Written by Maryellen Kelley 4/25/2016
I think we have turned the corner! There seems to be a pattern of temperatures rising and sightings of people in the courtyard at the Malbone House. I can’t express how happy it makes me feel to see guests enjoying that area. It’s official that we have exchanged fireplaces for fresh air.
It’s a great time to be in Newport. Many people are taking advantage of our Experience Newport Package, which includes an hour daytime sail amongst several other goodies, which you can view on our website. It’s a great way to see Newport and let us do the planning for you. In addition to several planned activities, you can spend your downtime at the Malbone enjoying the tea time snacks from 3-6 daily. Safe to say that our tea time deserves a moment of silence and the majority of our guest make sure they find their way back no matter what their day holds!
With the warmer weather many people are out walking Cliff Walk. The 3.5 mile path traces the edge of the ocean. It’s a must do in New England. The breathtaking views will be a permanent memory in your mind. If you’re really daring, I recommend you be there for sunrise. It’s stunning and worth losing sleep over:)
Fort Adams is another great jaunt while visiting Newport. It boasts beautiful views of the Newport Harbor and is home to the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Fort Adams is the largest Coastal Fortress in the United States. There are amazing underground tunnels where officers and their families lived over a century ago. There are 180 years of history to view! It’s truly worth the stop. If you stay with us in May you can attend the Newport Oyster Festival. This event takes place May 21st-May22nd. Rhode Island is home to approximately 45 oyster farms. This is an opportunity to sample oysters from 14 local growers and restaurants. Ticket price also includes a beverage from one of the many vendors. Plus you get to learn how to shuck like a pro! The event also has live music both days. Enjoy an “oyster hop” at local participating restaurants. What’s better than oysters and a beer while strolling along Newport’s waterfront?
If walking isn’t for you, may I recommend the Newport Trolley Tours. There are several options to choose from, but I enjoyed Tour 1. It is a scenic overview tour that guides you through Newport’s historic buildings and restored homes. This tour also includes the stunning Ten Mile Ocean Drive and the massive mansions along Bellevue Avenue. It’s approximately 90 minutes and the the tour guides are extremely knowledgeable. I found it nice to sit back and let someone drive me around.
The Francis Malbone House is looking great! We have finished our spring cleaning, hung beautiful new draperies in one of the common rooms and completed the bathroom renovation in C4. Will is starting the process of making the grounds look fabulous with potted plants and flowers. Everything looks great and we are ready to enjoy our busy season catering to each and every one of our guests. Let the fun begin!