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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.

The Brick Alley Pub: A Newport Favorite

February 21, 2014 by Marshall Slocum Inn

One of the most popular restaurants in Newport is the Brick Alley Pub, which serves a variety of dishes from “pub style” comfort foods to multicultural cuisine.  From flavorful steaks, to fresh local seafood, to seasonal specials, the Brick Alley menu offers great food in a fun, upbeat atmosphere.  They have been featured in local and national publications such as: The Providence Journal, Ford Times, Travel Holiday and Newport Life Magazine. They have also been featured on the Food Network.  The Brick Alley Pub also has a private dining room for hosting events such as wedding rehearsals, birthday parties or any special event.brick-alley-pub-1

The Brick Alley Pub hosts a variety of special dinners and events throughout the year, supporting local businesses and bringing together community members and visitors alike.

Not only does the Brick Alley Pub serve up great food, they also are big supporters of the local community. Since their opening in 1980, they have supported their neighbors by hosting blood drives, supporting little league teams and their support has grown throughout the years.  In the 1980’s, Ralph Plumb Jr. created a “Keep Newport Clean” initiative and had Brick Alley Pub employees walk up and down Thames Street, sweeping and cleaning the sidewalks.  That initiative has grown and the BAP team helps wherever they can throughout Newport. Since the early 1990’s, the Brick Alley Pub has run The Mary Gomes Memorial Foundation, to help raise money for one of their employees who suffered from Chromes Disease.  This foundation, run by volunteers hosts a golf tournament and raises money to help those who need it.

 

 

Newport Restaurant Week is Just Around the Corner

October 24, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The season may be slowing down, but for all of you foodies out there, Newport Restaurant Week is just around the corner.  From November 1st through 10th, enjoy three or four course meals from some of Newport’s best restaurants at a great price.  Enjoy lunch for $16 or dinner for $30 (beverages, tax and gratuities excluded).newport-restaurant-week-logo[1]

There are a bunch of new Restaurants joining the line up this year as well as old favorites. A few of our favorites include The Brick Alley Pub, The Mooring Restaurant, Diego’s, Tallulah on Thames, Thames Street Kitchen, Café Zelda, The Fifth Element and Salvation Café.  All these restaurants are just a short walk away from the Inn.  Wherever you decide to go, you’re sure to get a great meal at a great price.

Where to Find Antiques in Newport

October 4, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

antiques-newport[1]Among the restaurants, mansions, scenic walks and various boats you’ll find when in Newport, you’ll also find a large selection of Antiques to peruse. Here’s a list of a few of Newport’s premier Antiquing locations.

Armory Antiques (365 Thames Street): This Antiques shop is located in the heart of downtown Newport, in the Newport Armory, which functioned as a military armory from 1894 to the 1980’s.  The Armory has been showcasing antiques and collectibles since 1994 and feature items from over 70 dealers.  They are open 7 days a week and feature nautical and military items as well as a fine selection of furniture, art, vintage clothing, jewelry, coins, books and much more.

Aardvark Antiques (9 JT Connell Highway): In 1969, this shop was established by Arthur Grover. They specialize in stained glass, iron gates, fencing, but have been developing their line of bronze furnishings for the home and garden.

A & A Gaines Antiques (40 Franklin Street): Alan and Amy Gaines have been buying and selling antiques from around New England since 1980. They are closed on Mondays and open 1-5 Tuesday through Sunday. They have a selection of furniture, clocks, jewelry and Asian Exports.

Other shops around town: Antiques at the Drawing Room (152 Spring Street), Seahorse Antiques (91 Long Wharf), Cottage & Garden (9 Bridge Street) and Mark Jager Antiques (25 Mill Street)

 

White Horse Tavern

September 27, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Most people don’t think about history when they go out to eat, but at the White Horse Tavern it’s hard not too.  This Tavern is the oldest, still running Tavern in the United States, rich with history and still serving excellent food.

The White Horse Tavern has only had 6 owners since being built in 1652 as the two story home of Francis Brinley.  Just over 20 years later in 1673, this property was acquired by William Mayes, Sr., who transformed it into a tavern, identifying it with a white horse – the symbol of a tavern during that time.

For about 100 years before the Colony House was constructed, this tavern was a meeting place for the Colony’s General Assembly, Criminal Court, as well as City Council.  When William Mayes Jr., a notorious pirate, became the innkeeper in 1702 after his father, he was granted a license to sell “all sorts of Strong Drink.” William caused much embarrassment to the British officials and William’s sister Mary and her husband Robert Nichols soon became the tavern’s innkeepers.  City councilors continued to dine here and charged their meals to the public treasury.White_Horse_Tavern_in_Newport_RI[1]

In 1730, a new tavern keeper, Jonathan Nichols, gave the tavern its present name, The White Horse Tavern.  He was followed by Walter Nichols, who left Newport in 1776 to avoid the British, but returned later. When he returned, he added a gambrel rood and re-opened the tavern.

The Nichols family sold the tavern in 1895 to Thomas and Bridget Preece and it became a rooming house.

The structure suffered from use and neglect by 1954, but was acquired by the Preservation Society of Newport and was restored.  In 1957 it re-opened as the White Horse Tavern.  In 1981, O.L. Pitts and three partners purchased the Tavern and continued the tradition of “good fellowship, good food and good cheer.”  O.L. Pitts gave the tavern over to Paul Hogan, a native of Newport on his 90th birthday, and the White Horse Tavern continues to thrive.

 

 

 

 

Off the Cuff Top Five Attractions in Newport

March 19, 2013 by Marshall Slocum Inn

It is amazing to me that after over 15 years of living in Newport that I still stumble upon a new hidden treasure that Newport has to offer.  Sometimes these treasures are just around the corner from the Inn and other times a discovery that my wife and I make on one of our many walks around the city.  Following is a list of some of the less obvious attractions/things to do/places to eat on Aquidneck Island that may not be included in the typical Newport guidebook.  Most locals know about these items but this post is more for our guests and visitors to Newport.

  1. Southern End of the Cliff Walk/Rejects Beach – The most beautiful part and less traveled part of the Cliff Walk is the Southern end.  On Summer days when town and the beaches are packed full of people you can hike this portion of the Cliff Walk and see only a few people.  The same goes for Rejects Beach which is located near the end of the Cliff Walk and only a few hundred yards from the famed Bailey’s Beach Club.  To get to both of these areas just take the trolley which is a short walk from the Inn.     www.cliffwalk.comair1[1]
  2. Sachuest Point – The Cliff Walk understandibly tends to get the most attention as a great outdoor activity during all four seasons in Newport.  However, if you enjoy being outdoors Sachuest Point is a great seaside walk overlooking second beach in Middletown.  A great place for birders, Sachuest Point also has free and ample parking.  Visit the Sachuest Point website for more information.beach and sky
  3. Newport International Polo Series – Occuring every Saturday starting in June, the Newport International Polo Series features the U.S.A. versus a multitude of International teams including such far away places as Ghana.  Grab some wine and cheese and watch the entertaining game of polo field side.  www.nptpolo.comEntertainmentPolo
  4. Pineapples On The Bay – Located at the Hyatt Hotel, Pineapples has one of the best views in Newport.  Unimpeded views of the Newport Bridge and the harbor can be had from any of the many outdoor tables.  Plus, Tuesday is half price appetizers and there is free validated parking.   Visit the Pineapples website for more information.lighthouse
  5. Castle Hill – Castle Hill Inn and Resort is located on Ocean Drive and situated right at the entrance to Newport harbor.  A huge wedding venue with room rates climbing into the $700-$800 range during peak times, Castle Hill is a great place to grab an afternoon cocktail or a dinner priced lunch.  Dinner, although top notch, should be avoided unless you plan to dine early.  Why pay the top prices if you cannot see the water?

Newport Restaurant Week

October 29, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Newport Restaurant Week is back starting on November 2nd through November 11th.  Many of Newport’s best restaurants will be offering prix-fixe three-course lunches and dinners for $16 and $30.  This is a great way to experience some of Newport’s best dining options without breaking the bank.  Some participating restaurants that are only a short walk away from the Marshall Slocum Inn are 22 Bowens, Brick Alley Pub, Canfield House, Clarke Cooke House, One Bellevue, the Black Pearl,  White Horse Tavern, and the Mooring Restaurant.  A little farther from the Inn are Cafe Zelda, Tallulah on Thames, Thames Street Kitchen, Scales and Shells, and many more.  Be sure to taste the great food that Newport has to offer.

Food Truck Festival

October 16, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

The food trucks pull into Newport on Saturday, October 20th for a day full of food and fun at the first ever Newport Food Truck Festival.  It will be held from 11am to 4pm at the Newport Yachting Center down on Commerical Wharf.  Some participating trucks are : Lobsta Love, Bon Me, Away Cafe, Sweet Truck, Grilled Cheese Nation, and many more.  Tasting tickets are sold in groups of 10 and can be purchased in advance.  Be sure to arrive early, with an empty stomach, so you can try all your favorites!

Thames Street Kitchen

March 30, 2012 by Marshall Slocum Inn

Recently my wife, myself and a few of our friends dined at the Thames Street Kitchen.  Located in the lower Thames Street area of Newport in the fifth ward, the restaurant is in an unassuming building that has housed many different types of businesses.  The owners of tsk, Chad, Tyler, Julia and Anna have done a fantastic job at transforming the property into a comfortable and lively space.  Most tables have a view into the kitchen where Chad and Tyler work their magic and dining their almost felt like being at home.  If you have a large group I would recommend reserving and asking for the large country table that has a front row view of the kitchen.

The food at tsk is based on the ever growing trend of local farm to table cooking and Chad and Tyler do not dissapoint.  The menu changes daily and portions were perfect, much unlike lots of restaurants these days you don’t leave feeling overstuffed.  Rather, you leave wanting to come back for more.

We dined at tsk during the Newport Restaurant Week which features three course dinners for $30.  On regular nights the pricing for entrees is anywhere from $25-$35 but the best value is the BYOB option which can save lots of money.

Julia and Anna ran the floor like unassuming professionals and the service was friendly and effecient.  They truly seemed like they enjoyed being there and even brought us out more homemade cookies right out of the oven after we devoured the first batch.

I can truly say that tsk is one of our favorite restaurants in Newport and hope that our guests can make it down to lower Thames Street to enjoy this new gem.

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