Beaches to Visit in Newport

So you’ve got a day to spend in Newport and a couple of beach towels in tow, where to next? While Newport is well-equipped with sand, waves, and water, visitors aren’t always sure which beach to choose. Hopefully this will help.

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Go to First Beach (Easton’s Beach) if…

You want to catch some sun, eat, drink, and ride a carousel.

Easton’s Beach, or first beach as many locals refer to it, is located at the base of cliff walk and only a mile from the inn so walking or biking is an option. This centrally located beach has a little bit of everything making it a popular choice for tourists and locals who want to spend a lively day outdoors. There’s a carousel and kids playground if you’re coming with younger ones, a skate park and volleyball for the adventurous, and ABC (the Atlantic Beach Club) is just a stone’s throw from the beach offering live music on the patio and your favorite adult beverages. First beach is $10 to park during the week and $20 on weekends.

Go to Second Beach (Sachuest Beach) if…

You want to surf the waves, see amazing castle building, or get away from the crowds at First.

If you want a big beach experience with a little more privacy than first beach many locals go to second. This 1.25 mile beach is popular with surfers and fun-loving swimmers because of the big waves and generally clear water. Bring some bucks; a concession stand is smack in the middle of the beach and the Del’s truck is ready with your favorite cool drink. Walk the beach in the evening and you’ll likely find kite enthusiasts showing off their talent and towering sand castles left over from the day’s beach-going masterminds . If you have time before the beach take a walk on the trails at Sachuest Point, located just beyond the dunes of Second. Second Beach is about a five-minute drive from the inn, located in Middletown and is $10 to park during the week and $20 on weekends.

Go to Third Beach if…

You want to Stand up paddle, practice yoga, or take your boat out on the water.

The smallest of the Island beaches, this little treasure is for those who are looking for calm waters to swim, paddle board, or take out the boat.  If you’re coming with kids, bring your bucket and shovel; a small cove gives little hands the chance to dig for sand crabs and wade in the water. Beach yoga is offered Tuesday evenings for a donation. There is no concession stand at this Middletown beach and parking is $10 on weekdays and $20 on the weekends.

Go to Gooseberry Beach if…

You want to see what everyone is talking about.

Tucked away along scenic Ocean Drive, Goosberry Beach is popular among locals for its private beach feel, Newporty views, accessibility, and unique concession options. Gooseberry is one of the lesser talked about beaches but is open to the public from 9-5 and provides a cove-like, soft sand, calm water experience to visitors looking for a relaxing day at the beach. If you like to bike, take yourself to Gooseberry and soak up some spectacular views of Newport houses on the way. Parking is $15 during the week and $20 on the weekend.

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Don’t forget Sunblock! Or our Special Offers for July!

How to See Newport… on Two Hybrid Wheels

Just in time for Newport’s newly acquired bike-friendly status comes our own personal invitation for guests to “Bike Newport” on a hybrid bike! What is a hybrid bike? The best of both worlds! On a hybrid you can choose to ride unassisted or, with a flick of a switch, your battery-powered, green, two-wheeled traveling companion turns electric giving you a break and a no-pressure outdoor experience. Since Newport boasts some of the most spectacular ocean views in New England and many attractions along its glimmering shoreline, what better way to spend your time here than hugging the sea on your very own traffic-free transportation. This month we’re offering a special package that lets you enjoy an 8-hour hybrid rental, a picnic lunch, and a tour of your choice of two historic Newport properties.

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If you’re looking for some tips on where take your journey, we’re happy to report custom bike routes are readily available courtesy of Bike Newport, a growing organization focused on building the biking community in Newport and beyond. We recommend the “Ocean Drive” scenic route which gives you a chance to enjoy the best views and most popular attractions.

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Along the 10 mile Ocean Drive route stop for a drink at Castle Hill, enjoy a picnic at Brenton Point State Park, or take a guided tour of the historic Fort Adams. Once you reach the lantern lined Bellevue Avenue, stop for a while to admire the architecture of the Preservation Society mansions. Finally, make your way to the cliff walk and take in the view on one of their many park benches overlooking Easton’s Beach.

Just next door Middletown offers comparable water views and plenty of back roads to test out your pedal power (or your hybrid’s battery). Follow Bike Newport’s “Middletown Beach Route” along the opulent Indian Avenue toward Greenvale Vineyards for a quick sip in their rustic tasting room. Next make sure to stop at Sweetberry Farm, an oasis of fresh flowers, home-made ice-cream and lunches, and pick-your-own produce.  Not far down the road is Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge with scenic views of Sachuest (second) Beach and well-preserved walking trails.

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Visit us online to see details for this month’s Bike Newport Package, or give us a call toll-free at 1-866-848-8780.

 

How to Drink in Newport

Our guests are always looking for restaurant suggestions. We made a post about that here. But now for the most important course, the drinks! Here we’re offering up our best advice on how, where and when to drink while in Newport (without looking like a tourist).

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WITH A WATERVIEW AT DUSK:
If you want to watch the sunset while you sip, find these great spots around town offering up arguably some of the best views in New England. First up, Hotel Viking’s Top of Newport Bar serving up first-class drink selections and rumored to have served some famous faces. Take the elevator to the top of 1 Bellevue Avenue and tell us what you see. The Lawn at Castle Hill is where visitors and locals alike flock in the summer months. When you find this breathtaking spot along the bay where your drinks are brought right to your Adirondack chair, you’ll understand why. Another bay side favorite is Pineapples on the Bay at the Hyatt Regency with gorgeous views of the Newport Bridge and harbor. If you’re feeling classy, just steps from our front door is Forty One° North where upscale outdoor seating lets you indulge in Newport’s finer side.

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For a more casual waterfront atmosphere try The Pier on Howard’s Wharf or @The Deck on Waite’s Wharf. Both offer relaxed bar and table seating and friendly service.

DISTINCTIVE DRINKS BEFORE DINNER:
If you’re out and about before dinner and looking for a unique spot to grab a quick drink head towards Perro Salado where a cozy colonial-style house and courtyard featuring authentic Mexican cuisine is bursting with character and charm…and margaritas. Their indoor bar and outdoor courtyard are the perfect spot to experience a more relaxing part of town. If craft beer is your thing you will find Norey’s on Broadway to be just the right fit. Not only champions in Newport, Norey’s is rated Wold-Class by Beer Advocate; a comprehensive list of their selection can be found on their website. Try Restaurant Bouchard’s Paris-style outdoor bar for a glass of champagne and the perfect seat in Newport for people watching. Care for a cocktail? Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen uses fresh-pressed juices and herbs to make some of the most creative concoctions in town.

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JUST A TASTE (and tour) IN THE AFTERNOON:
Among the stylish shops of Bellevue Avenue find the Newport Wine Cellar, a small and flavorful boutique wine shop with complimentary tastings every Friday and Saturday from 4-7pm. If you’re up for a little more jazz hop in the car and head to Greenvale Vineyards where their Jazz concert series takes over the tasting room from 1 to 4pm on Saturdays.   From 12 to 5 you can visit Newport’s only distillery for a tour and tasting at Newport StormThe newest restaurant on the block, The Revolving Door, is now offering mixology classes throughout the month with mixologist Jason Kindness who was featured in the December issue of GQ Magazine as one of the nation’s most inspired bartenders. You will learn how to shake, stir, and mix your favorite cocktails and you will be sent home with your very own set of bar tools and ingredients from the class. Midtown Oyster Bar is just a stone’s throw away from the Admiral Fitzroy and there you can taste champagne and oysters every Tuesday starting at 5pm.

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DRINKS AFTER DARK:
If you want to hit the bar for drinks (and maybe a little dancing) there are plenty of Thames street favorites to quench your thirst. But if you want to avoid the crowded streets of Thames follow the locals to Broadway where you’ll find The Fifth Element, a popular local hot-spot with a stylish atmosphere and music starting at 10pm. Before you turn in for the night wander down the street to Pour Judgement where a friendly face will pour you generous portions of your favorite wine and spirits.

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photocredit http://theloudlife.co

Call us biased but our favorite place to have a glass of wine any time of day is our very own Rooftop Deck! You can also enjoy the privacy of your own deck space in one of our 4th Floor King Deck rooms. This month only our Wine and Dine package lets you enjoy dinner and wine on us! Call 1-866-848-8780 to book or visit us online.

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Where’s your favorite place to drink?

 

 

We’re Looking forward to Spring in Newport

After a long winter we’re finally seeing signs of warmth around town like budding crocuses, bike-riders, and some overly zealous flip-flop wearers. While we’re still keeping warm with coffee and croissants in the morning we’re certainly looking forward to a few things springing up around Newport this month. Care to join us?

Newport Restaurant Week starts Friday April 4th and runs through the following Sunday April 13th. Eat at participating Newport Restaurants (there are lots!) and enjoy three delicious courses for only $35 per person for dinner and only $16 per person for lunch!

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Daffodil Days at Blithewold Gardens is one of our favorite annual events where tens of thousands of daffodils make their debut to celebrate the arrival of spring!

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Paint Nite At The Deck Restaurant & Bar | April 17th If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at painting in a relaxed and fun environment come to Newport on April 17th for Paint Night @TheDeck! Guided by a professional you will create your own painting with step-by-step instructions and all materials included. Drink, paint and be merry!

Sweetberry Farm re-opens for the season this month with the promise of another season of freshly picked fruit, gourmet lunches, and beautiful views of the farm.

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photo via settingthebarreblog.com

Murder at the Museum is in full swing. Join the Marley Bridges Theater Company for an interactive performance of a Murder Mystery at Newport’s very own Art Museum. Performances take place on Saturday Night and the full schedule can be found here.

Champagne and Shells at the Midtown Oyster Bar is your chance to try one of Newport’s newest hotspots and enjoy some free oysters too! One glass of champagne gets you three oysters and a bottle gets you a dozen. Every Tuesday!

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photo via healthyinfluence.com

Our Rooftop Deck is open and waiting for visitors. Call today and ask about our Special Spring Rates. We hope to see you soon!

-Your Friends at the Fitzroy

Murder at the Newport Art Museum

Do you love a good mystery? We’re so excited that the Marley Briggs Theater company has extended it’s performance schedule of the popular “Murder at the Museum” this year. For those of you who haven’t been to a show, we highly recommend this fun and interactive Newport experience!

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The show lasts 90 minutes and promises to test your mental agility with quick-witted characters and a good old-fashioned mystery to solve. You participate in searching for clues, questioning suspects, and solving the crime. The show for the spring is “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” You can read more about the show and some answers to frequently asked questions on their website. Shows are Saturdays at 7pm and will take place the following dates this spring:

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19, 24 (thursday for spring break), 26

What a great excuse to get to the Newport Art Museum, one of the oldest operating Art Associations, view its unique architecture, local art, and create a memorable tradition for you and your friends! See you there!

If you’re interested in an April performance, check out our Murder Mystery Package, offered through June 29th. 

Make the Most of the Newport Winterfestival

The 26th annual Newport Winterfestival is just around the corner! To make the most of this wintery extravaganza, here are some suggestions to put on your agenda. (If you haven’t booked your stay yet, give us a call we still have a few rooms left for President’s Day Weekend and a great winter festival package!) Most events are family friendly, and all of them promise to keep you warm and smiling in this chilly month.

1. First things first, you should get a Winterfest button. We will be selling them in the lobby so if you’re staying with us you can check that off the list!
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2. TOUR Newport! With your button you will get discounts on popular Newport Tours like the Breakers, Historic Walking Tours, Newport Storm, Newport Vineyards, and scenic Fort Adams.

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3. Laugh with your Love on Valentines Day. Performing at the Viking Hotel are comedians Paul D’Angelo and Mike Donovan or you can enjoy the ambiance of Jane Pickens Theater for a Valentine’s Day Screening of “When Harry Met Sally.”

4. If you’re ready for action, spend a Saturday afternoon watching amazing artists transform ice into intricate sculptures on the wharfs of Newport, then warm up with the best of the best chili at the Chili CookOff where Newport chefs will be competing for the winning title.

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6. For a more intimate Saturday, start of at Vanderbilt Grace where you’ll learn to make your own pasta with their in-house chefs and enjoy a homemade lunch from your creation. Then stop by the Marriott to get a psychic reading from Newport’s own Maribeth Mcnair.

7. One of our favorite spots on upper Thames Street, The Gas Lamp Grill is offering a 4-course beer and pizza pairing for an early dinner option. If pizza for dinner is not your thing our Winterfest for Valentines package gives you $50 to spend at another restaurant of choice.

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8. Once you’re ready to enjoy some night life you can join fellow Buffet-buffs for Changes in Latitude Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, or head to one of Newport’s most visited bar scenes, One Pelham East for drinks and live music.

9. Before you leave Sunday, take in an aerial view of Newport with a helicopter tour of the city. A fun and new way to see your favorite seaside town!

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10. Don’t forget our Winterfest for Valentines Package! Two free discount buttons, a dinner gift certificate, wine, chocolates, and a cozy guest room for two nights. Whether you come for the Winterfest or Valentines day our package helps you enjoy both!

For a full calendar of events including times and prices click here. For more information about the inn visit our website.

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Christmas in Newport 2013

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Around Newport, we have a few. Even though the temperature drops considerably this time of year, “Christmas in Newport” gives us and our guests plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the town’s coziest holiday activities. Here are some of our favorites!Admiral Fitzroy Santas

Visit the mansions in style! Have you seen the mansions one too many times during the summer season? You might not recognize them now. Christmas at the mansions gives reason to “re-discover” these historic properties- all dressed up!

Undecked Halls: A behind the scenes look at one of our favorite properties, Rough Point. Rooms not normally open to the public will be on display at this special showcase. Not to be missed!

Nutcracker at Rosecliff: A timeless holiday classic performed by the Island Moving Company.

Guided Holiday Lantern Tours: Take a candlelit tour by foot and hear about colonial holidays spent in Newport.

Holiday Glow, Seamen’s Church Institute: Enjoy the holiday glow in this National Historic Register site. Refreshments. Free.

43rd Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes:
Now’s your chance to get into all those properties you’ve always wondered about! It’s $3 per house payable at the door from 4-7pm on December 26th, 27th, and 28th.

A Vintage Holiday Train Ride: Ride in Gilded-Age style on Newport’s Holiday Train Ride, fun at any age, taking you on a scenic narrated tour along the Naragansett Bay.

Ice Skating! Just a short walk from the inn, you can rent skates and show off your inner figure skater. Or enjoy a hot chocolate and some relaxed fun with your loved ones.

For more happenings like the giant gingerbread house and Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting visit Christmas in Newport online.

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Stay with us this holiday season and take advantage of room discounts, while enjoying dinner, shopping, and events in Newport with our Holiday Happiness package. We’ll be dressed up too!

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