WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Known as the "Sailing Capital of the World," primarily because the years between 1930 and 1983 saw the America's Cup Races in the waters off Newport, the main thoroughfare's name, America's Cup Avenue, is a present day nod to this water sport of the well-off. During the summer, Block Island Beach House the harbor is filled with picturesque sailboats, pleasure craft, and mega yachts from all over the world. Locals and vis- Today's site has settled on life as a fine European boutique hotel. Each itors alike can be found strolling down the main drag, popping into of the 20 uniquely designed rooms reflects a different historical period shops, and ordering fresh seafood at any of several outdoor taverns. or theme (think Mediterranean, Renaissance, or Tudor), and the his- Nestled in the heart of this age-old fishing village stand magnificent Gilded Age mansions on Bellevue Avenue, examples of serious seaside toric guest list reads of prominent names including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and President Theodore Roosevelt. extravagance. You can explore 250 years of American history at these Just off of Newport's famous Ocean Drive lies the splendor of historic homes located on 80 acres of gardens and parks. The two most Castle Hill Inn, another in the long list of well-appointed places to stay famous grand summer "cottages" are The Breakers, a symbol of the during your Newport vacation. This hotel, located on its own 40-acre Vanderbilt family's preeminence, and Rosecliff, showcased in the films peninsula, has earned the distinction as one of Newport's most charm- The Great Gatsby, True Lies, and Amistad, that was designed after the ing landmarks. For over a century, this pristine enclave (complete with garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. Nine other properties line a lighthouse and Inn) played the role of summer home to Harvard the streets, highlighting a world of exceptional elegance and inspira- marine biologist Alexander Agassiz. Today's guest quarters retain the tion through architecture, art, interior design, and landscaping. The warmth and quiet luxury of 19th-century seacoast life, with the main famed 3.5-mile Cliff Walk gives you a sneak peek along the backs of Agassiz Mansion, suites, and beach cottages. these properties, as you stroll just feet from the crashing waves. Overlooking the Atlantic at the start of this famous stroll is The Narragansett & Block Island Touted as home to some of the Northeast's finest beaches, this stately mansion's purpose has morphed throughout the decades. TIM WILKES Chanler at Cliff Walk. From a historical museum to an all-girls school, Narragansett is ready to deliver whichever you desire — a peaceful respite or a fun-filled vacation. You'll know you've arrived when you catch a glimpse of the spectacular architectural structure of the Towers We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 of Narragansett. Located on scenic Ocean Road, this is the only remnant of the Narragansett Pier Casino built in the 1880s. In a state renowned worldwide for beaches and ocean yacht racing, the secret is getting out — paddling the rivers, ponds, and bays is an 186 COURTESY OF RHODE ISLAND TOURISM DIVISION excursions "warmth and quiet luxury"

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