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.
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Newport Restaurant Week is back starting on November 2nd through November 11th. Many of Newport’s best restaurants will be offering prix-fixe three-course lunches and dinners for $16 and $30. This is a great way to experience some of Newport’s best dining options without breaking the bank. Some participating restaurants that are only a short walk away from the Marshall Slocum Inn are 22 Bowens, Brick Alley Pub, Canfield House, Clarke Cooke House, One Bellevue, the Black Pearl, White Horse Tavern, and the Mooring Restaurant. A little farther from the Inn are Cafe Zelda, Tallulah on Thames, Thames Street Kitchen, Scales and Shells, and many more. Be sure to taste the great food that Newport has to offer.
When visiting Newport, it seems like everyone is looking for the best seafood around. Lobster and the delicious lobster rolls they become, are usually a crowd favorite. Well, guests at the Marshall Slocum Inn have to look no further than our very own kitchen to find a great tasting lobster roll. The Lobster Roll Boxed Lunch for Two includes two freshly made lobster rolls, kettle potato chips, chocolate chip cookies and water for $38.00 per couple. Place your order at our Concierge Desk by 10am and have your lunch ready to enjoy during a break in your walk along Cliff Walk, along the water on Ocean Drive, or even on the back porch of the Inn!
It’s Sunday, and what could be better than sleeping in and then enjoying a nice filling brunch? I’ll tell you… not much. And since it’s peach season over at Sweetberry Farm, make sure to use those fresh picked peaches in this recipe for Blueberry-Sour Cream Waffles with Peaches.
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 3 ounces butter, melted
- 4 cups sour cream
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 5 ounces butter
- 1 tablespoon nutmeg
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cinnamon
- 2 pounds sliced peaches
- powdered sugar
- Preheat Belgian waffle iron
- To make waffles: Separate eggs. Add milk, butter, sour cream, baking soda, baking powder, flour and salt to the yolks. Mix until combined. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, add the sugar and beat until stiff. Fold egg whites into batter mixture.
- Pour 3/4 to 1 cup batter into iron
- Place 10 to 12 blueberries in batter and cook until waffles are crisp and golden brown
- For topping: melt butter in large skillet. Add nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add peaches and cook over medium heat until peaches are very soft
- Spoon peach mixture over waffles and sprinkle with powdered sugar
- (Makes 10-12 servings)
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 fabulous weather and busy bustle in town is a sure sign that summer has arrived in Newport, Rhode Island!
This weekend brings a host of activities and things to see on the island. Here at Marshall Slocum Inn we are excited for our guests to experience all Newport has to offer on this holiday weekend!
Thursday, July 1st, marks the return of the America’s Cup trophy to Newport. Whether it’s getting an up-close look at the oldest trophy in international sport, savoring a parade of majestic racing yachts, attending lunch with some of the top names in sailing or viewing a presentation by the winning America’s Cup team at historic Fort Adams, visitors are guaranteed an unforgettable experience here in the City-by-the-Sea on Thursday. The America’s Cup trophy will be available during four public showings between Fort Adams and downtown Newport throughout the day. Viewing is free of charge.
This weekend is also Fourth of July! Newport has many ways to celebrate our country on this holiday weekend. What would an Independence Day celebration be without fireworks? Newport Harbor will be all lit up on Sunday, July 4th, at around 9:15pm. Prime viewing spots can be had at Long Wharf and Battery Park, but the fireworks will be seen from all over downtown!
There will also be lots of fun before the fireworks hit the skies! Celebrate “A Traditional Patriotic Newport Fourth of July” from 9am-2pm with activities all over town. At 9am, the Artillery Company of Newport marches to the grave of William Ellery, Rhode Island’s signer of the Declaration of Independence. Also at 9am, is a self-guided walking tour of the 1810 4th of July Parade route which began and ended in Washington Square. At 10am, listen to the Newport Community Band play patriotic tunes! At 10:30am, a “People’s Parade” from Long Wharf to Washington Square. There are many other activities including a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a cannon salute, community picnics, dancing, and pie eating contests in Washington square from 11am-2pm!
Last year, the City of Newport, announced a goal of seeking the nomination for Newport, Rhode Island to become a World Heritage Site. Newport, Rhode Island is ripe with historic buildings and history and amongst these historic buildings are many Rhode Island bed and breakfasts that have been painstakingly restored and maintained.
Our bed and breakfast, The Marshall Slocum Inn, qualifies as one of these historic Newport Rhode Island Inn’s due to it’s age of construction and designation as an “Historical Property.”
The Marshall Slocum Inn was built in 1855 by Marshall Slocum and his wife Catherine. Catherine had a deep connection with Newport as one of her descendants was a founder. The house was only used by the Slocum’s for 10 years but their mark was made on the neighborhood with classical mid 1800’s colonial architecture featuring elaborate moldings, grand windows, tall ceilings, and large rooms. For more information on the continued history of the Inn visit our Historic Newport Rhode Island Inn page. The Slocum’s also selected an area of downtown Newport known now as the Top of the Hill District. This District is historic in nature with mid 1800’s houses dotting the area and the historic hill area and town center just a block away from the Inn.
One of the most important developments in Newport’s recent history was the establishment of the Newport Preservation Society.
The Preservation Society has played a crucial role in upholding and progressing Newport’s Historic status. Along with their preservation of the mansions came a large influx of tourism and, of course, tourists who needed rooms. Space is limited in the New England region so hotel development is difficult and expensive which has led the way for bed and breakfasts to flourish in the area. In Newport, this has resulted in the preservation of many buildings that otherwise would have gone into disrepair. Our historic Newport Rhode Island Inn was transformed into a bed and breakfast in the 1970’s and as the third owners of the Inn we are doing our part to preserve the heritage and history of this wonderful downtown property.
One of the most common stipulations that guests have when travelling and especially when visiting the walking friendly city of Newport, Rhode Island is to stay at a Downtown Newport Bed and Breakfast. When staying at the Marshall Slocum Inn guests are within walking distance of all that Newport has to offer. Unlike most of the United States, Newport is a very walkable city with most of the tourist attractions located within a 10-20 minute walk from the downtown area. Attractions that are within a 10 minute walk from our Newport RI Inn include award winning restaurants, harbor cruises, shopping, art museums, art galleries, historic churches and synagoges, and the famous Newport Mansions.
Guests who enjoy walking can expand their accessibility to all of Newport with an additional 10 minute of walking that will expose them to the historic Cliff Walk, Easton’s Beach, Astor’s Beachwood Mansion, the New York Yacht Club, and Doris Duke’s mansion, Rough Point. Perhaps the greatest feature of our Downtown Newport Bed and Breakfast is that while we are downtown we also have onsite parking for guests and over an acre of grounds for guests to relax around after a long day touring Newport. Guests can choose to sit on the front porch and watch the world go by or relax with a cold glass of lemonade and a freshly baked cookie on our back deck.
This season marks the beginning of our Rhode Island Bed and Breakfast Green Program. We have spent many months planning, budgeting, and researching what we can do as owners of a Rhode Island Inn to assist in preserving the environment. There are many everyday maintenance challenges in owning a 159 year old Inn and thus, coming up with ways to make it a Newport bed and breakfast that is Green worthy can be challenging.
One of the biggest challenges lies in the cost to return basis as eco-converting a Newport Inn of this age is expensive and the cost benefits are minimal. So, in our first year for our Rhode Island Bed and Breakfast Green Program we have come up with ideas that have a minimal initial cost burden but will make a difference in our bed and breakfast’s footprint on Newport and Narragansett Bay.
One idea that I am particularly excited about for our Newport Bed and Breakfast Green Program is the installation of our New England Rain Barrels. The rain barrels are made from recycled barrels ranging in capacity from 55 to 6 gallons. At our Newport Inn we will be connecting the barrels to three downspouts to collect storm runoff. Water will be then diverted to our gardens or stored in the barrels for other watering needs around the garden or during long droughts.
From a global perspective the New England Rain Barrels will benefit our region in a few ways. One particular benefit that the City of Newport will be pleased with is the reduction of rain water runoff from our Newport Inn going to the city waste water plant. Unfortunately, during heavy rain storms the plant can get overwhelmed with water volume and have to discharge water into the Atlantic Ocean and Newport Harbor, disrupting the delicate balance in the sea. The barrels will also reduce the amount of water we use here at the Inn. Further goals for our Newport Bed and Breakfast Green Program involve diverting more rain water for laundry use.
To kick off to our Newport Bed and Breakfast Green Program we have utilitzed the City of Newport, Rhode Island’s Arbor Beautification Program by planting a 15 foot Red Oak tree. The tree is located on the Kay Street side of our Rhode Island Inn about 10 feet from the public sidewalk. Although the tree is a small addition to the many other magnificent specimens surrounding our Rhode Island Bed and Breakfast, we view the addition as a symbol of the beginning to our Newport Inn’s Green Program.
Throughout the coming year our Newport, Rhode Island Inn will be undergoing many changes in an effort to reduce our footprint locally and globally. All of our themed Newport accommodations throughout the inn will receive upgraded luxury bath amenities from Gilchrest and Soames. A sophisticated approach to nature-inspired bath and body products, the BeeKind™ Collection delivers iconic branding, clever copy, and an environmental alternative to plastic bottles. The BeeKind™ paper bottle is a 92% reduction in waste after use compared to plastic, lessening our Newport Rhode Island Inn’s footprint. With Gilchrist & Soames Signature Formulations, honey and certified organic extracts of red clover, calendula, lemongrass and chamomile, BeeKind is as soothing as it is stylish. A portion of the proceeds of this product supports honey bee and sustainable pollination research.
Stayed tuned for upcoming blogs on some of the following topics: Guests of the Newport, Rhode Island Inn will be saving energy and helping the environment without even knowing it. Energy saving light bulbs and air conditioning units have been installed throughout our historic Newport inn. Our Newport, Rhode Island bed and breakfast uses energy efficient appliances in the laundry room and kitchen. Rooms and common space at the bed and breakfast are cleaned with environmentally friendly cleaning products. More to come later on these items.