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.
Archive for the ‘What to Do in Newport’ Category
November 29th, 2013 by billfarrell
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
February 17th, 2013 by billfarrell
The 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.
November 17th, 2012 by billfarrell
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 www.shopsmall.com 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!
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 www.gonewport.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-848-5161. Check out www.newportvineyards.com for details.
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.
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 www.newportrestoration.org.
May 13th, 2012 by billfarrell
Touro Synagogue Congregation was founded in 1658 by Jews fleeing the inquisition and has since become a symbol of religious freedom for all Americans. The current synagogue was designed by Peter Harrison, a well know Newport architect at the time. Dedicated in 1763, it is considered one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th century America. George Washington addressed religious freedom in his 1790 letter to the congregation by declaring, “To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport” that the new nation “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” The Synagogue was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1946.
The Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Visitors Center has been open several years now and is housed in a brand-new, period style stone building. Ambassador John L Loeb, Jr. welcomes you in his personal message:
I am John L. Loeb Jr. and I’d like to welcome you to the Loeb Visitors Center at the Touro Synagogue. The Touro Synagogue is an American treasure, the oldest active synagogue in the United States. I am a descendent of the Touro family, so it holds great personal significance for me.
This Synagogue and its early congregation are considered icons of American religious freedom because of the important letter that George Washington sent to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in 1790. That letter directly affirmed the principle of religious liberty based on the separation of church and state that is guaranteed to every one of us through the Bill of Rights. The building stands as a physical manifestation and reminder of the event and of the concepts embodied in the letter.
Both this website and the exhibits planned for the Visitors Center tell the story of this historical landmark, its architectural beauty and its symbolic role in the development of American Democracy.
While our new Visitors Center space is being constructed, I invite you to spend some time exploring these web pages and then come visit us in Newport, Rhode Island.
Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.
The Visitors Center has been open several years now, Ambassador Loeb’s message welcomes you to visit. Having toured the Center and the Synagogue many times, Susan and I can assure you you won’t be disappointed. Only a minutes walk from The Spring Seasons Inn. You can see their web site at Touro Synagogue. Close their page to come back to the Spring Seasons Inn.
May 2nd, 2012 by billfarrell
Tour for Curious People has recently opened in Newport, Rhode Island and it is a must do while visiting Newport. Started by Carol Miller, a native Newporter whose family has a long history in Newport. Carol takes her clients on a tour of the Point district of Newport, an area rich in history that goes back several hundred years. Carol is a very knowledgeable and personable tour guide who not only shares her extensive of knowledge of Newport but is also known to pull period antiques out of her pocket to supplement an interesting point that she is sharing with you. Having met Carol, Susan and I can attest to her enthusiasm and knowledge of Newport and can assure you, you won’t be disappointed or bored on this tour. Carol has a website that gives some general information that you may find useful at www.toursforcuriouspeople.com. Close this window to return to the Spring Seasons Inn.