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How to Spend a Rainy Day in Newport

September 10, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

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?



Certificate of Excellence 2013

June 30, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The Marshall Slocum Inn is proud to announce that we have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

Thank you to all of our guests!

Maple Syrup

May 25, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Pancakes and French Toast are great to begin with, but drizzling pure maple syrup over the top makes them that much better.  Since Rhode Island isn’t known for producing the sweet treat, we’ve looked to New York to help us deliver an even better breakfast.

Mountain Winds Farm is a 140 acre farm nestled in the hills of Berne, NY and has been owned by the Grippin family since 1961. Today, second generation – Randy Grippin and his family are running the farm. Randy started his maple syrup production in 2005 with 50 pails and it has grown to a production with 50,000 feet of pipeline and 1,300 taps, with the capacity to make 500 gallons of syrup each spring. Although his production has grown, he still maintains the independence of a small, family owned farm, teaching his children the ways of making premium maple syrup.  Each batch is made by hand with his wood-fired evaporator, and his farm is 100% hormone, pesticide, antibiotic and GMO free.

Enjoy this delicious syrup with your breakfast at the Inn, and if you just can’t get enough, we have half-pints available in our giftshop to take home.shapeimage_6[1]

Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 1, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

2013 St. Patrick's Day Button

2013 St. Patrick’s Day Button

The annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 16th, 2013. The fun and festivities begin early for most Newporters with parties and brunches going on all around town. The parade itself begins at 11:00am at Newport City Hall and ends in the Fifth Ward. See the parade line up on Mann Avenue just off of Kay Street and only steps away from the Inn. For more information on the parade go to

Newport Restaurant Week

October 29, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport Restaurant Week is back starting on November 2nd through November 11th.  Many of Newport’s best restaurants will be offering prix-fixe three-course lunches and dinners for $16 and $30.  This is a great way to experience some of Newport’s best dining options without breaking the bank.  Some participating restaurants that are only a short walk away from the Marshall Slocum Inn are 22 Bowens, Brick Alley Pub, Canfield House, Clarke Cooke House, One Bellevue, the Black Pearl,  White Horse Tavern, and the Mooring Restaurant.  A little farther from the Inn are Cafe Zelda, Tallulah on Thames, Thames Street Kitchen, Scales and Shells, and many more.  Be sure to taste the great food that Newport has to offer.

Lobster Roll Lunch for Two

August 30, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

When visiting Newport, it seems like everyone is looking for the best seafood around.  Lobster and the delicious lobster rolls they become, are usually a crowd favorite.  Well, guests at the Marshall Slocum Inn have to look no further than our very own kitchen to find a great tasting lobster roll.  The Lobster Roll Boxed Lunch for Two includes two freshly made lobster rolls, kettle potato chips, chocolate chip cookies and water for $38.00 per couple.  Place your order at our Concierge Desk by 10am and have your lunch ready to enjoy during a break in your walk along Cliff Walk, along the water on Ocean Drive, or even on the back porch of the Inn!

Sunday Brunch

August 26, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

It’s Sunday, and what could be better than sleeping in and then enjoying a nice filling brunch? I’ll tell you… not much.  And since it’s peach season over at Sweetberry Farm, make sure to use those fresh picked peaches in this recipe for Blueberry-Sour Cream Waffles with Peaches.



  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 ounces butter, melted
  • 4 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries


  • 5 ounces butter
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 2 pounds sliced peaches
  • powdered sugar


  • Preheat Belgian waffle iron
  • To make waffles: Separate eggs. Add milk, butter, sour cream, baking soda, baking powder, flour and salt to the yolks. Mix until combined. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, add the sugar and beat until stiff.  Fold egg whites into batter mixture.
  • Pour 3/4 to 1 cup batter into iron
  • Place 10 to 12 blueberries in batter and cook until waffles are crisp and golden brown
  • For topping: melt butter in large skillet.  Add nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Add peaches and cook over medium heat until peaches are very soft
  • Spoon peach mixture over waffles and sprinkle with powdered sugar
  • (Makes 10-12 servings)
  • Enjoy!

Tennis Championship

July 6, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

There is always so much happening in Newport, and from July 9 through 15th, the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Championship will be in town at the Tennis Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame is located just a few minutes away from the Marshall Slocum Inn, on Bellevue Avenue.  This tournament is the only professional tennis tournament in the United States that is played on grass courts.  Olympic tennis team members will be competing in this tournament and it is even possible to get one on one hitting sessions with some of these “Hall of Famers.”  Tickets for the matches range from $15 – $75 dollars depending on the match and type of seat.

Qualifying rounds will be played on the 7th & 8th followed by the main matches the 9th-11th.  Matches will begin at 11am.  The quarter finals start on the 12th, after the Angela Moore Fashion Show and Champagne Breakfast, and continue until the 13th.  Semifinals start at 2pm on Saturday, July 14th, after the Class of 2012 induction ceremony. This year 5 new tennis players will be joining the Hall of Fame, including: Jennifer Capriati, Guga Kuerten, Manuel Orantes, Randy Snow and Mike Davies.  The event wraps up on Sunday, July 15th, starting at 10am with the Hall of Fame Classic Exhibition match, followed by a 12pm Brooks Brothers Lunch with Legends.  After lunch, the tournament finals will take place, starting at 2pm, and the new Champions will take their place in history!

Summer is here in Newport, Rhode Island!

June 30, 2010 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The fabulous weather and busy bustle in town is a sure sign that summer has arrived in Newport, Rhode Island!

This weekend brings a host of activities and things to see on the island.  Here at Marshall Slocum Inn we are excited for our guests to experience all Newport has to offer on this holiday weekend!

Thursday, July 1st,  marks the return of the America’s Cup trophy to Newport.  Whether it’s getting an up-close look at the oldest trophy in international sport, savoring a parade of majestic racing yachts, attending lunch with some of the top names in sailing or viewing a presentation by the winning America’s Cup team at historic Fort Adams, visitors are guaranteed an unforgettable experience here in the City-by-the-Sea on Thursday.  The America’s Cup trophy will be available during four public showings between Fort Adams and downtown Newport throughout the day. Viewing is free of charge. 

This weekend is also Fourth of July! Newport has many ways to celebrate our country on this holiday weekend.  What would an Independence Day celebration be without fireworks?  Newport Harbor will be all lit up on Sunday, July 4th, at around 9:15pm.  Prime viewing spots can be had at Long Wharf and Battery Park, but the fireworks will be seen from all over downtown!

There will also be lots of fun before the fireworks hit the skies!  Celebrate “A Traditional Patriotic Newport Fourth of July” from 9am-2pm with activities all over town.  At 9am, the Artillery Company of Newport marches to the grave of William Ellery, Rhode Island’s signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Also at 9am, is a self-guided walking tour of the 1810 4th of July Parade route which began and ended in Washington Square.  At 10am, listen to the Newport Community Band play patriotic tunes! At 10:30am, a “People’s Parade” from Long Wharf to Washington Square. There are many other activities including a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a cannon salute, community picnics, dancing, and pie eating contests in Washington square from 11am-2pm!

Historic Newport Rhode Island Inn

February 2, 2010 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Last year, the City of Newport, announced a goal of seeking the nomination for Newport, Rhode Island to become a World Heritage Site.  Newport, Rhode Island is ripe with historic buildings and history and amongst these historic buildings are many Rhode Island bed and breakfasts that have been painstakingly restored and maintained.

Historic Newport Harbor

Historic Newport Harbor

Our bed and breakfast, The Marshall Slocum Inn, qualifies as one of these historic Newport Rhode Island Inn’s due to it’s age of construction and designation as an “Historical Property.”

The Marshall Slocum Inn was built in 1855 by Marshall Slocum and his wife Catherine.  Catherine had a deep connection with Newport as one of her descendants was a founder.  The house was only used by the Slocum’s for 10 years but their mark was made on the neighborhood with classical mid 1800’s colonial architecture featuring elaborate moldings, grand windows, tall ceilings, and large rooms.  For more information on the continued history of the Inn visit our Historic Newport Rhode Island Inn page.  The Slocum’s also selected an area of downtown Newport known now as the Top of the Hill District.  This District is historic in nature with mid 1800’s houses dotting the area and the historic hill area and town center just a block away from the Inn.

One of the most important developments in Newport’s recent history was the establishment of the Newport Preservation Society.

Historic Trinity Church - 5 minute walk from the Inn

Historic Trinity Church - 5 minute walk from the Inn

The Preservation Society has played a crucial role in upholding and progressing Newport’s Historic status.  Along with their preservation of the mansions came a large influx of tourism and, of course, tourists who needed rooms.  Space is limited in the New England region so hotel development is difficult and expensive which has led the way for bed and breakfasts to flourish in the area.  In Newport, this has resulted in the preservation of many buildings that otherwise would have gone into disrepair.  Our historic Newport Rhode Island Inn was transformed into a bed and breakfast in the 1970’s and as the third owners of the Inn we are doing our part to preserve the heritage and history of this wonderful downtown property.