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Keeping Kosher in Newport

Newport, Rhode Island, has been the site of many firsts in the United States: the first free public school, the first post office, the first woman doctor and, of course, the first synagoguethe Touro Synagogue. For the past two years, the city also has held the distinction of being the home of one of the first kosher bed-and-breakfasts in the country.

The Admiral Weaver Inn, which dates from 1863, has remodeled rooms featuring wicker, brass and Shaker-style furnishings, as well as three porches where guests can relax when not off enjoying Newport’s many sights or its annual jazz, folk or classical music festivals. Situated in the center of the city, the inn is only a 10-minute walk from the wharf area with its shops and sailboats and an even shorter stroll from the famous Cliff Walk, where Gilded Age mansions adorn the rugged New England shoreline. The Admiral Weaver has the added attraction of being only a 12-minute walk from the Touro Synagogue, making it ideal for Shabbat-observant guests.

All of the inn’s eight guest rooms have private baths, refrigerators and VCRs. One room is even equipped with a Jacuzzi and another with its own fireplace. Two suites are available for large families. Guests enjoy a cooked-to-order kosher breakfast daily in the dining room. Food is under the supervision of Rabbi Mordechai Eskovitz of the Touro Synagogue, and the Vaad Hakashruth of Rhode Island. Off-street parking is provided, a valuable attribute in a town where parking is always hard to come by.

If you are interested in a visit to the Admiral Weaver, plan early, because many are already making a stay there an annual event. The inn also is available for mini-conferences. To learn more, go to newport, or call 888-465-0051.