We blinked and February was over. Now we can't stop daydreaming of all things March on The Coast. There's so much to be excited about in Newport this time of year, from plenty of dreamy winter happenings like a hot chocolate bar and pop-up igloos on the bay to winter walking tours and plenty of heated outdoor dining spots.
Below are our top picks for the month.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter.
All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing.
MARBLE HOUSE RE-OPENING
Built between 1888 and 1892, Marble House a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. It designed by iconic architect Richard Morris Hunt and inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Upon its completion, Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present.
When: March 1, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, last admission at 4:00 PM
Where: Marble House
*Please Note: The Breakers will be closed March 1 - May 27
A NIGHT OF OUTDOOR MUSIC & COCKTAILS WITH BRIAN TWOHEY
With pubs on hold, Linden Place brings the pubs to you with a night of outdoor live music and refreshments! The night will feature outdoor lighting, fire pits, heaters and Adirondack chairs in the courtyard of historic Linden Place Mansion. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own blanket) and enjoy Irish music and cover songs by local musician, Brian Twohey while savoring festive drinks from the cash bar provided by RI Cruisin’ Cocktails.
When: Friday, March 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Mansion
WEEKEND WINTER WONDERS SCAVENGER HUNTS
Each week try one of four themed scavenger hunts at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol. Take home a Grab & Go activity, worksheet pages, and a suggested children’s reading list for winter. Complete your scavenger hunt and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a Music at Sunset Picnic Package! (4 tickets to one of Blithewold's Music at Sunset concerts, private porch seating, plus a boxed picnic).
When: Saturdays and Sundays through March 29, 10:00 am - 1:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion
FREE GUIDED BIRD WALK
Count up as many bird species as you can, from soaring red-tailed hawks to tiny hovering hummingbirds. You'll learn how to identify common year-round residents and seasonal migrants. All birding levels welcome. Binoculars are helpful but not required.
When: Sunday, March 14, 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
POSTPONED: NEWPORT SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Find your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Newport! The parade kicks off from the Newport City Hall and runs through Washington Square, down Thames Street, and ends at St. Augustine's Church. Parade will be held rain or shine.
When: Postponed until September 25, 2021
Where: Begins from Newport City Hall
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WALKING TOURS WITH NEWPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Bundle up and make your way outdoors for a 1-hour walking tour with the Newport Historical Society in the heart of downtown Newport. Presented by an expert guide, tours will depart with a group of no more than ten for an especially intimate experience.
Masks are required and you will be asked a series of screening questions to ensure the health of everyone in the tour group.
Home to craftsmen, merchants, religious dissenters and more, discover the Point neighborhood’s rich colonial history.
Explore the heart of 18th century Newport and discuss the year-long period when roughly 12,000 French soldiers and sailors lived alongside Newport citizens during the American Revolution. Learn how…
See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.”
Hear stories of entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period.
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