There's a reason why families with names like Vanderbilt, Astor and Duke made Newport their playground during the turn of the century. Today, you don't need a baron of industry's bankroll for your group to enjoy the spoils of the City-by-the-Sea. Home to spectacular coastal scenery, rich history, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown, miles of stunning beaches, acclaimed restaurants and warm hospitality, Newport is considered the shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. With 375 years of history, Newport can offer an enviable balance of authentic, historic venues alongside the modern conveniences expected among today's savvy business travelers. Our convention hotels and unique venues are constantly updating and improving facilities to meet the needs of group planners.
Some highlights include:
- The Newport Marriott, featuring 319 rooms, is undergoing a complete renovation and makeover of the property that will begin on November 23, 2014. The hotel will be closed during the transformation and will reopen in the beginning of April 2015.
- The International Tennis Hall of Fame has embarked on an extensive and strategic plan that lays the groundwork for building a 21st century campus and world-class tennis facility which will offer an enhanced experience for visitors. Work on the renovating the museum is underway, with the new museum slated to open in spring 2015. A major reinterpretation of the museum will draw visitors into tennis history through various multi-media components. Emphasis is on telling the story of tennis through 240 Hall of Famers, and artifacts that relate to a particular Hall of Famer are labeled as such. The plans also focus on highlighting the global impact and appeal of tennis. Housed inside the 1880 Newport Casino, the International Tennis Hall of Fame major renovation and expansion project will be completed to the sum of $15 million.
- The newly renovated casemates at Fort Adams, located within the walls of the Fortress, feature three vaulted, arched chambers with brick ceilings and granite walls overlook the Parade Field, windows formerly embrasures or gun ports for large cannons that provide water views of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor, and can accommodates 20 200 guests. Discover Newport hosted an exquisite FAM tour here in August. The Barracks Dining Room there, an intimate space with many distinctive architectural characteristics, accommodates up to 40 guests.
- Newport Vineyards is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion including the addition of a new restaurant, Brix Restaurant, which features two walls of windows overlooking the winery's barrel room, tank room and views out to the vineyard, ideal for taking in all the action of harvest and winery activities. In sum, Newport Vineyards is renovating over 30,000 square feet of their building. Slated for an early 2015 completion, phase two of the renovation includes a new tasting room, three-season porch, second patio, marketplace and new space for the neighboring bakery and deli. Newport vineyards offers distinctive event spaces for groups from 20 to 400.
- The Audrain Automobile Museum was established in the fall of 2014 with the vision of becoming one of the most highly regarded automotive museums in New England, a beacon for the local community and a hub for car enthusiasts everywhere. The Audrain collection is comprised of over 112 of the rarest and most remarkable vehicles in history, and houses fully restored vehicles ranging from the beginning of the 20th Century to modern day. To keep the museum fresh, the entire collection is never displayed at once. Instead, vehicles are showcased based on periodically changing exhibition themes. This gives visitors and members of the museum the opportunity to have a completely unique experience with each visit.
- The just-introduced Fish'n Tales Adventures invites guests embark on 90-minute excursions to haul working lobster traps, as well as fishing trips for individuals and larger groups. The adventure includes a tour of the inner harbor as groups motor a short distance to the lobster fishing grounds. The captain and crew will haul out six to eight "pots" as they are called, while the passengers aboard learn all about lobsters, their unique habitat, and the tricks of the trade of being a lobster fisherman. Guests help the crew re-fill the nylon mesh bait bags before they drop the heavy contraptions overboard again. Back at the dock at Aquidneck Lobster Company, The passengers who would like to take their catch home can pay the market's daily "boat price" or, for a small additional cost, they can have the lobsters perfectly steam-cooked and wrapped to take home.
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