Author: Kristen Ciejka

OceanCliff & Stone House Inn Voted Best of Rhode Island!

We are thrilled to share that OceanCliff has been voted “Best Waterfront Wedding Venue,” and Stone House Inn, has been recognized as the “Best Local Escape” by Rhode Island Monthly!

Whether you’re planning a fairy-tale wedding or seeking a relaxing getaway, discover why OceanCliff and Stone House Inn have captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike.


Newport has long been considered a romantic destination, and OceanCliff is the epitome of waterfront elegance and romance. Perched on the rocky cliffs of Newport overlooking Narragansett Bay, OceanCliff has left a mark on the hearts of countless couples seeking the perfect backdrop for their dream wedding.

The historic, mansion estate features an in-house restaurant, a sprawling lawn, a grand ballroom and stunning panoramic views setting the stage for unforgettable weddings. From the first moment of planning to the final toast, OceanCliff’s team provides top-notch service to create the perfect wedding for each couple.

For more information on OceanCliff weddings, contact us here.


Nestled in the quaint, coastal town of Little Compton, the Stone House Inn offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Dating back to the 19th-century, the historic, waterfront inn blends old-world charm with modern amenities. For guests seeking a romantic getaway or an adventure exploring the nearby beaches and hiking trails, the Stone House provides an authentic New England experience like no other.

Guests are greeted with warm hospitality and are invited to unwind in the comfortable and well-appointed rooms, each reflecting the inn’s unique character. Whether lounging by the fireplace with a good book or strolling the nearby sandy beaches, every moment at the Stone House Inn is a reminder of the joys of simpler times.

To book a getaway at Stone House Inn, contact us here.


We regret to inform you that the Schooner Aurora, operated by The Newport Experience, was hit by another vessel on the water on Wednesday, June 28th. We want to assure you that no injuries were reported during the incident. However, due to safety protocols and regulations, we are unable to resume sailing until a comprehensive inspection by the Coast Guard has been completed.

The safety and well-being of our crew and passengers are our utmost priority. As a result, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that the Schooner Aurora undergoes a thorough assessment to guarantee its seaworthiness. We are working closely with the Coast Guard to expedite the inspection process and to project a timeline for repairs. We will be reaching out to all affected parties individually.

During this time, all scheduled events and bookings will be temporarily suspended. We understand this may cause inconvenience for those who have made reservations or were planning to embark on an unforgettable journey with us. We deeply apologize for any disruption this may cause, and we assure you that our team is actively working to accommodate affected customers by offering refunds, rescheduling options, or alternative arrangements.

We appreciate your patience, understanding, and continued support during this challenging period. The Schooner Aurora has a long-standing history of providing exceptional experiences on the water, and we remain committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and service. Our team will keep you informed of any updates regarding the inspection process, and we will strive to minimize the impact of our valued customers.

If you have any questions, concerns, or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team at We will do our best to address your inquiries promptly.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to welcoming you back aboard the Schooner Aurora as soon as we receive the necessary clearance from the Coast Guard.

**Please note: If you have a Gift Certificate for the Schooner Aurora that expires this season, we will honor them for the 2024 season, expiring October 2024**

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Wavelengths Salon in Newport, RI unveils Bellevue Beauty Suite

Wavelengths Salon & Spa in Newport, RI recently launched Bellevue Beauty Suite, an exclusive beauty spot ideal for bridal parties, bachelorette parties, and other celebratory events. Located within the salon, the suite is designed to offer a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a pampering session with friends while celebrating a special occasion.

The Bellevue Beauty Suite is staffed with a team of experienced stylists who provide a range of services, including professional makeup and hair styling. The suite is customizable, allowing clients to choose a personalized menu of services to suit their specific needs.

The suite features elegant decor, including luxurious furnishings, decorative accents, and ambient lighting, creating a serene and calming environment that is sure to put clients at ease. The salon also provides complimentary refreshments, including champagne and a cheeseboard, to make the experience even more enjoyable.

All of their Bellevue Beauty Suite packages include:

  • 3 hour rental
  • set-up and clean-up
  • complimentary champagne, water, coffee & tea
  • your choice of a cheeseboard or coffee cake & fruit

Learn more about their curated packages available here.

Bellevue Beauty Suite is the perfect spot for those looking to get ready for a special event or simply have a fun and relaxing day with friends. The suite is available for bookings by appointment only, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance.

For more information on the Bellevue Beauty Suite, visit the website here or email their events coordinator at

The Newport Experience Welcomes New General Manager and Assistant General Manager of Stone House Inn

Stone House Inn, located in Little Compton RI, has named Teresa O’Connor as its new General Manager

and Sara Oliveira its new Assistant General Manager.

The Newport Experience is delighted to announce the appointment of Teresa O’Connor as the new General Manager and Sara Oliveira as Assistant General Manager of Stone House Inn, which recently reopened for the season.

In her new role as General Manager, O’Connor will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 4-story, 16-guestroom inn with a history dating back to 1854. 

Prior to joining the inn, O’Connor served as the Club Manager of the Sakonnet Golf Club, a position she held for 9 years, where she worked directly under the Board of Directors to enhance member experience and club culture. 

Earlier in her career, she served as an instructor of hands-on training for Life Raft & Survival Equipment based in Tiverton, RI, and managed life raft rental fleet for offshore races and recreational use.

“I am very excited to be at another historic location in town that has so much to offer,” said O’Connor. “With Sara, Joe and additional staff joining us, we will continue to make the Stone House the special place that it has been for many generations.” 

Oliveira has joined the Stone House as the Assistant General Manager, sharing a common vision of hospitality and operations as Teresa.  She has been well known in Little Compton for many years. Oliveira and her husband started Compton Clambakes in 2001, providing the local Little Compton area with catering and dramatic onsite clam bakes for many weddings and private parties. Sara also opened Charlotte’s in Westport for additional catering and dining offerings. 

O’Connor and Oliveira are longtime residents of Little Compton, RI and have known each other around town and in the hockey community for years. Engaging with the community will be a key focus for them and together they will be a dynamic team. 

Their enthusiasm and dedication to providing the highest standards of customer service will be a great asset to the Stone House Inn.

About the Stone House Inn

The Stone House is a seaside, historic inn located in the quaint, farming community of Little Compton, RI, sitting on 2.7 acres near the tip of Sakonnet Point. The property features 16 spacious and well-appointed guest rooms and suites, beach access, and a fire pit. There is also a renovated barn on the grounds that features guest rooms and a beautiful function space with an outdoor terrace and panoramic water views.

For more information or to make a reservation at Stone House Inn, call 401-635-2222 or visit

About The Newport Experience

The Newport Experience is a hospitality company specializing in oceanfront weddings, social events and corporate retreats in Newport, RI. Our portfolio of fine properties includes: OceanCliff Hotel on famed Ocean Drive, Safari Room Restaurant, Stone House Inn, Regatta Place, Goat Island Marina and Schooner Aurora.

Steeped in Newport’s rich sailing legacy and stirring with New England tradition, the Newport Experience offers guests the unique seclusion and spectacular beauty of a private oceanfront getaway. From corporate functions to weddings and rehearsal dinners, our illustrious group of event specialists will guide you through every step to ensure an unforgettable affair for you and your guests.

Newport Experience properties are conveniently located just minutes from downtown Newport, 90 minutes from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.

For more information, visit

Media Contact

Kristen Ciejka, Marketing Director, The Newport Experience

(401) 619-7968

Happy International Women’s Day: The Women of The Newport Experience

Happy International Women’s Day! Today we would like to recognize and celebrate the inspiring women of The Newport Experience. Their incredible work ethic and enthusiasm show us what it means to empower others each and every day. We thank them for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to making our organization a better place every day. Thank you for all that you do!

Join us at the Safari Room for Newport Burger Bender

The deliciousness is back! Newport Burger Bender returns Friday, 2/17 – Sunday, 2/26 with 10 days of incredible burger bending. From classic beef to more exotic options, local restaurants are offering up their best burgers with the hope of being crowned the Best Burger in town – so try them all, but try our Safari Room burgers first!

CUBAN FRITA – beef and chorizo blend patty, chopped onions, Cuban picante sauce, ketchup, fried potato sticks, topped with a sunny side egg, served on a brioche bun

BANH MI – Asian spiced ground pork, pickled julienne daikon and carrots, sliced jalapenos and cucumbers, sriracha aioli, cilantro, served on a sesame seed bun

Voting begins Friday, February 17th, and it’s easy to get involved:

Visit and click on the burger you’d like to vote for, fill out the voting form, what you loved about the burger, and click “VOTE NOW.”

Don’t miss out on one of our favorite events – try one, try some, try them all, and vote for your favorite!

Staycation at Stone House Inn

Stay close to home and enjoy the beauty of Rhode Island with a staycation at Stone House Inn!

Located in the quaint, seaside community of Little Compton, Stone House Inn is the perfect destination for a cozy getaway. You’ll love the comfort of our elegant guest rooms, complete with soaking tubs and gas fireplaces.

Enjoy 30% off your stay now through May 24th. Package also includes a bottle of wine upon check-in, evening lite bites and continental breakfast the next morning.

Take a stroll around the nearby historic sites and attractions, including Little Compton Commons, South Shore Beach and nearby hiking trails. Or spend the day wine tasting at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard and relax at the outdoor fire pit in the evening.

Enjoy a memorable staycation at Stone House Inn and explore the best of Rhode Island.

Call 401-635-2222 and mention CODE: STAY 23 to book your getaway today!

Safari Room at OceanCliff Featured On

Newport, RI is widely known as a popular summer destination but the holidays can be just as magical.

We were recently featured in Boston Magazine’s “How to Spend a Fabulous Holiday Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island” as one of the top restaurants to try while visiting Newport. “Take a sunset drive with your honey along the famed Ocean Drive before your lavishly comforting meal at OceanCliff’s Safari Room restaurant.”

While you’re here, try some new items from our winter menu such as French onion soup, fig & prosciutto flatbread, lobster carbonara, short rib, and much more.

There are so many wonderful things to do, places to eat, and stay around Newport for the holiday season. “A 90-minute drive lands you in the City by the Sea with all its seasonal splendor—think twinkly lights, holiday gallery nights, Santa sightings, hot toddies by the fire pit, and charming boutiques offering shopping specials so you can tackle everyone on your list.”

Newport has so much to offer all year round, and we hope you will come visit us soon!


Featured Vendor: Buono Events

Are you looking for entertainment for your next event? Buono Events provides clients with an unmatched entertainment experience and is sure to create everlasting memories for you and your guests.

Not sure if you want a DJ, a band, or maybe you want both at your next event? Buono Events can do it all! They work exclusively with the New York based band Hudson Horns. Hudson Horns has multiple, dynamic ensembles comprised of professionally trained musicians; all of whom bring unparalleled talent and high-energy performances to stages and dance floors everywhere. Buono Events strives to surpass the typical DJ experience by combing vast musical knowledge, taste, personality and style into one-of-a-kind engaging performances.

In addition to band and DJ services, they also have an open-air photo booth. A photo booth is a great way to get some fun photos of your friends, family, and colleagues at any event.

The owner of Buono Events, Joe Del Buono said, “We have been fortunate enough to experience many levels of success within the events industry by providing an unparalleled service and garnering 5 star acclaim at every single turn.”

We love working with them and we will know you and your guests will love them too!

Mention this blog post when inquiring and receive 5% off of your event package with Buono Events.

Contact them here for more information!


Newport Cocktail Wars at the Safari Room at OceanCliff

We are very excited to be hosting Newport Cocktail Wars at the Safari Room at OceanCliff! Come sample some fantastic cocktails from local bartenders and vote for your favorite.

The event is being held on December 11th from 2-4 pm. Free admission and free samples for all. We can’t wait for you to taste all the incredible drinks from the competitors!