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Market to (Farmers) Market, Grab Your Baskets!

June 21, 2018 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Farmers Market

We are lucky here on Aquidneck Island to have such a wonderful Farmers Market twice a week! Aquidneck Growers Market is our source for fresh and locally grown foods. You can get your hands on everything from oysters on the half shell, cold brew coffee, pastries, and fresh vegetables straight from the source. The market runs year round at Newport Vineyards, but May to October it sets up shop on Wednesdays just around the corner from us here at the Marshall Slocum Inn! With this in mind, read on to find out some of our favorite local goods! 

Farmers Market Finds

For a full list of summer vendors you can click here, but these photos kind of speak for themselves don’t they? These pictures are equally as appealing to the eyes as they are to our tastebuds! 

In the event that these photos don’t convince you, let me tell you about some of our favorites. In addition to loads of fresh vegetables, we have a hard time resisting the ice cream sandwiches from Tricycles Ice Cream! Additionally, the “Thai Me” lemonade with lemon juice, sugar, and Basil from Lemons Aid always quenches our thirst. You will be hard pressed to pass by the stand of Robin Hollow Farm. These beautiful flowers that have the vibes of an English cottage garden are stunning. With premed bouquets, and the option to put your own together you can be as creative as you would like! Furthermore, if you’re really looking for a taste of summer head to the Fully Rooted tent. Their fresh pressed “Watermelon Slice” juice with hints of apple, lemon, and beet. 

Give Me The Details!

Seeing that you’ll get hooked on your favorites you’ll want to know the market schedule! With this in mind, every Saturday you will find everyone setting up shop at Newport Vineyard from 9:00AM- 1:00PM. On Wednesdays the market is set up on Memorial Boulevard right in the center of the action! This market is open from 2:00PM- 6:00PM. Most vendors are able to accept many forms of payment. Some will accept cards, but we suggest having some cash handy to dole out for your goods! The sense of community coupled with live music, people snacking, and getting a taste for the local flavor is a unique experience we hope you get to partake in while you’re visiting Newport! 

Picnic Season In Newport is Upon Us, Pack Your Baskets!

May 4, 2018 by Marshall Slocum Inn

It’s Time for a Picnic

Pack It Up

A seaside picnic is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon! With so many beautiful spots around Newport we have a hard time highlighting just a few of our favorites. No matter where you plan on taking your lunch, we all know it’s what in the basket that really matters. Over at Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet they have got you covered! Their unique menu boasts the “Ooh là là” and their petit sandwich selection (which changes daily), always making it a hard choice. If you are into gourmet sandwiches, a fresh salad, or a cheese board made from local ingredients you can’t go wrong. While you’re there, be sure to pick Maria’s brain about some of her favorite wines. In addition, she will surely help you pick a bottle of wine or craft beer to add to your picnic basket, just in case you get thirsty! Important reminder friends, don’t forget a corkscrew. 

Where To Go?

Being that Newport is part of an island, there is no lack of precious water views. With this in mind, one of our favorite views is at Brenton Point around Ocean Drive. You will often find people flying their kites high in the breeze creating the perfect back drop for a picnic. If you search hard enough, you might even be able to find what locals refer to as “secret beach”. Once you’ve finished your lunch, you can treat yourself to the Del’s Lemonade truck that is often parked nearby.

How Do We Get There?

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Paul Scharff Photography

One of the best ways to get around Newport while avoiding traffic is by bike! As a matter of fact, we even have them here at the Marshall Slocum Inn available for daily rentals. You will notice there are many people traveling by two wheels here when the sun is shining! On the contrary, if that doesn’t sound appealing to you Newport has a wonderful trolley system. The closest trolley stop to us if on the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Kay Street, and will take you by some great picnic spots along The Cliff Walk. We are firm believers in packing it up, and taking outside in this beautiful city of ours. Grab your sunglasses, you’re in for a hopefully sunny and bright afternoon!

Rain, Rain, Go Away! Discover Some of Our Favorite Rainy Day Activites

April 23, 2018 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

If all the rain drops were lemon drops and gum drops, right? If there is one thing we have learned about the weather here in New England, it’s that we have no control over it! But don’t let a few rain drops get in the way of you enjoying a weekend getaway. Use the weather as an excuse to seek out activities you might not otherwise take advantage of! Read on to learn about some of our favorite rainy day activities around town. 

Wine About It 

For a small island we are very fortunate to have so much at our fingertips. On a rainy day, why not “wine about it”? Local winery Newport Vineyards brings an amazing tasting experience to life. With a wine selection ranging from Pinot Noir, to their cleverly named Great White, and Bellevue Blush there is a wine for to match everyone’s taste. If you make it to the vineyard on a Saturday, their tank room hosts the Aquidneck Growers Market where you will find lots of local goods including coffee, fresh pressed juice, produce, and baked goods. Once you’ve worked up an appetite sipping and shopping, be sure to check out the Vineyard Café. Their menu boasts many “between the bread” options and also a delicious spread of cheese boards served with spiced nuts, seasonal fruit, and house made jams. 

Grab A Cup of Chowder

The Black Pearl has earned a spot as a Newport staple! Born in the 1920’s from a sail loft shop it has become known as “The Pearl” where friends gather for a drink and cup of chowder. We’re not really sure what make it so darn good, but Travel + Leisure Magazine said it best! In their opinion “Clam chowder at Black Pearl is the dish every visitor should try, because it’s classic, one of a kind, and an unshakable part of Newport’s cultural heritage!” A quick walk from the Marshall Slocum Inn, pair your chowder with a dark and stormy and you can’t go wrong! 

 

Catch A Film

Similarly to The Black Pearl, the Jane Pickens Theater was also established in the 1920s. The JPT works to create a film experience for its patrons through carefully selected films, and themed events. Some of their upcoming screenings include the royal wedding (in case you’re invitation also was lost in the mail), catered by Stoneacre Brasserie. Later in the season they will be screening The Great Gatsby, I’m sure you can imagine an experience full of Champagne, sequins, and “Old Sports”. Be sure to check what’s screening the weekend you’re in town staying with us.  

They say April showers bring May flowers and while we can’t wait for that, we’re enjoying some of these activities before the summer sun finds its way to Newport, we hope you do too! 

Irish Pride of Newport, RI Celebrated on Saint Patrick’s Day

March 10, 2018 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Irish Pride of Newport, RI

There is no finer occasion in the Spring to throw on your finest cable knit sweater and head to Newport, RI than for 62nd Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The Irish heritage here in town makes locals proud to boast about this celebratory event, willing to make travelers feel like a part of the family and share their Irish Pride. This year the parade falls on Saint Patrick’s day itself, as a result making the buzz of the parade that much louder. 

Get Geared Up

Being a short walk from downtown, the Marshall Slocumm Inn is the perfect place to hang your hat for the weekend. Downtown you will find all of the necessities to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day successfully. The parade will go on, rain or shine. If you’re in need of some warm layers or something to help you stay dry, make sure to check out our friends at Island Outfitters, Coast to County, Helly Hansen, or The Royal Male

Parade Route

The parade will start promptly at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 leaving from Newport City Hall, which is also right down the street from the Marshall Slocum Inn. From there the parade route with follow the fresh green paint leading the way down Thames Street into the heart of Newport where there will an abundance of Irish blood pumping, propelling the parade into the Fifth Ward! Click here to see the map! 

Grab a Pint

In addition to making your way along the parade, grabbing a pint should also be on the list! Since we won’t be experiencing summer temperatures just yet, you will most likely want to pop into a local pub to raise a toast. In our neighborhood close to Broadway, some great places to indulge in snacks and a beer include Malt, Pour Judgement, and the Fastnet Pub. While you make your way through Washington Square and down Thames Street pop into The Brick Alley Pub, Busker’s, and take in some live music at the Newport Blues Cafe. If you have enough stamina to make your way down to the Fifth Ward you should celebrate that by stopping in at O’Brien’s pub. You will not be able to miss it! 

Does the fun have to end?

In this case, no! Maybe some recuperation is what you’re needing? Certainly head on back to us for an afternoon nap. If you’re able to muster up the energy, check out one of the after parties around town. Let your Irish pride further showcase itself at the Newport Storm After Party at Plumby’s. If you are looking for a family friendly celebration, the Martin Recreation Center on Golden Hill Street will be hosting an alcohol free event prepared to keep your children happy with face paint, bag pipers, and refreshments. However you choose to celebrate your Irish pride, be sure to stay safe, have fun, and make (mostly) smart decisions. 

 

All the Little Fall Things

October 11, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Fall in Newport, RI

All the little things that locals and tourists look forward to during the Fall in Newport, RI. Pumpkin patches, apple cider, autumn beer, local farmers markets, and Halloween events are all part of the local feel here.

 
Fall Farmer’s Market

The Newport Aquidneck Grower’s Market happens every Wednesday in Newport right of Memorial Blvd from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. It is not easy to miss because you will see families, dogs, and much more. The music will draw you in and make you want to participate. The farmers market will give you an idea what to expect in Newport. The gourmet tacos, ice cream, and local fish are some of the ideas. 30 vendors and products within 50 miles.

Local Businesses

Norey’s Restaurant is keeping apple ciders from all around the world on tap.  Served between 4:00pm to 1:00am everyday except Sunday.  The ciders are gluten free and definitely agree with Norey’s that they are “the perfect drink to usher the fall”. 

Newport Storm Brewery and Newport Distilling are producing haunted tours at their facilities. “Get Trapped” between 7:00 and 10:oopm for $15.00 on October 27th through October 29th. Of course there will enough fright, craft beer, and themed cocktails for everyone. If you are too scared for the tour, Newport Storm has their fall beer produced at their facility starting on October 14th.

Pumpkin Patch

Trinity Church in Newport are selling pumpkins, which is pet and children friendly. The Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch is open every day through Halloween.  Live music on Saturday’s and Sunday’s with refreshments. Popcorn, cider, home-made goodies, and hot & cold drinks are available during the weekend. There are all shapes and sizes of pumpkins to choose. Even mums, decorative cabbages, and gourds will be for sale. This event will be picture perfect for the fall season.

Costume Parade! Get your best outfit together and be on the patch Sunday, October 29th at 1pm!

 

 

 

Autumn is in Newport, RI

September 15, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The summer is almost over, and it is time for the autumn season to arrive in Newport, RI. The downtown shops and restaurants are still lively with activities in Newport. There is the Harvest Fair to attend located at the Bird Sanctuary, the Boat Show, and of course the Seafood Festival. The city has it’s yearly pumpkin pickings, and the ghost tours that you get you into the spirit. Besides the shopping and craving the fall food menus, there is so much to do.

What Autumn Brings to Newport

The Harvest Fair is the chance to bring out the big kid in you and enjoy nature within the same event. There is festive music, food, and of course the wonderful nature trail to appreciate the nature. The trees will be colorful and beautiful also may see a couple of forest creatures.

Autumn in Newport, RI

There can never been enough seafood experience in Newport, RI. The city is surrounded by water providing with exquisite seafood to restaurants. They provide the best raw bars even during the autumn season.

Autumn means the pumpkins are one of the main harvests in the season. There is the Ballard Park event that brings the community to create a wonderful display of pumpkins. They all are uniquely carved,  and  organized for the best view. There is also the fundraiser at the Trinity Church to bring your own pumpkin home.

Ocean Drive is still one of the top must-dos in Newport even throughout autumn. The leaves will be changing and perfect weather for a picnic or flying a kite.

Ghost Tours bring all around Newport, RI with a spokesperson sharing the history of the city. The history will contain all the hunted stories that happened from the past and myths that may be true.

It may be a little less crowded in Newport during the autumn season, but it doesn’t mean the festival, and activities stop. Put your sweater on and explore new fall experiences in Newport.

Shopping in Newport

July 24, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Local owners are hoping to see visitors, locals, and more people come shopping in Newport, RI every year. Shopping in the city, everyone will find a little something they like. The stores vary from entrepreneur shops to the famous trends. Unlike a crowded mall, you will enjoy the walk between the stores and restaurants on the island.

Bowen’s Wharf Shopping

Bowen’s Wharf has incredible shops including the nautical theme of Newport. There are clothing stores such as Upper Deck Clothing or Ship’s Store and Rigging , where you can find a great souvenirs and boat accessories. Malee’s is known for their hats, and the Narragansett for swimwear. Chace N Lulu for accessories, and Sail loft for the sportswear and footwear.

Arianna Skincare with their amazing dead sea mineral skincare product line. Do not try to eat one of their soap cupcakes, it will not be sweet. Soap & Water with their bath and body products also luxury home frangances.

Primavera is art quality craftsmanship featuring work from local artists and exclusive product lines set in a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.  They make custom canvases as well.shoppin gin Newpor

Popular Stores

Michael Khors, Sephora, Express, Lilly Splizter, Banana Republic, Lululemon and more popular trends are near the main strip of Thames. And of course there is the famous Alex and Ani store originated in Newport.

Foodies will enjoy hopping around Newport, there are exotic stores that are worth checking out. Newport Jerky Company has the traditional jerky to the most unusal jerky. They have buffalo, snake, tuna, kangroo, and more. Virgin And Aged: Gourmet Oils and Balsamic Vinegars sell all sorts of amazing. There is the Tea Exchange, which is a grat qaulity chain that made it to Newport. If you wanted a quick snack, the Country Kettle Fudge with their delicious fudge or Inpopinto: Popcorn in disguise with their hidden flavors could hit your sweet tooth.  

Thames Street the main street has over hundred of  local stops. You will find the Armory, which is filled with thousands of antiques. Furniture, jewelry and all kinds of treasure.

Bellevue Avenue Shopping

Besides Thames Street for shopping, there is Bellevue Avenue near the Tennis Hall of Fame. Where are more fun shops. Sequin a Newport Jewelry Store, Bellevue Kids for childrens clothing and Farmeseusitcals

Newport, RI is an amazing shopping location where every visitor will be leaving with a smile for the items they found.

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.

Newport Daffodil Days Festival

April 15, 2016 by Marshall Slocum Inn

A million daffodils are blooming all over the city of Newport, making a big enough impression to have a festival for an entire week. Dog lovers, artists, kids, and adults will have something to participate in the Newport Daffodil Days Festival. Starting on April 16th through April 24th, there will be “daffy” events including bike tours, garden parties, art activities, doggy parade, gorgeous home tours, and more. Even though most of the activities are free, you can purchase a daffy pin to have discounts in the activities and shops throughout Newport.

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Cliff Walk at Salve Regina

Opening day will have a ribbon ceremony with games, live music, and a daffy conga line at Bannisters and Bowens Wharves. Meanwhile families can “doodle the daffodils” on a take-home canvas for free at the famous Cliff Walk.

If drawling is not your expertise, there will be a photography workshop at the Cliff Walk within the following day. It will have a significant location at the O’Hare Patio, Salve Regina University. The Newport Photographers’ Guild experts will guide the audience how to take the perfect “Daffodillion” photo, so you can enter the online contest.

Within the same day, dog owners can dress their dogs in the daffiest attire for the Daffy Doggies Parade. It will run through Bannister’s Warf to Queen Anne Square, so they can match the daffodils along the sidewalk. The best daffodil outfits will be awarded when entering the competition. This is one parade that will be a must see.

On April 18th, everyone will have another chance to draw the Daffodils at the Miantonomi Park while the Hot Diggity Daffy Dog Barbeque takes place. The Pell School is also contributing the daffy art by the Chalk-A-Lot Of Daffys event on April 19th. This event is welcoming to create sidewalk canvases of the schools’ daffodil gardens.

If you didn’t hear enough music at the earlier events, the famous Christopher Carbone will be sharing musical stories on April 20th. It will be among the daffodils at the Redwood Library, where families can participate in fun games, and win prizes.

On April 21st, Newport Tree Society is having an annual Spring Fling at the Chanler on the Cliff Walk.  You can bring your daffy derbies, and wear your most attractive hats for a prize. There will a big toast among the thousands of daffodils.  This is the time to dress up and listen to the amazing live music that will be playing.

Even the Newport’s Mayor is going to join the festival by a tree planting on April 22nd.  He will be honoring Earth Day and celebrating Newport 15 annual year of being a Tree City. Afterwards, you can bring children to a tree climbing demo with Carlie Ridolph. It is also a perfect time to go on a tree walk to see more of the daffodils at the Miantonomi Park.

On April 23rd, there will finally be private garden tours of the daffodils at the hillside with more than 150,000 bulbs planted on the corner of Catherine and Gibbs Avenue. Of course the Newport Vineyards is having a toast for almost 500,000 daffodils in bloom. You can join their wine tasting and food sampling.

During the day, bike tours will begin at the Touro and go all through Newport. You must not forget to stop at Ballard Park for “Bouquet Bar”, where you can purchase spring flowers. Families can also enjoy nature with a tree walk to see Woodsy the Owl.

The last day, April 24th will end with private house tours of the beautiful homes. Their gardens filled with beautiful daffodils. On top of the tours there will be antique cars at some of the houses. Some of the classical cars will be driven along the Long Warf, Ocean Drive, and Bellevue Avenue. The festival will have a final garden party with live music and ballet at the Bellevue House with a cash bar.

There is a little something to do for everyone in this daffy festival. You would not want to miss it.

 

Celebrate Spring with Daffodil Days at Blithewold

April 1, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

It might not seem like it, but spring is here and one of the best ways to celebrate is by heading to Blithewold Mansion in Bristol for their annual Daffodil Days.  Daffodil Days is a month long celebration of spring and the beautiful Daffodils that are blooming.  Blithewold has thousands of Daffodils throughout the property to help forget about winter and embrace the warmer months to come.

There are a variety of events happening for Daffodil Days, such as Daffodils at Dusk, Workshops, Walking Tour of the Mansion and Grounds, a Jazz Celebration of Spring, Afternoon Teas and more.  Daffoldils at Dusk takes place every Friday from 5-7 through May 1st.  Enjoy a cocktail or lemonade as you wander the property at dusk, accompanied by music from Luke Renchen Entertainment.  The Walking Tour will be held on April 11th and 15th, where you can hear about the history of the Van Wickle/McKee family as you tour the house and gardens.  On Sunday April 12th, they will be hosting a Jazz Celebration of Spring from 3 to 4:30. The Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio will be playing a variety of classis jazz and Latin music.

Afternoon teas start on April 14th through May 15th from 1 to 4.   Traditional afternoon tea treats will be shared along with a cup of tea for a relaxing afternoon.  There are also a variety of workshops being held throughout the month, such as: Preserving America’s Beauty: a Horticulture Workshop and Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers.  Other events can be found here.  Daffoldil Days are a great way to move on from the harsh winter we’ve had and look ahead to the warm summer months we’re all craving!images[9]

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