Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 41
'Isle of Peace'
for Biz Groups
t makes sense how Middletown got its name. It is north of Newport
and south of Portsmouth on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay-
right in the middle of the state. And some say that Aquidneck Island's
name is derived from a Native American word meaning "Isle of Peace."
If that's what your group is looking for, it will find it at new ABA member Cambria Hotel & Suites. This upscale property seeks business groups.
It has 25,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 500 people and the
latest full-service video/audio setups. Need time off from your corporate
confab? The hotel has shuttles going to four beaches minutes away, as well
as to ABA member Newport Mansions and Naval Station Newport. Plus,
bridal parties love the hotel's scenic views and patio reception area. For
more, email email@example.com.
■ Cambria Hotel & Suites
THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY.
Time your tour for the flower show or
authentic coach rides
Back in 1893, a fellow named Vanderbilt who had made a few dollars in
the railroad business built himself a "cottage" in Newport. This being
Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, scion of the family fortune, and his
little oceanfront getaway had 70 rooms. Inspired by 16th-century Italian
palaces, it has more frescoes and gold leaf than you can shake a locomotive
at. He called his humble abode The Breakers. Today, your group can
tour it and eight other Gilded Age estates, courtesy of ABA member
If you grow weary of wealth and ostentation, head outdoors to the everso-droll Green Animals Topiary Garden. Romping across seven acres, it's
the nation's oldest (and northernmost) such menagerie of boxwood beasts
in the form of deer, birds, unicorns, foxes, and huge, huggable teddy bears.
The Mansions also hosts a constant array of events, including the annual Newport Flower Show in June, a September Wine & Food Festival, holiday dazzlement from mid-November to New Year's Eve, and a Weekend
of Coaching-an August fest when guests can tour the grounds aboard
authentic 19th-century coaches.
Find the group reservation form at the Mansions' website. While at the
website, review the city's ordinances relating to motorcoaches concerning
permissible streets, idling regulations, and boarding and drop-off rules.
For more, contact Newport Mansions at (401) 847-2251 or groups@
Cambria Hotel &
mansion is not
to be missed on
your group tour.
The Breakers is a
■ Newport Mansions: The Preservation Society of Newport County
| www.newportmansions.org, (401) 847-2251
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