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Come to Newport for the Perfect Romantic Getaway

March 18, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport is a beautiful city and the perfect location for a Romantic Getaway. Many couples come here to celebrate their anniversary, birthday, honeymoon, or just even have a small vacation. The biggest questions are what is there to do and can it be romantic?

Things to Do:

During the day there is so many activities to take part in even during the fall season. There are two farms just a short driveway to go apple or pumpkin picking such as Sweet Berry Farm.  There is a Harvest Fair every year at the Norman Bird Sanctuary with local beer, food, and live music. Where you can also pick out a pumpkin or go on a hay ride. Each season varies on the type of fruit to pick and the festivals.

If you build up an appetite afterwards, you can warm yourself up with clam chowder at several locations. One is The Black Pearl, which right downtown where they are known for their Award Winning Clam Chowder is served.  You can go scoop around with all the local shops, and purchase gifts for one another.

Many tourists and locals always take a stroll down the famous Cliff Walk, but where are the picture-perfect spots within the 3.5 miles? Right off the first side street on Ochre Point Avenue, there is the Forty Steps right down to the water. You can take selfie or asking someone to take the picture,  it is worth it. Further down the walk, you will find the lock trend. People from all over lock their love on the fence with their signatures . You also cannot miss Rough Point is where the walk really meets the ocean with amazing view of the ocean and gorgeous houses. Wear a good pair of shoes though if you adventurous enough to climb the rocks.

Watching the Sunset:

Newport has a couple of beaches, but you need to determine the be best location to watch the ocean. More isolated and private would be the best option. You would find this is off of Ocean Drive, which has many spots including Gooseberry Beach to watch the sunset. If you reach the end of Ocean Drive, you can sit right near the water with the sailboats on Wellington, which has a gorgeous view of the bridge.

At any of these locations, you have the option to have a romantic picnic with a glass of wine while watching the waves crash onto the shore. Imagine sitting where this breathtaking picture was taken.
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Beautiful and romantic sunset in Newport, RI

Cocktail Hour:

Before dinner, there might be time to grab a quick cocktail before your reservation. On Goat Island, there is a perfect spot to watch the sunset with the Pell Bridge in the background called Pineapples on the Bay located at the Hyatt Hotel. It may be chilly, but they do have a fireplace outside where you can snuggle up. Another option would be to take the Madeline Sunset Cruise on a sailboat around the harbor or the Rum Runner for a Lighthouse Cruise.

Romantic Dinner:

The most important question is where to have the romantic dinner? We recommend the top notch restaurants such as Bouchard, or White Horse Tavern. If you want an amazing view, definitely need to make a reservation at Castle Hill Inn or The Mooring.

Surprising Gifts:

As one of the bed and breakfasts in Newport, we like to help out with the couple’s celebration. When you reserve a room with us, you have the option to have purchase chilled champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, fruit and cheese plate, or even a dozen roses. It is a sweet surprise and help increase the romance between the couple either at the end of the day or the beginning.

The Original Newport Jazz Festival

July 28, 2016 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport Jazz Festival is described as the “Meaning of Jazz” since 1954.This famous event originated in Newport, RI and is still a tradition today. It gives the audience the true feel of jazz while start-off musicians perfrom for their first time to large audiences.  Such as Clara Ward Singers and Drunkard Singers, who made their first stand in Newport.

After this music explosion from Newport Jazz Festival, it inspired a movie to be filmed dedicated to the music. Bert Stern filmed “Jazz on a Summer’s Day”, a documentary about captures the meaning of rhythms and blues, and rock  in 1958. The following year, 60,000 attendees  came to the Newport Jazz Festival for all four days to watch these styles of music. Even Louis Armstrong spent his 70th birthday in Newport and sang at the Newport Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival became so famous that it spread to New York City, and Boston, which is still going on today.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton attended at the 40th Anniversary of Newport Jazz Festival. The famous mansion the Breakers contributed to the music holding the Newport Jazz Festival in 2004. Then finally Fort Adams State Park took the honor of programming the Newport Jazz Festival for its 60th Anniversary for three days.  This event has evolved into a focus group towards emerging artists and is still today. Contributing to rising artists and charities, it has been an incredible event.

jazz festivalBesides the amazing history that convinces the crowds to come, but the location is breathtaking and something you cannot miss. Fort Adams State Park is one of the best locations in Newport; it has a perfect view of the bridge along the water of the east passage. It also has sea breeze to keep you cool during the festival when things are warming up.
The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival is held on July 29-31 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and mostly at Fort Adams. On the first day, there will be a cocktail party at the Horse Shoe Piazza within the International Tennis Hall of Fame. If you would like to attend the preconcert party it is $75 and watch the jazz artists you can reserve seats for prices of $45-$100. There are different sections at the International Tennis Hall of Fame that will determine how much you would like to spend. They are offering beverages, alcohol, and food as well.
The main Newport Jazz Festival will start on July 29, and will remain in this location for the following two days. The general admission tickets will be between $15-$89 depending on what you want included. A two-day admission is $145, which is the most common. If you are a die hard fan of Jazz you can purchase the three-day admission pass for $170.
If you are a picky eater, do not worry because there will be plenty of food choices to choose from. Acacia café food truck, Ben’s Chili Dogs, Del’s Lemonade, Open Season Catering, Thai Jasmine, and much are all vendors attending.

Newport Jazz Festival is the ultimate to celebrate the history of  jazz and the true meaning.

Newport Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off

May 7, 2016 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The town is holding the 35th Newport Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off on June 18th to start off the summertime fun.People come to New England expecting the best clam chowder, and there is no better way to determine the “best of the best” then a cook-off.

Fort Adam’s waterfront is the perfect location for the Newport Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off and is always a must-see when exploring Newport. Visitors come from all over to taste the infinite free samples of the unique creations from the competitors. Returning regional and national competitors are fighting for the title during this competition. Your votes determine the winner!

Not only will there be enthusiastic competitors will be at the Newport Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off, but Rhode Island celebrity appearances will make you want to purchase a ticket. Don’t worry about the kids; live music, face painting, balloon creations and more will keep them entertained. There is a little of everything for the whole family to enjoy.

Advance price: $20 starting now till June 17th

Day of event: $25 June 18th

* Kids under twelve are free with an paying adult

 

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New England Clam Chowder

The ticket also includes a second admission to the Newport Oyster Festival happening at the same location on June 18th. Matunuck Oyster Farm will have a farmer’s market style with a raw bar including multiple types of tasty oysters, clams, and shrimp. Delicious lobster rolls are likely to be the top seller. To top it off, there will be a full cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails. This event will take place from 11:00-6:00 along with more amusing activities.

The festival will have bistro-style tables with a view of the stage, where contests will be held throughout the day for the audience. The contests include oyster shucking, oyster slurping, and beer chugging. All you have to do for entry is to be at the stage 15 minutes prior to the contest. There is a prize for each winner.

If seafood is not your favorite, don’t worry there will be other delicious munchies to purchase. The other booths include Saugy’s Hot Dogs, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Friskie Fries, Pizza Gourmet, Del’s Lemonade, Kettle Corn Express, McGrath Clambakes, and Macray’s Seafood II. Also Open Season Catering will be serving venison chili, pulled pork quesadilla, all American sliders, and veggie burgers.

Additionally,0 this event will be educational with presentations from the Matunuck Oyster Farm with Perry Raso. Meanwhile there will be several bands performing including DJ Nook, rock band Brian Scott Band, blues with Big Cat Blues Band, and Rhode Island’s favorite reggae band, The Ravers.

With all of the scrumptious foods options, in addition to watching the competitions, this is sure to be the best way to heat up the warm season.

Spa Day in Newport

October 2, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Whether it’s raining outside, or you are tired from a day filled with mansions and walking, a spa treatment is a great way to add a bit more relaxation to any vacation.  From manicures to Swedish massages to water therapy, Newport spa’s have you covered.

Just two blocks down the street, SpaFjor at the Hotel Viking is the closest spa to the Marshall Slocum Inn.  SpaFjor has an extensive menu of treatments including: shellac manicures, Sacred Stone massages, global rituals, milk and honey body wraps, osea facials, full day spa escape packages and more.  Each treatment includes access to the Hotel Viking’s indoor fitness center, indoor pool and Jacuzzi and Clearlight Infrared Sauna.

The Bodhi Spa, which opened this year, is New England’s Premiere Hydrotherapy Day Spa.  You can spend all day relaxing with their water journey, which takes you through a cycle of various hot and cold baths, sauna’s and steam room.  They also offer various massages, facials and other body treatments.  Located on Lower Thames Street, this new addition to Newport is a great way to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.

The Stillwater Spa is located at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island. Each of their treatments instills one of five elements – breath, waves, coast, glow, blossom – in order to ensure peace and tranquility during the treatment.  Sand and Sea body wraps, Refresh Aroma massages, manicures and Oasis packages are all available at the Stillwater Spa.  Treatments include access to the fitness center, showers, sauna and sundeck.

The Spa at the Newport Marriott, located in downtown Newport has a large selection of treatments such as a Heaven to Earth massage, an Oxygen Cucumber facial, a Sandcastle Salt Scrub and more.  Treatments also include access to their fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool and racquetball courts.

The Apothocary Newport, Rob Michael Salon Spa, Wave Lengths Salon and Spa, and the Spa at the Vanderbilt Grace are other spa options for any stay in Newport.

 

 

 

Newport Food Tours

July 18, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

When it comes to vacations and travel, food plays a major roll for many people.  Food tours are becoming more and more popular as they give visitors a feel for the cuisine of the area.  Newport is new to the food tour game, with two new companies ready to give you good eats.  Both Newport Food Tours and Rhode Island Red Food Tours give visitors a taste of a variety of dishes from great local restaurants.

Newport Food Tours runs tours Tuesday through Saturday at 5pm.  Tours are approximately 2 hours long and start outside Norey’s on Broadway.  Food tour guests will visit restaurants in the Broadway area that serve up high quality American cuisine, many of which are farm-to-table restaurants.  Beer and wine tastings are also included at some of the stops.  Not only will you be tasting great food, but you’ll get to hear about all the details about the food and the chefs who prepare it.  After the last stop, there will be no need for dinner.

The Rhode Island Red Food Tour is a three hour, combined walking and food tour, that mixes local history with great food.  Guests with Rhode Island Red Food Tours will visit off-the-beaten path neighborhoods, learn about historic sites, folklore and colonial architecture, and of course enjoy food and drinks from at least six locally owned and operated  restaurants.  Tours run on Fridays and Saturdays at 12pm and covers about 1.8 miles.

 

BedandBreakfast.com Sweet To Beat Finalist

March 27, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

 

MARSHALL SLOCUM INN SELECTED AS ONE OF 16 FINALISTS

FOR BEST B&B BREAKFAST IN NORTH AMERICA

 

Breakfast Lovers and B&B Fans to Select Favorite Recipes in BedandBreakfast.com’s

Best B&B Breakfast Tournament

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AUSTIN, TX, March 27, 2014 – Starting today, breakfast lovers and B&B fans are invited to help select the best B&B breakfast in North America during the BedandBreakfast.com® Best B&B Breakfast Tournament™.  The Marshall Slocum Inn, in Newport, RI, is one of 16 bed and breakfasts to make the cut for the two-week “sweets to beat” recipe battle for the best B&B breakfast.

The Marshall Slocum Inn was selected by guest judges for its Banana Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast. 

BedandBreakfast.com’s Best B&B Breakfast Tournament contest works in brackets, much like the NCAA Basketball®’s March Madness®, with BedandBreakfast.com’s Facebook® fans voting on their favorites.  The recipes in each bracket winning the most votes move on to the next round of eight, four, and the final two, which will battle it out in a “sweets to beat” showdown on April 10.  The winner will be announced April 11.

Click here for a list of the Sweet 16 finalists.

The Sweet 16 were chosen based on recipe creativity, uniqueness and appeal by guest judges including Anne Banas, SmarterTravel.com;  Genevieve Shaw Brown, ABC News; Adrien Glover, Travel + Leisure;  and Larry Olmsted,  USAToday.com Great American Bites columnist.

In the past two years, sweet beat out savory.  In 2013, the winning recipe was the Lemon Soufflé Pancakes with Blueberry Compote from the 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast in Springfield, Kentucky.  In 2012 (the inaugural year), the Bittersweet Chocolate Waffles Topped with Mint Butter Cream and Strawberry Sauce from the Lyttleton Inn in Littleton, Mass. won first place.

Go to BedandBreakfast.com’s Facebook page from March 27 to April 10 to vote for the best B&B breakfasts.

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About BedandBreakfast.com

BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 12,000 properties worldwide, representing nearly 75,000 rooms. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 300,000 consumer reviews.  BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals. 

 

CONTACTS:

Mark Spring, for Marshall Slocum Inn, 401-841-5120, info@marshallslocuminn.com

Denise Clarke, for BedandBreakfast.com, 512.899.0004, denise@deniseclarkePR.com

Fall into Newport

September 14, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Even though summer is basically over and school has started, there are still plenty of things to do in Newport during the fall season.  Here is a list of some of the upcoming festivals to look forward to as the leaves start to fall and the nights begin to cool down.

September 20th-22nd: The 8th Annual Newport Mansion Wine and Food Festival

Enjoy hundreds of wines from around the world as well as great cuisine.  There will be cooking demonstrations by world renowned chefs, auctions and various gala events throughout the weekend. Tickets start at $150.

October 5th-6th: Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 39th Annual Harvest Fair

Start your fall off right by attending and old-fashioned Harvest Fair.  There will be crafters, pony rides, music, and food for all ages to enjoy.  The event is from 10am to 5pm and tickets are $6 for adults.

October 12th-13th: International Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is Newports “official” sendoff of summer and welcoming of fall.  Seasonal beers, German Cuisine and lively music will be available to all who attend.  There will be two Biergartens this year in order to make more room for the festivities. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

October 19th-20th: Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

Local restaurants celebrate the “harvest of the Sea” on Bowen’s Wharf.  There will be a variety of seafood and baked goods for everyone to enjoy.  Live music will be playing all day long and the event is rain or shine.

October 26th: Newport Food Truck Festival

A variety of food trucks will be rolling into the Newport Yachting center to serve up great food such as grilled cheese sandwiches, tacos, lobster mac and cheese and desserts such as whoopee pies and homemade ice cream sandwiches. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

November 1st-10th: Newport Restaurant Week

Enjoy three course lunches and dinners at some of Newport’s best restaurants.  Three course lunches are $16 and dinners are $30.

Classic Cruises of Newport

June 8, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

There are a variety of boat tours that leave from the Wharfs, located only a short, 10 minute walk from our Inn.  Located on Bannister’s Wharf, Classic Cruises of Newport offers two different cruise options: The Madeleine and The Rum Runner II.  Each offers a unique cruising experience for guests.  Enjoy the excitement of taking to the water in the Sailing Capital of America, where you will enjoy great views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.  All cruises last between 60 and 90 minutes and run every two hours.

The Madeleine is a classic 72 foot schooner sailing yacht, which was designed and built to easily carry passengers and safely sail in Newport waters.  This yacht combines the comfort and convenience of a 21st century sailing yacht with the style of a 19th century sailing yacht.  A sunset cruise can be enjoyed aboard the Madeleine and includes complimentary champagne, beer and soft drinks.madeleine[1]

The Rum Runner II was built in 1929, at the height of Prohibition, for two New Jersey mobsters.  This high speed motor boat cruises by mansions and former speakeasies where “seaborne smugglers” dropped their goods in the 20’s and 30’s. The Smugglers Cocktail Cruise includes a complimentary beverage.Rum Runner II Excursion Tours[4]

 

The Elms

April 12, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The Elms - 1930

The Elms – 1930

One of the most frequent question I am asked from guests is “What is the best Mansion in Newport?”  Usually my answer is that all of the houses are different and appeal to everyone in their own way.  While this is true, I think that the house with the most character and spirit is The Elms.  The Breakers is the most impressive and the largest but it seems to have been primarily designed to throw huge parties.  The Marble House was essentially built to one up the Breakers and it shows with it’s pure volume of Gold and Marble throughout the mansion.  Lastly, although elegant, Rosecliff is used for weddings and other functions and it’s decor is often in a transistion phase setting up for these events.

The Elms, which is suprisingly on the non water side of Bellevue Avenue was designed by Horace Trumbauer for Edward Julius Berwind.  Mr. Berwind was born in Philadelphia in 1848, the son of German immigrants.  At the young age of 17, he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy which was then located in Newport.  After a 10 year career in the Navy, Berwin joined is brothers in the lucrative coal business.  Soon after joining the famliy business, Mr. Berwin was appointed head of the New York office and grew the business to the largest coal supplier of the marine industry.

The design of the Elms, lead by Horace Trumbauer, was based on an 18th century adaptation of the Chateau d’Asnieres near Paris.  French interior decorators filled the house with enough period furniture, paintings, and tapestries to qualify The Elms as an instant museum.  From the outside, The Elms seems to have only 2 stories but this was done on purpose to hide the staff’s quarters, kitchen and laundry.  Not suprisingly, a coal fired heating system, which was way ahead of it’s time, was installed to protect the many valuable antiques and paintings inside.  Coal was transported through an underground rail system to maintain the allure that the house ran itself by itself.

Undoubtably, the most impressive aspect of The Elms is the grounds.  Many theories abound as to why the Berwinds invested so much money into landscaping design but most likely it was done to compensate for the lack of ocean views.  Upwards of $300,000 was spent to outfit the grounds and pay for the twelve gardeners needed to keep everything in tip top shape.  The 10 acre park contains almost 40 species of trees and shrubs as well as many statues and fountains.

The Berwinds were said to divide their time between the mansion and their steam yacht anchored in Newport Harbor.  Mrs. Berwind died in 1922 and Mr. Berwind continued to work in New York and visit Newport on the weekends until he was 85.  After passing at the age of 88 in 1936, Berwind’s sister assumed control of the house until 1961.  The Elms was saved from destruction by the Preservation Society of Newport County and the house was opened as a museum on August 20th, 1962.

So, if you want to tour a Mansion ripe with spirit and character visit the Elms and be sure not to miss out on their wonderful behind the scenes tours where you can view the basement and the servants living quarters.

Historic Fort Adams

April 5, 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 Museum of Yachting 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.

 

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