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Travel Guide for a Weekend in Newport, RI

July 1st, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Travel Guide for a Weekend in Newport, RI

Planning a trip to Newport, RI may have you stuffing a suitcase, here is what you’ll actually need.

Clothing/Style

Ladies, this is the time to show off those summer dresses and white pants. However, you may find the ocean breeze to be chilly from the long day in the sun . I would recommend a light sweater or cardigan to get you through the evening.

Gentlemen, you will fit right in with your casual wear during the day. Certain places during the evening and night require men to wear collared shirts and dress shoes.

Your feet will thank you if you bring comfortable shoe wear for throughout your visit as well. With the difficulty of finding parking, you’ll find yourself walking all around Newport. There is also the famous Cliff Walk that is 3.5 miles long, with sights well worth the long walk.  Definitely grab a map, GPS may not always bring you in the right direction or the fastest route.

Restaurants

Reservations can be crucial during the high season. It is always best to make reservations at up scale restaurants such as The Mooring, 22 Bowens, Bouchard, Spiced Pear, and White Horse Tavern.

During the week some of these restaurants may take walk-ins. There are restaurants that do not take reservations such Smokehouse, Black Pearl, and One Pelham East.

Transportation

Downloading the Uber Application will be the cheapest and most convenient form of transportation. There is the public bus transportation, Ripta that goes all through Newport. It is a two dollar fare for on way or purchase the all day pass for six dollars. you must have exact change. The bus driver will not have any petty cash on him.

If you are brave enough to drive throughout Newport, there are public parking which can range from $10 to $30. Around those areas are meter parking, which do except cards and coins. Be aware of streets, most of them are residential parking only.  

Booking a Room

Planning ahead is encouraged when booking a room. The prices will not be as high, the options will be wider, and you will not panic. If you are planning a trip last minute, you will find deals. It is taking a risk of not finding the right hotel/inn.

Backup plans

One thing out of our control and unpredictable is the weather. You may plan for the perfect vacation with the beaches, sail cruises, and walking downtown. Have a backup plan. On raining day, don’t be disappointed and have nothing to do. Tour the mansions, drive on ocean drive, eat some chowder, see a show, or other activities.

 

 

 

Raw Bar Lovers in Newport, RI

June 14th, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

 

Visitors of Newport, RI search for the freshest seafood around including raw bar. There are several places that you can go to satisfy the craving, some local spots and festivals even feature shellfish from the region. Afraid of breaking the bank? Almost every night of the week you can find dollar oysters at one local favorite or another.

 

 

Where to Go

Local restaurants such as Benjamin’s, Midtown Oyster Bar, and The Port are known for freshest raw bar.

Midtown Oyster Bar is located right downtown, with a big venue, and a second floor with outside seating. The  restaurant maintains a bar on each floor and you may want to stick around for the live band that starts at nine 0’clock. Don’t sleep on their mixology either, their unique cocktail menu can keep you in the same barstool all night.

The Deals

If keeping your vacation affordable is a goal, but you would still like to enjoy the bar scene, Benjamin’s is the place to go. They feature Happy Hour Raw Bar 12-2 pm, $1 oysters and 50 cent clams. Raw bar Tuesday is a twist on same deal, highlighted by $1 shrimp. We recommend checking out the third floor called the “Crow’s Nest,” featuring a rooftop bar with beautiful water views.

Festival

Newport has a yearly Oyster Festival that brings out all the raw bar lovers in town. Local farmers come to together for this exciting event.  Newport’s restaurants and chefs also participate and let you try their own unique culinary skills. Lastly, industry experts offer the opportunity to learn about the ecosystem and how to protect it, while slurping down an oyster.

The event is located right at the waterfront at Bowen’s wharf, only steps away from fabulous restaurants and shops. There is nothing better than champagne and oysters to celebrate the city, scenery, and your loved ones.

 

Come visit the Vineywards and Breweries around Newport, RI

April 30th, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Adventuring around Rhode Island, you will discover a variety of breweries and wineries including the location of Newport. There are Newport Storm, Coddington Brewery, and Newport Vineyard/Brix Restaurant.

Breweries Newport, RI

Breweries

Newport Storm Brewery  is not located directly downtown,  but easy to drive to. They have tastings for only $9 to $11 every day except Tuesdays. A souvenir tasting glass is included within the price as well. You could bring a growler home of your favorite beers on tap. We recommend the blueberry Rhode Island beer when in season. The brewery also has every Friday as a no-cost day, so it a chance to taste with no pay.

If you wanted to have beer and a meal, there is Coddington Brewery Company. It located in Middletown, RI which is right next to Newport. They have an exquisite menu with handcrafted beer throughout their restaurant. Their  beer option are not available anywhere else.

Pour Judgment is another restaurant, who craft their one beer. It is a local restaurant and bar that is “a whole in the wall” on Broadway, which has an unique and delicious menu with a vase variety beer collection.

Winery

A further location is the Newport’s Vineyards with the Brix restaurant. They have about twenty different wines and several events throughout the year. If you are not touring the vineyards or joining the tasting, there is the chance to taste their wines during dinner at the restaurant. Their menu is American cuisine with a comforting high end décor.

Come stay with us, and you can walk to Pour Judgment or get an Uber to any of these locations. Afterwards, you can bring back a bottle of wine and a growler of beer to enjoy on our beautiful back deck.  

Marshall Slocum Inn Deck

 

Newport Wedding

April 9th, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport, RI is one of the prime locations for a marvelous wedding. The venues are exquisite, and the experience in incomparable. However, this always  involves a place to stay after the long special day. From the bridal party to the individual guests, everyone is searching through Newport for the perfect location to slumber.

Each one is seeking the place where they can enjoy their experience while maintaining a budget. Our bed and breakfast, Marshall Slocum Inn can help you with that.

Newport Wedding

Newport, RI Wedding Venue

Wedding guests even the bride and groom have stayed with us in the past . On occasion, groups have rented out majority of the inn. Many of the venues are less than a mile away and easy to get to. Our location is only 8/10 of a mile from the downtown area, which makes our inn close enough to walk from, but far enough to avoid the traffic and noise.

When booking rooms with us, we have main aspects included within the rate that guests require. There is a full gourmet breakfast, which guests rave about in our reviews. It is a great meal to refuel you after the long night. No worries about parking because we have a huge lot in the back where you can keep your vehicle all day during your activities. Of course free Wi-Fi is additional to every room. 

If you wanted to start the evening with champagne or wine, we can have it ready upon your arrival. Just call or reserve through our website.

We are always looking forward to helping the wedding parties and their guests for a great experience, and wonderful memories.  

Come to Newport for the Perfect Romantic Getaway

March 18th, 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 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

February 25th, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Irish spirit at its fullest during the Newport St. Patricks Day ParadeCome celebrate the luck of the Irish by attending the 61st Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 11th. Each year, this exciting event will be the perfect way to kick off the spring and have some Irish fun. Rain or shine, the locals and tourists come join the spirit of the holiday, and wear their green attire.

Parade Details & Activities

The Newport Saint Patrick’s Parade starts 11:00am at the Newport City Hall and will carry on to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin’s Church. It will be two hours of entertainment featuring pipe bands, marching bands, clown units, reenactment units, and owners of local, state, and regional businesses. Some of the local hero’s will be marching or riding on the fire trucks. Even the boy scouts, girl scouts, local schools, non-profit organizations and more will be participating.

Most of the Newport Saint Patrick’s Parade will be downtown among the bars and restaurants. So before the parade, you can join brunch spots in Newport’s delicious restaurants. Maybe have an early bloody mary or a mimosa. Just make sure to have a reservation.

There will many opportunities to bar hop throughout the day in Newport and keep the stimulation going. Especially, the Irish pubs on Thames Street near the parade. Buskers, Fastnet, O’briens Pub, Celtica Public House, and Brick Alley Pub. Cash is definitely recommended for cover charges at the door live music.

Extra Family & Fun

If you want more family time, join the 10th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Family Celebration the day before the parade. You will definitely feel the Irish spirit with bag pipers, edge drumline, Irish step dancers, pirates, face painting and much more. When you walk through the door, you are being judge by “How Green am I” contest with cash prices $50, $100, and $150 plus more giveaway. Free entrée as well. 1:00 to 4:00.

After a long day celebrating the Irish holiday, there is the option of staying at our humble inn. We are only around the corner from the parade, and a ten minute walk from downtown.

Remember to wear you green gear or get pinched!

The Original Newport Jazz Festival

July 28th, 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 7th, 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.

Newport Film Sports

April 28th, 2016 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport Film Sports

Newport Film Sports

This weekend from April 29th-May 1st the wonderful and game changing organization, Newport Film, will be hosting Newport Film Sports at the Tennis Hall of Fame.  Newport Film Sports is a documentary film festival featuring films and shorts that celebrate the positive role of sports in our society.

International Tennis Hall of Fame

The weekend kicks off with an opening night party at the International Tennis Hall of Fame preceded by the opening night film, WINNING, a film focusing on why some athletes achieve greatness.  On Saturday, April 30th there are four featured films as well as a female Olympian panel and VIP party at the Clarke Cooke House.  Films featured during the day are Touch The Wall, New York Times Op-Docs, T-Rex, and The Weekend Sailor.  On Sunday, May 1st the day begins with a free 60-minute community yoga session at the beautiful Horseshoe Court in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Tickets are affordable and range from $15 for one film, $50 for all five films, panel discussions, and yoga, and $110 for access to all of the weekends events.  Tickets may be purchased online on the Newport Film website.

Newport Daffodil Days Festival

April 15th, 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.

 

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