Autumn in Newport

Where did the summer go? Ours was filled with happy travelers enjoying the best summer weather Newport has seen in a long time. Now that fall has arrived, the nights have turned cooler but there is still plenty of sunshine and plenty to do in Newport. We’re already getting in the spirit by decorating the inn. Have you seen the witch collection? Here’s more things we’re looking forward to this fall…

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40th Annual Harvest Fair at the Norman Bird Sanctuary!
Here’s one of our favorite Island spots, known for its hiking trails and educational programs, and most of all this wonderful fall outdoor event bringing together games, music, food, crafts, competitions, prizes and a big ol’ mud pit! Don’t miss this if you’re in town the 4th and 5th of October.

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Apple picking at Sweet Berry Farm is one of our favorite fall pastimes. The gorgeous grounds of the farm are a relaxing change of pace from the streets of Newport and the farm shop offers a colorful potpourri of seasonal produce, handmade pies and desserts, art and an unbeatable view of a Newport sunset. The farm offers pumpkin picking too!

Another fun outdoor excursion can be found at Escobar’s Farm where an 8 acre Corn Maze awaits. Don’t be fooled by the family-friendly appearance. While kids will enjoy the fun of trekking through the corn trails, even the most directionally savvy travelers will be challenged by this maze!

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It’s not all apples and pumpkins, Restaurant Week is in season too. This November 7-16th try your favorite restaurant or something new for three-course prix-fixe menus, just $16 per plate for lunch and $35 for dinner! Stop by their website for a full list of participating restaurants. Most places book up fast, so we recommend making a reservation.

If you can’t make it for restaurant week, not too worry, more food awaits. Newport’s Food Truck Festival will happen October 25th, and the 24th Annual Seafood Festival will take place on Bowen’s Wharf October 18th and 19th. Named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” this event invites you to enjoy fall on the waterfront.  Admission is free and food and drink are available for purchase.

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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.  Check out our ghost tour package here! 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.

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Guests have raved about the Newport Art Museum’s “Murder at the Museum” performances, that’s why we’re excited about this month’s theme: “Historic Hauntings.” A theater troupe playing a film crew will enlist your help to solve the mystery of who done it.” The 90 minute show takes place Saturday Nights at the Newport Art Museum and will certainly keep you on your toes! We like it so much, we designed a package for guests to enjoy, see details here.

Last but not least, the well-loved Oktoberfest is set to take place Columbus Day Weekend October 11th and 12th at the Newport Yachting Center. Saturday is the busiest day, so families hoping to attend are encouraged to go on Sunday. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website here.

We’re excited to announce we have scheduled some renovations to the roof detailing at the inn. In the spirit of restoration, we are offering a few special deals throughout the month along with other fun fall packages. Check them out here!

9th Annual Food and Wine Festival

Spectacular views, fabulous food tasting, celebrities, sommeliers and wines from around the world are to be expected at this year’s 9th Annual Food and Wine Festival hosted September 19- 21st at three of the most beautiful Newport Preservation Society Mansions, The Elms, Rosecliff & Marble House.

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Martha Stewart and Sara Moulton will be there along with dozens of other TV and chef personalities to guide you through seminars, demonstrations, tastings, and more. Pick and choose from three days of back-to-back events offered day and night, and enjoy free shuttle service to all events from Easton’s Beach. New at this year’s festival are Saturday and Sunday wine seminars led by industry experts inside the Chinese Tea House on the grounds of the Marble House. If you’ve never been inside this unique piece of architecture, this is your chance! Celebrate the last days of summer in Newport with a glass of wine and a new appreciation for the fine craft of Food & Wine.

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This event is as dreamy as it sounds and advanced ticket purchases are on sale now. To learn more visit the Preservation Society or watch their short film on the the festival.

Remember, we’re just a few blocks from the mansions! Happy Tasting!

Live from Newport

This summer has been filled with festivals, fairs, and events all featuring great live entertainment, and summer’s not over yet! We’re here to share some of the best spots to catch live entertainment in Newport all summer long, whether its beach tunes, famous festivals, or your favorite bands on stage. One of the best perks of staying with us at the Admiral Fitzroy is walking to almost all music events!

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From classical jazz to folk rock, Newport offers a colorful variety of music festivals every season and for every taste. While both popular Folk Fest and Music Festival just passed, August still has a lot to offer by way of music festivals. This week Bridgefest, a community wide music event, features local music in both likely and unlikely venues around town; you can listen to live music inside Doris Duke’s Rough Point, the Marble House, the Redwood Library and even Jane Pickens Theater. This weekend also kicks off the iconic Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park, and the fun-loving Reggae Festival takes place Saturday August 9th at the Newport Yachting Center.

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Comedy Nights at the Firehouse Theater
This is entertainment you can count on. Every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm a hilarious line-up of improv awaits. Learn more about the Bit Players at the Firehouse Theater here.

Outdoor Music
Soak up some music, sun and beautiful scenery at one of many outdoor music concerts this summer. First beach family nights feature music on the boardwalk every Tuesday night with the snack bar open late. Also on Tuesdays, a short drive out to one of our favorite spots, Sweetberry Farm, will put you on the lawn of their free concert series; dinner is available for a fee.  Enjoy live jazz on Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm at Greenvale Vineyards and free concerts at Fort Adams State Park every Thursday night for their “Sundown Thursdays” event. Now in its 8th year, the “Nimfest” is a live music concert series taking place at King’s Park every Sunday from 3-6pm.

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Newport Yachting Center Events
The most lively event venue located just steps from our front porch is the Newport Yachting Center and still to come this summer are performances by 3 doors down, Alanis Morissette, Artie Lange, Bill Cosby and many, many more. Get your tickets here!

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Local Bands at Local Bars and Pubs
The best place of all to catch live music all summer long are our very own local restaurants, bars, and pubs. Here you will find local music to make a perfect night in Newport. Some of our favorite places to enjoy: Midtown Oyster Bar, The Landing, Norey’s, The Fifth Element, The Newport Blues Cafe, Pelham, and The Pier . Visit our friends at What’sUpNEWPT for the most up to date entertainment schedule.
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Hoping you have an Awesome August! And speaking of Awesome, check out our newest money-saving package!

 

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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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