Our Blog

The Red Chair Travels to Newport and the Samuel Durfee House

Posted on June 27th, 2013 in Newport Activities, Newport Rhode Island.

If you have not yet heard the story of the Red Chair Travels, it is a story about an innkeeper who took a now famous photo of a simple red chair on a frozen pond and posted the photo on her facebook page.  The photo inspired a photographer to visit the inn and take photos of the red chair in different settings.  The Red Chair took a trip to several New England Inns last year.  This June the Red Chair began a journey that will take it down the east coast and then across the country.  The Red Chair Traveled to the Samuel Durfee House in mid-June and we got to show the Red Chair some of what Newport has to offer (there is so much to do here that one would need to visit for many days or more to see everything).  We began our tour of Newport by visiting Easton’s Beach and the Cliff Walk-the Red Chair even got to sit on a lifeguard stand!  We then took the Red Chair for a drive down Bellevue Avenue to see the famous Newport Mansions, the Red Chair even stopped for a photo with the ‘camels’ at Doris Duke’s Rough Point!  It was then off to the Ocean Drive, a beautiful scenic coastal drive around the Southern tip of our island.  We took a break and had afternoon tea at the Samuel Durfee House before heading downtown to Newport’s new Queen Anne Square and Trinity Church.  We then headed to Bannister and Bowen’s Wharf to check out the shops and restaurants and visit the lobsters at the Aquidneck Lobster Company (the Red Chair even gave a lobster a place to take a break).  To see another side of Newport, we went out to Fort Adams and walked around the fort before watching a sailing race in the bay.  After a long day of touring Newport, we decided to take the Red Chair to one of our favorite places to watch the sunset, Castle Hill.  The Red Chair had a wonderful visit to Newport and the Samuel Durfee House before heading to Connecticut to begin the next stop in it’s long journey.

mail-5 mail-2 durfee mail mail-3 mail-1


The Red Chair is coming!

Posted on June 10th, 2013 in Newport Activities, Newport Rhode Island.

Last year my husband and I saw a news report of a photo of a red chair on a frozen pond.  The photo was taken by an innkeeper on Cape Cod and posted on the inn’s facebook page.  It spread across the cyber world and found its way to a photographer who was inspired to visit the red chair and photo it in different settings.  We both were intrigued and inspired by the story.  The red chair began a journey traveling to different inns.  The red chair has just begun a journey that will take it from New England traveling across the country staying in bed and breakfasts and inns along the way.  We are  honored to be chosen to host the red chair while it travels to  Newport, Rhode Island!  We will treat the red chair like an honored guest showing it all Newport has to offer.  The red chair will arrive at the Samuel Durfee House  on June 11th and stay with us until the morning of June 14th when the red chair will travel to Connecticut.  Please check back on our blog next week when we will post photos of all of the exciting places the red chair will see in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island!  In the meantime, please check out the website www.redchairtravels.com for the story of the red chair!