Discover Newport Updates

Discover Newport Elects Slate of New Officers
Join us in congratulating the following slate of officers to the Discover Newport Board of Directors:

Chairman, TR McGrath, McGrath Clambakes, Middletown
Vice-Chairman, Keith Chouinard, The Chanler Hotel, Newport
Treasurer, Geremie Callahan, Fluke Restaurant, Newport
Secretary, Karen Binder, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, Bristol

We thank them all for their continued service and dedication to the Discover Newport team and the entire hospitality industry.

New Location in 2021
The celebration of a New Year also brings a new office location for the management team at Discover Newport. As of January 1, 2021, the Discover Newport Sales, Marketing and Administration team will be located at 44 Long Wharf Mall in Newport. Be sure to update your contacts with the new address.

Share What's New
Please be sure to let us know what’s NEW with your business, including new lodging packages, pop-up shops, sales and special events. Send details to Julie Grant at
50th Anniversary of Christmas in Newport
This past Tuesday was the official kick-off to Christmas in Newport. This year’s event, like many others in our city this year, looked a bit different. Regardless, the Christmas in Newport team of volunteers still forged ahead, found the resources, and made it happen, especially to honor the woman who started it all 50 years ago: Ruth Meyers. This year we may not have crowds gathering to watch the tree lightings, listening to the children’s choir singing, sharing secrets with Santa or watching the Illuminated Boat Parade, but one thing that remains is spirit. So, we ask each business owner, resident, and boat owner to please light up our beautiful cities and towns to show your support and contagious spirit! is Live!
We are pleased to partner with The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce to announce a new initiative, The new website serves as an online directory to market shopping and dining in the Greater Newport community. The site will link to your current website (or offer a valuable opportunity if you do not have a web presence) by promoting your business to reach a new, broader audience.

Registration is free, and you do not need to be a member of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, but your business must have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Learn more about this free opportunity and register here.

Please send questions to Isabel Marsh, Project Manager for Shop Greater Newport, at
American Magic Promotional Collateral and Digital Toolkit
Last month we introduced you to the USA Challenger, American Magic with local sailors Nick Dana and Dan Morris at the helm as they compete on their racing boat PATRIOT in the America’s Cup World Series Christmas Cup in Auckland, New Zealand December 17-20, 2020. In support of the American Team, promotional posters and postcards are available for pick up outside the Newport Visitor Center December 7-10, Monday-Thursday from 10am - 4pm, alongside a Digital Toolkit of assets for the hospitality industry in Newport and Bristol to promote the races in your store, restaurant, on your website, or in a e-newsletter.

The first America's Cup racing starts in just two weeks! Newport's team American Magic will be competing for the first time against the other three 36th America's Cup teams in Auckland, New Zealand at the America's Cup World Series and Christmas Cup December 16-19 (USA dates). Don't miss the action! Coverage will be available to watch on the NBC Sports Network and the NBC Gold app (with subscription), and be sure to follow the team on social media for all updates.
Join us in welcoming Gillian Friedman Fox, the new Executive Director of the Newport Music Festival. During her recent and much-celebrated tenure at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fox received critical acclaim for curating innovative and thought-provoking classical music performances and programs. Fox will usher in a new era for the festival as it enters its 53rd season in 2021.
Happy 100th Anniversary
Congratulations to the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce on their 100th anniversary of serving this great community. What a milestone!
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff at Discover Newport, we wish you joy this holiday season and best wishes in the New Year.