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

April 23, 2018 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

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

Wine About It 

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

Grab A Cup of Chowder

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

 

Catch A Film

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

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

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

March 31, 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!

Foodies in Newport, RI

August 20, 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 24, 2017 by Marshall Slocum Inn

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

Bowen’s Wharf Shopping

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

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

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

Popular Stores

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

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

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

Bellevue Avenue Shopping

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

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

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.

 

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