5 Newport County Spa Experiences to Rejuvenate Your Inner God or Goddess

We will admit that Winter 2015 afforded many photo-worthy moments for us – Newport Harbor completely frozen, The Chanler snow-kissed and dazzling (if you have yet to partake in the frosty experience that became our Instagram account, please do so here). However, we will also admit that winter indeed took its toll: ice skating to the car in the morning was a daily occurrence… as was shoveling our way out of the house. There were times we didn’t think it would ever end, but we’re glad to say it has (knock on wood). And now that it’s over, we realize: we really need some rejuvenation. For this reason, we bring you 5 Newport County Spa experiences to reawaken your inner God or Goddess post winter 2015.

The Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetics

This rejuvenating experience combines the beautiful respite theretreat-4of world-renowned Castle Hill Inn with the 100% natural herbal skincare of award-winning Farmaesthetics. We recommend the 30 minute saltwater soak equipped with hand-harvested, essential oil and high mineral sea salts to create a detoxifying, skin softening deep tub soak. Utilizing the healing constituents of herbs and flowers (soothing lavender anyone?), the gentle circulation of the jet bath will relax tension while releasing the healing properties and subtle scents of pure essential oils and sea salts… we could actually fall asleep just writing about it.

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Stillwater Spa at the Newport Hyatt Regency

The healing power of water greets you upon entrance into Still Water Spa at Hyatt Regency Newport. Located directly on Narragansett Bay, Stillwater provides the view and experience of a tropical getaway without actually boarding a plane. Embrace their “Tropical 50-minute Massage,” “Tropical Body Wrap,” or “Tropical Facial,” for an experience sure to leave your dull winter skin hydrated, glowing and ready for Spring. Peruse their extensive list of services, carefully crafted to encompass the five natural elements in each treatment: breath, waves, coast, glow and blossom.

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SpaTerre at The Hotel Viking

“Drift to Sleep” with Hotel Viking’s unique full-body treatment designed to target your face, back and feet. Enjoy the relaxing effects of warming glow body oil for deep heat relaxation, Morroccan Rhassoul Clay for detox and cleanse, and a resurfacing facial for an instant vibrant glow. With more than 35 soothing treatments, you are sure to leave refreshed.

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Wavelengths Salon & Spa in Newport

Sixty minutes of cleansing followed by a mask and a warm oil massage on your neck, decolletage, hands and arms makes The Escape Facial Treatment a heavenly retreat in your own backyard. Make it a full-body experience with Mineral Salt Scrub Therapy, specifically customized to energize or reduce stress. Mineral sea salts and seaweed exfoliate your lackluster winter skin, while smoothing enzymes work to dissolve dead skin cells naturally resulting in a smooth finish. The experience ends by stimulating and invigorating your senses through the use of mineral oils and extracts while cleansing, conditioning and warming.

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SpaVana in Middletown

Seven body massages. 12 facials. One soothing atmosphere.  In fact, the “Four Seasons Massage,” an ever-changing, 80-minute experience tailored to the current season, currently specializes in hot stone treatment to rid the chill for good.

Volvo Ocean Race Newport: The Facts

As you are most likely aware, in just a few weeks the world’s most grueling and exciting ocean race makes its way to the only North American stopover throughout its nine-month excursion — our City by the Sea. Volvo Ocean Race, renowned as the world’s premier offshore race and an exceptional test of sailing prowess and human endeavor, will arrive at Fort Adams on May 5-17, and with it will come a host of exciting events and activities. Here are all your Volvo Ocean Race questions, answered.

The Facts

When is it?

May 5-17, 2015

Trucks carrying the entire race infrastructure will arrive in Newport April 16-18, while the Volvo Ocean Race teams are expected to arrive May 5 through May 9. You can sign up to receive text alerts for the arrivals here

Where is it?

The Race Village at Fort Adams State Park

What’s the big deal?

The Volvo Ocean Race is the most challenging sailboat race in the world, held every three years and requiring from athletes extreme levels of courage, strength, endurance and intelligence. Life on board a Volvo Ocean Race boat, called a Volvo Ocean 65, is as extreme as it gets, and is marked by “unbearable temperatures, hostile weather and rough sailing conditions, constant dampness, sleep deprivation, one pair of clothes, restricted communications with the outside world and sustained competitiveness.”

Though the route is changed to accommodate various ports of call, the race typically departs Europe in October, and in recent editions has had either 9 or 10 legs, with in-port races at many of the stopover cities.

The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 consists of nine offshore legs between the 10 host ports and one pit-stop, amounting to at least 38,739 nautical miles. The race began in October 2014 from Alicante, Spain with stopovers including Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China) Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil) followed by Newport in May. The fleet will then travel to Lisbon (Portugal), Lorient (France) Hague (Netherlands) and then Gothenburg (Sweden).

What Can I Expect?

A 12-day public festival at Fort Adams State Park will feature a shore side Race Village. Free and open to the public, the village will be able to see the International team compounds and the operations of the shore teams in technical and sail loft areas. In addition, the sailing village will include interactive exhibits, sponsor pavilions, a chance to try sailing, car and truck displays, entertainment, marine education activities and a food festival. Most days through May 13, the village is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. From May 14-17, the hours will be extended.

Front Row Seat to Racing — During the Newport Visit, all of the boats will be docked at Sail Newport in Fort Adams State Park in close view of the public. Also, all of the race teams will participate in training, pro-am and in-shore racing within yards of the shoreline for exciting spectator viewing with expert commentary.

The “Exploration Zone,” officially opening May 9, features 22 interactive exhibits on marine life, sailing, ocean conservation, wind, water and weather experiences, and marine technology.

SPECIAL EVENTS
May 5: Race Village opens at 3 p.m. Local and state dignitaries will speak at the Opening Ceremonies at 4 p.m. The public is welcome and there should be plenty of parking, all free.
May 5, 8, 13, 15 &16: “Dock Party” with live music featuring local bands from New England. Location near Heineken Docks.
May 16 & 17: Inside the Fort there will be zip lines, a climbing wall, a giant Jenga game, paddle boats, and obstacle course for little feet and an interactive mural. (All Free)
May 9: Exploration Zone opens and stays open through May 17
May 9 & 14: Pancake breakfast, Yoga on Mother’s Day, bubble soccer (Free)
May 13: newportFILM showing of a documentary (Free)
May 9 to 14: Two concerts featuring national performers are in the final planning stages. The concerts will take place the evenings of Saturday, May 9 and Thursday, May 14, respectively. These will be ticketed events and available through the website.
Please note: event information will be continuously updated at www.volvooceanracenewport.com

Where Do I stay?

Rooms are still available at local hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts. Use the BOOK A ROOM search feature to find local lodging options.

How Do I Get there?
  • Drive: Visitors can drive and park at Fort Adams. There will be a $10 parking fee from May 5 – May 13. From May 14-17, the parking fee will be $20 per day; if you drive a Volvo, parking will be free, courtesy of Viti Volvo.
  • ADA Accessible Parking will be available at Fort Adams with an accessible shuttle bus available to ride to the front entrance of the Race Village. There will be no fee for this shuttle bus.
  • By land, sea, bus and bicycle: Please note City of Newport parking lots, which include the parking garage at the Newport Visitors Center and the Mary Street lot, will be charging effective May 1 and parking meters will be in effect.
  • Bicycle: As this is a “green event,” organizers ask that as many people as possible ride their bikes to Fort Adams. There will be a bike rack set-up for peddlers. BYOB – bring your own bike lock!
  • Bus: It’s not confirmed, but RIPTA may add a bus to travel from downtown Newport to Fort Adams for the duration of the event.
  • Water Taxis Available from Perrotti Park: The Newport Harbor Shuttle will provide continuous service daily between Perrotti Park and Fort Adams beginning at 8 a.m. Cost is $10/round trip.
  • From Jamestown: The Newport/Jamestown Ferry will also operate an enlarged schedule of trips to take the shuttle between islands.
How Do I Get Involved?

The Race Village will need a tremendous volunteer team with many opportunities for people of all ages to help. There are multiple ways to get involved:

  • Visit here to find out more information about and sign up for specific volunteer jobs and schedules.
  • Restauranteurs and Retailers: there are two ways your store and/or restaurant can officially participate in the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover celebration and help send the “Welcome to Newport” message: the VIP program, which offers a discount and/or an incentive for Volvo Ocean Race VIPs to shop or dine in your establishment, and the Store Front/Restaurant Window Competition. This initiative is being led by the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, but businesses DO NOT have to be chamber members to participate. For details and materials, contact Jane Roggero at the Newport County Chamber via Jane@NewportChamber.com
  • Try Sailing: Sail Newport will take guests sailing every day of the stopover. These free tours of Brenton Cove and Newport Harbor will show why we love sailing! No experience is necessary; Sail Newport will provide skippers and life jackets. Bring the whole family!
  • Staff Training: Want to get your entire staff excited about the Volvo Ocean Race? A Discover Newport representative will come to your property to brief your staff on all things Volvo Ocean Race so they can be ready for the big event and the visiting clientele.
  • School Visits: Encourage your children’s teacher(s) to schedule a field trip to the race village and the educational Exploration Zone. Contact at Sail Newport: kim.hapgood@sailnewport.org.
  • VIP Hospitality Tickets are available for the Ocean Race Club, watch the racing from a comfortable private lunch club with gourmet food and bar, tickets available on the website.
  • Spectator Boat Tickets are available for May 14, 15 and 17 and on the event website.
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  • Download the app for iOS and android, or watch the action on Youtube — more info here
  • Visit volvooceanracenewport.com for an up-to-minute conversation and more details
  • Watch NBC Sports Channel – check your listings for times and dates.
  • Tune-in to Coast 93.3 FM and WADK for interviews and messages on the stopover.
  • WJAR TV – Watch our media partner channel 10 for the promotional spots and integration with their programming as we get closer to the stopover.
  • Outside Television – check your listings for Monday night show times.
  • Watch the Newport Daily News for their stories on the race as our newspaper media partner.

Report from the Field: Newport Restaurant Week at Hope on Broadway

Discover Newport welcomes guest blogger Janine Weisman, editor of Newport Mercury

Hope springs eternal

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When you name your new restaurant after Rhode Island’s state motto, you really open yourself up: Things could get awkward should you not live up to everyone’s great expectations.

That was in the back of my mind when I arrived at Hope approximately 15 minutes after the vernal equinox. Light snow was falling outside because, as a friend put it, winter was just being rude. But the warm welcome we received from manager Peter Mellekas ensured the weather would not burst my bubble of optimism. I’m happy to report that Hope’s friendly staff and truly excellent food crafted in the kitchen of Executive Chef Kevin King preserved that buoyant spirit for the next two hours.

Hope opened last November on the southern end of Broadway in the space previously occupied by One Eighty, but alas my husband and I had yet to visit until Friday, March 20, the first night of the spring installment of Newport Restaurant Week. This twice-a-year celebration of the area’s restaurant scene (Hope is one of over 50 participating restaurants) offers an enticing opportunity to check out newcomers, especially one with as much buzz about its interior design as it has foodie cred.

Out of the restaurant’s black and ivory neutral palette pops the bright orange back to bench seating along the wall. The high tin ceiling and vintage wall sconces preserve turn-of-the 20th century charm, but the bar’s built-in USB ports allow customers to charge their smartphones. Radiant heat in the bar’s stone countertop takes the chill away from elbows and wrists.

King previously led the kitchen at Fluke and also consulted at Forty 1 North before developing Hope’s just right-sized menu. Our amiable server, Josie Michaud, gave us a bowl of buttery extra virgin olive oil and a plate of foccacia squares with a tiny cup of kosher salt on the side. That’s when we realized Hope has no salt and pepper shakers on tables, a gamble that pays off handily. You won’t need any.

My husband Larry went right for the Grilled Octopus ($12) off the regular menu, which came with black-eyed peas, grilled leeks and a subtle herb oil. Move over fried calamari, because this flavorful cephalopod dish – one 10 regular small plate options – is what should really be the state’s official appetizer.

I chose to order off the three-courses for $35 Newport Restaurant Week Menu, starting with a generously plated Baby Arugula Salad which came with juicy blueberries, just enough goat cheese, toasted pecans and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette dressing. King also sent out a plate of fresh Chicken Empanadas with a sweet and tangy tomatillo salsa. I wasn’t going to eat them all since I’m trying to lay off the fried stuff.

I ate them all.

My entree was an exquisitely prepared Pan Roasted Chicken nestled on a bed of rainbow Swiss chard, fingerling potatoes and caramelized onions. The juicy chicken had experienced a serious rubdown with pepper, sage and oregano before roasting and that made for a very happy experience for my palate.

Larry ordered the Grilled Skirt Steak ($24), which came expertly prepared medium rare with a side of roasted square and cauliflower and a well-balanced rosemary and red wine reduction sauce. It was the perfect dish for someone who doesn’t eat white food: Even the cauliflower is the purple kind. He absolutely loved this nutrition-packed meal.

Which was really our big takeaway from Hope. The food here is very healthy fare with some indulgences here and there on the menu. (See Chicken Empanadas.) Speaking of indulgences, I did order a second glass of French Pinot Noir which had lovely fruits and a nice rounded finish. Larry also went French with a blend of Cabernet and Merlot that paired very well with his steak.

Ending the night on a happy note, my Milk Chocolate & Hazlenut Panna Cotta restaurant week dessert was served in a highball glass with a long spoon that made every bite a delicious adventure.

Don’t think restaurant week is the only time when Hope has prix-fixed specials. On Tuesday nights, live jazz accompanies the dinner for two for $40 including a bottle of wine. Larry and I will be sure to check it out. We hope to see you there.

HOPE
10 Broadway, Newport
(401) 849-6676

Tiverton Fun!

This post was written by Courtney McMorrow, intern at Discover Newport

Visit Milk and Honey Bazaar for some fresh cheese, honey and other unique homemade treats like Spanish Fig and Almond Cake! 3838 Main Road Tiverton, RI (401) 624-1974
Walk around Clarks Christmas Tree Farm filled with 7 acres of trees to find the perfect one! 4191 Main Road Tiverton, RI (401) 624-4119
Walk around Clarks Christmas Tree Farm filled with 7 acres of trees to find the perfect one!
4191 Main Road
Tiverton, RI (401) 624-4119
Often regarded as a "Rhode Island Icon," Gray's Ice Cream in Tiverton has been soothing the sweet-tooth cravin gs of locals and visitors alike since 1923 when owner Annie Gray began selling ice cream from the back window of her house. Today, the legendary ice cream shop boasts more than 40 flavors, from ever-pleasing classics like cookie dough and mint chocolate to seasonal flavors like eggnog and pumpkin, and even the unexpected rum raisin and frozen pudding. With myriad options, it's no wonder they've won countless awards.
Often regarded as a “Rhode Island Icon,” Gray’s Ice Cream in Tiverton has been soothing the sweet-tooth cravings of locals and visitors alike since 1923 when owner Annie Gray began selling ice cream from the back window of her house. Today, the legendary ice cream shop boasts more than 40 flavors, from ever-pleasing classics like cookie dough and mint chocolate to seasonal flavors like eggnog and pumpkin, and even the unexpected rum raisin and frozen pudding. With myriad options, it’s no wonder they’ve won countless awards. 16 E Rd, Tiverton, RI 02878 (401) 624-4500
Coastal Roasters is well-known for their coffee that is freshly brewed every day by hand. Stop in for some delicious and rare flavors!     1791 Main Road Tiverton, RI (401) 624-2343
Coastal Roasters is well-known for their coffee that is freshly brewed every day by hand. Stop in for some delicious and rare flavors!
1791 Main Road
Tiverton, RI (401) 624-2343
Although it is covered in snow right now, Fogland Beach is a beautiful destination in the summer!
Although it is covered in snow right now, Fogland Beach is a beautiful destination in the summer!

Created by Discover Newport Intern: Courtney McMorrow

The 59th Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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It is infamously known that Newport is steeped in history, from the colonial era to the Gilded Age. However, it is lesser known that the city has been infused with a substantial amount of Irish heritage since the early 1800s. During that time, Irish immigrants began moving to Newport in large numbers to embrace a variety of jobs, from working the coal mines in nearby Portsmouth to building Fort Adams State Park here in Newport. Today, the city celebrates this heritage with a month-long roster of events, including the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade which will be held this Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Newport’s first parade took place in 1956. Today, thousands of spectators line the streets of downtown every Saturday preceding St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy the two-hour parade featuring pipe and marching bands, fife and drum corps, reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations including police and fire units, social/fraternal organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, and non-profits. This Saturday, the 59th Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11:00am from Newport City Hall and will proceed down Thames Street to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin’s Church in the heart of the Fifth Ward.

Named one of The Best St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Celebrations in New England by USA Today and Yankee Magazine, the parade encompasses endless seas of participants and spectators dressed in their finest greenery ready to celebrate the Irish culture.

For more information on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, check here

A Guide to Newport Gallery Night

One the second Thursday of every month from February through December, art aficionados of all kinds stroll the streets of our bustling wharves and eclectic neighborhoods to experience the work of 25+ galleries

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Dates:
The second Thursday of each month, February through December. 5-8pm.
Overview:
Established in 2001 and now in its 14th year, Newport Gallery Night stands as first-hand evidence that Newport’s art scene is alive and well. One the second Thursday of every month, art aficionados of all kinds stroll the streets of our bustling wharves and eclectic neighborhoods to experience the work of 25+ galleries. Some of the organizations you can visit include: Spring Bull Gallery, Blink Gallery, DeBlois Gallery, and Harbor Fine Art. A full list of participating galleries can be found here.
Your Newport Gallery Night experience includes diverse galleries, museums and cultural institutions displaying art of varying kinds from varying eras, as well as special lectures at participating venues.
View the current exhibition here, and for the old school participants: a map.
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Special Deals:
  • Parking is free at the Newport Visitor Center and Newport Art Museum
  • Don’t forget to ask the galleries you visit for a Newport Gallery Night Restaurant Discount Coupon. After you’ve finished exploring the arts and embracing the cultures, visit one of the following Newport Restaurants for a discount on your meal:

Café Zelda - Glass of house wine with purchase of Prix Fixe special
The Conservatory at Vanderbilt Grace - 15% off food
Hyatt Regency Newport - Complimentary dessert or appetizer with entrée
Mamma Luisa15% off dinner
Newport Blues Café - 2 for 1 entrée’s
One Bellevue at The Hotel Viking - 20% off food
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – $3.00 off purchase of $10.00 or more
Pier 49 Seafood & Spirits - 10% off food
The Rhumbline25% off food
Sardella’s - 15% off food
The Spiced Pear at The Chanler - 20% 4 course food/wine dinner
Tallulah on Thames – 10% off entire bill
White Horse Tavern10% off dinner
Yesterday’s - 10% off food

For more information, visit DiscoverNewport.org/EventsCalendar

5 Ways to Get Bollywood Ready For newportFILM’s Friend-Raiser

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Today’s post is brought to us by newportFILM marketing intern, Albert Vuoso. Albert, a former Discover Newport intern, is currently finishing his senior year at Salve Regina University, and also serves as a contributing writer for
Elite Daily. Today, he’s here to tell us about newportFILM’s upcoming Bollywood friend-raiser with a list of suggestions on how to prepare!

The groundhog may have sentenced Newport to another six weeks of winter, but that doesn’t mean the end of the off-season has to go out as a bore.

Saturday, March 7th, newportFILM will host their 4th Annual Friend-Raiser at Christie’s in Newport, and let’s just say there’s going to be a lot more culture and excitement hitting Thames Street than ever before.

Paying tribute to India’s booming Bollywood movie industry, the Friend-Raiser will encourage party-goers to channel their untapped love for the colorful dress and over-the-top glitz of which the industry is known.

Replete with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, DJ, dancing, the infamous flip-book photo booth, and “The Best (Bollywood) Raffle Ever” (with a 1/100 chance to win prizes like an “Instant Wine Cellar”, “Support Local Shopping Spree” and an “NYC Extravaganza”) the newportFILM Friend-Raiser sets out to highly entertain – and make a friend out of you.

All sounds fun, but how to prepare?

Follow these five tips before you leave your house and you’ll be ready to sparkle at Newport’s best party of the off-season.

1. Pin It!
Since most people’s closets aren’t teeming with traditional Bollywood attire, newportFILM has created this handy Pinterest board to give you a taste of the film industry’s signature style: http://bit.ly/bollywoodpinterest

2. Get Glam
Women delight, an excuse to go to the spa! RaNEW Salon & Spa (401-619-4848) and The Apothecary of Newport (401-324-6253) have teamed up with newportFILM to help you get the Bollywood look for less. By calling ahead, these local salons will offer an exclusive rate for hair, henna, makeup, lashes & flash tattoos. What better way to bring together your Bollywood inspired look?

3. Shop Locally
No need to go to Mumbai or New York, there are shops all around Newport with both traditional and modern takes on the theme, ready for you to purchase. Closet Revival, Chateau & Bungalow, Maison DNA and Wish Newport are among the boutiques featuring a wide selection of inspiration for the party, with discounts from 15%-20% off – even for the guys!

4. Practice your Posing!
Whether in the mirror or with selfies on your iPhone, be ready to strike a pose at the newportFILM Friend-Raiser. Featuring the beloved flip-book photo booth (sponsored by Seamist Medspa) and newportFILM’s own photogs, March 7th will be a night of pictures. Practice your smile and feel comfortable in your outfit – who knows, there might even be a “Best Dressed” contest.

5. Dance, Dance, Dance
Bollywood films are notorious for sudden breakouts of song and dance and the Friend-Raiser will be no different. Expect a live DJ and dance room dedicated to those who like to boogie down. Freshen up on your Bollywood dance knowledge by checking out films like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Disco Dancer.

All ticket and raffle proceeds from the event will contribute to newportFILM’s mission of bringing year-round world-class, documentary film to Aquidneck Island and contribute to the effervescent arts scene in Newport community.

Purchase your party tickets for $75 at newportFILM.com.

Inspiration for your Bollywood attire: