragansett Bay and historic Bristol Harbor. Play aboard an America’s Cup yacht swept by the wind -- you’ll feel like a Vanderbilt. The sport of kings is truly best learned at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, followed by a game of croquet. Savor an authentic Gilded Age dinner prepared and served to you, the world’s most distinguished guest.
Tour the Port of Galilee with a local fishermen; have a firsthand look at lobster pots, fishing boats and a commercial seafood processing operation. At the Matunuck Oyster Farm, you’ll put on waders and go shell fishing while enjoying a narrated cruise through the oyster beds. Lunch is plucked fresh form the sea and served at the farm’s popular restaurant. Nearby, Kenyon's Grist Mill offers a look at a century-old method of stone grinding grain that produces quality meals and flours, including cornmeal used around the state for famous “Johnny Cakes.”
It’s off to Providence’s Federal Hill for the cook’s tour of the Italian kitchens, bakeries and specialty shops followed by a pizza-making demonstration at a local restaurant including a sample for everyone. For more culinary fun, try one of Rhode Island’s five wineries that offer tastings, food demonstrations, food pairings and wonderful facilities worth touring. In addition, Newport Storm Brewery and Newport Distilling Company bring libations to a new level; learn while you enjoy a sample.
Savor a delicious lobster bake where the bake master guides you through the traditional cooking process. A short drive to Sweet Berrry Farms is where the local famer tells his secrets, and the farm stand and bakery are amazing.
A behind-the-scenes tour of Providence’s Little Italy is where you’ll meet the butchers, bakers and ravioli makers, as you taste your way through historic Federal Hill. Experience the views of the Renaissance City from the water aboard an authentic Venetian gondola, then enjoy a guided stroll through the heart of beautiful downcity... A delectable Italian-style lunch is the perfect way to celebrate this memorable journey.
In winter, begin your holiday adventure with a unique journey to the UnDecked Halls at Rough Point, the estate of the late heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke in Newport. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century.
The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House--three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America - are filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths. View a gingerbread mansion display, an iconic 15 –foot-tall red poinsettia tree or 28 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room décor, and dining tables set with period silver and china that complete the elegant setting. On your way north, stop at Blithewold and enjoy an informal afternoon tea, Santa sing-alongs, a joyous musical performance or creative workshops for both children and adults all in a beautifully decorated setting.
Next, step into the enchanted world of The Polar Express inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s Christmas classic. The Blackstone Valley is where your conductor guides you on a Christmas journey; Santa is along for the ride and provides a truly magical experience for all.
To finish your day, head for Trinity Repertory Company’s award-winning performance of Dickens, A Christmas Carol; it is sure to be the highlight of your holiday getaway.