The opulent offering takes place at the Elms grounds 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 lavish Golden Picnics take place at the Elms grounds in Newport, where some scenes from the series were filmed, with charcuterie, sandwiches, salads and desserts presented on a low picnic table strewn with luxury pillows and your own croquet set. “It’s so whimsical and whimsical — people are more and more interested in the golden age,” says Nicole Canning, director of marketing and guest services at Stoneacre Hospitality, based in Newport. “It’s a great partnership to educate people and take 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. Picnics are held in one of two marble and glass pavilions, framed by a leafy sunken garden and ornate fountains. The classic option costs $1,800 for eight to fourteen people; a deluxe option featuring an enhanced menu with caviar, house chips, blinis and sparkling wine costs $2,600. Canning and her fiancé, Christopher Bender, owner and COO of Stoneacre Hospitality, are both fans of the show and the historic property itself. “It’s the biggest and most beautiful of homes,” she says. The Golden Picnics run until October. www.stoneacrepicnics.com