Newport Restaurant Week: Spring 2014

March 28th, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Twice a year, Newport Restaurants put together special three course lunch and dinner menus for $16 and $35, respectively, and participate in Newport Restaurant Week.  One is in April and the other November.  This year, the springtime restaurant week will be held from April 4th to the 13th, which is only a week away!

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Castle Hill Inn – Restaurant Week November 2013

It’s not a surprise that many of the restaurants in Newport can get a bit pricey when you start ordering multiple courses, so restaurant week is a great opportunity to try everything without spending an entire paycheck.  Along the same lines, its a great way to enjoy amazing food at restaurants you have yet to try.

Some of our favorite restaurants here at the Marshall Slocum Inn are The Mooring, 22 Bowens, Thames Street Kitchen, Tallulah on Thames, Castle Hill Inn, Diego’s and Cafe Zelda’s.  Most of these are located within walking distance of the Inn and you are sure to have a great meal.

For more information and to make reservations visit the Restaurant Week website here.

BedandBreakfast.com Sweet To Beat Finalist

March 27th, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

 

MARSHALL SLOCUM INN SELECTED AS ONE OF 16 FINALISTS

FOR BEST B&B BREAKFAST IN NORTH AMERICA

 

Breakfast Lovers and B&B Fans to Select Favorite Recipes in BedandBreakfast.com’s

Best B&B Breakfast Tournament

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AUSTIN, TX, March 27, 2014 – Starting today, breakfast lovers and B&B fans are invited to help select the best B&B breakfast in North America during the BedandBreakfast.com® Best B&B Breakfast Tournament™.  The Marshall Slocum Inn, in Newport, RI, is one of 16 bed and breakfasts to make the cut for the two-week “sweets to beat” recipe battle for the best B&B breakfast.

The Marshall Slocum Inn was selected by guest judges for its Banana Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast. 

BedandBreakfast.com’s Best B&B Breakfast Tournament contest works in brackets, much like the NCAA Basketball®’s March Madness®, with BedandBreakfast.com’s Facebook® fans voting on their favorites.  The recipes in each bracket winning the most votes move on to the next round of eight, four, and the final two, which will battle it out in a “sweets to beat” showdown on April 10.  The winner will be announced April 11.

Click here for a list of the Sweet 16 finalists.

The Sweet 16 were chosen based on recipe creativity, uniqueness and appeal by guest judges including Anne Banas, SmarterTravel.com;  Genevieve Shaw Brown, ABC News; Adrien Glover, Travel + Leisure;  and Larry Olmsted,  USAToday.com Great American Bites columnist.

In the past two years, sweet beat out savory.  In 2013, the winning recipe was the Lemon Soufflé Pancakes with Blueberry Compote from the 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast in Springfield, Kentucky.  In 2012 (the inaugural year), the Bittersweet Chocolate Waffles Topped with Mint Butter Cream and Strawberry Sauce from the Lyttleton Inn in Littleton, Mass. won first place.

Go to BedandBreakfast.com’s Facebook page from March 27 to April 10 to vote for the best B&B breakfasts.

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About BedandBreakfast.com

BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 12,000 properties worldwide, representing nearly 75,000 rooms. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 300,000 consumer reviews.  BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals. 

 

CONTACTS:

Mark Spring, for Marshall Slocum Inn, 401-841-5120, info@marshallslocuminn.com

Denise Clarke, for BedandBreakfast.com, 512.899.0004, denise@deniseclarkePR.com

Cliffwalk Set to Reopen in June

March 21st, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Cliffwalk is probably the most popular attraction in Newport, and it may just be the most popular attraction in all of Rhode Island.  It is one of the most scenic trails in the state and offers 3.5 miles of ocean views on one side, and historic mansions on the other.  The walk starts at the west end of Easton’s Beach on Memorial Boulevard and ends on Bellevue Avenue at the east end of Bailey’s Beach.  There are multiple access points along the way, including Narragansett Avenue and Ruggles Avenue. cliffwalk picture

Cliffwalk was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1975 and is in a National Historic District.  It is the 65th National Recreation Trail and the first one in New England.  Although much of the trail is easy walking, the southern half had some rough terrain and proper footwear should be worn.  Unfortunately, in 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the southern half of the trail and since then only the section from Memorial Boulevard to Ruggles Avenue has been open.

Reconstruction of the southern end has been in the works, and it is projected to be completed by June.  Supplemental funding has been found for the project, which increases the budget by $2 million.  Most of the time projects need to be downsized, but since the addition of funds, they will be able to add a 60-foot section of stone masonry at the corner of Rough Point and a 200 foot form liner at Miramar, which will better stabilize the path.  The official reopening of the damaged portion of Cliffwalk is set for June 13, 2014, just in time for the 2014 summer season.

The Breakers: A Vanderbilt Mansion

March 14th, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The Breakers is by far the most famous mansion in Newport.  If you only see one mansion while visiting, most will choose the Breakers.  Today, this giant “palace” measures 250 feet by 150 feet and contains 70 rooms, over four floors. Millions of visitors have visited the Breakers since it became open to the public in the 1970′s.

Cornelius Vanderbilt II bought the property and original Breakers in 1885 from Pierre Lorillard to be used as a summer home for his family.  The original building burned down in 1892, which resulted in a mRichard_Morris_Huntuch larger version being built, modeled after the Renaissance palaces in Genoa and Turin.  Work began in 1893 and took just over two years to complete.  Hundreds of workers helped lay the stones and whole rooms were built in Europe and then shipped to Newport.

Richard Morris Hunt was the architect for the Breakers, who worked on many other Newport mansions, including Ochre Point and Marble House.  Hunt died before the Breakers was complete, but wished to be remembered for the stick-style cottages he built early in his career.  However his fame rests with the Breakers and other stone palaces.

This was Vanderbilt’s second home and as it was being built, the anticipation grew.  There were many rumors surrounding The Breakersthe art and amenities of the mansion, and on August 14th, 1895, those rumors were put to rest at the combined house-warming/coming-out party of Gertrude Vanderbilt.  Over 300 guests were in attendance and were greeted by the great hall, which rises nearly 50 feet and is lined with Caen stone.  The East wall, made almost entirely of glass allows for a view to the lawn, ocean and the reef that gave the Breakers its name.  Guests marveled at the two story dining room and “grotto-like” billiards room. The two-level kitchen, the size of a normal size house had sealed doors that no odors could escape from.

Cornelius VanderCornelius_Vanderbilt_II_by_John_Singer_Sargent_(1856-1925)bilt II was the grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who started the family fortune.  He was worth more than $70 million, but worked as a bank clerk, making $50 a month and lived on that salary.  He worked long hours and became the chairman of the family’s railroad empire.   He married Alice Claypoole Gwynne and was a devoted husband.  The Vanderbilts were not known for their entertaining because of the amount of time that Vanderbilt dedicated to his family business and philanthropy.  He donated his time and more than a million dollars a year to various charities and much of it was anonymous.  Unfortunately, a year after the Breakers opened, Vanderbilt suffered a stroke.  He died three years later at the age of 56.

Countess Laszlo Szechenyi (Gladys Vanderbilt) leased the Breakers to the Preservation Society of Newport County for $1.00 a year in order to raise funds for the restoration of the Hunter House.  It was finally acquired in 1972, and millions have been visiting ever since.

 

Newport Folk Festival: Festival of the Year

March 7th, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The Newport Folk Festival recently won the 25th Annual Pollstar award for Music Festival of the Year.  Pollstar is the only trade publication that covers the concert industry worldwide.  For 30 years, they have been a fountain of information for concert promoters, booking agents, managers, facility execs and other live entertainments executives.  Each year, Pollstar invites a group of international music professionals to come up with nominations for the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.  These awards honor artists, managers, buyers, venues and support services.  Winners are determined by votes from the readership of Pollstar.  This year’s awards were held on February 21st, 2014 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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The Newport Folk Festival won Music Festival of the Year, beating out the Boston Calling Music Festival, Electric Forest Festival, Hardly Stictly Bluegrass, and the Treasure Island Music Festival.  This is the second year in a row that The Newport Folk Festival has won this award.

The Newport Folk Festival has been around since 1959, when it was founded by George Wein.  The festival became known for introducing some major stars in the Folk world, such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.  This festival stretches the boundaries of folk music, incorporating blues, raggae, rock and indie artists to its lineup.  Some of the most notable performances of the festival throughout the years have been Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, the Pixies, Pete Seeger, and The Avett Brothers.  Thanks to the work of George Wein and the Newport Festivals Foundation, the Newport Folk Festival will continue for years to come.

This year’s festival will be held July 25th through the 27th at Fort Adams.  Tickets generally sell out early.  The lineup for this year is still in the works, however some performers have already been announced.  So far – Band of Horses, Jenny Lewis, The Devil Makes Three, Death Vessel, Nickle Creek, Shovels & Rope, Houndmouth, The Oh Hellos, Benjamin Booker, Mavis Staples and Hurray for the Riff Raff – have been added to this years lineup.  Check out www.newportfolk.org for more information about the festival and additions to the lineup.

2014 Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade

February 28th, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

To some, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the best days of the year in Newport.  This IMG_0781year, the 58th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 15th.  The Parade starts at 11am and will last about 2 hours.  Participants line up by City Hall, where the parade begins and travel down Broadway, through Washington Square to America’s Cup Avenue, and  down Lower Thames Street until it ends on Carroll Avenue at St. Augustin’s Church.

Participants this year will include: Pipe Bands, Marching Bands,  Fife & Drum Corps, clowns, local, state and regional organizations such as police and fire units, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, non-profits, schools and social organizations.

Every year a Grand Marshal is selected and the yearly button is a reflection of the interests or vocation of tSt. patrick's dayhat years Grand Marshal.  This year, Robert “Bobby” O’Neill takes that title.  He has been a member of the Newport St. Patrick’s Day committee for 15 years and has been involved with various local organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and the Newport County Mental Health Outreach program.  He also spent many years working for the US Postal Service.  This year the button includes the Rhode Island Red, the Postal Service logo and Newport’s apostrophized zip code.

Many events are held throughout the year to raise money for the parade and many Newport Restaurants have brunches and specials going on before and after the parade.  There are various places to enjoy a great brunch as well as your favorite Irish beers.  The Irish spirit will be alive all day long, guaranteeing that it will be a great day for all.

 

The Brick Alley Pub: A Newport Favorite

February 21st, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

One of the most popular restaurants in Newport is the Brick Alley Pub, which serves a variety of dishes from “pub style” comfort foods to multicultural cuisine.  From flavorful steaks, to fresh local seafood, to seasonal specials, the Brick Alley menu offers great food in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.  They have been featured in local and national publications such as: The Providence Journal, Ford Times, Travel Holiday and Newport Life Magazine. They have also been featured on the Food Network.  The Brick Alley Pub also has a private dining room for hosting events such as wedding rehearsals, birthday parties or any special event.brick-alley-pub-1

The Brick Alley Pub hosts a variety of special dinners and events throughout the year, supporting local businesses and bringing together community members and visitors alike.

Not only does the Brick Alley Pub serve up great food, they also are big supporters of the local community. Since their opening in 1980, they have supported their neighbors by hosting blood drives, supporting little league teams and their support has grown throughout the years.  In the 1980′s, Ralph Plumb Jr. created a “Keep Newport Clean” initiative and had Brick Alley Pub employees walk up and down Thames Street, sweeping and cleaning the sidewalks.  That initiative has grown and the BAP team helps wherever they can throughout Newport. Since the early 1990′s, the Brick Alley Pub has run The Mary Gomes Memorial Foundation, to help raise money for one of their employees who suffered from Chromes Disease.  This foundation, run by volunteers hosts a golf tournament and raises money to help those who need it.

 

 

Newport’s Tennis Hall of Fame Set for Upgrades

February 14th, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution, establish in 1954, that works to preserve the history of tennis while inspiring tennis development and honoring those who have earned a spot in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  Located on six acres here in Newport, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum was officially recognized by the International Tennis Federation as tennis’s official Hall of Fame.  The museum displays the history of the sport and honors 235 athletes.  There are 13 grass courts and an indoor facility, which are open to the public and club members.  Every July, the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Can Alen Cup are held here.THOF300x225[1]

The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s programs grow every year.  They are open 363 days of the year, and offer educational and entertaining programs for both children and adults.  The museum also has a research library dedicated to tennis that offers over 350,000 books, images and audio visuals.  Both beginners and national champions are invited to play on the indoor or outdoor courts.  The Hall of Fame also offers cultural entertainment such as theatrical productions, movie screenings and musical performances.

In August, 2013, the Tennis Hall of Fame set out on a campaign to enhance the visitor experience as well as the local community.  There are four main focus areas to the campaign; to upgrade the museum with new technology; to add additional facilities and tennis courts; improve amenities, including upgrades to the stadium; and to renew the look of the street on Memorial Boulevard so it complements the historic building where the Hall of Fame is located.

This organization hasn’t led a major capital campaign in 12 years.  Fundraising for this campaign has been going on for about a year and a large portion of their $15.7 million dollar goals has been secured.  Once the rest of the funds are secured, they will begin upgrading to make the Tennis Hall of Fame experience even better.

 

60th Annual Newport Jazz Festival Lineup

February 7th, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Tickets for the 60th Annual Newport Jazz Festival, one of Newport’s biggest music festivals, are already on sale and the lineup is here.  Fort Adams will be bringing amazing jazz performances to Newport once again from August 1st to the 3rd.  The music starts at 11:30am on Friday, August 1st and ends at 7:00pm on Sunday, August 3rd.

njf-big[1]George Wein produced the first Jazz Festival in 1954 in order to celebrate jazz music and to make a case for its relevance.  From then on, this festival has continued to showcase jazz icons and bring attention to up and coming performers.  The Newport Jazz Festival has provided many memorable moment for jazz history, such as the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1956 and the introduction of Esperanza Spalding.  Performers at this festival both respect the tradition of jazz and reflect the changes in the current musical trends.

Here’s a list of the artists who will be bringing their talents to the Fort Adams stages.

Firday, August 1st – Jon Batiste & Stay Human, John Zorn’s Madasa Marathon, Miguel Zenon Big Band, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Snarky Puppy, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Rudresh Mahanthappa – A Charlie Parker Project, Amir ElSaffar Quintet, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, URI Jazz Festival Big Band

Saturday, August 2nd – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dave Holland Prism, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment, SFJAZZ Collective, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Pedrito Martinez Group, Dick Hyman, Howard Alden & Jay Leonhart, Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, Newport Now 60 Band, Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Holanda

Sunday, August 3rd – Bobby McFerrin spirityouall, David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Gary Burton New Quartet, Vijay Iyer Sextet, Danilo Perez Panama 500, Django Festival All-Stars, Ron Carter Trio, Lee Konitz Quartet, Ravi Coltrane, The Cookers, Migus Big Band, The Brubeck Brothers, George Wein & Newport All-Stars

Preservation Society of Newport– Bringing Newport History to the Public

January 30th, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Some of the biggest attractions in Newport are the Newport Mansion, which wouldn’t be available to the public without the efforts of the Preservation Society of Newport.  The Preservation Society was founded by a group of visionaries in 1945.  Their goal was to save Newport’s historical architecture from neglect and ruin.  It is a non-profit organization, which now has 11 properties, 7 of which are National Historic Landmarks.  They have worked to “protect, preserve and present” these houses as museums to share the history of Newport with further generations.  The Preservation Society of Newport is the largest cultural organization in Rhode Island, and is continuously working to engage the public in America’s heritage.

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These historical building date back as far as the 1700’s and tell the story of America from the Colonial Era through the Gilded Age. More than 900,000 people visit these 11 properties every year, learning about what New England life was like within the last 250 years.  From the Hunter House to the Breakers, guests can explore history and see what life was like.  Both audio tours and guided tours are available.

The Preservation Society is always working to improve the historic experience and get their guests involved.  This past summer, the audio tour of the Elms was updated, which includes recent research and tells the story of the Venetian paintings in the dining room.  It also adds more information about servant life in the Gilded Age, incase you can’t experience the separate servants life tour.

In October 2013, the Preservation Society was approved by the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, to create a visitors center at the Breakers, Newport’s largest mansion.  This new center will get rid of the current ticket booth, portable restroom trailer, vending machine shed and seasonal ticket tent and create a one-story building that adopts the style of the original landscape.  It will offer visitors information about the Breakers as well as the other Preservation Society properties.  It will also offer refreshments and comfortable bathrooms.  No irreversible alteration to the landscape will happen and the historic “fabric” and “viewsheds” will be preserved.  They are just waiting on the appeal to the Newport Zoning Board.preservation-society-of-newport-county-logo

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