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Mansions & Mallets

$6,750
Duration
4 days
Max People
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Min Age
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Description

A Great Gatsby era croquet weekend in Newport, Rhode Island

Enjoy Relais & Châteaux’s Castle Hill Inn for 4 glorious days of Great Gatsby living.

Our opening Cocktails and Croquet reception sets the stage for a splendid weekend away. Visit Cornelius Vanderbilt’s “cottage” and play croquet at Chateau-sur-Mer, Rough Point and the exquisite lawn of the world-famous Ocean House Hotel in Watch Hill, RI. Learn the 7 Skills to Play Like a Champion as taught by Jiminy Wicket®. Wrap up this elegant weekend by celebrating with a Great Gatsby styled croquet match and awards luncheon at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, (bring your striped blazers, bow ties, flapper dresses and cloche hats).

$6,750 per person includes all meals, rooms, activities, admissions, gratuities & taxes. 100% of proceeds support our croquet programs with Special Olympics.

Invite your travel companions, choose your 2024 dates (Jun 24 - 27 / Sep 9 - 12) or set your own start date, and we arrange your trip. Offered May - September 2024. Limited 6-8 guests only. *Minimum age is generally 18, but we can certainly make exceptions for family parties. Please enquire at info@jiminywicket.org


About Castle Hill Inn and Lighthouse: This historic mansion was built in 1875 by Alexander Agassiz, the naturalist, oceanographer, and zoologist of Harvard University. Today, Castle Hill Inn masterfully combines a stirring sense of place, one-of-a-kind accommodation and exceptional cuisine. The nearby lighthouse was completed in 1890 on land that Agassiz sold to the United States Government for $1.

The Forbes Four-Star restaurant at Castle Hill Inn has been the backdrop of memorable occasions for more than a century and is lauded as one of the best restaurants in Newport. Chef Lou Rossi and his culinary team create dishes utilizing the local bounty of produce, seafood, and artisanal producers to present a unique and memorable experience.

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Highlights
  • Tour of Doris Duke's mansion.
  • Lunch aboard Rum Runner II.
  • Gatsby style Croquet at Ocean House.
  • Dinner at Clarke Cook House, Bannister's Wharf.
  • The Breakers, the summer cottage of Cornelius and Vera Vanderbilt.

Tour Plan

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Day 1 Arrival Day

12:00 - Rendezvous at the Mooring on Sayers Wharf for lunch

14:00 - Tour Doris Duke’s mansion, Rough Point, and play Match 1 atop the cliffs (whites please)

16:30 - Arrive Castle Hill Inn; settle into rooms and enjoy a stroll in the grounds

17:30 - Cocktails and tabletop croquet

18:30 - Dinner in their Forbes Four-Star restaurant (jacket and tie) followed by a fun, brief illustrated history of this 700yr-old game of croquet

Day 2 The Breakers and Chateau-sur-Mer

08:00 - Breakfast at Castle Hill Inn

10:00am Visit the Breakers, the summer cottage of Cornelius and Vera Vanderbilt

12:15 - Lunch aboard Rum Runner II, a prohibition vessel out of Bannister's Wharf

15:00 - Learn the 7 Skills to Play Like a Champion and Match 2 at Chateau-sur-Mer (whites please)

18:30 - Depart for dinner at Clarke Cooke on Bowen's Wharf (summertime business casual)

Day 3 Ocean House Hotel

08:00 - Breakfast at Castle Hill Inn

09:30 - Depart for Watch Hill, RI

11:00 - Croquet Match 3 at Ocean House (Gatsby style striped blazers, bowties & flapper dresses)

12:00 - Luncheon at Ocean House

13:00 - Croquet Match 4 on the lawn at Ocean House

15:30 - Depart for Newport

17:30 - Sunset and cocktails over Narragansett Bay

18:00 - Cocktails and dinner at Castle Hill Inn (jacket and tie)

Day 4 Final Matches, Awards Ceremony and Time to say Goodbye

08:00 - Breakfast

10:00 - Depart for Match 5 and luncheon at Tennis Hall of Fame (whites please)

12:00 - Awards ceremony for best player, best team, best dressed, best shot, and of course, the best croquet joke!

13:00 - Departures (whites optional!)

13:01 - Farewells and dream of your next croquet trip with Jiminy Wicket!

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These trips are curated by James Creasey, Founder & CEO of Jiminy Wicket, (USCA GC Eights National Champion, 2022 and USCA GC Mid-Western Regional Champion, 2022).Trip details are subject to change. Substitutions will be equivalent or better. To secure your place on this tour, a 25% non-refundable deposit is due upon reservation. There is a 20% surcharge for single occupancy. Balance due 60 days prior to start date. PFC Hoop Maker mallets and all croquet equipment will be provided. No prior experience necessary.

Price is all-inclusive of rooms, meals, house wines, gratuities, activities, admissions, taxes, etc.

For more information, contact info@jiminywicket.org

Castles & Croquet, Codebreakers, Colleges & Croquet, Mansions & Mallets, Whisky & Wickets, Wine & Wickets, and Jiminy Wicket are service marks and/or trademarks of Jiminy Wicket LLC. Copyright © 2023, Jiminy Wicket LLC

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