Landings Real Estate Group has announced the grand opening details for Paws on Pelham, “Aquidneck Island’s premiere dog friendly inn”.

Paws on Pelham, the former Newport Blues Inn located at 96 Pelham Street, has undergone a complete renovation and will open its doors to guests and their dogs for the first time in October 2019.

Paws on Pelham is the latest inn to join the groups’ growing Vacation Newport brand which offers travelers to Newport County a unique alternative for accommodations compared to traditional hotels and inns.

A Grand Opening Halloween celebration is being planned for Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The event will take place at the inn and will benefit the Potter League for Animals. The public is welcome to attend and asked to bring donations of puppy training treats, cat treats and toys to assist the animals at the Middletown-based animal care and resource center.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring their dogs dressed in costumes for a chance to win a doggy costume contest. The grand prize winner and his/her owner will be awarded a future overnight stay at the inn. Additionally, dog owners will have the opportunity to have their pooch photographed by a professional photographer and will receive a free digital print. Homemade treats prepared by the team of innkeepers will be served for people and pups.

Paws on Pelham boasts 13 uniquely designed guest rooms perfect for dogs, owners and dog lovers alike, according to Landings Real Estate Group. All room styles feature a private bathroom, a king or queen sized bed(s), fine linens and luxurious soaps and shampoos. Certain rooms are equipped with dry bars, mini-fridges and an additional living space with a sofa-bed. One dog bed is provided in each room and is built into the design. Some rooms feature cozy dog houses while others feature murphy-style dog beds.

Guests can enjoy a complimentary “Grab & Go” style breakfast each morning made by a talented team of innkeepers. The breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining room, on the terrace, “RUFFtop” deck or guests can conveniently take it with them on their day of adventure with their pooch.

Grand Opening rates start at only $154/night this fall. No additional dog fees apply. Rentals of the entire inn can be accommodated for special occasions.

For inquiries, visit or call Vacation Newport’s reservations department at 401-845-9400.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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