When the sun is out, the world – or Newport in this case- is your oyster. There are so many things to do on sunny day, from Cliffwalk to cruising Ocean Drive with the windows down to eating al fresco on the waterfront, but when it’s a rainy day and you don’t want to be outside, is your trip to Newport a bust? No way. Newport has so much to offer no matter the weather, so get your rain boots on and your umbrella’s ready because Newport in the rain – no problem.
Here is a day long itinerary for those of you wondering what to do when you wake up at the Marshall Slocum Inn and it’s raining:
If you wake up and it’s raining, sleep in a little before making your way downstairs for Breakfast. While the back deck may be off limits, you can choose to sit on our covered side deck or inside at the main dining room table. For rainy days I recommend something sweet, such as our Salted Caramel French Toast or Chocolate Banana Pancakes. Take your time and enjoy the morning, it’s raining so why rush?
When you’re ready to head out after breakfast, spend the rest of the morning touring some mansions. While you may miss out on strolling around the gardens and yards of these wonder properties, the tours inside are a great way to spend a few hours out of the rain. The most popular mansions are the Breakers, the Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer and offer either an audio tour or a guided tour that’ll run anywhere from 35 minutes to over an hour depending on how much you want to hear about or how good your tour guide is. The Breakers Plus ticket will get you into two mansions, which is plenty for one day. All the mansions have parking lots so no need to walk in the rain.
After the mansions head down to the waterfront for a late lunch. While parking downtown isn’t the best, there are a bunch of different lots or if you’re lucky you’ll find a metered spot on Thames. If you don’t want to pay for it, head back to the Inn, grab an umbrella and walk. Head to the Brick Alley Pub on Thames. They have a huge menu with something for everyone. Their Lobster Rolls have won awards and their nachos are delicious.
After lunch hop in the car and head to the Newport Storm Brewery for a self guided tour and beer tasting. Follow that up with a trip to Newport Vineyards. While a guided tour may be out of the question, they have tastings all day long. Make sure to grab a bottle on your way out for the evening. If you aren’t into vineyards and breweries, think about taking in a movie at the Jane Picken’s Theater or visiting the Newport Art Museum.
On your way back, stop at Le Petit Gourmet, just down the street from the Inn. Pick your favorite cheeses to put together a nice cheese plate to take back to the Inn for a light dinner – it will go great with that bottle of wine from the Vineyard. Head back to the Inn for a relaxing evening. You can watch the rain from the front porch swing, sip wine in the dining room, or watch a movie on Netflix while snuggled in bed. Or for those of you who like to be out no matter the weather, head down to Broadway, and have dinner or drinks at the Fifth Element, Caleb and Broad or the Tavern on Broadway.
A rainy day isn’t so bad, now is it?
Usually wine isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Newport. However, if you’ve already hit the mansions, Cliffwalk, Ocean Drive and the downtown wharfs, or are a big wine enthusiast, the Newport County wine tour might be for you. Newport Vineyards, Greenvale Vineyards and Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards each offer something a little bit different and are a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
First stop on the Newport County wine tour is Newport Vineyards, located at 909 East Main Road in Middletown. This vineyard was originally planted in 1977 with the goal of preserving agricultural land from rapid development by producing fine wines. Since the 70’s it has grown to 60 vineyard acres under the ownership of John and Paul Nunes. Their store is open year round, 7 days a week, and they offer vineyard tours daily. They have an extensive wine list ranging from their gold medal Great White to Newport Merlot. They also have sparkling wines, dessert wines and their very own Cider, Rhody Coyote.
Next on the Newport County wine tour is Greenvale Vineyards, located at 582 Wapping Road in Portsmouth. Greenvale Farm has been in the same family since 1863 and is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Their goal is to produce great wines while maintaining a piece of American history. They have 24 acres of grapes and produce about 7 types of wine including Skipping Stone White and Rosecliff Pinot Gris. They are open daily year round for tastings and offer guided tours once a day at 2pm.
The last stop on the Newport County wine tour is Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards, located at 162 West Main Road in Little Compton. This vineyard was founded in 1975 on historic land and has 150 acres of land, 36 of which are used for the production of grapes. Their wine includes Rhode Island Red, Blessed Blend and Sirius, among others. They are open 7 days a week and have 3 tours daily.
Visit one, or make a day of it and spend the day visiting all three. Just remember, to be safe and have a designated driver!
What’s better than a nice relaxing evening, sitting on the porch, drinking a nice glass of wine after a busy day of cliff walking and mansion visits? For many of our guests the answer to that is, nothing. While there is no lack of liquor stores, you may find visiting the source to try some local wines more appealing.
The seeds of Newport Vineyards were planted in 1977 in a field that overlooks the Rhode Island Sound. The goal of the planters was to produce wine in order to save precious agricultural land from development. Aquidneck Island has one of the best growing climates, allowing for a long, cool growing season for the grapes. These first grapes were planted by Captain Richard Alexander who later teamed up with the Nunes family to build a winery in 1988. That same year their first vintage was produced. In 1995, When Alexander retired from wine making, the winery was aquired by John and Paul Nunes. It was then that they established the brand “Newport Vineyards”, which now encompasses 60 vineyard acres. Newport Vineyard wines have won many awards throughout the years and the most popular wine is their “Great White”. They have a large selection of white, red, blush, dessert, sparkling, and reserve wine, as well as their own brand of hard cider called “Rhody Coyote”.
Newport Vineyards is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (Monday-Saturday), 12pm to 5pm (Sunday), with summer hours extending to 6pm starting Memorial Day weekend. They offer guided tours of the vineyard at 1pm and 3pm Sunday-Friday and hourly on Saturdays between 11am and 4pm.