A Rocky Enclave Destined for Starlets and White Sands, Calm Waters
Grace Kelly Beach
Over the summer of 1956, Grace Kelly retreated to the solace of Castle Hill between takes of High Society, an American musical-comedy set in Newport. The film also starred Hollywood greats Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, who vie for Kelly’s socialite character amidst the glamour of the oceanfront mansions. When not relaxing in her Harbor House at Castle Hill, Kelly would sneak down the rocky landscape to the water’s edge. There, she would sun on the rocks, swim in the cove, and enjoy the solitude of her secluded shoreline, where autograph seekers couldn’t disturb her. The climb up, however, wasn’t nearly as fun; the staff soon built a staircase so she could reach her hideaway with ease. She spent so much time on the rocky enclave that Castle Hill staff and guests soon began referring to it exclusively as “Grace Kelly Beach.”
Castle Hill Beach
After the great hurricane of 1938, the waters of Castle Hill beach and cove became one, famously cutting the peninsula off from the mainland. An intimate coastal beauty, the arc of white sandy beach in Newport surrounded by calm waters has called generations of families and guests to its shore for annual summer retreats. Today, Castle Hill is Newport’s only luxury inn boasting private beach accommodations. The majestic coastline offers quintessential New England rock formations and magical sunsets, making it the perfect locale for splashing in the surf or to relax in peaceful contemplation.