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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! 

World Class Sailing Event Makes a Stopover in Newport, RI

May 17, 2018 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Volvo Ocean Race makes Stopover in Newport, RI

The 130,000 sailing spectators who passed through Newport’s Race Village in 2015 were certainly pleased to see the calendar of events for this year’s stopover. This year will deliver the same amount of excitement and fun that we have come to expect! Combining a trip to watch world class sailing and experience the beauty of our “City By the Sea” is the perfect kick off to Spring. Uniquely, this event combines sport and education in a way that is captivating for all ages. 

Sailing on! What to do, What to do?

Furthermore, will you have time to do it all? The Race Village set up in Fort Adams for the Volvo Ocean Race has something for everyone. Although there is a fee to park your car May 17-20th, there are no additional fees to enter the village.

Interactive exhibits set up by 11th Hour Racing highlight ocean sustainability, the excitement of marine science and sailing recreation. The idea of the Clean Ocean Pledge is reinforced to inspire all of us to save our oceans. After all, what is Newport without the Narragansett Bay?  Sail Newport, a local organization, is running a “Try Sailing” program to help everyone learn the ropes.

There is a 65ft replica of the boats these sailors travel on around the world to help us gain perspective on life at sea in tight quarters. After checking out the boatyard to gain knowledge of the work that goes into preparing a boat for a trans-Atlantic race, you can visit the Heineken beer tent, Mount Gay Rum Cafe, or Whispering Angel garden to top off the day. 

How do we get there?

As mentioned above, there is no entrance fee to the Race Village. If you arrive in a Volvo, the cost of your parking fee will be covered by Viti Automotive Group. The rest of us are out of luck! Parking during the week is $10 per day, and $20 per day on the weekend. There are numerous bike racks provided free of charge if you’re up to the challenge of jumping on the bikes we have here at the Marshall Slocum Inn, just be sure to bring a lock!

The water taxi service from Newport Harbor to Fort Adams has additional boats in service for this 13 day event. The cost is $12 round trip and a schedule can be found here, Oldport Marine Services

In-Port Race Day

Photo Credit: @ainhoasanchezdotcom

One of the most exciting events of the stopover will take place on Saturday, May 19th. There are options to watch the race from Fort Adams, the Ocean Race Club, or even to jump aboard the Spectator Boat. Check out the official site here for more information. Wherever you choose to enjoy the race, we hope you take the opportunity to experience this event. It is surely one of the more educational events we see here in Newport, riddled with some good old salty fun! 

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.

Come visit the Vineywards and Breweries around Newport, RI

April 30, 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

 

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 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

February 25, 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!

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.

 

Historic Fort Adams

October 23, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

If you’re driving around Ocean Drive, one of the best stopping points along the way is Fort Adams State Park.  With beautiful views of downtown and Narragansett Bay, this Fort is filled with history and culture.

Construction on the Fort that is there today did not begin until 1824.  Prior to this, a smaller fort, with 17 cannons, was used during the War of 1812.  Made of granite, brick and shale, the new Fort Adams was constructed over thirty-three years and cost over three million dollars.  It was built as a major coastal defense system, in a location that was able to shelter ships when violent storms hit, and was considered a proper site for the Navy.  When first completed it was able to mount 468 guns and house 2,400 men during war times.

In order to protect from land and sea attacks, Fort Adams was built with various tenailles, bastions and redoubts to protect from land attacks and bomb proof casemates, housing two cannons, helped protect from sea attacks.  Over time, with advances in artillery, strengthening the fort was necessary.  In the 1880’s, improvements to the outside of the fort, including new batteries, occurred, while internal improvements occurred around 1906.

Fort Adams was active during the Civil War, Indian Wars, Mexican War, Spanish-American War and both World Wars.  It was most active during World War II when the entire state was a military district, manufacturing various war materials and having a chain of coastal defenses.  The army used the Fort until 1953 when the Navy took charge.  The land and building surrounding the Fort were used for Naval Housing and a summer White House for President Eisenhower.

You can tour the Fort year round.  The tour showcases the following: the Officers and family quarters, a scenic overlook to view the Harbor and Bay, and underground tunnels.  The tour teaches guests about Fort Adam’s past, with American History and military culture, and discusses the architecture and future plans for restoration.  For more information, click here.

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Photo From FortAdams.org

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