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Winter Wedding Dates Available at OceanCliff

Dreaming of a winter wedding?

Bride and Groom on Snowy OceanCliff Lawn

While winter is traditionally a slower season for nuptials, a winter wedding at OceanCliff is truly magical! With our roaring fireplaces and romantic architecture, OceanCliff provides the perfect romantic setting for your special day. Your wedding party can get cozy in our 24 guestrooms and dance the night away in our gorgeous ballroom overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Bride and Groom Kissing Under the OceanCliff Archway

Planning a winter wedding in Newport, RI can have many benefits, such as:

  • Off-season weddings are typically less expensive. If you’re on a budget you’ll get the most bang for your buck from December–February or even early March.
  • Choose from a wider selection of available dates. Since winter isn’t exactly wedding prime time, your venue and vendors should have more availability on their calendars. Which means you’ll have a better chance of securing the date of your dreams with your favorite venue + vendor team.
  • Avoid the summer crowds and traffic, and have more availability and flexibility for your preferred date and time.
  • Your guests won’t be slammed with wedding invites. Or travel plans! Which means more of them will be eager to attend your event. Just be aware that winter’s got a lot of holidays, so plan your date accordingly.
  • Enjoy the cozy and romantic atmosphere of Newport’s historic hotels, mansions and fireplaces, which can create a magical backdrop for your special day.

Bride and Groom under the OceanCliff Archway

Available 2024 Winter Dates:
Friday, December 20th
Sunday, December 22nd
Friday, December 27th

Available 2025 Winter Dates:
Sunday, January 5th
Sunday, January 19th
Friday, January 24th
Sunday, January 26th
Friday, January 31st
Sunday, February 2nd
Friday, February 7th
Sunday, February 9th
Sunday, March 2nd
Sunday, March 16th


Valid Fridays and Sundays December-March 2024 & 2025. Average cost $184/per person (based with 75 guests).

Package includes:

  • Complimentary Luxury Guest Room for Wedding Night Stay
  • 20% off additional guestrooms
  • One hour of open bar – beer and wine
  • Four passed hors d’oeuvres, choice of two entrees, champagne toast
  • Complimentary Ceremony Package
  • Complimentary parking for all guests

Start planning your dream winter wedding today! Call 401.619.7924 or submit an inquiry here.

Check out these Winter Weddings at OceanCliff and our Pinterest boards for more ideas and inspiration!








Saying “I Do” to Midweek Weddings: The Hidden Perks

Why we love midweek weddings and why you should consider hosting one too!

In the world of wedding planning, Saturdays have long been hailed as the prime day for tying the knot. However, a new trend is emerging, and couples are discovering the hidden gems of midweek weddings. If you’re contemplating the perfect day for your celebration, consider the advantages of hosting a midweek wedding.

In this post, we’ll explore the all of the benefits that make midweek weddings an increasingly popular choice for couples seeking a unique and memorable experience.

So who hosts midweek weddings and why? Here’s the inside scoop revealed!

Specific Dates: Sometimes it’s a special anniversary like a first date or engagement date or grandparent’s anniversary or loved one’s birthday that has passed. Some cultures have auspicious dates that are more preferred. If it lands in midweek–don’t rule it out!

Venue Availability & Flexibility: Midweek weddings often provide greater availability and flexibility when it comes to securing your dream venue. Popular venues tend to book up quickly on weekends, but you may find more open dates and favorable pricing options for a Wednesday celebration.

Cost Savings: Hosting your wedding on a Wednesday can be a savvy financial move. Many vendors offer midweek discounts, allowing you to allocate your budget more efficiently. From venue rental fees to catering costs, you might find that your dream wedding is more affordable on a weekday.

Travel and Accommodations: Midweek weddings can be more convenient for out-of-town guests. Flights and accommodations are often more affordable midweek, making it easier for loved ones to attend and share in your joy.

Extended Celebration: While weekend weddings are limited to a day or a weekend, a midweek celebration allows for an extended wedding experience. You can plan pre-wedding activities, post-wedding brunches, and more, turning your special day into a week-long celebration.

Local Couples: If the venue is within a short drive from their home guests can attend the wedding and drive home after—or just spend one night without a multi-night stay required by the hotel (example: Friday-Saturday). Hotels usually offer lower pricing Monday-Thursday too!

Short Engagement: Some couples don’t want to wait. They want to start family planning, travel, buy a home, or have lots of weddings in the next year. They prefer a short planning window as it helps to make decisions faster. While the average length of engagements is 16 months—this is the average—some couples are engaged for 30 days and some for 10yrs—there is no timeline on your personal planning.

Vendor Availability: Securing your preferred vendors is often easier during the middle of the week. If the most important thing is a specific photographer, videographer, band or DJ and they only have certain dates open you may choose your venue and wedding date around their schedule. From photographers to florists, you’ll likely have more options and a better chance of booking your first choices for all the essential wedding services.

Unique Experiences: Some packages are only offered midweek and for smaller guest counts. At Regatta Place in Newport, RI the Schooner Aurora is a 68-passenger antique sailing yacht and can be used for a special ceremony at sea followed by dockside reception with dinner and dancing. At OceanCliff Hotel, we offer a Snowflake Winter Wedding Package that includes a complimentary ceremony, discounted guest rooms and more!

Guest Counts: It’s a great way to cut the list. The people that matter the most will always attend. We mostly see 10-20% drop off from invited to actual guest attendance. 

Work Schedules: Lots of people don’t have Monday-Friday 9-5 schedules like wedding pros, hospitality pros, service providers so midweek works for them and their friends so they can work the weekends!

Final Piece of Advice—don’t rule out a venue because you think it’s outside of your budget. Reach out to your dream venue and tell them your guest count and budget then ask which options are best for you. They may guide you to a different season or day of the week or suggest a lower priced menu/bar combination. It’s also a good idea to start a conversation about what’s really important to you as a couple and as a family before you start your venue search. Firm up the budget and guest count and then determine how flexible you can be overall. Starting off with a wedding planner can also be a smart way to maximize your time and budget as they work with so many venues for local and destination planning.

Conclusion: As you embark on the journey of wedding planning, don’t overlook the advantages of hosting your celebration during the week. From cost savings to a more intimate atmosphere, a midweek wedding can offer a unique and memorable experience for both you and your guests.

To learn more about the advantages of hosting a midweek wedding, check out this podcast from Sara Zarella, of Sara Zarella Photography and our very own Susanne Day, Sales Manager with The Newport Experience.

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.

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 discovernewport.org 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!

Safari Room at OceanCliff Featured On BostonMagazine.com

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!


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!

Holiday Sip & Shop at OceanCliff

Shop for a cause and join us at OceanCliff for a Holiday Sip & Shop on December 8th from 4-7pm!

It’s going to be a fun evening of cocktails and shopping, featuring local boutiques and designers. Shop jewelry, clothing, home décor and more for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Complimentary champagne (one drink ticket with admission), lite bites, and a cash bar.
$5 suggested donation at the door.

100% of admission proceeds will be donated to Newport Mental Health.

Featured vendors include:
Pleasant Surprise
Young Designs
Zuerner Oceanic
Noon Designs
Little Chateau
Love Shack by Lola
Fiercen Designs
Athalia of Newport
Our Good Dog Spot
Vitamin Sea
Made By Bonnie
Kerry McGauley
Coastal Brahmin
Groovy Gator
Man Overboard
The Mandala Way
Salty Girl Goods
M Pearl
Newport Tartan
…and more!!
**No vendor inquiries please**

Real OceanCliff Wedding: Ashley & John

Ashley and John’s coastal summer wedding at OceanCliff was filled with so much beauty and love. They had a stunning color scheme with hues of pink and orange flowers.

When Ashley described her vision for her reception she said “The main goal was for the room to feel warm and inviting. Inspired by our Italian heritage, the color palette and theme were inspired by the whimsical and dreamy coast of Italy, with personal touches throughout.”

One of our favorite moments from their wedding day was that the rain stopped and the sun came out right before the ceremony started and Ashley picked the song “Here Comes the Sun” to walk down the aisle down to. Ashley said, “that was a moment that she will cherish forever and the circumstances made it that much more special.”


This wedding was so special and it will be one that we will always remember!

The publication Destination I Do  wrote a great feature about this couple. To read about their epic love story and how they have known each other since kindergarten click here! All photos courtesy of Vanessa Joy.







The Safari Room at OceanCliff featured on: Litchfield Distillery’s Mixology Spirit Series

Litchfield Distillery recently stopped by The Safari Room at OceanCliff to chat with our restaurant manager, Reagan Nicole, and sampled our new fall cocktail, the Cocoa Maple Old Fashioned. We are honored to be the first restaurant in Newport to be featured in their Mixology Spirit Series.

The Cocoa Maple Old Fashioned is made with Litchfield’s Distillery’s 4-year Straight Bourbon along with their Bourbon-Barrel Maple Syrup.

“The addition of Dark Creme de Cacao and Cocoa Bitters adds a subtle layer of chocolate flavor, while creating a velvety-smooth mouthfeel. If you love Old Fashioneds, this is a nice, simple spin on the classic recipe—one we think is especially good for the fall and holiday seasons.”

When asked what makes a great cocktail versus just a good cocktail, Reagan said “Quality ingredients and creativity…and recognizing when simplicity is necessary.”

To learn more about Reagan and how she got started in the restaurant industry click here!

Thank you Litchfield Distillery for visiting us and trying one of our new fall cocktails!

All photos courtesy of Tony Vengrove.

Weekly Specials at The Safari Room at OceanCliff

Stop by The Safari Room at OceanCliff for our weekly specials!

Thursdays: 50% off select bottles of wine

Sundays: Come try our Chipotle Chicken BLT or Safari Burger with your choice of a draft beer or soda for $15.


Check out our new Fall Menu!