Written by Maryellen Kelley 02/28/16
March…the month where everyone in Newport is Irish! Of course, anyone familiar with our innkeeper, Anne Maria, understands that this is the only option for us here at the Francis Malbone House during March. She was born in Limerick, Ireland and is our in-house expert during Newport’s Irish Heritage Month. So, if you missed all the romance that surrounded us on Valentine’s Day, you certainly don’t want to miss the festivities in Newport during the month of March. Find your green attire and come celebrate with us. Who says March can’t be romantic? The fireplaces are still ablaze and our cozy beds and comfy rooms are extremely inviting. We have some great specials, including midweek room rates of $149.00 and $175.00, which include our gourmet breakfast and our most sought after, afternoon tea.
The 60th Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on March 12th. This is not for the faint of heart. Newport residences wait all year to celebrate this day. It’s truly a great parade with many groups from the state participating. The parade lasts two hours and includes Pipe Bands, Marching Bands, Fife & Drum Corps, Clown Units and much more. Following the parade many of the restaurants are in festive moods and look forward to your patronage. Of course, make your way back to the Malbone House for our Irish celebration! Our tea time is even more spectacular than usual.
The Preservation Society kept several mansions opened this winter. This was a change from previous years. I’m happy to say our guest have enjoyed touring the different homes at this time of year. Currently, The Elms, The Breakers and Marble House are open daily. Beginning March 19th Chateau-Sur-Mer and Kingscote will be added to that line up. It’s a great time to take advantage of this beautiful part of Newport’s history before the busy season begins. I recently visited The Elms and took the Servant’s Life Tour. It was quite interesting to hear about life behind the scenes of Newport’s homes. I highly recommend taking this tour. It’s told from a completely different perspective.
Wind down your day with a trip to Newport Vineyards. This vineyard is New England’s largest grower of wine grapes. The tour is a 30 minute guided tour outdoors to the vineyard(weather permitting). During this tour you learn each step of the wine making process. Conclude the tour in the tasting room with a glass of wine of your liking. Don’t forget to stop at our front desk and ask one of the Innkeepers for a certificate for a complimentary bottle of wine.
We look forward to seeing our March guests. We have started spring cleaning to make sure we maintain the standards that you have come to expect. We are taking out the tub in C4 and putting in a large shower, as many guests have requested. We have made some minor repairs and have painted where needed. The house is looking great and we are ready to welcome and spoil you!