My wife and I stayed a Saturday night in March at the Newport Marriott. After a week that included 70 and 80 degree weather, Saturday was in the 50's which was still nice for the middle of March. Newport is only a 90 minute drive from Boston, so we left early and arrived at the hotel at 10:45 a.m. Taking a chance that a room might be ready, we tried to check in. The front desk gentlemen welcomed us and thanked us for being a returning guest. Out of the blue, I asked if an upgrade was available. (I usually forget to ask although I am a Marriott Rewards Platinum member.) To my surprise he said he could upgrade us to a suite, but the room was not ready as of that time. He took my cell number and said he would call me when the room was ready. Figuring we had a few hours to kill, we went downtown.
My wife wanted to go shopping for our grandkids at Michael Hayes for Kids. It's located on Belleview Ave. She got some great toddler clothes for up to 70% off. While she shopped, I went into the La Forge restaurant and pub which is next to the Tennis Hall of Fame. I had a couple of Newport Storm Ales. A very nice draft beer. When she joined me, we split an order of mussels in white sauce. Lightly seasoned with garlic and quite good. The hot rolls were wonderful.
At 12:40 I got a call that our room was ready. So we went back to the hotel. The suite was on the 6th floor and overlooked the harbor. The living room was nicely appointed with a nautical theme. The bathroom was gorgeous with a five nozzle, glass enclosed shower.
We walked past the harbor onto Thames Street. about a quarter of a mile down the road, we stopped at O'Brien's Pub for another Newport Storm Ale. The outside sitting was nice, but the wind was picking up and they eventually put down the plastic sides and turned on the heat.
Next we walked across town and had dinner at Yesterday's. The atmosphere is that of an old time saloon. My wife had grilled tuna and I had pad thai. The pad thai was nothing like I get from the local Tai restaurants, but not bad. The best part of the meal was the creme brulee sampler for dessert.
Went to church Sunday morning at St. Mary's (Where JFK married Jackie.) Gorgeous church, very un-crowded at 8:00 a.m. mass.
Had a great 36 hours and we'll be back in the Fall.
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