Experience Gilded Age-Level Dining with Stoneacre Picnics
The opulent offering takes place on the grounds of the Elms in Newport.
Fans of HBO’s “The Gilded Age” can now feel like a member of the fictional van Rhijn or Russell families thanks to a new offering from Stoneacre Picnics. The opulent gilded picnic spreads take place on the grounds of the Elms in Newport, where some of the series’ scenes were filmed, complete with charcuterie, sandwich, salad and dessert options, presented on a low-slung picnic table strewn with luxe pillows and your very-own croquet set. “It’s so fanciful and whimsical — people are becoming more and more interested in the Gilded Age,” says Nicole Canning, director of marketing and guest services at Newport-based Stoneacre Hospitality. “It’s a great partnership to educate people and get them back in time.”
The Elms was built in 1901 for coal magnate Edward Julius Berwind and his wife, Sarah, who used it as a summer estate. The picnics take place in one of two marble and glass pavilions, framed with a verdant Sunken Garden and ornate fountains. The classic option costs $1,800 for eight to fourteen people; a luxe option featuring an upgraded menu with caviar, housemade potato chips, blinis and sparkling wine costs $2,600. Canning and her fiancé, Christopher Bender, owner and director of operations at Stoneacre Hospitality, are both fans of the show and the storied property itself. “It’s the grandest and most beautiful of the mansions,” she says. The gilded picnics run through October. stoneacrepicnics.com