Clouds Hill is a Victorian treasure, both in terms of the house (built in "high-Victorian" style) and the amazing…More collections within it. It was built in 1872 by William Smith Slater for his daughter Elizabeth on the occasion of her marriage and has remained in the family ever since.
Today, descendant Anne Holst lives at the house, along with caretakers Wayne and Christine Cabral. Wayne is the museum's director — an enthusiastic champion of the place who, with Anne and Christine, has worked for 10 years to make this a must-see destination for lovers of Victoriana the world over.
They plan to open the Carriage House behind the main house in 2011, in which will be the many historic carriages collected by the family over the years.
Custom House Coffee 250 Main St, East Greenwich, RI02818 Custom House Coffee opened in East Greenwich in August, and is a sister location to Custom House Coffee in Portsmouth.…More The Portsmouth store was voted Best Cappuccino in 2007, '08 and '09 by Newport Life Magazine, and Best Coffee House in Newport County '08 and '09 by RI Monthly Magazine. The East Greenwich store is located centrally on Main Street, between the East Greenwich Fire Station and the old First Methodist Church. The coffee house is small but comfortable, with exposed brick and period details contributing some of the charm. All seating is at tables. The staff is warm and courteous and proud of its many varieties of special coffee blends; one particular blend they're calling "Main Street Roast," in honor of their new address. The shop carries a variety of pastries, all baked on premise, and a selection of sandwiches and salads. For the dessert-craving, Custom House Coffee offers a gelato case featuring 12 flavors. The café sports a flat-screen television mounted on one wall and offers free wi-fi. Free off-street parking is available at the rear of the building.