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Antique Car Museum Coming to Newport

June 27th, 2014 by billfarrell

The City of Newport, Rhode Island’s Zoning Board of Review has recently given unanimous approval to a special use permit for the owners of the Audrain Building, 220-230 Bellevue Avenue to establish an antique car museum on the first floor of the building. The building is currently sheathed in white plastic and is undergoing major restoration and renovation. The museum is expected to open sometime in 2014. The new owners of the building have about 100 antique cars that they plan to rotate in and out of the museum.

The building itself is historical in nature and is being restored to its former glory by its owners. The building on Bellevue Avenue was designed by New York architect Bruce Price whose most famous building is the huge Chateau Frontenac Hotel that dominates the Quebec City skyline. Will post more as information becomes available. stay tuned this should be a very exciting location to visit.

6th Annual Food and Wine Festival

February 19th, 2014 by billfarrell

Ocean Cliff Resort and Hotel, Sardella’s Restaurant, and the Marina Café & Pub, will be hosting the 6th Annual Food & Wine Expo, at Ocean Cliff Resort, located in Newport, RI. There will be numerous purveyors showcasing artisan cheeses, meats, breads, olive oils, and several other food and beverage related goods. Various local and international wine and beer producers will also be exhibiting their products. The date for this exciting event is Thursday, April 10th, 2014 from 6-9PM at Ocean Cliff Resort and Hotel.

Guests who attend the event will be able to taste various wine and beer, sample food, and have the opportunity to interact with the purveyors throughout the event. This is a great opportunity for restaurant owners and managers to create some new ideas for their menus.

In addition, there will be live entertainment provided by The Dick Lupino Quartet, and the Rogers & Middletown High School Bands. All of the proceeds raised at the event will be split evenly, and donated to the music departments at Rogers & Middletown High School. This is a 21 years and older event.

Contack Patrick Golden at for tickets.

Gift Certificates

November 29th, 2013 by billfarrell

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer you the ability to immediately purchase a gift certificate on our website. While we have always offered gift certificates, previously you had to call and we’d take you information and mail a gift certificate to you. Now you can purchase a gift certificate in any denomination and pay immediately and print out a receipt. Your purchase online is secure and immediate. You can still call and we can take your information and mail a gift certificate to you that you can present to someone special.

Preservation Society of Newport County Calendar of Events – 2013

March 12th, 2013 by billfarrell







The Preservation Society of Newport County has announced some upcoming events  for the 2013 season at the various mansions. Please see their website  for additional details and additional events. If you’re staying at The Spring Seasons Inn, please be sure to ask about promotions we may have with the Preservation Society.

March 30 – Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch

April 28 – May 1 – The Newport Symposium “Hidden Treasures”

June 13 – Annual Meeting

June 21 – 23 – Newport flower Show

July 14 – Green Animals Children’s Topiary Party

August 3 – Summer Masked Venetian Ball

August 6 – An Evening in Honor of John G. Winslow

August 30 – September 2 – Newport Mansions Stores Member’s Sale

September 20 – 22 – Wine & Food Festival

November 24 – January 1 Christmas at the Newport Mansions

December 21 – Dinner Dance at The Breakers

Rainbow Race 5k Walk and 10k Run – Richmond, Rhode Island

February 17th, 2013 by billfarrell

RainbowThe Rainbow Fund was started in May, 2011 in memory of Cassie Duncan to bring awareness to Mental Health issues and to remove the dark cloud of stigmatism and fear away from mental illness and replace it with the Rainbow of Hope. All proceeds from the race will be donated to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in hopes of getting the word out and to help as many people as possible.

Cassie was almost 15 years old when she took her own life the day after Christmas, 2005. I first met Cassie when I was assigned to tutor her oldest brother Dan while he was home from school. While I knew Dan from school, this was the first time that I had met Cassie and her family. Cassie was about five or six years old then and she was so exited to show me her litter of new kittens. Since that time I was fortunate to watch Cassie grow into the fine your lady that she was turning out to be. She had so much potential and I always enjoyed seeing her and her brothers in school or when I stopped by their farm.  Sadly, that all changed on December 26, 2005.

What we can do at this time is to support the Duncan family in their efforts to raise awareness of mental illness by taking part in this race. If you are a runner or a walker, participating in this race/walk through scenic Richmond, Rhode Island will do much to help spread the word. I have attached a PDF version of the race application form. Please feel free to download it or share it with others who might be interested. When you meet the Duncan family, you’ll come to love them as I have over the past fifteen years. Race Application.

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!

Summer’s Over, Fall is Almost Here – So Much to Do!

September 20th, 2012 by billfarrell

Whiel the busy summer season for the Spring Seasons Inn has ended, we don’t close our doors! The Spring Seasons Inn is open year round and the City by the Sea, Newport, Rhode Island doesn;t close its door either! There is always soething to do in Newport. The end of Spetember offers a Fall Festival while October brings the Octoberfest to the Yatching Center while many restaurants in town offer an Octobefest menu. There is also a Foods Truck festival on wheels that offers food and fun all day. There is so much more to do in Newport so I would suggest that you resreve your stay at The Spring Seasons Inn early and check out the evenyt calendar at


Newport Vineyards Comedy & Wine with comedian Mike McDonald Aug 25

August 11th, 2012 by billfarrell

Visit Newport Vineyards for an evening of Wine Tasting and see Boston-area comedian Mike McDonald. Mike has appeared on Showtime, HBO, and the Comedy Channel. He has shared the stage with Robin Williams, Drew Carey and Chris Rick and has performed in 50 different countries while touring with the USO to entertain our troops. 6-7PM Wine Tasting Reception/&PM Showtime. Tickets $30/person. Case Club members /$25. To make reservations, please email or call 401-848-5161. Check out for details.

Beechwood Art Museum

July 18th, 2012 by billfarrell

As recently announced in the Newport Daily News, Astor’s Beechwood mansion which was purchased by Larry Ellison of Oracle about two years ago is slated to become the new home of Beechwood Art Museum which will house Ellison’s collection of 19th Century art. For those who do not know, Larry Ellison is the founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation and is the fifth richest person in the world.  Larry also owns MBW Oracle Racing, sailing America’s Cup yachts. His team was just in Newport, Rhode Island in the 2012 America’s Cup Series races.

Ellison hired Newport architect Richard Grovesnor to reconstruct and restore the mansion to the way it looked when Richard Morris Hunt restored it in 1881. Along with the purchase of the Beechwood Mansion, two other properties north of the mansion were acquired and will be torn down and reconstructed due to the amount of work that needed to be done. When all is said and done, the Beechwood mansion will house Ellison’s collection in the large rooms on the first floor, while the second and third floor will be used for his residence. When Mr. Ellison is not in residence, the second floor will be opened to display his art in a residence setting and will be one of the finer mansions in Newport. With the amount of work that is being put into the mansion, this may become one or the more popular mansions to see on Newport’s fabled Bellevue Avenue.

Prescott Farm – where Past Meets Present

May 17th, 2012 by billfarrell

Learn how an 1812 Windmill works. Discover interesting facts about the Revolutionary War.  Explore the flower and herb gardens managed by Master Gardeners. See the ducks and geese. Snack on 18th century treats. Enjoy period games. At Prescott Farm, there is something for everyone. Prescott Farm is owned and managed by the Newport Restoration Foundation. The NRF manages period homes in Newport in addition to thier crown jewels, Doris Duke’s home, Rough Point and the Whitehorne Museum. The Newport Restoration Foundation’s web site is

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