What’s Springing Up In Newport?

We’re thinking of a word that starts with the letter S and does not end in the letters NOW. Did you guess it? It’s SPRING of course…and we can’t wait! Lots to look forward to in Newport besides melting snow drifts and blossoming daffodils. Here are a few!

1. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The most spirited parade in Newport will take place Saturday March 14th starting at Newport City Hall and make its way passed the steps of the Admiral Fitzroy Inn to Newport’s fifth ward. The whole spectacle is anticipated to last 2 hours, complete with Pipe Bands, Marching Bands, Fife & Drum Corps, Clown Units, reenactment units, and community organizations, but Newport’s bars and restaurants will be celebrating all day long. If you haven’t experienced this Newport tradition, pack your green sweatshirts and get ready to celebrate being –or pretending to be– Irish!

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2. Newport Restaurant Week Dining in Newport is a real treat during this bi-annual culinary event taking place March 20th through the 29th. Participating Newport restaurants will be offering a unique 3-course menu for just $16 per person for lunch and $35 per person for dinner. The price does not include beverages or gratuity but it does include access to some of Newport’s very best restaurants. Some of our favorite restaurants are on the list, check it out!

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3. Tallulah on Thames Brunch!– New to the Brunch scene is one of our favorite restaurants on Thames Street. Known for their outstanding locally sourced dishes and unique dining experience , this Thames Street sweet spot is now taking your bunch reservations Sundays from 10-2 .

4. Daffodil Days at Blithewold– Just a short drive from the shores of Newport, Blithewold Mansion & Gardens is a gorgeous day trip to be had for guests to Newport. Especially if you are visiting during the spring. The historic grounds are blanketed with trails of glorious daffodils in what they call “Daffodil Days,” celebrating this bright spring tradition.

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5. A Money-Saving March Package at the Fitzroy! Smack in the middle of town, stay with us and save on your room while enjoying fresh spring flowers in your room, dinner on Broadway, and a comedy show at the FireHouse Theater. Click here for details!

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Look forward to see you this spring!

-Your friends at the Fitzroy

Top three reasons to be in Love with Winter in Newport

Hunkering down after all that snow? Sometimes winter is best spent under a blanket, and other times you just have to get out and have some fun. We have a few incentives for spending the night or weekend with us in Newport this month. Check em out!

#1 Our lovely Valentine’s Day Package! xoxoxox
What’s better than spending Valentine’s with your hunny? Spending Valentines with your hunny at a bed and breakfast with wine, chocolate covered strawberries, dinner reservations in town, fresh flowers, and even heart-shaped gift! Did we mention two nights in bed? Click here to view package details. But don’t wait to book , reservations are filling up fast!

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#2 WinterFest-ivities
Newport WinterFest is back and packed with activities to shake off the cold winter snow. Some of our favorites? The Ice Bar at Pineapples on the Bay (free hot chocolate with your winterfest bracelet!), pasta-making at Vanderbilt Grace, the Great Chili Cookoff, Beach Polo, and live comedy! Check out the full calendar of events here.

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#3 Dining Out
Many restaurants are opening back after a short winter’s break and some will be offering great winter specials. A great excuse to get out and try something new!
Beer/Burger Night at Wharf Pub– Every Wednesday only $12 for a beer and burger.
Cocktail Wars at the Gas Lamp Grill– Go for some great pub food and stay for the “Cocktail Wars” where local bartenders will compete to make the best drink every Wednesday night through February!
Tallulah on Thames– Try out Tallulah’s on Fridays or Saturdays with a 4-course create your own prix-fixe or 6-course chef’s tasting menu OR check them out on Sundays for burgers, bbq and fried chicken! Reservations recommended.
“Battle of the Chefs” at Revolving Door– watch local chefs battle for best dish at this fast-paced competition Tuesdays starting February 17th. Tickets available online.

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Plus! Did you know the Fitzroy Has Favorites?
We have a “Frequent Friend” Program! After 6 stays with us we give you a gift certificate to come back. We love guests that keep coming back. How’s that for incentive?

See you in Newport!

With Love,
Your Friends at the Fitzroy

Warm up in Newport with these Fun Activities

So the cold weather isn’t great for outdoor dining or sailing but there is still plenty to do in Newport over the winter months. Take advantage of our special $99 any room, any night* and try out some of these events around town!

Paint Nights! Eat drink and paint at one of these popular venues! No painting experience is necessary! Salvation Café is offering painting and drinks Jan 7th, Feb 4th, and March 4th or you can try your brush at Newport Vineyards on Jan 25.


Comedy with the Bit Players

Every Friday and Saturday Night at 8 and 10pm a hilarious comedy performance by the Bit Players will have you laughing long after you leave Newport.

BBQ Nights at Tallulah on Thames
Sunday Nights only, one of Newport’s favorite restaurants will be offering a home-style BBQ menu in place of their regular fare.
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Tour the town by Trolley!
Visit over 150 landmarks in this narrated Viking Trolley Tour of the City by the Sea!
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See a film!
Jane Pickens Theater is celebrating 96 years in Washington square and known for its distinctive selection of films. Check out their line up for January here!

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Visit our website to see more special packages offered this winter. Hope to see you at the Inn!

* $99 Any Room Any Night is offered weekends throughout January with a two night minimum and cannot be applied to existing reservations.

Divine December!

December is certainly divine in Newport as the Annual Christmas in Newport event line-up kicks off its 44th year. Not to mention Newport was voted one of Travel and Leisure Magazines “America’s Best Towns for the Holidays!” Add to that the sparkle of New Years Eve (just 29 days away!) and you’ve plenty of reasons to visit us this month.

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Here are a few of our favorite Newport activities, and if these don’t persuade you to visit, check out our Divine December Package where you’ll find discounts and a special gift for your holiday tree!

Shop! Take a Stroll through Newport during the Bellevue Avenue Holiday Stroll  or the Annual Holiday Stroll on Franklin Street (Thursday December 4th 4-8pm) where you can browse the shops in each corner of town for some unique gift ideas and refreshments! If you’re strolling around after Thursday, be sure to stop by Bowen’s Wharf  to see their Christmas tree. The full Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Saturday December 6th at 5:45pm with live music.

Tour! See the Mansions Decked Out  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! For something a little less opulent, find the inspiring home of Doris Duke and rooms you’ve never seen before. During Undecked Halls, Behind the scenes at Doris Duke Mansion, the Newport Restoration Foundation takes down the red tape to give you a behind the scenes look at the home and life of this Newport heiress. If smaller homes are more your style check out Newport Historical Societies’ guided lantern-lit tours through the private homes of Newport beginning at 4:30pm throughout the season.

See a show! Whether or not the Nutcracker is part of your holiday tradition, the Island Moving Company’s performance is a chance to take part in one of Newport’s favorite holiday festivities. For dates and tickets click here. Just up the street, the Newport Art Museum has begun a tradition of their own with seasonal performances of their popular Murder at the Museum. This month you will experience Silent Night Deadly Night, an interactive mystery show. Get tickets here!

There’s lots to do this December in Newport! For a full list of Christmas in Newport Events check out the Christmas in Newport website. And find our Divine December, New Years, and Murder at the Museum Packages here!

Wishing all our guests a warm and happy holiday!

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!