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Spa Day in Newport

October 2nd, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Whether it’s raining outside, or you are tired from a day filled with mansions and walking, a spa treatment is a great way to add a bit more relaxation to any vacation.  From manicures to Swedish massages to water therapy, Newport spa’s have you covered.

Just two blocks down the street, SpaFjor at the Hotel Viking is the closest spa to the Marshall Slocum Inn.  SpaFjor has an extensive menu of treatments including: shellac manicures, Sacred Stone massages, global rituals, milk and honey body wraps, osea facials, full day spa escape packages and more.  Each treatment includes access to the Hotel Viking’s indoor fitness center, indoor pool and Jacuzzi and Clearlight Infrared Sauna.

The Bodhi Spa, which opened this year, is New England’s Premiere Hydrotherapy Day Spa.  You can spend all day relaxing with their water journey, which takes you through a cycle of various hot and cold baths, sauna’s and steam room.  They also offer various massages, facials and other body treatments.  Located on Lower Thames Street, this new addition to Newport is a great way to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.

The Stillwater Spa is located at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island. Each of their treatments instills one of five elements – breath, waves, coast, glow, blossom – in order to ensure peace and tranquility during the treatment.  Sand and Sea body wraps, Refresh Aroma massages, manicures and Oasis packages are all available at the Stillwater Spa.  Treatments include access to the fitness center, showers, sauna and sundeck.

The Spa at the Newport Marriott, located in downtown Newport has a large selection of treatments such as a Heaven to Earth massage, an Oxygen Cucumber facial, a Sandcastle Salt Scrub and more.  Treatments also include access to their fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and racquetball courts.

The Apothocary Newport, Rob Michael Salon Spa, Wave Lengths Salon and Spa, and the Spa at the Vanderbilt Grace are other spa options for any stay in Newport.




How to Spend a Rainy Day in Newport

September 10th, 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?



Southern Sisters at Rosecliff

August 30th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn


newportsouthernsisters[1]The Preservation Society has been working hard to put together a new exhibition at Rosecliff for this fall and winter.  Newport & Her Southern Sisters: Three Centuries of Art & Design, will be showcased on the second floor of Rosecliff and is included as a part of the regular mansion tour.  It will be on display and open for visitors starting on September 5th, ending on January 3rd.  This exhibition will take guests on a three century long journey exploring the relationship between Newport and the South.

Through trade, tourism and marriage, Newport and the South have formed a close bond throughout time.   Southern woman who married northern gentlemen helped create the Newport that we know today – a New England resort town filled will opulent mansions, history and sailing.

Southern Sisters will cover four different time frames including: the colonial period, the antebellum period, the post Civil War era & the Gilded Age, and the early 20th century.  The Colonial period will be represented with items such as an 18th Century Mahogany chest which will be displayed in two pieces (the way it would have been stored on a ship being sent to a southern market).  The Antebellum exhibit will be a parlor showing how boarding houses paved the way for hotels and eventually private cottages built by Southerners in a Post-Civil War Newport.  The 20th century exhibit will focus on Newporters looking for warm inspiration from the style of Palm Beach.

Items on display in the Southern Sisters exhibition include never before seen ballgowns, portraits, silver, and furniture.  Items showcased will be from the Preservation Society’s collections and houses as well as from other museums and private collections with ties to Newport and the South.

Clip Clop – Coaching Weekend is Back.

August 14th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Photo from the Preservation Society

The Preservation Society will be hosting, once again, a Weekend of Coaching August 20th-23rd.  Approximately 12 coaching teams will be driving through the streets of Newport, bringing the sporting tradition to life.  These authentic 19th century coaches and their whips, or drivers, will be traveling around Ocean Drive and around the Bellevue area everyday of the event.  On Saturday, the 22nd, the Elms will be hosting a free driving exhibition at 10:30am.

Photo from the Preservation Society

Photo from the Preservation Society

The English tradition of coaching started in England as a way to deliver mail, which later made it’s way to the United States.  While coach mail delivery was replaced with railroad delivery, coaching transformed into a sport.  In the late 19th century, the Coaching Club of New York was formed and became an important part of Newport’s summer social scene.  Coaches were used to go to places like polo matches and the Casino.  Some notable Newport members included the Wetmores, Bells, Belmonts and the Vanderbilts.  Alfred Vanderbilt was a leader in the sport and his coach,  and had his coach, Venture, built by the Brewster Company of New York. He took this coach and a large crew to England every year to for a day-long ride from Brighton to London.   Venture is now on display at the Breaker’s Carriage House.



Newport BridgeFest

July 26th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Summer is a busy time for music in Newport, with the highlights being Folk Fest the last weekend in July and Jazz Fest the first weekend in August.  But what about the few days in between these two giant music festivals? Well that is what BridgeFest is for: to “bridge the gap” between these two festivals in order to keep the music going for ten full days. It starts on July 27th and goes through July 30th with over 50 artists at more than nine venues.

BridgeFest was created by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County in order to give visitors a reason to stay and locals a reason to get out and enjoy some local music.  They work with the Newport Festival Foundations to support the local music scene in Newport.  BridgeFest hosts all types of musicians, aspiring music students, emerging artists, galleries, wineries, farms and restaurants.  This is the 7th year of the festival.

Some of this years festival locations include: Queen Anne Square, Jimmy’s Saloon, Bowen’s Wharf, Trinity Church, St. Matthews in Jamestown, and the Redwood Library.  There will be an opening night Soiree held on the 27th to kick things off.  It goes from 6pm to 8pm at  the Sanford-Covell Marina on Washington Street.  ZanRicky will be playing and the Rhode Islands Ballet Theater will be putting on a dance performance.  This event will also feature a silent auction, a raffle, wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres.

To check out whose playing and when, click here.  Keep the music going and support your local musicians!


Newport Food Tours

July 18th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

When it comes to vacations and travel, food plays a major roll for many people.  Food tours are becoming more and more popular as they give visitors a feel for the cuisine of the area.  Newport is new to the food tour game, with two new companies ready to give you good eats.  Both Newport Food Tours and Rhode Island Red Food Tours give visitors a taste of a variety of dishes from great local restaurants.

Newport Food Tours runs tours Tuesday through Saturday at 5pm.  Tours are approximately 2 hours long and start outside Norey’s on Broadway.  Food tour guests will visit restaurants in the Broadway area that serve up high quality American cuisine, many of which are farm-to-table restaurants.  Beer and wine tastings are also included at some of the stops.  Not only will you be tasting great food, but you’ll get to hear about all the details about the food and the chefs who prepare it.  After the last stop, there will be no need for dinner.

The Rhode Island Red Food Tour is a three hour, combined walking and food tour, that mixes local history with great food.  Guests with Rhode Island Red Food Tours will visit off-the-beaten path neighborhoods, learn about historic sites, folklore and colonial architecture, and of course enjoy food and drinks from at least six locally owned and operated  restaurants.  Tours run on Fridays and Saturdays at 12pm and covers about 1.8 miles.


Lafayette’s Hermione is Paying Newport a Visit

July 2nd, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

A twenty year old dream has finally reached fruition as the replica of the Hermione, Marquis de Lafayette’s French warship that helped the USA be victorious over Great Britain, is sailing into Newport.  The ship will be sailing into Fort Adams on July 8th and there will be a two-day celebration, complete with a cast of French sailors, historic interpreters, spies, cavalry, chefs and barmen, to honor Hermione.

Activities start at the Fort both days at 10am and include: Military Drills, Military encampments, an outdoor tavern, more than 60 historic interpreters, the 2nd Regiment Light Dragoons Cavalry Unit with horses, the “Spymaster,” historian and author programs and music.  On the 9th, the Hermione, as well as the Oliver Hazard Perry, will be open to the public for free tours from 10am to 4pm.

There will also be three private, paid events occurring both nights.  These include: the Colonial Soiree, the Sailors and Soldiers Supper and Lunch with George Washington.  The Colonial Soiree will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 6pm, inside the Fort.  This event is to honor the Hermione on its first goodwill visit to the States.  The Hermione was built by the Republic of France as a way to honor the friendship between our countries.  50 uniformed historic interpreters will be present.  The dinner will end with a salute to the Hermione as she prepares to depart Newport.  For a more casual event to honor the Hermione, the Sailors and Soldiers Supper will be held on the grounds of Fort Adams.  This is a picnic style event where all can gather for a good meal and drinks.  Lunch with George Washington will take place on both July 8th and 9th.  He will be speaking about his life followed by a lunch at noon.

Be sure to check things out if you’re in town for the fun!



Races and Regattas

June 21st, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport is known for it’s sailing, so it’s no surprise that during the summer it’s home to a variety of competitive sailing races and regatta’s.  The Volvo Ocean Race kicked things off in May, and there’s no shortage of sailing competitions in the upcoming months.  The following are coming up at the end of June and into July: Newport Sailing Week, the 2015 Transatlantic Race and the Newport Regatta.

Newport Sailing Week, sponsored by Bacardi and EFG will take place from June 26th to July 5th, with the regatta taking place June 26th-28th.  This is the event’s fifth year and more than 60 boats from a variety of one-design classes will be competing.  This event attracts some of the best International and National Sailors.

The Transatlantic Race is back and over 40 boats will set out to cover the 2,800 nautical mile route from the Castle Hill Light House to The Lizard, the most southern point on Great Britain’s mainland.  The last race was held in 2011.  The Transatlantic Race is organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club.  The race has three separate starts, June 28th, July 1st and July 5th for the different sizes and classes of yachts participating.  The purpose of the staggered start dates is to have all the boats arrive in the same time frame.  Smaller boats will depart first, completing the race in 15-20 days, while faster and larger boats will start on the 5th with the goal to beat the record, set in 2011, of 6 days, 22 hours, 8 minutes and 2 seconds.

The Newport Regatta will be held at Fort Adams State Park July 10th through 12th.  This is one of the country’s premiere one-design regattas.

There’s plenty of ways to get your sailing fix this summer in Newport.  Be sure to check out some of the races and regattas during your stay.



Newport Gallery Nights

June 15th, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport boasts a wide variety of art from paintings to works in lay, glass, marble, fabric, metal and Newport’s traditional furniture.  A diverse group of galleries can be found in Newport.  To help showcase the great artwork that we have here in Newport, the Newport Gallery Organization hosts Newport Gallery Night every second Thursday of the month from 5pm to 8pm. Comprised of 28 members including galleries, museums and cultural institutions, the Newport Gallery Organization showcases art from local artists as well as art from around the world.  A wide variety of pieces ranging from contemporary pieces to historic and traditional pieces can be purchased tax free.  Newport Gallery Night maps and brochures can be picked up at any participating member location.

They are also introducing a Free Summer Guided Walking Art Tour for Gallery Nights through September. There are three tours per Gallery Night, each lasting approximately 45 minutes.  These free tours include information about all the participating galleries, and museums as well as art related stories.  The 5pm tour is the Bellevue Avenue Tour, which starts in the Hotel Viking at the C.L. Sherman Gallery and ends at William Vareika Fine Arts.  The 6pm tour is the Spring Street Tour, which starts at Art on Spring and ends at the Opera House Theater.  The last tour, at 7pm is the Downtown Tour, which starts at Arnold Art Gallery and ends at the Whitehorne House.  These tours are open to anyone, just arrive at the starting point and enjoy an evening of fine art in Newport.

June Festivals In Newport

May 22nd, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

As Newport heads into the Summer Season, take advantage of the many festivals that June has to offer.

The Great Chowder Cook-Off:  Despite the location change, the Great Chowder Cook-Off is back to kick off the summer season here in Newport.  It will be held on June 6th at Fort Adams State Park, with endless chowder samples, live music and activities.

British Motorcar Festival:  Held at Colt State Park in Bristol, from June 12th-14th, this three day festival showcases over 300 vintage British Motorcars. There will be a variety of events taking place all weekend such as the British Car Corral, a Friday Night Street Party, The British Racing Paddock, Motorcar Display, The Concours D’Elegance (the only one in the United States), a Ladies Hat Competition, and a Sunday Morning Drive.

Newport Flower Show:  Celebrating it’s 20th year, the Newport Flower Show held at Rosecliff from June 19th-21st, will be showcasing the American Beauty Rose.  Rosecliff was the birthplace of the American Beauty Rose and it is now a symbol of excellence.  The weekend will be filled with a variety of events and special guests celebrating this classic and timeless flower.

Clayfest on the Lawn at Rough Point: Rough Point and the Newport Art Museum will be celebrate the art of clay with their exhibition of: “Fired and Inspired: Ceramics at Rough Point,” on June 27th.  Enjoy a day full of pinching, coiling, throwing and firing clay while relaxing on the lawn at Rough Point.