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

April 23rd, 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! 

48 Hours in Newport- A Weekend Guide to the City By the Sea in March

March 31st, 2018 by Marshall Slocum Inn

48 Hours in Newport – March Edition

Newport may be known as a summer seaside town, but weekend trips in the “off season” are just as charming! The best thing about New England is that we truly get to experience all four seasons.  Accordingly, a weekend getaway to Newport in March at The Marshall Slocum Inn allows you to experience some of your favorite places without hustling through the summer crowds. 

Weekend Itinerary

Friday

The feeling of serenity sinks in as you drive on to the Aquidneck Island over the bridge, passing over the water and knowing you have finally made it to Newport. Let Mark check you in, and settle in for a great weekend. One of the newest tables in the neighborhood that we can’t get enough of is at Stoneacre Brasserie. Trust us, you’ll be able to see why when you view their menu. Whether you are looking to share some small plates or grab a cocktail, this is where you want to be. Their simple syrups and mixers are made in house, making their Dark & Stormy one to remember. At the end of the night, don’t forget to ask if they have any chocolate chip & sea salt cookies left!

Saturday

Newport has so many activities to offer on the weekends. As a town with a major focus on health and wellness there are many studio classes available, which are a great way to kick off Saturday morning. Pulse Newport is a great place to check out studio classes including barre, rowing, and boot camps. If those don’t sound up your alley, Newport Power Yoga is a wonderful place to get in touch with your inner yogi. Luckily neither of these locations are far from Empire Tea & Coffee. The baristas at Empire are knowledgable in their craft. They will send you out the doors properly caffeinated! Come on back to the inn to freshen up before heading out to explore.

Checking out the Newport Art Museum or Audrain Automobile Museum are great spots to take advantage of in the winter months. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head on down to Salvation Cafe. Not only is Rachael Ray a fan of this fantastic restaurant, we are too. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but the salmon is a personal favorite. Served up with coconut rice and crispy spinach, you will certainly be able to clear your plate. If you’re looking for a morsel of sweetness after dinner, indulge in the “banana purses” served with ginger ice cream. You will NOT be sorry. After dinner check out a featured film at the Jane Pickens Theater, a local art house cinema with a sense of style based on history. 

Sunday

Sleep in and then join us downstairs for breakfast and a hot cup of coffee! After breakfast head towards Newport’s Cliff walk, a unique and world famous walking trail along the cliffs. This trail passes gilded mansions, Salve Regina University, and the Ruggles Avenue Surf Break. Depending on your level of ambition, you can take the full trail around Rough Point or you can pop off on one of the side exits that steer  you back towards town.

You may have earned a mimosa or two after this! Grab a hightop table at Midtown Oyster Bar and indulge in some libations and “torched oysters” while you take in the Sunday energy, and join other fans watching sporting events on the flat screens behind the bar. Once you check out and are heading over the bridges, you’ll be experiencing a much different feeling than when you arrived. Something referred to as “The Sunday Scaries” as your weekend comes to an end, but don’t worry. We’ll see you again!

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

March 10th, 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. 

 

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November 1st, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

All the Little Fall Things

October 11th, 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 15th, 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.

Foodies in Newport, RI

August 20th, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Welcome Foodies to Newport, RI

When foodies come to Newport, they will experience nothing they’ve ever tired before. There are many restaurants with exotic foods, and local shops that stock the most exclusive items.

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Unique Shops

Newport Jerk Company

The Newport Jerky Company has the basic flavors to the extreme. Alpaca, buffalo, alligator, emu, and kangaroo are some of many unheard of jerkies. Preferably fish options are available such as Ahi Tuna, Salmon, and Swordfish. If have you have a strict diet, there are vegan jerkies options. Coconut, and Mushroom are definitely worth tasting.

This shop also will intrigue Newport Foodies by their candy, hot sauce, salsa, gourmet peanuts and brittle.

Virgin and Aged: Gourmet Oils and Vinegars

Virgin and Aged: Gourmet Oils and Vinegars has an unbelievable tasting room. Imported balsamic vinegars that have been aged up to 18 years are thick and creamy like any dark balsamic vinegars should be. Foodies will appreciate the white balsamic vinegars that are lighter and much sweeter. Any of these could be used for marinating, salads, or even just putting on top of simple items such as cheese.  The Fig balsamic is one of their many popular flavors.

Extra Virgin Olive Oils are all imported from around the world and placed into their tasting room. The selection varies from Portugal, Spain, Italy, and many other locations. There are infused flavors into the extra virgin oil such as blood orange, garlic, lime, Tuscan herb blend. They  can be used on meat, fish, and vegetables.

The Spice & Tea Exchange

Almost every type of spice and tea is located in the this amazing shop. People will find seasonal to traditional. The popular flavors such as dragon tea, blueberry black tea, hazelnut cookie tea sound fascinating. In the other section are herbs, whole spices, salts, peppers, chiles, seeds, powders and much more.

All of the shops are located downtown, right off Thames Street.

Restaurants

Where do the Foodies go for lunch and dinner within Newport, RI?

Bouchard Inn & Restaurant has a menu with an exquisite modern French with an American interpretation. Each item is at the pinnacle of artisanal local freshness.

Fluke Wine Bar has local owners making each item on the menu fresh, seasonal, and unique. They have a modern American cuisine with a relaxing atmosphere.

Stoneacre Pantry is a restaurants featuring farm to table. The restaurant focuses on sustainability and quality while helping local farms and fisherman.

Foodies in Newport will discover the inspiring shops and restaurants. This will make an local or traveler happier than ever.  

Shopping in Newport

July 24th, 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.

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.

 

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