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Raw Bar Lovers in Newport, RI

June 14, 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 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.

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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!

How to Spend a Rainy Day in Newport

September 10, 2015 by Marshall Slocum Inn

When the sun is out, the world – or Newport in this case- is your oyster.  There are so many things to do on sunny day, from Cliffwalk to cruising Ocean Drive with the windows down to eating al fresco on the waterfront, but when it’s a rainy day and you don’t want to be outside, is your trip to Newport a bust? No way.  Newport has so much to offer no matter the weather, so get your rain boots on and your umbrella’s ready because Newport in the rain – no problem.

Here is a day long itinerary for those of you wondering what to do when you wake up at the Marshall Slocum Inn and it’s raining:

If you wake up and it’s raining, sleep in a little before making your way downstairs for Breakfast.  While the back deck may be off limits, you can choose to sit on our covered side deck or inside at the main dining room table.  For rainy days I recommend something sweet, such as our Salted Caramel French Toast or Chocolate Banana Pancakes.  Take your time and enjoy the morning, it’s raining so why rush?

When you’re ready to head out after breakfast, spend the rest of the morning touring some mansions. While you may miss out on strolling around the gardens and yards of these wonder properties, the tours inside are a great way to spend a few hours out of the rain.  The most popular mansions are the Breakers, the Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer and offer either an audio tour or a guided tour that’ll run anywhere from 35 minutes to over an hour depending on how much you want to hear about or how good your tour guide is.  The Breakers Plus ticket will get you into two mansions, which is plenty for one day.  All the mansions have parking lots so no need to walk in the rain.

After the mansions head down to the waterfront for a late lunch.  While parking downtown isn’t the best, there are a bunch of different lots or if you’re lucky you’ll find a metered spot on Thames.  If you don’t want to pay for it, head back to the Inn, grab an umbrella and walk.  Head to the Brick Alley Pub on Thames.  They have a huge menu with something for everyone.  Their Lobster Rolls have won awards and their nachos are delicious.

After lunch hop in the car and head to the Newport Storm Brewery for a self guided tour and beer tasting.  Follow that up with a trip to Newport Vineyards.  While a guided tour may be out of the question, they have tastings all day long.  Make sure to grab a bottle on your way out for the evening.  If you aren’t into vineyards and breweries, think about taking in a movie at the Jane Picken’s Theater or visiting the Newport Art Museum.

On your way back, stop at Le Petit Gourmet, just down the street from the Inn.  Pick your favorite cheeses to put together a nice cheese plate to take back to the Inn for a light dinner – it will go great with that bottle of wine from the Vineyard.  Head back to the Inn for a relaxing evening.  You can watch the rain from the front porch swing, sip wine in the dining room, or watch a movie on Netflix while snuggled in bed.  Or for those of you who like to be out no matter the weather, head down to Broadway, and have dinner or drinks at the Fifth Element, Caleb and Broad or the Tavern on Broadway.

A rainy day isn’t so bad, now is it?

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Farmers Markets of Newport County

June 27, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

One of the great things about the summer season in Newport is the great local products that can be found at various farmers markets throughout the area.  You can find farmers markets to go to on almost every day of the week and choose from a selection of locally grown products.  The biggest farmers markets are the ones put on by the Aquidneck Growers Market, but there are a few other markets that go on throughout the summer season.

Aquidneck Growers Market (Wednesdays (2pm-6pm, June-October) Memorial Boulevard /Saturday (9am-1pm, June-October) Newport Vineyards).  The Aquidneck Grower’s Market offers fresh, locally grown food as well as flowers and plants.  All of their products are grown or made by them and nothing is brought in from other regions.  They have been operating summer farmers markets in at Newport Vineyards in Middletown (Saturdays) since 1995 and one on Memorial Boulevard in Newport (Tuesdays) since 2000.  Their goal is to provide access to seasonal, locally grown products to the community and increase awareness of the benefits of buying and eating local.  Their markets have over 25 vendors and create a fun atmosphere for people to shop, snack and listen to live music.  Some products you might find at one of the Aquidneck Growers Market are fresh vegetables, flowers, herbs, plants, eggs, bread and baked goods, meats, seafood, cheeses, prepared food and more.

Some other markets in the Newport area are: Island Farmers Market: Thursdays 2-6pm, 499 East Main Road, June to October, and Newport/Long Wharf Farmers Market: Friday 2-6pm (July 25th-October 31st) Long Wharf at Washington Street.

 

Broadway Restaurants

June 20, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

When visiting Newport, most people tend to head down towards Thames Street and the Wharf area to grab a bite to eat and it can get pretty busy.  If you’re looking for something a little different head to Broadway, which is less than a half a mile from the Marshall Slocum Inn.  There are a bunch of different restaurants that will feed whatever you’re craving that day.  Here is a list of just a few of the great Broadway Restaurants:

The Fifth Element: The Fifth Element is a “casual-hip hangout” where bar meets grill.  The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with eath tones, water walls and a combination of rustic and industrial decor.  You can enjoy live music here or just the company of those around you.  Dinner options include Fresh Tagliatelle and House Made Beer Braut. 111 Broadway.

Salvation Cafe: Salvation Cafe is an eclectic restaurant servings creative dishes.  They have a very unique and fun atmosphere.  Dishes include Oxtail Bolognese, Buttermilk Brick Chicken and Vegan Risotto. 140 Broadway.

Norey’s: The goal of Norey’s Chef, Tyler Cullen, was to create a memorable night out by introducing Newport to the very best craft beers, the finest wines and a dynamic Modern-American menu.  They have a huge craft beer selection and dishes such as Lobster Mac and Cheese and Thai Curry Stir Fry. 156 Broadway.

Pour Judgement: Pour Judgement is a popular bar where you can have “a night out without spending a days pay,” and is popular with the Newport Locals.  They have a great beer selection, delicious food and a great atmosphere. 32 Broadway.

The Great Chowder Cook-Off and Oyster Festival

May 23, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

For the past 32 years, The Great Chowder Cook-Off helps kick off summer in the beginning of June.  This year, the 33rd Annual Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off will take place on Saturday, June 7th, from noon to 6pm, at the Newport Yachting Center.  As an added bonus, the Newport Oyster Festival will coincide with the Chowder Cook-Off and your ticket to the cook-off will get you in the festival as well.  The Oyster Festival will last until 8pm.

The Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-off has been featured on both the Food Network and the Travel Channel and is the longest running chowder championship.  It draws its competitors from across the countrchowder picturey such as California, Washington, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, as well as New England favorites.  Those in attendance get to taste endless samples of traditional chowders as well as “exotic” variations.  Voting will take place for three categories: clam, seafood and creative.  The great restaurants who win end up with prizes and bragging rights for the next year.  Among the chowder tastings, many other things will be happening.  There will be a “Clamcake Chow Down” where participants race to consume a half-dozen clam cakes.  Live music will be performing on various stages, and Stop & Shop will be sponsoring culinary demonstrations throughout the day.

When you’re all chowdered out, or the cook-off is over, your ticchowder cook-offket gets you into the Newport Oyster Festival.  Local shellfish and seafood will be available, farmers market style.  Some highlights of the Festival include: raw bars and other seafood favorites, full bar, live acoustic music, bistro-style seating, educational presentations and contests.  You can compete in oyster and beer shucking or oyster slurping competitions.

For more information or to see who will be competing this year, check out the Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off website here.

 

Newport Storm: A Rhode Island Microbrewery

April 4, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

If you like trying local beers and you’re in Newport, the place to visit is the Coastal Extreme Brewing, more commonly known as the Newport Storm Brewery.  Brent, Derek, Mark and Will, four friends who were attending Colby decided that the best thing to do after graduation would be to start a brewery.  The idea began to take shape in 1997 and over the following year and a half, they collected information, wrote plans and approached investors.  They moved into a 2500 square foot garage bay in 1999, bought some used equipment and released their first beer, Hurricane Amber Ale, on July 2nd of that year.get-attachment[1]

Since that point, the brewery has continued to grow.  They added 1000 square feet in 2002 and in 2006, they started the Newport Distilling Company, which makes Thomas Tew Rum.  The brewery and distillery moved to a brand new facility in 2010, where they’re still currently located, which includes a visitors center and tour deck.  This was also when they upgraded their equipment.  Since their start in 1999, they have made over 30 kinds of beers, including a variety of limited releases.  Their beer is sold throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

These four friends still love what they do, and want to share their products with everyone.  The Newport Storm visitors center is open Wednesday through Monday from 12pm to 5pm, with guided tours leaving daily at 3pm.  While there you can taste the beers they have on tap as well as three stages of their Thomas Tew Rum.  They participate in a variety of events, such as the Great International Spring Beer Festival and the Newport Craft Beer Festival.  They also host tastings at local liquor stores and host pint nights at local restaurants and an Annual Luau at Fort Adams every summer.

Newport Restaurant Week: Spring 2014

March 28, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Twice a year, Newport Restaurants put together special three course lunch and dinner menus for $16 and $35, respectively, and participate in Newport Restaurant Week.  One is in April and the other November.  This year, the springtime restaurant week will be held from April 4th to the 13th, which is only a week away!

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Castle Hill Inn – Restaurant Week November 2013

It’s not a surprise that many of the restaurants in Newport can get a bit pricey when you start ordering multiple courses, so restaurant week is a great opportunity to try everything without spending an entire paycheck.  Along the same lines, its a great way to enjoy amazing food at restaurants you have yet to try.

Some of our favorite restaurants here at the Marshall Slocum Inn are The Mooring, 22 Bowens, Thames Street Kitchen, Tallulah on Thames, Castle Hill Inn, Diego’s and Cafe Zelda’s.  Most of these are located within walking distance of the Inn and you are sure to have a great meal.

For more information and to make reservations visit the Restaurant Week website here.

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