top graphic
Take a 360 Tour of the Inn!
Small Business Saturday in Newport, Rhode Island

Archive for the ‘Tea’ Category

Small Business Saturday in Newport, Rhode Island

November 17th, 2012 by billfarrell

Shop Small and Receive $25

Celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 24, 2012 along with independently owned businesses throughout the country and American Express will give you a $25 credit on your account.

Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone to support the millions of small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving. It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure just prior to one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Now, in its third year, Small Business Saturday will be even bigger.

To receive a $25 credit on your statement, enroll your card at and then use your American Express card at The Spring Seasons Inn to reserve a room, pay a balance or use it in the Tea Room to pay for High Tea or Tea gifts. And if you are not visiting The Spring Seasons Inn, there are plenty of great small businesses where you can use your card. In order to receive the credit, you must enroll and use use your AMEX card on Saturday, November 24th, 2012. Don’t miss out on the fantastic opportunity!

Spring Seasons Inn Tea Room Featured in Victoria Magazine

April 22nd, 2012 by billfarrell

The Tea Room at The Spring Seasons Inn was recently featured in Victoria Magazine, a prestigious magazine that covers decorating, enterprising women, traveling and entertaining. The May/June, 2012 issue has a touring article, entitled Sumer by the Sea and covers historic Newport and things to see and do while spending a relaxing weekend in the City by the Sea! You can see the article by clicking on the Victoria Magazine logo or pick up your own copy at your local bookstore. Be sure to get your copy before they sell out; you won’t be sorry as it a beautifully done magazine.

Tea Room at The Spring Seasons Inn – Best of Newport County Awards

May 7th, 2011 by billfarrell

Bets of Newport County AwardsAt an awards banquet this past Thursday evening at Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion, The Tea Room at The Spring Seasons Inn received one of Newport Life Magazine’s “Newport County’s Best Kept Secret” awards.The award honors local business that represent all that you love about your community, you just didn’t know about it yet! Newport Life Magazine’s readers nominate the businesses for the awards and owner Susan Farrell was pleasantly surprised when she heard that she was nominated.

The Tea Room at The Spring Seasons Inn is the only Tea Room located in an Inn that is open to the public. Please see the website for additional information regarding Tea Room.

Teapots – Few If Any Are Short and Stout

March 8th, 2010 by billfarrell

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 19:11:01By Alex Kuffner

Journal Staff Writer

One of the more than 70 teapots on exhibit: below, a teapot by Tony Wright.

NEWPORT — One is mounted on wheels. Another sits nestled inside a block of wood. And then there is one shaped, of all things, like an orangutan.

These are some of the one-of-a-kind ceramic teapots on display at the Newport Potters Guild’s gallery on Thames Street. The nonprofit arts group selected 41 teapots, tea cups and tea accessories from artists across the country for its juried exhibition Tea By the Sea, which opened March 3 and continues through April 6.

It’s the first time the Potters Guild has held the exhibition. Actually, it’s also one of the first shows for the organization, which is less than a year old.

The Potters Guild was formed last May by a loose-knit group of ceramics artists who knew each through their work. When a storefront in the heart of downtown opened up, they jumped at the chance to set up a gallery and studio.

“This has served as a venue to bring people together and create a community of artists in town,” says gallery manager Christine Bevilacqua.

The Guild supports itself by selling artwork made by its 15 members and other artists as well as by offering private tutorials and group classes for children and adults.

Bevilacqua says the show was organized because there’s always been a lot of interest among ceramics enthusiasts in teapots.

“For many people, if they’re going to collect a ceramic object, it’s going to be a teapot,” she says.

She tells a story from last summer when a couple walking past the gallery spotted a miniature chess set in the window that had pieces shaped like coffee and tea accessories. The kings were coffee pots. The queens were teapots.

They snapped a picture of the work by artist Nancy Robbins and sent it to a friend in California. It turned out he was an expert on teapots who had even written a book about them. He bought the set and Bevilacqua mailed it to him.

“It was an exquisite piece and he had to have it,” she says.

Already, collectors from as far away as England have called the gallery to inquire about the exhibition, which includes works by artists from Utah, Georgia, Texas and Ontario, Canada. There’s also work from one Rhode Islander — Christian Tonsgard, of East Providence. The pieces range in price from $50 for a teapot made by Guild artist-in-residence Ben Gaboury to $2,500 for work by Preston Saunders, a Massachusetts artist who made the teapot perched in the knob of wood.

The gallery was set to hold a reception Saturday night in which the three top works selected by the members of the Guild were to be announced. The first-place winner was Ron Mello, of Middleboro, Mass., who created the rolling teapot. Second place went to Julia Timm, of Minneapolis, who made a porcelain sugar bowl and creamer set. And third went to Greg Cochenet, of Hamden, Conn., who made a tea bowl.

Bevilacqua says they were chosen because they married form with function well.

“Teapots are particularly difficult to make,” she says. “They have to work seamlessly together so they function well.”

86 Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840  |  401-849-0004  |  887-294-0004  |