Dear Family and Friends,

We're so excited to share our wedding day with you.

Newport has been a special place for us ever since our first visit together when we went to see the Murder Mystery Night at Astor's Beechwood and savored high tea at the Cliffside Inn. We both enjoyed the history and elegance of the mansions, the ocean views, and the abundance of available seafood.

We hope that you'll find this website useful in planning your trip to Newport and making plans to attend the wedding. We do encourage you to make travel plans as early as possible, as Newport is a busy destination in the summer months. Please don't hesitate to email either of us if you have any questions about planning your visit.

We can't wait to celebrate with you all in person!


Gretchen & Andrew

Weekend Itinerary

Friday, June 8, 2012
Clambake Club Article
New York Times, August 2, 1896.
Welcome Clambake
Rose Island

Please join us on the evening before the
wedding for quahogs and karaoke.

Ferries will depart from Fort Adams State Park starting at 6pm.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
The Chanler
All Saturday evening's events will
be held at The Chanler.
Wedding Ceremony
Cocktail Hour
Dinner & Reception

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Sunday Brunch
The Chanler


In preparation for the wedding of Mr. Alfred G. Vanderbilt to Miss Elsie French, the following article appeared in the New York Times on December 28, 1900:

Train Article

The article went on to say that “these trains will be specially made up with a view of comfort and speed, and will make record runs” from New York and Boston to Newport. While we unfortunately do not own the railroads and thus cannot arrange for special trains to bring our guests to Newport, on this page we list some alternate modes of transportation.

✈ By Plane

TF Green International Airport in Providence is about a 40 minute drive from Newport. From the airport, you can rent a car for the weekend (if you plan on staying outside of Newport, we recommend this) or you can take the Cozy Cab shuttle to the Newport area. Reservations are recommended for the shuttle.

Logan Airport in Boston is about a 90 minute drive from Newport. Once you arrive in Boston (if you choose not to rent a car), there are a few ground transportation options to take you to Rhode Island — please see “By Bus” or “By Train” below.

🚗 By Car

Newport is a …
… 1 hour, 20 minute drive from Boston, Massachusetts.
… 3 hour, 45 minute hour drive from New York City, New York.
… 5 hour, 30 minute drive from Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
… 1 day, 8 hour drive from Austin, Texas.
… 1 day, 19 hour drive from Ketchum, Idaho.
… 2 days, 2 hour drive from San Francisco, California.
While it is possible to see much of Newport by foot, if you don't have a car, you'll be doing a lot of walking. If you choose not to rent a car, here is a list of cab companies in Newport:
Cozy Cab: 401.846.2500
Yellow Cab: 401.846.1500
Rainbow Cab: 401.849.1333

🚌 By Bus

Peter Pan Buslines offers five daily bus trips to Newport from both Logan Airport and South Station in Boston.

Greyhound offers daily bus trips, but their schedule seems to be more variable. Please check their online schedule.

🚂 By Train

Providence has a station on the Amtrak Acela and Northeast Regional Rail that is accessible from Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. From Providence, you can take either rent a car, or take the train on to Kingston, Rhode Island, where the station has van/car service to Newport.


Please note that Newport is a big tourism and wedding destination spot; consequently, the hotel rooms are likely to book far in advance for weekends in June. We encourage you to book rooms as soon as you know your travel plans!


Comfort Inn at Atlantic Beach
28 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842

This hotel is immediately across Easton Bay from The Chanler, and is a less than two minute drive (however, it does not have sidewalks the entire way, so is not ideal for walking). It does have free wifi, free breakfast, an indoor heated pool, and is steps from the beach. Please refer to the Sisson/McCollum wedding when making your reservation to receive the block rate of $219.99 per night.

Newport Beach Hotel & Suites
One Wave Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842

Located right across the water from The Chanler (and right across the street from the Comfort Inn at Atlantic Beach), the Newport Beach and Hotel Suites is right on the water, with access to Easton's Beach. The hotel has a rooftop deck with hot tub, indoor pool, and free wifi. Please refer to the Sisson/McCollum wedding to have the block rate of $289.00 per night, or $329.00 per night for a room with a water view. A two night stay is required with a Saturday arrival.

Newport Marriott Hotel
25 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

A five minute drive from The Chanler, the Marriott is located right in Newport's Harbor and is easy walking distance to many shops and restaurants. The hotel has a gym, in-house spa, and indoor pool. Note that there is a fee for overnight parking. Please refer to the Sisson/McCollum wedding for the rate of $319.00 per night.

Howard Johnson
351 West Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842

Located in Middletown (just 10 minutes from The Chanler), the Howard Johnson is not subject to the particularly high room rates of hotels in downtown Newport. It does have an indoor pool and sauna, and is immediately next to an Applebee's where hotel guests receive 10% off — just in case you want to grab a late-night brownie sundae. Please refer to the Sisson/McCollum wedding for a room rate of $143.65. Please note that there is a two night minimum if you're staying there Saturday night.

Holiday Inn Express
855 West Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842

A ten minute drive from The Chanler, the Holiday Inn Express has a fitness center and indoor pool, and is a good option a bit outside of Newport. Please ask for the Sisson/McCollum wedding block for a room rate of $159.00 per night (the room block will be held until May 9, 2012). A two night stay is required if you're staying there on Saturday.

Hotel Viking
One Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

The Hotel Viking is one of the Historic Hotels of America, and is a three minute drive to The Chanler. The Viking does have complimentary wifi, an indoor pool, and an in-house spa, but there is a charge for overnight parking. Unfortunately, the Hotel Viking is unable to give guests a group rate unless you're having your event at the hotel, so room rates will vary.

Bed & Breakfasts

These Bed and Breakfasts are just a few of the beautiful inns in Newport — we encourage you to stay at any of these, or explore and find your own. Please note that we don't have block rates at any of these inns, and several have minimum stays of two or three nights in the summer. However, if you have the time to come early and explore Newport, these are some of the most welcoming places to stay.

Cliffside Inn
2 Seaview Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

At only a third of a mile from The Chanler, the Cliffside Inn is a great option if you'd like to plan on walking home from the reception. (It's also the Bed and Breakfast where Andrew and Gretchen stayed their first time together in Newport!) The Inn was newly renovated this year.

The Victorian Ladies Inn
63 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840

Less than half a mile from The Chanler, The Victorian Ladies Inn has rooms with lots of character, complimentary breakfast and wifi, and (in some rooms) working fireplaces.

Hydrangea House Inn
16 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

In downtown Newport, the Hydrangea House is a three minute drive to The Chanler. It was named a “Top 10 New England Inn” by the Travel Channel.

Gift Registry

Over the past six years since we've graduated from college, we've managed to accumulate plenty of stuff (fine, Gretchen has accumulated plenty of stuff. Andrew accumulated Gretchen.) Once we realized it didn't bother us that our plates were a mishmash of the Alperts' 1970s-era hand-me-downs, Andrew's Target purchases, and a few that look suspiciously like those used in Valentine Dining Hall, we decided there wasn't much more that we needed.

Instead of getting us gifts, we would love to have you make a donation to one of our favorite nonprofit organizations. Your options are abortion, gay marriage, and teen parents. If you're a Republican, we have a registry on

Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund

We believe that choice is a fundamental human right and that abortion is basic healthcare — and we believe that, as such, it should not be a privilege based on ability to pay. That's why we're asking you to support the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund. The EMA Fund provides funding, financial strategizing, and logistical support to people who live in, or are having abortions in, Eastern Massachusetts and are unable to pay for their abortions. Additionally, the EMA Fund reduces social and economic barriers to abortion services through movement building, advocacy, and education. Gretchen has been a volunteer with EMA since May 2010, and knows that your donation will go directly to helping a woman in need.

Freedom to Marry

We're so excited to be able to celebrate our marriage with all of you, and to have the opportunity to have our relationship legally recognized. However, we're disappointed that this celebration is a privilege denied to those in equally loving, equally committed same-sex relationships. Freedom to Marry is leading the campaign to overturn DOMA (fingers crossed that it will be long gone by the time our wedding arrives!), and fighting on a state level across the country for marriage equality.

Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy

We are very much looking forward to being parents — and equally glad that we haven't yet reached that milestone. Because we believe all young people have the right to the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to prevent pregnancy — and because we believe the potential of all parents should be respected — we'd love to have you donate to the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. The Alliance advocates statewide and mobilizes communities to prevent teen pregnancy, to increase opportunities for youth and young parents, and to empower young people to make healthy decisions about relationships, sex, parenting, and life.

To make a (tax-deductible) gift to any of these nonprofits, please visit our registry with the I Do Foundation. If you choose to make a donation through other venues (such as directly on the organization's website or by mailing a check), please make sure to let us know so we can thank you for your gift.

Visiting Newport


During the Gilded Age at the turn of the last century, Newport became the summer home of the age's industrialists: the Astors, the Vanderbilts, the Oelrichs, and others. Later, it was known as the “Summer White House,” as Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy both spent summers there. Consequently, the mansions in Newport are the city's most widely known attraction, and deservedly so. Currently twelve of the homes are still open to the public. We encourage you to make time to tour the “cottages” and experience the elegance and opulence of this bygone era.

The Newport Preservation Society owns and manages nine of the best-known homes in Newport, with tickets and self-guided tours available daily. Through them, you can purchase tickets to the following homes:

Other mansions include:

Other Attractions

Green Animals Topiary Garden

The oldest topiary garden in the United States, Green Animals was given its name by Alice, the daughter of owner Thomas Brayton, treasurer of the Union Cotton Manufacturing Company. A bit outside of Newport, Green Animals is great as a family destination, or for those who want to explore the topiary and wider gardens.

Fort Adams

Fort Adams is the largest coastal fortification in the United States. Guided tours are conducted every hour on the hour from 10am to 4pm. Our Welcome Clambake on Friday evening will be held at Fort Adams — we hope you'll join us then!

Museum of Yachting

For more than 25 years, the Museum of Yachting (MoY) has worked to preserve the culture and heritage of yachting. Situated on one of the most beautiful seaside locations in New England, today the Museum celebrates the traditions of yachting through the presentation of informative exhibits and educational programming.

Newport Vineyards

Newport Vineyards is the largest grower of wine grapes in New England and is recognized as a landmark attraction in Newport County and continues the tradition of growing quality wines on preserved farmland. Public tours are conducted daily at 1pm and 3pm.

International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum

The International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, housed in the historic Newport Casino, is an uncommon example of sporting excellence. The entire history of the sport, dating from the 12th Century through today, is chronicled within its 18 galleries.

Costal Extreme Brewing Company

Brewery tours with tasting of Newport crafted beer.

St. Mary's Catholic Church

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouviers St. Mary's was the location of then-Senator John F. Kennedy and Miss Jacqueline Lee Bouviers wedding in 1953. Tours are not offered, but you can walk past the steps to see the site of their iconic wedding photos.

Touro Synagogue

Founded in 1658, Touro is America's oldest synagogue. Thirty-minute tours begin on the hour and half-hour.


Easton's Beach

Newport's largest beach and recreation area, Easton's is the only area beach that has a carousel, aquarium, rentable beach houses and food concession area. Great for kids and families.

Bailey's Beach

This is a very small beach located at the intersection of Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive. Accessible only by foot or bike, it is a great place to stop on a bike ride and relax and watch the surf.

Newport National Golf Club

Newport and Aquidneck Island are home to some of the most beautiful and exclusive private courses in the country like The Newport Country Club, Carnegie Abbey Golf Club and Wanumetonomy Country Club. But there are also public courses. The Orchard Course at Newport National is a 7,200 yard, par 72-championship golf course as well as an open space tribute to environmental sensitivity. Built to challenge golfers of every skill level, the links style Orchard Course has beautiful vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sakonnet Passage. Designed by golf course architects Arthur Hills and Drew Rogers.

Brenton Point State Park

Because there almost always seems to be a breeze at Brenton Point State Park, it has become a favorite spot for kite-flyers to congregate and fly all types of kites. Large open areas and a stiff breeze means anyone can fly a kite.

Norman Bird Sanctuary

The bird sanctuary is not just for the amateur ornithologists among us. This 325-acre wildlife refuge has over seven miles of hiking trails with views of the ocean. Bring your binoculars! (Sorry, no bikes allowed in the sanctuary.)

Sightsailing of Newport

Sailing in Newport one will see America's Cup racers, world famous yachts, fishing boats and stately seaside estates all against the backdrop of a historic, colonial town and picturesque rocky shoreline. With its refreshing ocean breezes, stunning sights and beautiful coastline, Newport sailing offers an unparalleled experience. Sightsailing offers public sailing cruises, sailing tours, sunset sails and private sailing charters.

Adventure Watersports

Jetski, kayak, and boat rentals; fishing expeditions.

Rhody Surf

Includes surf lessons and rentals.

Skydive Newport

Jump out of a plane. Don't invite the groom to join you.

Mansion Rentals

Bike, moped, and scooter rentals.

Segway of Newport

Segway rentals and tours.

Newport Diving Center

Scuba rentals.

Sky Kitesurfing School

Kitesurfing lessons and rentals. Most lessons require prior experience or a few days' time, but if you are interested feel free to extend your visit in Newport!

Flaherty Charters

Half and full day deep sea fishing excursions.


Newport Dinner Train

Enjoy the experience of Rhode Island's only moving Dinner Train on a 22 mile, 2½ hour sentimental journey along scenic Narragansett Bay. Mid-day departures also available, followed by a Newport Harbor Boat Cruise.

Native Newporter Tours

Explore the culture Newport through one of these in-depth tours. If you plan ahead and book at least two weeks in advance, they offer specialty Culinary Delight Tours, Lobster Tours (on a lobster boat!), Kayak Tours, and Garden Tours.

Historic Tours of Newport

These tours focus on the history of Newport from the colonial 1600s through the Gilded Age of the early 1900s.

Dead Man's Tales

A walking tour featuring Newport's pirate past: “How did Rhode Island gain such an unscrupulous reputation? Come learn of the Pirates, Privateers, Smugglers, Politicians and Pirate Brokers that made Rhode Island a favored port amongst the most notorious sea robbers in history.” Please note that the regularly scheduled tours are during the Welcome Dinner and Wedding Ceremony. If you'd like to take this tour, we hope you'll schedule one by appointment and not skip the wedding.

Ghosts of Newport Walking Tour

Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport, Rhode Island's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of this haunted city by the sea.

Guest Requests

We're thrilled that so many of our friends and family members are traveling to Newport to celebrate with us. Help us ensure that your weekend is as fun as possible by filling in a few details.

🎶Song Requests

It doesn't matter how many times Don't Stop Believin' gets requested. We're only playing it once.

🍴Dietary Restrictions

Need a vegetarian or vegan option for dinner? Excited to attend the clambake, but allergic to shellfish? Please let us know so that we can do our best to accommodate your preferences.

🏰Hotel Information

... so our shuttle knows where to find you.