Step Back In Time With the Artillery Company of Newport

Artillery Company of NewportStep back in time with a visit to the the Artillery Company of Newport; the oldest military unit operating under its original charter in the United States!

The Artillery Company of Newport was the first chartered independent unit in the Rhode Island Militia. The Artillery Company of Newport was chartered in 1741 by the Rhode Island General Assembly. That’s during the reign of King George II, by the way – and they’re still serving to this day.

Let that sink in a moment. It’s not often you find a U.S. military unit that’s 276 years old (and counting)! (more…)

Experience the 1777 British Occupation Living History Event!

Newport Historical Society's 1777 British Occupation Living History EventWatch as the past comes to life before your very eyes at the Newport Historical Society’s 1777 British Occupation Living History Event! The Redcoats are coming – August 26, 2017 in Newport, RI!

Prior to the Revolutionary War, Newport had a booming economy and was the fifth largest city in the American colonies. Then, December 1776, British troops arrived, dramatically altering Newport’s future. A large percentage of residents fled the city. Those who stayed behind faced a three-year occupation and growing tensions between loyalists and British troops. (more…)

It’s All Greek To Me – Newport Hellenic Fest 2017

Newport Hellenic Fest 2017Souvlaki, Gyro, Spanakopita, and delicious Baklava. If those words have set off your salivary glands then you do not want to miss the 2017 Hellenic Fest: July 28th through the 30th in Newport, RI.

Opa! The 34th annual Newport Hellenic Festival is almost here and I can already taste the lamb, tzatziki, and ouzo! Come to Newport and be Greek for a day – or even the whole weekend, at St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church’s annual Greek festival. (more…)

The 34th Annual Newport Black Ships Festival!

Newport Black Ships Festival 2017Come celebrate the 34th Annual Newport Black Ships Festival of Japanese art and culture! July 13th through the 16th, 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island!

Newport’s Black Ships Festival is an annual celebration of the long and friendly trading partnership between the United States and Japan. The festival is named in reference to the Japanese word for foreign ships, “Kurofune,” which translates to “Black Ships” in English.

The event commemorates the historic Treaty of Kanagawa, negotiated by Commodore Matthew Perry, that opened trade with Japan in 1854. Black Ships is also a celebration of the friendly relationship between Newport and her Japanese Sister City, Shimoda.

The annual Black Ships Festival has been a Newport tradition since 1983. The popular, multi-day celebration offers a variety of fun and fascinating events emphasizing Japanese art and culture. Highlights include a formal Gala at Rosecliff, sake tastings, martial arts and craft demonstrations, and the always exhilarating Taiko Drums. (more…)

The Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County – Part 2

Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County - Rose Island Light

The Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport County, Rhode Island

Last post we highlighted four of the Rhode Island Lighthouses in Newport County. In that post we visited Beavertail Lighthouse, Castle Hill Lighthouse, Hog Island Shoal Lighthouse, and the Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse.

That’s three more lighthouses than most other areas could list – but we’re just getting started! As we mentioned last post, Rhode Island is home to 21 lighthouses, 8 of which are right here in Newport County!

Few structures are as iconic and romantic to the eye as a lighthouse. Lighthouse tourism is a popular pastime, something we know about here on Rhode Island with our 21 lighthouses! In this post, we’ll continue our look at the Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County. If you missed Part 1 of our post on the Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County, you should take some time to read it, as well.

Newport Harbor Lighthouse
Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island
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Newport Harbor Light, also known as Goat Island Lighthouse, was the first beacon built for Newport Harbor. This modest stone lighthouse was built in 1824 and is located at the North end of Goat Island. The lighthouse is not open to the public but the grounds adjacent to it are!

Prudence Island Lighthouse
Prudence Island, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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The Prudence Island Light, built in 1824, is the oldest lighthouse in Rhode Island. The island is most easily reached via ferry from Bristol. The lighthouse tower is about a mile’s walk from the ferry landing but is not open to the public.

Rose Island Lighthouse
Narragansett Bay, Newport, Rhode Island
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Rose Island Lighthouse is a still-active light built in 1870.  The bottom floor of the restored lighthouse is now a “living museum” where visitors can learn all about the working lives of lighthouse keepers and their families. The upper floor is an apartment for modern-day keepers.

Sakonnet Point Lighthouse
Sakonnet Point, Little Compton, Rhode Island
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The Sakonnet Point Light was built on Little Cormorant Rock in 1884. The lighthouse is not open to the public. While you can see it from the beach at Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, RI. Closer views are only available from the water.

Rhode Island Lighthouses of Newport County

There are plenty of resources for visiting, viewing, and learning about Newport County lighthouses. Numerous tour companies offer cruises that will take you close to the harder to reach lights. There are also many great sites that detail the history of Newport County lighthouses:
www.lighthousefriends.com
www.newenglandlighthouses.net
http://www.rhodeislandlighthousehistory.info

Newport County Lighthouse Lodging
After a long day of driving and climbing up and down the spiral staircases of lighthouses, you’re going to be eager for some warm and relaxing hospitality. Look no further than You’ll find no better service, quality, and amenities than those offered at Newport County Inns and Bed & Breakfasts! Give yourself and your companions the pleasure of true comfort, a good night’s rest, and the delicious breakfasts of a locally owned and operated Newport County B&B!

The Newport County Lighthouses of Rhode Island – Part 1

See the Newport County Lighthouses of Rhode Island! - Castle Hill Lighthouse

Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport County, Rhode Island

People come to Newport County, Rhode Island for many reasons but one of the most common is all the beautiful Newport County lighthouses!

Lighthouses! If there is a more iconic and romantic coastal structure, I can’t think of it. Rhode Island is known for its lighthouses. This may be a small island be we have lots of coastline! There 21 lighthouses on Rhode Island: 13 are active and 8 are right here in Newport County!

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff Mansion

Newport Flower Show 2017Come out for the annual Newport Flower Show, June 23rd through the 25th, 2017 at the opulent Rosecliff Mansion. You’ve never seen a flower show quite like this one!

The Newport Flower show offers inspiration and beauty to all who attend. Colorful floral designs, horticulture exhibits, garden displays, lectures, demonstrations, special events, and unique shopping opportunities abound. Plant lovers will think they have died and gone to heaven. Rosecliff Mansion, one of Newport’s most famous historic Gilded Age homes, traditionally hosts the event.

Each Newport Flower Show has its own theme and this year’s is “Fete des Fleurs” (French for “Festival of Flowers”). This year’s event will have a focus on showcasing the French influence in garden design. Rosecliff Mansion, which was modeled on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, fits right into this theme. (more…)

Attend The 15th Annual Newport Vineyards Spring Celebration!

Newport Vineyards Spring Celebration 2017It’s almost time for the 15th annual Newport Vineyards Spring Celebration! This popular celebration of the return of spring includes grape stomping, wine tasting, live music and more. Sunday, May 28th, 12 to 5pm.

Ah, spring. Is there any finer time of year? The weather is warming, bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and the coming months are filled with fun and sun. Newport Vineyards Spring Celebration celebrates this oncoming warmth and beauty with the release of some new wines – and we’re all invited to join in the fun! (more…)

Savor the Suds at the Newport Craft Beer Festival 2017

Newport Craft Beer Festival 2017If you’ve a taste for hops, malt, and roasted barley, then you won’t want to miss the 6th annual Newport Craft Beer Festival! This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th, 2017.

Newport Craft Beer Festival is back once again, co-sponsored by the Newport Storm Brewery and Pour Judgement Bar & Grille. This two-day event is a celebration of the best locally brewed beer the Newport County has to offer, if not some of the very best beer in the country!

Ticket holders will receive a commemorative tasting glass, samples from all the breweries present, and an opportunity to cast their vote for the Fan Favorite Brewery Award. You even get to keep the glass!

The theme for this year’s Newport Craft Beer Festival is #unfiltered! Each brewery will be delivering their cloudiest, haziest, wheat-rich, or (and?) hyper-hopped beers.

This two-day event features three sessions: one on Friday and two on Saturday. (more…)

Discover and Explore The U.S. Naval War College Museum

Visit the U.S. Naval War College MuseumHistory and navy buffs alike will enjoy a trip to the U.S. Naval War College Museum on Coasters Harbor Island in Rhode Island’s beautiful Narragansett Bay.

Visitors to the Naval War College Museum will enjoy the many exhibits detailing U.S. Naval history, as well as the naval heritage of Narragansett Bay. You’ll see detailed accounts of heroism, naval and military developments throughout U.S. history, stirring memorials, and more. You can even access the U.S. Navy 20th Century Ships History Database. (more…)

Come Out For The 4th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival!

Newport Daffodil Days Festival 2017Shake off those winter blues with a celebration of spring at the 4th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival – April 15th through the 23rd, 2017!

Nothing says “spring” quite like hundreds of thousands of hibernating daffodils suddenly bursting forth with their bright, cheery blossoms. Come celebrate the return to warmth and beauty at Daffodil Days!

Newport Daffodil Days is 9 days of fun and free family activities in Newport, Rhode Island. An array of different events will have you “going daffy” with delight all week long.

While the full schedule of events for Newport Daffodil Days is has yet to be posted, a few highlights have been announced.

It all begins on Saturday, April 15th with the 28th annual Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch at 10am on the Rosecliff lawn. This is followed at 2pm by the Newport Daffodil Days’ Opening Ceremonies downtown at both Bannister’s Wharf and Bowen’s Wharf.

Other Newport Daffodil Days highlights include:

Dabble & Doodle the Daffys – Express your artistic side with a colorful drawing of the thousands of daffodils along Cliff Walk. Easels, paper, and crayons provided.

Tour de Jonquilles Bike Ride – Decorate your bike in daffy style and join others at Touro Park for an easy 3-mile ride to view daffodils throughout Newport. Fun and exhilarating.

Driving Miss Daffodil Car Rally & Classic Car Display – Come see all the classic cars decorated with daffodils parade through Newport. You can even enter your own car!

Daffodil Delights Private Garden Tours and Parties – Discover Newport’s hidden gardens and historic homes. Tour through some of Rhode Island’s most spectacular horticultural hotspots and the houses they adorn. Nibbles and sips provided to rejuvenate.

The 9 days of the Newport Daffodil Days Festival are jam-packed with special events, entertainments, sales, parades, and more. Come see “the Daffiest City in America” all dressed up in natural gold and green for the Daffodil Days Festival and help celebrate spring’s stunning bounty.

Newport Daffodil Days Festival

April 15th through April 23rd, 2017 – Newport, RI
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Newport Daffodil Days Lodging
Newport County Inns and Bed & Breakfasts are your key to custom accommodations and true hospitality during your Rhode Island getaway. Why subject yourself to impersonal and lackluster accommodations in some hotel or motel when there are better options all around you? Find your home away from home today at a Newport County B&B!

Tuck In At Newport Restaurant Week Spring 2017!

Newport Restaurant Week Spring 2017The spring session of 11th annual Newport Restaurant Week, scheduled for March 27th through April 7th, 2017, will be upon us soon. Now is the time to plan your attendance at this extraordinary event!

Newport Restaurant Week is your chance to sample the offerings from some of our finest local eateries at a price that won’t break the bank. Throughout the event, a broad selection of Newport and Bristol County restaurants will be offering $16, three-course prix fixe lunches and $35, three-course prix fixe dinners.

If you’ve seen and enjoyed other restaurant weeks around the country, you can thank Newport County, RI. We came up with the idea, spearheading the movement by holding the very first Restaurant Week in 2006. Restaurant Weeks are now part of a nationwide movement and continue here as an annual event.

The idea behind Restaurant Week is a simple one. People should have the opportunity to experience the area’s vast culinary talent at an affordable price. The concept was so popular in practice that we now have two Newport Restaurant Weeks! There’s one in the spring and another in the fall, each featuring more than 50 participating, local restaurants. (more…)

Get Your Green On At The Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Don't miss the 2017 Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade!You won’t want to miss the 61st annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! The popular, 2-plus hour parade features numerous side events and is scheduled for 11am on March 11th, 2017.

Erin go Bragh! Come celebrate Irish pride, tradition, and history during the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!

A two-plus hour affair, this year’s parade will include pipe bands, fife and drum corps, clowns, floats, and so much more. The parade is scheduled to kick off at 11 am sharp at the Newport City Hall. The course will take it through Washington Square, and down Thames Street to end at St. Augustine’s Church in the Fifth Ward. (more…)

Attend the 21st Annual WINEterfest Weekend!

Newport Vineyards' 21st annual WINEterfestNewport Vineyards’ 21st annual WINEterfest Weekend is two full days of live music, ice sculpting, grape stomping, and wine tasting at their infamous Ice Wine Bar. February 18th and 19th with a WINEterfest Speakeasy Soiree kicking things off on the evening of the 17th!

Newport Vineyards has been warming up Rhode Island winters with their annual WINEterfest since 1996. At this point, the event has become something of a tradition. An annual happening that is looked forward to as a bright spot in the potentially drab and dreary gray months of winter. (more…)

Newport Winter Festival 2017 – There’s Snow Place Like Newport!

2017 Newport Winter FestivalNewport’s annual Newport Winter Festival, “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” features over 150 different events that are guaranteed to melt away your winter blues. February 17th through the 26th, 2017!

Are you ready for 10 days of non-stop celebration? The annual Newport Winter Festival is just that with food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages.

This unique festival is celebrating its 29th year with events and attractions throughout Newport and Newport County, Rhode Island. It’s a smorgasbord of entertainments, guaranteeing something for everyone, no matter your age or interests. Just take a look at these highlights! (more…)

Discover Narragansett Bay On A Newport Seal Watch Cruise!

Newport Seal Watch CruiseSummer isn’t the only time you can tour Narragansett Bay! You can book a Newport Seal Watch Cruise or Lighthouse Cruise with Save The Bay right now!

Save The Bay has made their Nature, Lighthouse, and Seal Watch Cruises available October through April for over 15 years! It might seem like an odd season to get out on Narragansett Bay but it’s actually a great time to go!

Nature, after all, doesn’t have an off-season. All you lose by coming to Rhode Island during the winter are the crowds of other tourists. Rates are down all over the island during this season. So you’ll save some money but the wildlife, scenery, and lighthouses are all still here! (more…)

Splash Into 2017 At The Newport Polar Bear Plunge!

Newport Polar Bear Plunge 2017Plunge into 2017 (and the icy Atlantic) at the annual At The Newport Polar Bear Plunge, January 1st, in Newport, RI! It’s quite literally one of the coolest events of the year!

There’s nothing quite as invigorating as a quick dip in eye-openingly cold water and the Newport Polar Bear Plunge promises just that.

A Rhode Island tradition, the Newport Polar Bear Plunge has been taking place since 1969. If it looks and sounds like a crazy thing to do, that’s fine. It may be – but it is also a lot of fun. Further, it benefits A Wish Come True, a group that grants the wishes for children ages 3 through 18 with life-threatening illnesses. (more…)

2016 Newport Mansions Christmas Tours and Holiday Events

2016 Newport Mansions Christmas Tours and Holiday EventsThe Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House, three of Newport’s icons of the American Gilded Age, open their doors this holiday season for the popular Newport Mansions Christmas Tours! November 19th, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017!

Christmas at the Newport Mansions is your annual chance to come and tour three National Historic Landmarks decked out in all their holiday finery. The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House all open their doors for more than a month of music, tours, and spectacular decorations. (more…)

Get Your Just Desserts at Sweet Start Smackdown 2016!

2016 East Bay Restaurant Week Signature SweetIf you’ve a sweet tooth or enjoy culinary competitions, you’ll want to attend Sweet Start Smackdown: the pastry contest to determine East Bay Restaurant Week’s signature sweet! November 18th, 2016!

At the Sweet Start Smackdown, dessert comes first and sweet-toothed foodies are the biggest winners of this annual “tour de confections.” Attend and watch as local pastry chefs compete to win the honor of creating the 2016 East Bay Restaurant Week Signature Sweet. (more…)

Attend the 17th Annual Greenvale Vineyards Harvest Festival!

Greenvale Vineyards Harvest Festival 2016The Greenvale Vineyards Harvest Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th – and you’re invited! Come help celebrate the completion of the annual grape harvest with live music, food, and wine tastings, of course!

The annual Greenvale Vineyards Harvest Festival is always a good time. Getting out to the vineyards with all the sights and smells of autumn and the winemaking process is a refreshing and fun way to get into the season. (more…)

Join In The Fun At The Fall Newport Restaurant Week 2016!

Newport Restaurant Week Fall 2016Come join in the fun at the 10th annual Newport Restaurant Week! The fall 2016 session is scheduled for November 4th through the 13th, 2016.

Newport Restaurant Week is your chance to experience the vast culinary talent of Newport’s restaurant scene at special prices! More than 50 local restaurants are offering extraordinary, three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners throughout the week.

That’s just $16 for a three-course prix fixe lunch and $35 for a three-course prix fixe dinner! With prices like that, you’ll think you’ve stumbled back in time.

The list of participating restaurants reads like a who’s who of the finest eating establishments in the Newport area. (more…)

The 26th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

Bowen's Wharf 26th Annual Seafood Festival 2016If you love fresh seafood, you wont want to miss this celebration of the “Harvest of the Sea” at Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival. October 15th and 16th, 2016.

Located on the waterfront at the foot of Newport’s Historic Hill, Bowen’s Wharf is known for its picturesque brick walkways, granite quays, and 18th-century commercial wharf buildings. The whole array of buildings housed sailmaker’s shops, sail-drying lofts, and other enterprises essential for a thriving seaport.

Today, Bowen’s Wharf offers waterfront dining, shopping, and a full-service marina. Then, as now, Bowen’s Wharf trades with all corners of the world and remains the anchor of Newport. What better location for a seafood festival? (more…)

Explore Fort Adams and Discover Fort Adams’ Bay Walk

Fort Adams in Newport, RINewport, Rhode Island’s Fort Adams is a former U.S. Army post turned park that hosts both the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival. More than that, it is a National Historic Landmark and the Fort Adams’ Bay Walk is known for its panoramic views and eye-popping sunsets.

Fort Adams has been standing guard at the entrance to Narragansett Bay, in one form or another, since the late 1700’s. It became a state park in 1965 and a National Historic Landmark in 1976. While it is probably most famous for hosting both Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, it easily stands as an attraction of its own and is well worth a day’s visit. (more…)

Attend the 2016 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

2016 Newport Mansions Wine & Food FestivalThe Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, scheduled for September 22nd through the 25th, 2016, has been called “the best wine and food festival in the country.” We think you’ll agree!

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is celebrating its 11th year, this year and looks to be better than ever.

Two days of Grand Tastings, a gala cocktail party, special wine dinners, seminars, and more! (more…)

Life’s A Beach On Newport County Beaches!

Newport County BeachesNow is the perfect time to take that beach vacation you’ve been dreaming of! Among other attractions, Rhode Island has many beaches – and Newport County beaches are some of the best the state has to offer – so what are you waiting for?

Is there anything more relaxing than the beach? Stretching out on a blanket or lounger near the waves, the soft susurrus of the surf, the sun baking sand to your toes – aaaahhh.

Now is the perfect time to plan your Newport County beach vacation. It is with that in mind that we offer you this short guide to Newport County beaches. (more…)