Archive for the ‘Outdoor Activities in Newport’ Category

Cliffwalk

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Filling:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions:

  • 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!

The Tall Ships are Here

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.

Newport is full of maritime history, and the Tall Ships Festival is a celebration of just that. 

Flower Show at Rosecliff

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.

The Sweet Taste of Berries

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

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Butter
  • Sliced fresh strawberries
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
  • maple syrup or strawberry syrup

Directions

  • 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.

Newport to Bermuda – The Race is On

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?!?!

Newport’s Cliffwalk

May 28th, 2010 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The Cliffwalk is one of the top attractions on this beautiful New England island.  A 10 minute walk from our Newport inn, the Cliffwalk is a 4.5 mile walk along the ocean edge cliffs of Newport that combines the natural beauty of the Newport shore line with the architectural history of Newport’s gilded age.  Wild flowers, birds, Cliff Walk Airgeology, and a front yard view of the magnificent mansions add to this delightful walk. The walk runs in front of some of the most famous mansions including Astor’s Beechwood, Rosecliff, Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Court on the campus of Salve Regina University, and Rough Point.

The Cliffwalk begins at Memorial Drive near Easton’s Beach and winds its way along the rocky New England shoreline to the start of Ocean Drive.  The walk can be accessed from the starting and ending points of the path, Narragansett Ave, and Ruggles Ave.  Most of the walk is paved and offers beautiful vistas, tunnels, and long winding pathways overlooking the waves below.  Towards the end of the walk, the path is no longer paved and becomes a bit more challenging as you cross the rugged rocks at the water’s edge.  The views are absolutely breath taking.

Many guests here at our Newport inn have enjoyed this peaceful walk and it is definitely a must see if you have some time to spend here on this gorgeous island!

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