Wellington Resort

551 Thames St., Newport, Rhode Island, 02840, United States
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A room thats not a fortune

by roamer61

Is it not possible to get a room thats under $150? I would go in September after Labor Day.

RE: A room thats not a fortune

by tracys2cents

Yes there are many places under $150 after labor day, especially on the weeknights. Are you going weekend nights? What type of place are you looking for, hotel, B&B, something on/ near beach, please give some details.

RE: RE: A room thats not a fortune

by roamer61

It would most likey be a Thursday-Sunday. I prefer a B&B or an Inn.

RE: RE: A room thats not a fortune

by tracys2cents

Weekends would be very difficult to find something. Weeknights you could maybe try AgincourtInn.com

RE: A room thats not a fortune

by kimmay1771

Try the Hampton Inn in Middletown. It's about a 10 minute drive from downtown, brand new hotel (about 3 years old), and VERY friendly staff. I have put up my family there numerous times, and they are extremely pleased.

RE: RE: A room thats not a fortune

by roamer61

Thanks for the feedback. But there are 2 points that prevent me from doing so. 1. I dont drive, and 2. I need to stay within Newport itself.

Travel Tips for Newport

Mysterious Old Stone Mill

by Pawtuxet

I quote from the web site....

Old Stone Mill
Built by ancient astronauts?

In a town bursting with historic buildings, this structure may be Newport's most controversial. Known variously as the Old Stone Mill, the Norse Tower, the Viking Tower, or the Mystery Tower, this cylindrical stone artifact stands at one end of Touro Park. Its twenty-four-foot-high walls are made of lime-mortared fieldstone and its interior is open to the sky. Arches separate the legs and small, square openings are scattered in the wall above. The puzzle is that no one knows for sure when, or by whom, the tower was built. Or, for that matter, why.
Colonial stone masons
Of the two most popular theories, the simpler one, and the one favored by academics, is that the tower was of Colonial construction. It may have been built by Governor Benedict Arnold (great-grandfather of the patriot/traitor) around 1675, after a wooden windmill belonging to Peter Easton blew down in a hurricane. Its design may have been patterned after a mill near Arnold's boyhood home in Chesterton, England. Support for this theory comes from Arnold's 1677 will, in which he twice refers to his "stone built windmill."
Viking stone masons
Then there are those who claim the tower was built by Vikings who visited North America 1,000 years ago. They point out that while Arnold may have used it as a windmill, there is no proof anywhere that he actually built it. Perhaps he merely used an otherwise abandoned ancient ruin. This view is supported by some suggestive evidence. Broad interpretations of vague references in historical Norse sagas have led some to believe that Vikings visited Mount Hope Bay between the years 1000 and 1004 AD. .......
Portuguese stone masons
Another less popular theory, but one which may be more rooted in reality, is that the tower was built as a fortified church and watchtower by Portuguese explorer Miguel Corte-Real, who disappeared in the North Atlantic around 1502. Physician/historian Manuel Luciano da Silva, in his book Portuguese Pilgrims and Dighton Rock, argues that the tower and its stonework resemble structures which were then prevalent in Portugal. He also notes that carvings found on a boulder in Berkley, Massachusetts, have been linked with Corte-Real's ill-fated expedition and that a cannon and sword unearthed at Fort Ninigret, in Charlestown, also appear to be of Portuguese make.
Other stone masons
Everyone wants to claim credit for the Old Stone Mill, or ascribe its construction to one pre-Columbian group or another. Did druids build it? Was it the Knights Templar, fresh from the Crusades and looking for new heathens to convert or kill? Could it be that the Chinese, who, according to author Gavin Mendie, circumnavigated the globe in 1421, constructed the tower as a device to determine longitude? Or were local Indians, many of whose descendants are today skilled stone workers, responsible for this enigma?
Scientific investigation
The debate shifts back and forth to this day, with one theory or another seeming to gain ground with every new bit of evidence that comes to light.
The Romance of the Myth
Still, the Viking theory seems to be the one that fuels the imagination. In the late 1840s Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the tower in his poem, The Skeleton in Armor. Today, a number of local businesses, including the nearby Hotel Viking, Viking Cleaners, and Viking Tours, continue to trade on the romance of the myth; at one time, the Hotel Viking even had a mural that depicted Norsemen building the tower.

Further information, as well as an extensive list of resources regarding the Old Stone Mill and theories on its construction, can be found in the Old Stone Mill Finding Aid on the Redwood Library and Athenaeum website.

Old Stone Mill
Touro Park, Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Visiting the Mansions

by Gypsystravels

Most people visit Newport to see the mansions, and why not? They are the result of wealth and oppulence during this nation's growth.

The three main mansions are quite stunning and retain most of their original furnishings. The mansions conduct tours and you are not allowed to see them on your own. There is no photography and no touching allowed.

I takes between 1-2 hours (depends if you visit the grounds) to see the parts of the mansions that are on view. If you plan your visit carefully, you can see quite a few of them in one day. I love wandering the beautiful rooms of all the mansions seeing things for the 8th or 9th time or even seeing them for the first time.

Doggy shop

by Gypsystravels about This shop has since closed (updated 10/06)

At the moment I can not for the life of me remember the exact name of this shop, I am sure I have a business card at home somewhere.

Anyway, I love doggy specialty shops, and this one was no exception. Quite small but with really cute things like this little "doggy bathing suit". The majority of their goods were clothing, carry bags, frames, books and of course clothing.

I just couldn't believe that they had bathing suits for the pups. Too cute. Anything a little pampered pet would want.

Nikolas Pizza

by Gypsystravels about Nikolas Pizza

While I was walking around Newport trying to decide where to explore next, I came across this "pizza" place. I was feeling a bit on the hungry side but really didn't want a full on meal, so I dediced to take a peek in. The restaurant was packed with what seemed like locals, large parties, students and families all enjoying some great Italian dishes.

I was meeting my girlfriends for dinner later that evening so I grabbed a quick meal to go. The restaurant was on the small side with some really cozy tables. They have an extensive menu for either in or take away. I ordered a meatball "grinder" and a Pepsi to go. Prices vary by size, but the small "grinder" was about $6.75

The Elms

by mikelisaanna

The Elms is one of the larger mansions in Newport that is open to the public. It was built in the early 1900s by the Berwind family, which made its fortune by owning coal mines. Unfortunately, much of the original furniture and artwork was sol at auction after the last family member living in the house died during the 1960s. However, the house is still definitely worth touring. Visitors tour it with the aid of prerecorded guided tour tapes that are very informative.


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Address: 551 Thames St., Newport, Rhode Island, 02840, United States