Welcome! Login | Register

Monfredo: Support the 14th Annual Book Drive for Children - Reaching for 700,000 Books—Monfredo: Support the 14th Annual Book Drive for…

VIDEO: Pitcher Chris Sale Signs Contract Extension With the Red Sox—VIDEO: Pitcher Chris Sale Signs Contract Extension With…

Auburn Chamber to Host 12th Annual Health & Business Expo—Auburn Chamber to Host 12th Annual Health &…

Massachusetts Adds 6,600 Jobs in February—Massachusetts Adds 6,600 Jobs in February

Fit for Life: Some Things Money Can’t Buy—Fit for Life: Some Things Money Can’t Buy

Mueller Report Delivered to United States Attorney General Barr—Mueller Report Delivered to United States Attorney General…

10 Great Things to do in Worcester This Weekend - March 22, 2019—10 Great Things to do in Worcester This…

Finneran: Truisms—Finneran: Truisms

NE Board of Higher Education Launches Initiative for Independent College Transfer—NE Board of Higher Education Launches Initiative for…

Worcester Regional Research Bureau Announces Recipients of Thomas Green Public Service Awards—Worcester Regional Research Bureau Announces Recipients of Thomas…


Newport Manners & Etiquette: Houseguest Dog + Gifts, Full Bar + Neglectful Dad

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Midsummer madness with Red Bulls and neglectful dads, as well as questions about the guest's dog and house present etiquette, were all questions to Didi Lorillard this week at NewportManners.

Vodka-Red-Bull effect

Q.  I keep a full bar when I entertain. I think it's part of being a good host, but I'm wondering if I haven't kept up with the times. Should I stock Red Bull and similar beverages?  ES, Chicago

A. According to a recent Atlantic Monthly article:

"Mixing an energy drink with alcohol might seem fairly innocuous, but has been linked with ugly tendencies.  A 2013 study found that people were twice as likely to be involved in an alcohol-linked car wreck or a sexual assault if they consumed an energy-drink-and-alcohol cocktail, compared to those who drank just alcohol."

  • The FDA actually put a ban on the sale of pre-packakaged caffeine-and-alcohol drinks because the caffeine can mask alcohol's effects with the result of a person drinking too much too fast.


In my opinion, to jazz up your bar offerings provide a seasonal signature drink such as a Dark and Stormy or bubbly rosé in warm weather and in the fall serve a chilled Riesling wine or handcrafted beer from a small local brewery. You get the picture, as long as the drink isn't sweet. Chilled Presecco or Champagne are also festive to have on hand. Maybe stock a split of champagne for that lone person who wants a nip of the bubbly.

When I asked a popular thirty-something Newport host your question, he said, "There are a few alternatives to Red Bull at a home bar. I would recommend looking at tequila (e.g., Casa Amigos, Avión), light beers (e.g., Heineken Light, Yuengling Lager Light, Amstel Light) and assorted mixers (e.g., Skinny Girl cocktails, Powel and Mahoney Margarita Mix, Le Croix) as most people are now more calorie conscious than ever. Other options might be to have a frozen drink maker machine or White Girl Rosé for women. 

The short answer is that Red Bull and their prototypes are too edgy. Be creative, but remember that your guests are at greater risk when imbibing caffeine-and-alcohol cocktails.


Houseguest dog etiquette

Q.  Is there a polite way to tell someone that you would rather they not bring along their dog when they come to stay over Labor Day Weekend?  It's not that I don't like dogs, but the idea of leaving the dog in my newly carpeted home when we go out either during the day or at night, is disconcerting.   AB,  Newport

A.  Text your dog owner friends for doggie hotel recommendations. Find their website addresses and forward them, with their lists of amenities and prices, to your soon-to-be-guest.  If you're renting, you can use that as an excuse.  If you've had unpleasant incidents in the past, that's an even grander excuse. Give the guest fair warning by furnishing them with doggie hotel information and hope that s/he values and respects your friendship enough to take you up on your suggestion.


Houseguest gift

Q.  What would be the perfect houseguest present for my boyfriend and I to bring?  JG, Boston

A.  Arriving with a present always sets the visit off with a graceful and grateful tone. If arriving from the city to a rural area, bring an item that would be harder to find outside of a metropolis. Great cheeses (if the host is not lactose intolerant), fine wine (if they're not AA), handcrafted chocolates (if not diabetic) or an attractive coffee table book about their favorite subject. 

Depending upon how long you're staying, ask if you can take them out for either breakfast, lunch or dinner at a restaurant of their choosing.


Negligent parent

Q.  What would you have said to a negligent parent who without asking left his six-year-old with you while you were having a beach day with your children. I was reading in my beach chair next to my three kids who were happily playing by the water's edge dribbling sand castles when a father and daughter appeared out of nowhere and joined in the play. After about ten minutes the father said he would be right back and left the child with us. Without him ever having said that he was going to the restroom or to find some drinking water, I looked up from my book and trustingly said, "Ok." 

To my consternation the father disappeared! I began to worry that this man whom, I might add, I had never seen before, had been run over in the parking lot or drowned in the ocean. I didn't even know his name and we never got to speak about anyone we knew in common. After two hours I ran into him at the bar where I was getting cold water for all the kids. He didn't apologize.  Name Withheld


A.  Should you find yourself in that situation again, quickly pipe up and say, "The tide's coming in and we're about to move on shortly, so don't be long." Don't be apologetic, but you can ask his name by introducing yourself first and asking him where you can find him if he's not back in twenty minutes. Create a boundary by setting a time limit to his absence.

Didi Lorillard researches manners and etiquette at NewportManners.com for her upcoming book NEWPORTMANNERS.


Related Slideshow: 25 Things You Must do in New England Before the Summer Ends - 2017

Prev Next

Pick Berries at Sweet Berry Farm

Middletown, RI 

Grab a basket and fill it to the brim with seasonal fruit.

Blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and blackberries will all be available at different points during the remainder of summer. 

Read More

Prev Next

Take a Wine Tour 

Across New England

New England is home to some of the best wineries in the country from Newport Vineyards in Rhode Island to Westport Rivers Vineyards in Massachusetts. 

You can hit them all on the Coastal Wine Trail. 

The trail stretches from Cape Cod and the Islands through the South Coast of Massachusetts and Coastal Rhode Island and Coastal Connecticut.

Read More

Prev Next

Visit Worcester Art Museum 

Worcester, MA 

The Worcester Art Museum is offering free admission throughout the month of August, so take advantage. 

“Free August” includes access for everyone to special exhibitions, the permanent galleries, and WAM’s August programming -- including Art + Market, tours, Art Carts, arms and armor demonstrations, and Nude Drawing in the Galleries.

Read More

Prev Next

Catch a Movie at the Rustic Drive-In

North Smithfield, RI

Call up your friends, pack a picnic, and sit in your car as feature films are projected along giant outdoor screens.

The audio plays right through your radio, so be sure to turn the volume up high as you snack on your candy and popcorn. 

Read More

Prev Next

Visit Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour 

Waterbury, Vermont 

Take a 30 minute tour of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory in Vermont and see where your favorite flavors of ice cream are made. It is ice cream season after all. 

The factory is open year round and admission is just $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids 12 and under are FREE.

Read More

Prev Next

Participate in the Worcester World Cup 2017

Worcester, MA

The 2017 Worcester World Cup is set to take place from Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13. 

The Worcester World Cup is more than a soccer tournament. It's a celebration of Worcester and a safe, friendly family event that people look forward to all year.

Read More

Prev Next

Eat Clam Cakes From Flo’s

Portsmouth, Middletown

Head to Flo's and take a bite of a Flo’s clam cake and you’ll understand why they’ve been around since 1936.

Dip it in a side of tartar sauce or enjoy as is.

Read More 

Prev Next

Visit Fruitlands Museum 

Harvard, Massachusetts 

The Fruitlands Museum offers four galleries of New England history set on 200 acres of land with 2.5 miles of walking trails woven into it for folks to enjoy the scenery. 

Admission to the museum is $5. 

Read More

Prev Next

Walk Along Narragansett Beach 

Narragansett, RI

Take the last few strolls of the summer along Narragansett Beach.

Keep an eye out for sea glass as Narrow River or The Towers come into view.

Prev Next

Visit Southwick Zoo 

Mendon, Ma 

Have to make at least one trip to the Zoo before the summer ends.

If you have yet to go, or event if you have, head to Southwick Zoo and to see giraffes, zebras and much more. 

The Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Read More 

Prev Next

Go Out on the Water With the Providence River Boat Company 

Providence, RI

Take an end of summer cruise through the Providence River, Riverwalk, Waterplace Park and the Providence Harbor.

Just relax and take in the scenery. 

Read More

Prev Next

Ride a Hot Air Balloon at Great Falls Balloon Festival 

Lewiston, Maine

Get up to Maine and hop into a hot air balloon during the Great Falls Balloon Festival. 

Visitors will have the chance to take a balloon ride high above the ground and watch the sun rise or set.

The festival takes place from August 19 to August 21. 

Prev Next

Catch a Show at Cape Playhouse Theatre 

Cape Cod

Take a ride to Cape Cod and visit the oldest summer theatre in the country, Cape Playhouse. Cape Playhouse was first opened in 1927 by Raymond Moore. 

The theatre has been home to some of the biggest stars to ever grace a stage like Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart amongst others.

Click here for more information

Prev Next

Attend Waterfire

Providence, RI

Providence WaterFire has grown to be an iconic Rhode Island event.

Starting out in 1994 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of First Night Providence, it has grown to run continuously, once a month, from May-November and boasts over 80 blazing fires in the middle of the Providence River.

WaterFire is a not-for-profit organization that aims to creatively transform Providence – and they do! Each event is accompanied with music by artists from around the world, varies food stands and art stands to browse as you stroll along the river. 

Prev Next

Zip Line in the Berkshires 

Need some extra excitement to close out the summer? Head to the Berkshires and get yourself on a zip line, maybe even do a canopy tour. 

There are three different tour options, starting with the base area tour which lasts an hour or the Mountain Top or Valley Jump tour which takes three hours. Both of those are sure to shoot some adrenaline into your day. 

Read More

Prev Next

Drink a Del’s

You have not had a full summer if you have not sipped a Del's frozen lemonade yet.

The lemon flavor is always a safe bet, but try the watermelon or blueberry flavors a try if you’re feeling adventurous. 

Read More

Prev Next

Visit Canobie Lake Park 

Salem, New Hampshire

Go on an adventure to Canobie Lake Park and find some thrilling rides to go on. 

There are roller coasters, water rides, kids rides and games, as well as, shows. 

Don't let the summer go by without going to Canobie Lake Park. 

Read More

Prev Next

Walk The Freedom Trail

Boston, MA

The Freedom Trail is a two and a half mile walking tour that connects 16 significant Boston landmarks.

Interior access to the Freedom Trail's sites is also free, except for the Paul Revere House, the Old South Meeting House and the Old State House.

The Freedom Trail is a great way to get exercise, explore Boston and learn about history, all at the same time.

If you buy tickets online they are discounted at $12 for adults, $10 for students and $6.50 for kids ages 6-12. 

Read More

Prev Next

See Billy Joel at Fenway Park 

Boston, MA

The must see concert of the summer, Billy Joel at Fenway Park on August 30. 

Billy Joel released his first hit song, arguably still his biggest hit, Piano Man in 1973 an since has become the 6th best selling recording artist and the third best selling solo artist in the United States. 

Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. 

Seeing Joel would be a great way to cap off the summer. 

Click here for tickets

Prev Next

Walk the Newport Cliff Walk

Newport, RI

The Cliff Walk is one of Newport’s most famous attractions is its gilded age mansions lining the coast. Entry to the mansions will cost a fee, but with the Cliff Walk, you can enjoy views of the mansions with amazing views of the water all for free.

The 3.5 mile long path runs behind the mansions on the eastern shore of Newport. It is a National Recreation Trail – the first in New England! The majority of the walk is easy, but be sure to wear good shoes; the sand can make the path slippery. 


PHOTO: Connie Ma/flickr

Prev Next

Visit Acadia National Park


People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park.

The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Visit Acadia and hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

The park entrance fee is FREE from August 25th to the 28th. 

Besides that, admission is $12 while those 15 and under are FREE of charge.

Read More

Prev Next

Play Golf at Harbor Lights

Warwick, RI 

Last weeks of summer, be sure to get those final rounds of the season in at Harbor Lights. 

Harbor Lights in Warwick offers golfers a great place to tee it up.

Not to mention the amazing scenery and the great food at the Par + Tackle restaurant. 

Read More

Prev Next

Go to Royalston Falls

Royalston, MA

If you want a little bit of late summer adventure, hike to Royalston Falls in Royalston, MA.

The hike itself isn’t too long, but it can be challenging. It leads you to a remote gorge created by prehistoric glacial meltwater and 45 foot plunging waterfall within a half-hidden ravine. If you’re up for the adventure, the destination is far worth the trek. 

Read More

Prev Next

Go Fishing

Across New England 

Take advantage of the great weather. 

Grab the fishing poles and head out to the water for a relaxing day of fishing. 

Prev Next

Walk, Run or Bike the Blackstone River Bikeway

Runs from Worcester to Providence

The idea behind the Blackstone River Bikeway was to create a bike path running 48 miles, from Worcester to Providence along the National Heritage Corridor. It links the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal connect with the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island. 

Read More


Related Articles


Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

Delivered Free Every
Day to Your Inbox