Newport welcomed 2013 with a dusting of snow on the ground and excitement in the air! While summer inevitably thrusts Newport in the spotlight, winter may be our best kept secret with lower lodging rates, easy to secure restaurant reservations and dining deals, less crowds at popular attractions and fun activities for the whole family including the Newport Skating Center, mansion tours, walking tours, seal watching cruises with Save the Bay or aboard the Seal Watch Safari--the possibilities are endless!
The highlight of the season is the Newport Winter Festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year when it comes around February 15-24, 2013. Sure to melt away winter blues, the Festival is a 10-day celebration boasting more than 150 events for families, children and adults. Make it a family affair at the 18th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off or the 3rd Annual Chicken Wing Cook-Off. Parents can send stir-crazy kids to the Children's Fair presented by Radio Disney and Festival Day at Easton's Beach. The Martini Drink Contest, the Samuel Adams Brew Masters Dinner at Brick Alley Pub and Beatlemania are just a few of the events that adults can enjoy.