The Newport International Boat Show is back starting on September 13th, continuing until Sunday, September 16th and will take place at the Newport Yachting Center, Bannister’s and Bowens Wharf, and the Oldport Marine. This boat show is one of the biggest “in-water” boat shows in the US and will feature a wide variety of both international and domestic powerboats and sailboats. Never before seen boats will be on display and there will be a variety of seminars and services as well as a large selection of marine equipment and products. Tickets range from $15 to $30 and can be bought in advance, or day of. Even if you don’t know anything about boats, it is sure to be a spectacular site that should not be missed if you’re around.
Archive for the ‘Outdoor Activities in Newport’ Category
September 2nd, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn
August 15th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn
The Newport Blues & BBQ Festival will be held this Saturday, August 18th down on the Newport Waterfront at the Newport Yachting Center, rain or shine. Tickets are $45 in advanced or $55 at the gate and are good for the whole day (re-entry is allowed). A free kick-off concert by Heidi Nirk & the Juke Jammas featuring Cory Bellucci will be held outside the main gates at 10:30am. At noon, Joanne Shaw Taylor will take the stage, followed by Marcia Ball, Shemekia Copeland, John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal will wrap things up starting at 8pm. Preppy Pig BBQ, the Smoke House, Eddie’s BBQ and Julian’s Omnibus will be providing various BBQ dishes while you enjoy the sounds of the blues. You will be able to enjoy great tasting BBQ rainging from pulled pork, to smoked salmon, to ribs - among other delicious options. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!
August 2nd, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn
Following last weeks Folk Festival, is the Newport Jazz Festival, starting on Friday, August 3rd. Dr. John and the Lower 911 will be kicking off the weekend at the Tennis Hall of Fame on Bellevue Avenue. The following two days will feature concerts at Fort Adams State Park starting at 11am and ending around 7pm. Performance will take place on one of the three stages set up at the Fort. Many great Jazz musicians will be performing, some of which include: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, The Bad Plus with Bill Frisell, Centennial Project and John Ellis & Double-Wide. There is limited parking, so riding a bike or taking the water taxi may be a better alternative.
This Festival was started in 1954 and was the first annual Jazz festival in the states. It is known as the “father” of all jazz festivals, and jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis have taken part. There are still tickets available, so don’t miss the chance to hear some great jazz music this weekend!
July 15th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn
As this weekend winds down, the tennis fans are heading out and kites are coming down in order to make way for the next festivals coming to town.
The Black Ships Festival starts Thursday, July 19th and continues until Sunday, July 22 and is a celebration of the friendship between Newport and Japan. This festival commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa in 1854, which made the USA and Japan trading partners. Commodore Matthew C. Perry of Newport negotiated the treaty and ended two centuries of isolationism in Japan. The Festival is celebrated in Newport and in Shimoda, Japan, Newport’s Sister City. Events during this Festival will emphasize Japanese art and culture.
Also taking place next weekend, from Friday the 20th to Sunday the 22nd is the Hellenic Fest, celebrating Greek culture and tradition. It will be held on the corner of Thames and Brewers Street. Live performances will go on daily and there will be lots of Greek foods to try.
July 12th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn
Cliffwalk has been one of Newport’s most popular tourism spots since it was created in 1975 as a National Recreation Trail. It’s a 3.5 mile walkway along the Newport shoreline. It begins off Memorial Boulevard, right before Easton’s beach, and finishes on Bellevue Avenue, by Bailey’s Beach. There are a variety of other access points for Cliffwalk such as Ruggles Avenue and Narrangansett Avenue. Most of the trail has easy walking conditions, but some parts are rockier, and walkers should wear proper shoes and be aware where they’re walking. There are great views of the shoreline as well as the historic architecture found in Newport.
To keep your energy up while spending time at Cliffwalk, try out this coffee cake recipe to start your day!
Cliffwalk Cottage Cheese Coffee Cake
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cottage cheese
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- In a large bowl, combine and mix flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder
- Combine the eggs, butter, buttermilk, vanilla, and cream cheese in a mixer
- Add dry ingredients to the egg mixture and combine until incorporated
- Spoon half the batter into a greased and floured bundt pan
- For filling, combine and mix together sugar, cottage cheese and cinnamon
- Spoon filling onto the middle of the batter
- Cover filling with the remaining batter
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes
July 6th, 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!
July 5th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn
From July 5th through July 9th, the Tall Ships Festival will be sailing into Newport. There’s so much to do during this time, starting the 5th at the Tall Ships Reception, starting at 7pm. The festival really begins on Friday, July 6th, when the vessels will be open to the public for boarding between 10am and 5pm Friday-Sunday. The festival ends on Monday, July 9th after the Parade of Sail, which will take place at noon. There will be various entertainment, food and exhibits throughout the weekend for everyone to enjoy.
The Ocean State Tall Ships Festival is part of the Tall Ships America Challenge Series. The annual races and festivals started back in 2001 to inform the public about tall ships and their history. They are here to educate people about the maritime history and the significance of sailing.
14 different ships will be in the Newport Harbor for this event. The ships include: HMS Bounty, Mystic Whaler, Unicorn, Picton Castle, The Lynx, The Gazela, The Tree of Life, The Pride of Baltimore II, The Providence, Summerwind, The Sir Martin II, The Peacemaker, The Lark, and finally The Bowdoin. These are all different types of ship with unique histories that can be boarded throughout the festival.
June 19th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn
Newport has a variety of festivals happening all year round, and coming up this weekend, June 22-24th is the Newport Flower Show, held at Rosecliff Mansion. This years theme is Salsa – A Celebration of Latin Cultures, so the colorful designs and exotic plants will be inspired by Latin music and dance. Gardners of all levels participate in this event to show off their creativity with the colors and design of their flower arrangements. Rosecliff is the perfect backdrop for this event and is a beautiful Mansion to visit any time of the year, not just during the Flower Show.
The Opening Night Cocktail party is held on the 22nd and there will be food and wine and all kinds of surprises to kick off this wonderful event. The following days will be filled with flower designs and shopping at the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners’ Marketplace. All proceeds of this event go to the Preservation Society for the restoration and maintenance of the land and gardens.
June 15th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn
While in Newport, it may be worth your time to drive over into Middletown and spend some time relaxing at Sweet Berry Farm. There is plenty to do here, ranging from picking your own berries, peaches, or apples, depending on the season, enjoying a nice lunch in their cafe, eating some homemade ice cream, or wandering through their shop and market, picking out anything from fresh produce, to aprons, to cookies, to homemade frozen meals and much more. They’re open 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm so there is plenty of time to enjoy it all.
Strawberries are in full swing and once July hits, it’ll be time for rasberry picking, followed by blueberries, peaches and blackberries. When I went on a Monday morning to do some strawberry picking of my own, it seemed like the strawberries were endless, and while there isn’t field after field of strawberries, there is more than enough to satisfy any picker. You can choose from a variety of size containers ranging from a small pint to a 10 pound container. You do all the picking yourself and then head back to the main farm building where you can pay for your pickings. You can also taste a few berries just to make sure they’re right, but don’t overdo it!
The following recipe can be made using the fresh picked strawberries you get at Sweet Berry Farm! This Strawberry Stuffed French Toast recipe came from penniesonaplatter.com, enjoy!
Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
- 1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons strawberry puree or sliced strawberries
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 8 slices very thick sliced bread, such as Italian bread, Challah, Texas Toast, etc
- Sliced fresh strawberries
- Powdered sugar (optional)
- maple syrup or strawberry syrup
- Preheat your oven to 300˚F
- In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese, strawberry puree and orange zest until smooth then set it aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the whipping cream, pour into a shallow dish and set it aside.
- Using a paring knife, slice a pocket into the side of each slice of bread, without cutting through the bread). Fill the pockets with a heaping tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture.
- Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Dip the filled bread slices into the egg mixture, then let it brown in the skillet for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden and crispy. Keep warm on a baking sheet in the preheated oven until ready to serve. Serve hot with maple syrup, powdered sugar and sliced strawberries.
June 8th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn
The Newport Bermuda Race is a biennial event, held during even numbered years. Seeing as it’s 2012, this 635 nautical mile race is back on June 15, 2012! The race starts off Castle Hill Light in Newport and follows the unpredictable seas, lasts between 3 and 5 days, and ends in Bermuda. The part of the Atlantic that this race course goes through is known for its challenging weather, especially the Gulf Stream, where the currents are very strong. Over 180 boats, within 5 different divisions, will set sail in the attempt to finish first, in order win one of the coveted trophies handed out during a special ceremony held at the Bermuda Government House.
The Newport Bermuda Race was started in 1906 as the first ocean race for amateur sailors in “normal” boats. Since its beginning, it has inspired numerous other races and has attracted thousands of boats and tens of thousands of men and women excited to challenge themselves to sail this difficult course. Many sailors come back every other year and the record for most races participated in is 30 races.
While most of the course is in the middle of the ocean, and thus hard to watch from shore, you can watch the boats as they begin their journey. Getting all the boat classes started takes about 2 to 3 hours so if you’re interested in watching, the best place to do so would be on Castle Hill in Newport, which is off of the very popular Ocean Drive. Who will be this years winners?!?!