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.

photo via settingthebarreblog.com
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!

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for deals, events, and updates! May your holidays be merry and bright!

5 Things We’re Thankful for this Month

#5 Halloween Cheer
As the month of October reminded us, it does get chilly in Newport, but with the colder weather comes the warmth of the holidays. The inn lobby got festive with ghosts, witches, pumpkins, and candy to start the season off right. Trick or Treat!
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#4 Artists and their Stuff
Boutique shops are part of the culture here in Newport, but the real delight of shopping comes from buying something straight from the maker. The Unique Boutique Artisan Fair is this November 9th and 10th at the Easton’s Beach rotunda, a gorgeous venue with a panoramic beach vista. This year you’ll find pottery, clothing, handbags, jewelry, linens and more. Early holiday shopping anyone?
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#3 Good Burgers
While November usually brings thoughts of stuffing, pie, and turkey, we’re raving instead about a new burger joint that recently opened just off-Broadway. Mission, as it’s called, is not your average burger place. The small restaurant is operated by owners of the famous and farm-friendly TSK (Thames Street Kitchen) and is quickly making a fresh name for itself with homemade hotdogs, hand cut fries, a vegetarian option, and, hands down, the best burger in town.
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#2 The Autumn Sunsets in Newport
There’s nothing quite like em…
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#1 You, our guests
As we make our way into the homestretch of 2013 we can’t help but feel grateful for all the lovely guests we’ve had the pleasure of hosting this year and years past. Many of you come back time and again with smiles and shared enthusiasm for the place we’re lucky to call home. So, thanks for visiting us in Newport, we just wouldn’t be the same without you.

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Seafood, Savings, and Spooks in Newport

As summer came to a close this year, we said goodbye to busy streets, warm nights on the porch, and long days at the beach to make room for Autumn. It’s a bittersweet change of scenery but we’re sure glad to see pumpkins, red wine, warm scarves, and rustling leaves in and around the streets of Newport. Fall is, quite possibly, our favorite time of year– the streets are quieter, the weather is gorgeous, and there is always plenty of fun to be had in and around our lovely city. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, read on to see what Autumn in Newport has to offer…autumn newport

The 23rd Annual Seafood Festival takes place on Bowen’s Wharf Saturday and Sunday October 19th and 20th and is the perfect chance to taste the best seafood in town. Colorful tents, live music, kids events, and bustling vendors bring this busy festival to the top of our list for fall fun.

But that’s not all for food this fall. Save big on five star dishes during Newport’s bi-annual Restaurant Week celebration, where restaurants across town prepare 3-course prix fixe meals showcasing their kitchen’s seasonal offerings. Don’t miss this chance to taste your way through Newport at just $16 per person for lunch and $30 per person for dinner!
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Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair is a local favorite for all ages. Located amidst 300 acres of preserved walking trails, the festival brings hay rides, music, candy apples, contests, and crafts together for a weekend of nature-inspired family fun. This year the fair is October 5th and 6th.
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To really get a taste for fall, try apple picking, a true New England tradition.  Sweet Berry Farm invites visitors into their picturesque orchard to pick their own bushel or peck. With plenty of colorful varieties, you’ll be sure to make happy memories (and maybe a pie when you get home)! Don’t forget your camera, this “farm” is a beautiful change of pace from the streets of Newport.

Escobar’s Corn Maze brings fall harvest to a whole new level. Just a short drive from the inn you’ll find Escobar’s Farm, and, if you’re lucky, you’ll find your way out of a human corn maze!
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If you like to be spooked this time of year, Newport has some of that too. Guided Ghost Tours, offered Thursdays through Mondays, take you through streets and alleys guided by lantern and some spooky stories of what’s lurking around our seaside town. Even scarier is Fort Adams’ Fortress of Nightmares where visitors 12 and up are welcomed to roam “tunnels of terror” in the historic Newport landmark. Ghost hunts are offered after 10pm.

Last but not least, the International Oktoberfest is one of the most popular autumn events on the Newport scene. Seasonal brews, German cuisine, and “spirited” music from the Biergartens happen October 12th and 13th this year.

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We have special mid-week rates throughout the month of October, just ask! You can visit us online at www.admiralfitzroy.com or call toll-free at 1-866-848-8780. Happy Fall!

Sweet Berry Farm

When you love something so much, you have to tell someone about it. That’s why we’re telling you –all of our guests past, present, and future– of one of our favorite places on Aquidneck Island: Sweet Berry Farm. If you just heard the word “farm” and want to stop reading, don’t. This island treasure is so much more than just a farm; it’s a gorgeous and relaxing hang-out for locals, and some outside visitors lucky enough to find out about it.Sweetberry-11Sweetberry-8SweetberrySweet Berry opens early in the morning and closes just after dinner giving plenty of opportunity to enjoy coffee, lunch, or a relaxing early evening treat. Their retail shop stocks a wonderful medley of pastries, cookies, and cakes; hand-made sandwiches; home-grown produce; fresh-cut flowers and so much more. Vistors can choose to enjoy themselves indoors in the rustic, barn-style gathering room, on the front covered patio, or in the “backyard” where umbrella-coved picnic rounds offer a welcome respite from the afternoon sun.Sweetberry-15Sweetberry-12

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They have a small and friendly staff (equipped to scoop you some homemade ice cream) and plenty of parking out front. Sweet Berry Farm is about a ten minute drive from the Admiral Fitzroy. But best of all Sweet Berry is for pickers. Strawberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, whatever the fruit of the season, you can pick it at Sweet Berry Farm. So bring your camera and enjoy a blissful and very sweet addition to your travels. And tell them the Admiral sent you!Sweetberry-18Sweetberry-17

PHOTOS by MARK HIGGINS