Archive for the ‘Outdoor Activities in Newport’ Category

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.

Beer Coffee Cake

October 3rd, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

So this weekend is the International Oktoberfest here in Newport.  I thought it would be fitting to have a recipe involving beer for you all to make and enjoy whether or not you’re able to celebrate downtown.  This is a Bed & Breakfast, though, so I was hoping for a recipe your could enjoy for breakfast, but most recipes involving beer are for stews or chicken and what not.  There’s always beer bread, but thats kind of predictable.  Thankfully, I found something involving beer for the most important meal of the day, so for all you beer lovers who want to bring some beer into your breakfast, here’s a recipe for Beer Coffee Cake.


  • 2 cups all-purpose biscuit mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped peacans



  • For coffee cake: in a bowl, combine biscuit mix, sugar and ginger
  • In a separate bowl, combine beer and egg
  • Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients, stirring lighly, just until moistened
  • Pour mixture into a greased 9-inch round cake pan
  • For topping: combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans
  • Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly
  • Sprinkle over coffee cake batter
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes
  • Serve warm or cold


International Oktoberfest

September 30th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

If you’re staying here at the Inn during Columbus Day weekend, don’t forget to check out this year’s International Oktoberfest down at the Newport Yachting Center.  Celebrate the weekend with live entertainment, family fun, international foods, and of course, BEER! The fun starts at 12pm and lasts until 8pm both Saturday and Sunday, and tickets range from $17-$40.  Quench your thirst with a variety of beers including: Warsteiner, Spaten, Amstel, Sam Adams, Harpoon, Newport Storm, Guiness, Harp and Sierra Nevada.  And when you need to fill your stomach, enjoy food from Schnitzels & Giggles, the Smoke House, and Julian’s Omnibus.  When your stomach and glass is full, spend some time listening to one of the many bands and watch the dancers that are set to take the stage.  It’s sure to be a great weekend!

Newport Mansion Food and Wine Festival

September 17th, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The 7th Annual Newport Mansion Food & Wine Festival will be held this weekend, September 21-23 at Rosecliff, the Elms and Marble House.  This three day festival will be home to over 100 of the world’s finest vintners and over two dozen of New England’s finest restaurants and caterers.  This year’s special guests are Emeril Lagasse and Jacques Pepin.  The festival includes two days of “Grand Tastings” on the Marble House lawn, cooking demonstrations by national and regional chefs, seminars led by wine experts, live and silent auctions, the Collectible Wine Dinner at the Elms, and the Wine & Rosecliff gala celebration.  Don’t miss the opportunity to taste some of the world’s best wines!

Newport International Boat Show

September 2nd, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

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.

Newport Blues & BBQ Festival

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!

Jazz Fest

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!

Cultural Festivals

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
  • Enjoy!

Tennis Championship

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!