Real estate hobbyist Nicolas Cage is at it again. The actor has listed a historic 24,664-square-foot, 12-bedroom, 10-full-and-3-half-bath estate in Newport, RI, for $15.9 million, according to Real Estalker. Cage purchased the monumental English manor-style estate just last year for $15.7 million. It's unclear whether he purchased the property furnished, but it seems furnishing the sprawling home alone would cost much more than the $200,000 raise in price. To see dozens of gorgeous interior and exterior photos, and read the property description, read more
Starting today, Save the Bay Narragansett offers hour-long Seal Watch Tours ($20) departing from Bowen's Ferry Landing in Newport, RI. Seeing seals is much easier with ship-provided binoculars, and local species include Harbor, Gray, Harp, and Hooded Seals. The best time to spot them is when low tide falls in the middle of the day because that's when they stop feeding and "haul-out" onto their resting spots!
Educators provide commentary on the Bay's migratory seals while the boat heads to the popular haul-out near Rose Island. Tours run on weekends (and school holiday weeks) from November 1 through April 30, with departure times based on tides and weather.
Why should a vacation be only for you? Newport's Hotel Viking has started a new pet pampering program – dogs (and cats!) under 75 pounds are welcome to stay in the hotel... and welcomed with a bottomless sack of organic treats from local pet boutique, Cricket & Riley. If your pup should run out (or crave something a little more substantial), this hotel also offers Canine Room Service from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily!
While in Newport, visit national historic site, Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the US, and the only one that survives from the colonial era. Pups are welcome on the grounds, but not inside – consider taking them for a stroll down historic Bellevue Ave (and stop by the actual Cricket & Riley store seen here) instead.