March Madness in Newport

Newport’s Irish Sister City

ABOUT THE NEWPORT KINSALE SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIP – Newport and Kinsale have been a natural fit for the official sister city partnership as the two destinations share numerous commonalities including an active harbor, maritime and sailing community, a rich history, a thriving tourism season, a robust dining scene and more. The 15-year connection has yielded many mutual benefits ranging from economic development opportunities to educational exchanges.

Speaking of “exchanges”, this year the city’s will also be exchanging some culinary talent as well! Local restaurants will welcome guest chefs and restaurants from Kinsale, the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland,” located in County Cork. Kinsale and Newport have shared a sister city partnership since 2002.

Visit the participating Newport restaurants March 3-9 featuring dining specials from select Kinsale restaurant menus and meet the restaurateurs and chefs from our sister city.  For more information, visit

Source: Newport Kinsale Chef Exchange Press Release via Discover Newport

Calling All Quahogs!

Quahog Week

Quahog Week, which made its debut last year, returns to Rhode Island restaurants on March 20 – March 25, 2017.

The week-long celebration highlights the importance of Rhode Island’s wild harvest shellfish to the state’s history, traditions, and economy. As part of the week, participating restaurants and markets will feature quahog-inspired menu items and deals, and Quahog Week partners will hold special events.

Rhode Island is known for its food and diverse food cultures. The state’s booming local food sector supports more than 60,000 jobs and continues to attract and inspire the imagination of entrepreneurs and innovators. The local fishing industry has been, and continues to be, a vital part of the equation. Thousands of land- and water-based businesses are supported by the industry. And local favorites like the quahog “stuffie” are enjoyed by people near and far.

Quahogging has a rich history locally, supporting the livelihoods of hundreds of fishers year-round as well as serving as a treasured pastime for Rhode Island families. Quahog Week will highlight this history and value through several planned events, including a kick-off celebration at Save The Bay in Providence on Monday, March 20 and a wrap party on Saturday, March 25 at the new headquarters of Narragansett Beer in Pawtucket. For more information on planned programming or to sign up as a Quahog Week partner or participating venue, visit

For more information on planned programming or to sign up as a Quahog Week partner or participating venue, visit

Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management News Release via WhatsUpNewp

Hey, Foodies!!

Muse Seared Cod

Newport Restaurant Week is coming back!!!  As part of a nationwide movement, debuted here in 2006 as an annual event to encourage both residents and visitors to Newport and Bristol counties to experience the vast culinary talent in our destination at an affordable price. Today, Newport Restaurant Week takes place both in the spring and in the fall with more than 50 participating restaurants offering extraordinary three-course prix fixe lunches for $16 and three-course prix fixe dinners for $35.

Our Spring Restaurant Week is March 27-April 7, 2017. Participating restaurants and their Restaurant Week menus will be posted as soon as we receive them. So check back often and make your reservations!

Hey, Golf Enthusiasts, check out what’s coming to town…

U.S. Open Golf History                       Image result for newport ri us open 1895

Horace Rawlins, an Englishman (above left), won the first U.S. Open title in October, 1895, on a nine-hole course in Newport, RI. Ten professionals and one amateur competed in the 36-hole tournament played in one day. Rawlins won $150 cash, a $50 gold medal and a trophy out of a prize fund of $325.  Imagine what Tiger Woods would’ve done with all that cash!! 😉

Well, 122 years later, The United States Golf Association recently announced qualifying sites for the 117th U.S. Open Championship.  The Newport Country Club, which hosted the first U.S. Open in 1895, will be among the nine courses that we be hosting qualifying on May 16th, 2017.

For the full list of qualifying locations, visit–open.html.

City Spotlight

Earlier this month, after more than 12 years, Laura Jean Denim is under new ownership. The former store owner and Newport local, Laura Flynn, founded her company in 2005 with the mission of bringing fashion and comfort clothing to Newport.

We didn’t have to look too far to get the scoop on the new ownership, however.  Nancy Isherwood, also a Newport resident and former owner of Isherwood & Company, a women’s apparel and jewelry boutique which was located on Bowen’s Wharf has taken on the Laura Jean Denim legacy. Rumor has it that Nancy will maintain the Laura Jean Denim name and brands as well as introducing some lines of her own.  The pairing of these two brands is sure to reveal a blast of fashionable denim & elegance.  After all, denim is cued up to be the elegance of the upcoming summer season.




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