Historic Fort Adams

April 5th, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

 

Fort Adams

Fort Adams

 

One of Newport’s most underutilized and rarely seen attractions is Fort Adams State Park. Featuring some of the best harbor views around, ample parking, and the much overshadowed Coastal Walk, Fort Adams is something not to miss when visiting Newport.  Granted, the Cliff Walk is a much more spectacular walk, but the Fort Adams location offers lots of opportunities to view the many seagoing vessels tooling around the harbor.

Make history come alive for every member of your family. Just a short drive or a water taxi ride across Newport Harbor stands the largest coastal fortification in the United States. Visit this engineering and architectural masterpiece to see where the soldiers lived, enter the casemates, explore the tunnel system, and climb the bastions for breathtaking views.  The Fort Adams trust has done a wonderful job in procuring funds from the state and federal government to reclaim and restore many areas of the fort that were once too dangerous to see.  In addition, huge improvements were made to the dockage capacity and marina operations for the America’s Cup Races held here in 2012.

Fort View

Fort View

The Fort area is also home to many other great activities.  The America’s Cup Yachting Museum is housed here as well as the most under the radar beach and snack bar.  If you are a sailor or want to learn how to sail consider visiting Sail Newport where you can rent sailboats or take lessons.

Consider renting the Fort with its 6-acre parade field or North lawn on the water for your special function. Watch for their upcoming special events including military reenactments, music festivals, and classic vehicle shows. From 1824 to 1950 Fort Adams housed generations of our soldiers, today it still stands ready for your enjoyment.

 

Newport Mansions

April 1st, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The Breakers

The Breakers

Only in Newport can you walk through centuries of American life in an afternoon.  Each house you visit is an authentic icon of one of the great eras of American history.  Hunter House was here when the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought; Chateau-sur-Mer saw the age of global commerce by American clipper ships like Flying Cloud; and The Breakers opened as the Vanderbilt’s latest achievement in the era in which railroads revoultionized the nation much the way jetliners and the internet would do a century later.

Five remarkable audio tours bring you a new and unique perspective on the lives of the people who lived and worked in the grand mansions of Newport.  Based on personal diaries, letters, records, and oral histories, these audio tours offer the personal stories of the men and women who lived in each house and the household staff who cared for them.

Explore the Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, and Rosecliff at your own pace with state of the aret digital audio players.  At The Breakers, you can choose from the main audio tour or a Family tour, which piques the imagination of youngsters and their parents alike by brining the house, its furnishings, and even its sculpture to life as never before.

Hunter House – Pass through the front door of Hunter House and you step back inot Newport’s 18th century Golden Age, the era before the American Revolution.  It was the home of a merchant, ship owner and colonial deputy, which later became the Revlutionary War headquarters of the French Navy.  You’ll see up close a great collection of exquisite colonial furniture, created by legendary Newport craftsmen like the Townsends and Goddards.

Chateau-sur-Mer - A product of the American-China Trade and one fo America’s great Victorian houses, Chateau-sur-Mer was home to three generations of the Wetmore family.  You’ll see hand carved Italian woodwork, Chinese porcelains, Egyptian and Japanese Revival stenciled wallpapers, and rare trees from as far away as Mongolia.

The Breakers – The Breakers is a surviving jewel of the New York Central Railroad fortune, making a statement about the global sensibilities of the Vanderbilt family.  The 70-room summer estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt II includes a two and a half story high Great Hall and a Morning Room adorned with platinum leaf wall panels.  Its interiors feature rare marble, alabaster, and gilded woods throughout.

The Elms – The summer retreat of coal magnate Edward Berwind and his wife Herminie, The Elms was a thoroughly modern house in 1901.  So technologically advanced for its time it appeared to work as if by magic, it also house monumental art works, including wall sized Venetian paintings, Chinese lacquer panels and tapestries.

Rosecliff – The newest Newport Mansions audio tour brings Rosecliff’s history and romance to life with never before told stories and first person remembrances of its colorful families.  From Tessie Oelrichs, who built this fantasy in terra cotta, to the Monroes of New Orelans, the last family to call Rosecliff home, you’ll discover the very human story of Newport’s great party house.

Marble House – Created by Alva Vanderbilt and Richard Morris Hunt and inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles, Marble House contains 500,000 cubic feet of marble.  Intended as an ultimate statement of Gilded Age privilege, only a few years later it hosted Alva’s “Votes for Women” rallies on the back lawn.  Hear the words of Alva Vanderbilt, her daughter Consuelo and many more, brought to life in the award winning audio tour.

Notes: This text was taken from the Newport Mansions Explore the American Story Brochure

 

 

Off the Cuff Top Five Attractions in Newport

March 19th, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

It is amazing to me that after over 15 years of living in Newport that I still stumble upon a new hidden treasure that Newport has to offer.  Sometimes these treasures are just around the corner from the Inn and other times a discovery that my wife and I make on one of our many walks around the city.  Following is a list of some of the less obvious attractions/things to do/places to eat on Aquidneck Island that may not be included in the typical Newport guidebook.  Most locals know about these items but this post is more for our guests and visitors to Newport.

  1. Southern End of the Cliff Walk/Rejects Beach – The most beautiful part and less traveled part of the Cliff Walk is the Southern end.  On Summer days when town and the beaches are packed full of people you can hike this portion of the Cliff Walk and see only a few people.  The same goes for Rejects Beach which is located near the end of the Cliff Walk and only a few hundred yards from the famed Bailey’s Beach Club.  To get to both of these areas just take the trolley which is a short walk from the Inn.     www.cliffwalk.comair1[1]
  2. Sachuest Point – The Cliff Walk understandibly tends to get the most attention as a great outdoor activity during all four seasons in Newport.  However, if you enjoy being outdoors Sachuest Point is a great seaside walk overlooking second beach in Middletown.  A great place for birders, Sachuest Point also has free and ample parking.  Visit the Sachuest Point website for more information.beach and sky
  3. Newport International Polo Series – Occuring every Saturday starting in June, the Newport International Polo Series features the U.S.A. versus a multitude of International teams including such far away places as Ghana.  Grab some wine and cheese and watch the entertaining game of polo field side.  www.nptpolo.comEntertainmentPolo
  4. Pineapples On The Bay – Located at the Hyatt Hotel, Pineapples has one of the best views in Newport.  Unimpeded views of the Newport Bridge and the harbor can be had from any of the many outdoor tables.  Plus, Tuesday is half price appetizers and there is free validated parking.   Visit the Pineapples website for more information.lighthouse
  5. Castle Hill – Castle Hill Inn and Resort is located on Ocean Drive and situated right at the entrance to Newport harbor.  A huge wedding venue with room rates climbing into the $700-$800 range during peak times, Castle Hill is a great place to grab an afternoon cocktail or a dinner priced lunch.  Dinner, although top notch, should be avoided unless you plan to dine early.  Why pay the top prices if you cannot see the water?

2013 Newport Restaurant Week Special

March 5th, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

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Newport Restaurant Week is back starting on April 5th and running through April 14th.  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.  We are offering a two night package at the Inn for $350 plus tax.  The package includes a two nights stay in a room of your choice, a $50 gift certificate to the Moorings, 22 Bowens, or Castle Hill, a full breakfast each morning prepared by our chef, afternoon tea/pastries, and onsite parking.

Some of the other 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.  Please call or email the Inn for reservations and view www.gonewportrestaurantweek.com for more information.newport_restaurant_week_logo_featured-300x200[1]

Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 1st, 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 http://www.newportirish.com/parade.html.

Newport Restaurant Week

October 29th, 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.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

October 19th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Sometimes breakfast just calls for something as simple as a muffin, and for anyone on the go it’s the perfect grab-and-go breakfast when you’re heading out the door quickly.  This recipe for Apple Cinnamon Muffins will give you something to enjoy when you’re rushing around, or just want to take your breakfast to go.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Grease six muffin tins or line with paper liners
  • Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon
  • Add oil, egg and milk
  • Fold in the apples
  • Spoon the batter into muffin cups, filling to the top
  • In a small bowl combine sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon meant for topping
  • Sprinkle mixture over unbaked muffins
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

Enjoy!

Food Truck Festival

October 16th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The food trucks pull into Newport on Saturday, October 20th for a day full of food and fun at the first ever Newport Food Truck Festival.  It will be held from 11am to 4pm at the Newport Yachting Center down on Commerical Wharf.  Some participating trucks are : Lobsta Love, Bon Me, Away Cafe, Sweet Truck, Grilled Cheese Nation, and many more.  Tasting tickets are sold in groups of 10 and can be purchased in advance.  Be sure to arrive early, with an empty stomach, so you can try all your favorites!

10th Annual Ballard Park Pumpkin Tour

October 9th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

In the spirit of Fall and Halloween, the Friends of Ballard Park will be hosting the 10th Annual Ballard Park Pumpkin Tour.  Pumpkins decorated by various members of the community including school groups, community groups, artists and others, will be displayed along the trails of Ballard Park on October 13th from 4:30 to 9pm.  Parking will be available at Rogers High School, which is located across from the park.  Ballard Park is Newport’s only Nature Preserve, and this event brings in thousands of people every year.   It is free and open to the public. It will be held rain or shine and guests are advised to bring flashlights to help guide themselves along the trails.

The week before the Tour, pumpkin carving parties are held across Aquidneck Island in preparation for the showcase.  Pumpkins range from simple jack-o-lanterns, to elaborate carvings.  After the Tour, before cleanup on Sunday the 14th, the public is invited to come and take the pumkpins home to display for themselves.  This is a great event that brings the community together, and keeps the public interested in maintaining this 13 acre preserve.

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

October 7th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The 22nd annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival will be held on October 13th and 14th from 11am to 5pm.  In 2005, Coastal Living Magazine named this festival one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” so don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of the fun.  Admission is free, and there will be live entertainment as well as tons of seafood from various local restaurants and fisherman’s associations.  Enjoy a wide variety of seafood, from lobster dinners, to stuffed quahogs (a RI favorite), to oysters and clams.  Cafe seating will be set up throughout the wharf, so you’ll have a place to enjoy both the food and the entertainment.

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