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Newport, RI– October 27, 2016 – Condé Nast Traveler recently announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Aquidneck Island recognized as one of the “Top 10 Islands in the U.S.”

“Aquidneck Islanders should be proud to be included among top-notch islands like Maui, Longboat Key and Kiawah Island,” said Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport. “While we’re always grateful to have our fine destination recognized, it is especially meaningful when it’s a publication’s readers that make their voice heard.”

More than 300,000 dedicated readers – nearly twice as many as last year – cast votes for 7,394 hotels, 606 cities, 500 cruise ships and 236 islands in the survey. The result? The 1,402 best travel experiences in the world.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide this week. The full list is published exclusively online at

January Exploration Center and Aquarium Theme Explores the Atypical and Unique Fish of Narragansett Bay

NEWPORT, RI  – “Cool and Crazy Fish” is the theme this month at Save The Bay’s Exploration and Aquarium on Easton’s Beach in Newport. Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18, a full schedule of activities will explore some of the unique fish species that call Narragansett Bay home.

Some of those cool and crazy fish are sea robins, sea ravens, oyster toadfish, skates, dogfish sharks, and the Northern Stargazer, an electrogenic fish that hides in the sandy bottom with only its eyes and mouth above the sand and pointing toward the stars. When a smaller fish swims by, the Northern Stargazer stuns its prey with an electrical current and then uses its mouth to make a lightning fast negative vacuum in the water to swallow its meal whole. “When living in the depths of Rhode Island Sound, meals can sometimes be few and far between, so many fish come up with ingenious adaptations to find a meal, just as the Northern Stargazer has,” said Save The Bay Aquarium Manager Adam Kovarsky.

Every Saturday in January, aquarium guests are invited to take part in  a Northern Stargazer feeding around noon. Kovarsky has also planned a full schedule of cool and crazy fish activities for all open days in January, including “Flossie the Flounder” story time at 11 a.m., cool fish feeding frenzy noon, a scavenger hunt at 1:00 p.m.,  paper plate fish making at 2 p.m., and, weather permitting, a beach walk at 3 p.m.

“This is a great time of the year to visit the aquarium, because the beach is far less crowded than in the summer,” says Kovarsky. The Exploration Center and Aquarium is located in the Easton’s Beach Rotunda at 175 Memorial Blvd. in Newport, R.I.  For more information about the Exploration Center and Aquarium, visit or call 401-324-6020.

Yesterday’s of Newport goes to Auction

NEWPORT, RI – Yesterday’s, Newport’s well known and revered  meeting, drinking and eating establishment for over 40 years has lost its lease and EVERYTHING must be sold. Owner’s Richard & Maria Thorn who began Yesterday’s in 1974 have concluded a fabulous run of over 40 years with a September 26 Saturday night dinner for their patrons. “We never expected a response to our closing like we had this weekend with over 1,500 meals served” said Maria Thorn. “It was a overwhelming response that our friends and customers for over 40 years shared their stories of love, marriage, meeting and chance at Yesterdays” she said.

The property at 28 Washington Square has been sold to new investors who have no plans for a restaurant as a tenant and are aiming for high end retail for the property. Maria Thorn calls the loss of her lease “heartbreaking and devastating”.

Michael Salvadore Jr., of Salvadore Auctions, Inc. of Narragansett, RI has been hired to liquidate the assets of the restaurant at a October 24 auction that is open to the public. Salvadore who has auctioned off other high profile restaurants including the first Bugaboo Creek to go to auction comments “The amount of historically correct photos of 1900’s Newport is amazing and the quality of the original artwork is stunning. Plus the amount of collectible items is incredible! Some lucky bides are going to go home with once in a lifetime items”.

Included in the auction is a hand carved fan, the work of Paul Goddard  a descendant of the early and well known Rhode Island furniture maker. The stunning woodworking features a hand carved skull as its centerpiece. A stunning and eye catching work of craftsmanship that is believed to be the only one in existence.

Also included in the auction is a sign that was prominent in the movie Amistad, a painting originally done in mercury paint now enclosed in glass of the prominent New Bedford piano shop “Pease” , a 1900’s Barber Pole, Art Deco Lighting, Hand Made Brass Railings, Tiffany style Lamps, hundreds of photos, Brass Signs, Cast Iron Bar Stools, Kitchen and Bar Equipment and over two hundred Beer Taps. Salvadore says “For 40 years Richard and Maria Thorn collected unique items for their restaurant that have significant collectible value. Now the public has the opportunity to win these items at Auction on October 24”. Indeed, a unique Newport institution that created families, friendships years of fine food and cheer will be now be made available to the public on October 24.

For additional information about this auction visit or contact Michael A. Salvadore Jr., SPA, MPPA at or 401.792.4300 x2


Fall is in Full Swing in Newport, Rhode Island

NEWPORT, RI – It’s no wonder why people from around the world flock to New England during our resplendent autumn months. Festivals abound, the harvest is bountiful and Mother Nature is at her finest. Newport and its surrounding eight coastal communities welcome visitors from near and far to experience the spoils of the season:

Oct. 10-31: Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch Pumpkins, food, music, crafts and more at Trinity Church on Queen Anne Square.

Oct. 10: Festa Italiana: Festival in the Park Savor Italian food and novelties, music, dancing, raffles plus a children’s storyteller and musician.

Oct. 12: Newport Columbus Day Parade The Grand Marshal will lead the parade, which steps off at St. Joseph’s Church on Broadway at noon, to the Columbus Monument at Memorial Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue.

Oct. 14, 21 & 28: Broadway All-Star Chef’s Challenge Four local restaurants will create exciting, farm fresh dishes based on theme ingredients each week—you won’t leave hungry. Featured restaurants: Tavern on Broadway, Boru Noodle Bar, Pour Judgement and Hope Food & Spirits. Ten tickets available per event.

Oct. 15: Vineyard Vinyasa Yoga “UnWine-d” at Newport Vineyards with Thames Street Yoga followed by a wine tasting onsite.

Oct. 16: Lenny Clarke makes his Newport Comedy Series debut with comedian Tony V.

Oct. 16-18, 23-25: Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams Experience the Tunnels of Terror, try your hand at Zombie Laser Tag or take in the Killer Film Fest. Those 12 and under can head to the Kids Fun House for snacks, crafts and trick-or-treating.

Oct. 17: Halloween Movie Night at Ballard Park Movies under the stars includes showings of Hotel Transylvania and Young Frankenstein preceded by a children’s costume parade.

Oct. 17: Fall Family Open House at the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of FameComplimentary admission to the museum, tours, family activities, outdoor games, hot cider, snacks, shopping, raffles and more.

Oct. 17-18: 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival Taste chef’s creations from a record number of participating restaurants and fine food vendors including: Matunuck Oyster Bar, Pour Judgement, Speakeasy Bar & Grill, The Black Pearl, SaltWater, Rhode Island Shellfisherman’s Association, Shuckin’ Truck, Gilded Tomato Artisanal Pizza, Boru Noodle Bar, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, Wharf Pub and Diego’s. Enjoy face-painting, pumpkin painting and other children’s activities alongside the Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel.

Oct. 25: A Taste of Bristol and Beyond Bristol’s premier food and wine event unfolds at Linden Place Museum with more than 40 restaurants, caterers, local vineyards and breweries. Guests will enjoy gourmet samplings in the fabulously decorated ballroom and tented gardens of this magnificent estate.

Oct. 25: Citizen’s Bank Pell Bridge Run One of the most unique road races in the Northeast! Once a year pedestrians are allowed to run or walk across the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport in this 4 mile run/walk.

Oct. 31: Annual Halloween Walkabout Dress in your best costumes and stroll all the shops of downtown Bristol for an afternoon of trick-or-treating.

Oct. 31: Farmfest at Mount Hope Farm Experience historical tours, Native American storytellers, reenactment militia, farm animals and hayrides at this family-friendly event which also includes the year-round Farmer’s Market in the barn, live music and food with a host of activities for kids of all ages.

Oct. 31: The Perfect Pumpkin Party at the Audubon Environmental Education Center An annual day of pumpkin fun. Visitors can try their hand at pumpkin golf, pumpkin ring-toss and pumpkin art. Buy a pumpkin from their “patch” and decorate it with provided art supplies.

Nov. 6-15: Newport Restaurant Week With more than 50 participating restaurants throughout Newport County, Restaurant Week has grown into one of the most anticipated (and mouth-watering) events of the season. Seasonal menus, local farm fresh dishes and seafood caught right off Rhode Island’s shores make for extraordinary lunches and dinners. Make reservations early!

Stay and save with a host of Last Minute Deals and themed Getaway Packages including food and wine, spa pampering, girlfriend getaway, artisan, romance and mansion-hopping. Find details here:


Enjoy live music at Newport Vineyards weekend afternoons through October from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. andlive jazz music at Greenvale Vineyards on Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through November.

Escobar’s Annual Corn Maze This eight-acre corn maze featuring a Wizard of Oz theme is a family favorite as are the hayrides and the Hay Play area. Halloween party on Oct. 24. Maze open through Nov.

Busking at Bowen’s Fall Series Live acoustic music at Bowen’s Wharf. Various dates throughout October.

Apple Picking Area farms with pick-your-own programs include Sweet Berry Farm and Rocky Brook Orchard in Middletown, Young Family Farm and Old Stone Orchard in Little Compton and many more.

Ghost Tours Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport’s shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of our haunted city.

For a complete calendar of events, visit:


Discover Newport is the official destination management organization (DMO) dedicated to promoting the City of Newport and the eight surrounding coastal townships in Newport and Bristol counties, Rhode Island. These include Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren. As a non-profit organization, Discover Newport partners with stakeholders throughout our tourism and hospitality industry to market the region as a premier destination for business and leisure travel.


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