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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?

Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 1st, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

2013 St. Patrick's Day Button

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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.

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.

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

 

Directions:

  • 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

Enjoy!

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!

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