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Been there, done that? I don’t think so. . .

“Been there, done that” does not apply to our City By The Sea. Even if you have been here before, each new visit will open new doors of exploration.

Newport, you see, has nine cities to explore. The “Nine City” legend comes from Theophilus North, a novel by Thornton Wilder published in 1973.

Wilder describes Newport’s First City as the town’s earliest beginnings. From the Old Stone Mill (link) which legend says the Vikings built it when they landed here 1,000 years ago. Others date it to around 1660 and credit Governor Benedict Arnold, great-grandfather of the famous traitor. Visit and decide for yourself.

Historic neighborhoods dating from before the Revolutionary War era still stand. You can dine in America’s oldest tavern – The White Horse Tavern, which opened it’s doors in1652.

Fast-forward a few years to Newport’s Second City, an “18th-century town.” Stroll the historic Point neighborhood with homes dating back to the 1700s that are still in use as private homes today. Walking tours are available for history buffs. ( Touro Synagogue ( is a must-see. The country’s oldest synagogue was built over 250 years ago.

Newport’s Third City, is all about our magnificent waterfront.Newport is the summer berth of sailing and mega yachts from all over the world. Tour the harbor by sail, motor yacht, schooner, catamaran or kayak (links).Newport still has a busy working waterfront with fishing vessels and lobster boats (links) unloading their catch daily.

Newport’s Fourth City shows its military history. Visit Fort Adams, the nation’s largest coastal fortification, which was pressed into service during the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. Now it’s a Mecca for summertime crowds gathered to take photos of tall-ship (link) flotillas and attending the world-class Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Newport is home to Naval Station Newport as well as the Naval War College and the Naval Academy Prep School. The Tall ShipsÒ return toNewport this summer (link).

Newport’s Fifth City depicts Newport’s artistic side. Perhaps it’s because it is so picturesque, Newport has always drawn artists of all genres. Art galleries abound and if you are an art lover, then you must visit the Newport Art Museum, one of the oldest continuously operating art associations in the country. Don’t miss the National Museum of American Illustration (link), located in a Bellevue Avenue mansion. If you visit in July, you are extremely fortunate as this is the month of the Newport Music Festival; (link) Chamber Music performed in the venues for which it was composed.

Newport’s Sixth City features the world-renown Bellevue Avenue mansions and their eccentric cast of characters. The grand summer homes built for the likes of the Astors, the Vanderbilts, the Belmonts and others. Your visit would not be complete without touring the awe-inspiring Newport Mansions, Rough Point, the estate of heiress Doris Duke, and Belcourt Castle, with their infamous ghost tours. (link, link, link)

Newport’s Seventh City speaks of the servants who, in Wilder’s words, “never enter the front door of the house in which they live except to wash it.” Don a comfortable pair of walking shoes and explore the back doors of the Newport Mansions along Newport’s fabled Cliff Walk (link). Be sure to stop at the “40 stepsa dramatic stone staircase that drops down the side of the cliff to a balcony over the sea. This was the meeting place for the butlers, maids and footmen during their few hours of free time away from the eyes of their masters.

Newport’s Eighth City consists of gate crashers, fortune hunters, and “prying journalists.” You’ll find them all at Bannister’s Wharf and Bowens Wharf, today a cluster of upscale shops and restaurants along the city’s waterfront.

Finally, Newport’s Ninth City, “the American middle-class town … with little attention to spare for the eight cities so close to it,” wrote Wilder.  Newporters will welcome you to share their timeless City By The Sea.


Reasons To Visit Newport In March

During the month of March, all of Newport is Irish.   The highlight of the month is of course the St. Patrick’s Day parade: this year scheduled for March 17th. However there is more to Newport’s celebration of its Irish history than this one event.  Join us during the month of March to celebrate all that is Irish.

The month long series of events kicks off on the weekend of March 3rd  with a Saturday morning bus tour of Newport’s Irish history. Saturday evening Common Fence Music Presents Irish Super – Duo Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill at Channing Memorial Church. Sunday, March 4th starts off with the annual  “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast at Hibernian Hall.  The Forty Steps, once a gathering spot for the Irish caretakers of the Bellevue Avenue mansions and their owners, will again host traditional Irish music and step dancing. Then it’s back to Hibernian Hall for an afternoon social with an Irish sing-along.  Cap off the day with an Irish music session at Fastnet Pub, every Sunday, starting at 5PM.

Beginning March 8th, Newport proudly hosts the chefs of our sister city, Kinsale Ireland, for a taste of Ireland. Participating restaurants are Fathoms at the Newport Marriott, the Windward Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Newport, One Bellevue Restaurant at the Hotel Viking, and La Forge Casino.  This year’s highlight will be an “Iron Chef” style cook off at the Newport Marriott on Saturday, March 10th from 2:00 ‘til 3:30. Start you day off on Sunday, March 11th with a traditional Irish country breakfast at LaForge Casino from 9AM until noon.

Parade day, March 17th, begins with a Catholic Mass in honor of St. Patrick at St Joseph’s Church on Broadway at 9AM. This will be followed by the mayor’s reception at City Hall.  The 55th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will kick off promptly at 11AM. It will follow its traditional route, through Washington Square, down Thames Street, to the heart of Irish Newport, ending at St. Augustin’s Church in the 5th Ward. There are many options after the parade, with many local spots, both along the parade route and off, offering Irish entertainment and spirits.  An alcohol-free option is the post-parade family party at The Hut (adjacent to Newport Public Library).

On Friday, March 24th join the Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians for a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner at St. Augustin’s Church.

While you’re in Newport for our Irish History Month, be sure to visit the Museum of Irish History on Lower Thames Street to experience their interpretive center.  Reservations strongly suggested for all dining events. Guest rooms are rooms still available for any of these events, but remember this is the start of the season in Newport and many events are so to sell out.  Don’t miss out! Visit our website or give us a call today. And if you visit us in March remember to wear the green!

–Kathy Hallgring

Categories: General Newport

Welcome To Our New Website and Blog!

October 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Ta-da! Our beautiful, new, functional website! Everyone that saw the site before the launch looked at the beautiful splash page (photographed by Alexander Nesbitt) and said (in the words of Tina Fey) “I want to go to there!” That’s just the effect we were going for.

Newport – Always In Season. Fall is a very special time of the year here. The weather is still pleasant, but the crowds of summer have thinned. The trees take on spectacular aureate colors.  You can walk your dog on our beautiful beaches.  It’s easier to get a reservation at our better restaurants. Parking is less of a hassle – in a few weeks, they’ll turn off the meters and street parking will be free. It feels like Newport has exhaled.

Fall events feature harvest and Halloween themed events like the 9th Annual Ballard Park Pumpkin Tour, Greenvale Vineyards Live Jazz Saturdays, Newport’s spooky ghost tours, the Tunnels of Terror and the Fortress of Nightmares. For a full schedule of seasonal events, click here.

Room rates will be dropping soon and the local lodging establishments are busy dreaming up wonderful packages to entice you to The City By The Sea.

We hope you like our new site and blog and will return every time the urge to visit Newport strikes you.

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