Folks come to Newport for many reasons and many come especially for The Winter Festival in February. This year it runs from February 13-22 and features over 150 events throughout Newport County. It is accurately described as "10 days of nonstop music, food and fun" (www.newportwinterfestival.co) and a "winter extravaganza"!
Beatlemania (February 13) sells out every year. Authentic tribute bands will play the songs of the Eagles and Jimmy Buffet. The very popular Chili Cook-Off on February 14 is in its twentieth year while a newer competitor (fourth year), the Chicken Wing Cook-Off will be held on February 21. Hot drinks, Tropical Drinks and Martinis have contests. Local vineyards will hold some specialized wine tasting events. There is always plenty of hot chocolate and non-alcoholic options are also available.
No winter festival is complete without an ice sculping demonstration. With chisels, chainsaws and sanders, sculptors transform blocks of ice into works of art. Come watch as these talented artists make magic happen with the ice. Starts at 11:00 a.m on Feb.16
Of course lots of events and activities for children are scheduled. Sunday and Monday 11:30am-4pm: Children’s Fair at the Newport Hyatt Co-Sponsored by the Newport Daily News 1 Goat Island, Newport. Bring your kids for this fun filled, 2-day fair with music, face
painting, balloon creations, arts & crafts, reptiles and much more! Don’t miss the great music and continuous live entertainment. There is also a Princess Party and Live Jazz for Kids.
One of the favorites is Festival Day at Easton's Beach with a block hunt, a sand sculpting contest and for all ages, a Polar Bear Plunge (February 22).It is a full day of outdoor fun that culminates with the players and ponies of the Newport International Polo Series putting on a polo match on the sand. Don't miss this unique spectacle on a beautiful beach!
Only a sampling of events are named here; there is something interesting or entertaining for everyone. Come stay at the Ivy Lodge to be close to everything there is to enjoy!
Get out this weekend and experience the natural beauty and bounty of the area. Seasonal explorations of seven miles of trails at Norman Bird Sanctuary will bring you through the diverse habitats of the regional wildlife. Up on the ridge trails are some breathtaking scenic vistas of the local geography.You may even get a glimpse of that elusive winter guest, the Snowy Owl. Ivy Lodge is a member of Norman Bird Sanctuary and its over 300 acres. Our guests receive free admission.
On Saturday, December 20 the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge will host a free, family friendly Snowy Owl Walk and Talk, from noon to 2:00p.m. Participants should bring equipment for viewing and dress appropriately.
Every year around this time the National Bird Count occurs where people all over the country set out to determine the current avian population of their geographical areas. In Newport County the count region includes many prime habitats like Norman Bird Sanctuary and the Wildlife Refuge at Sachuest Point.
Last season birdwatchers observed four young Snowy Owls that came for extended stays. This year's National Count recorded six different breeds of owl. Barn Owls, Great Horned Owls, Eastern Screech Owls and a Northern Sawwhet Owl are some of them. On count, Sunday, December 14, there was some disappointment over the lack of Snowy Owl observations. However, in recent days there have been five confirmed sightings of three seperate Snowy Owls in the Refuge, including a large all white male.
Newport this Week identifies the Snowy Owl as a diurnal raptor and resident of the Artic. They stand two feet tall, can weigh between four and six pounds and have a wingspan over five feet. For many they are the subject of legends as a magical creature and the sighting of a Snowy Owl is a prized one among enthusiasts.
This is a guided tour along the trails of the Refuge. There will also be an informative talk on the behaviors, habitats and physiology of these special raptors.
Newport begins celebrating the holiday season at the end of November. Lights twinkle everywhere and all sectors of the community collaborate to provide a wide range of activities. Every day there is something special or lovely to experience.
The Newport Historical Society has several, fascinating, seasonal tours that run throughout December and beyond. There is a Holiday Open House, historic site tours, Holiday Histories Tour, Colonial Winter tour and more. Contact the Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 401-841-8770 for reservations and schedules.
The Preservation Society of Newport County begins its own Christmas at the Newport Mansions offering a full schedule of tours through the elaborately decorated rooms at The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House. There are mucical performances, gingerbread mansion creations, Santa's visits and a variety of other special treats! (newportmansions.org)
One of the most notable events is the staging of The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff over two weekends. The production of this beloved classic flows through the mansion and engages the audience intimately in the story and the performance.
Saturday evenings in December you can enjoy an interactive murder, mystery "Silent Night, Deadly Night" at the Newport Art Museum. (newportartmuseum.org)
There are always lots of holiday craft fairs and local holiday performances and productions. This time of year in Newport has something for everyone!
Rough Point is a magnificent oceanfront estate. It was the Newport home of Doris Duke- heiress, philanthropist, art collector. It was bequeathed to the Newport Restoration Foundation, complete with all of its contents in1993. In 1968 Miss Duke founded the Newport Restoration Foundation for the express purpose of preserving, interpreting and maintaining landscape and objects reflecting Aquidneck Island's eighteenth and nineteenth century architectural culture.
During this season Rough Point becomes An Authentic Newport Mansion in Winter, UnDecked Halls at Rough Point. The owners of the massive, multiple summer cottages came to Newport primarily during the warmer months of the year, not for the winter holiday season . They celebrated elsewhere and as a result Bellevue Avenue would be rather dark and quiet.The UnDecked tour will take you through the first floor of the grand house. It focuses on the winter holidays and caretaking traditions that took place at Rough Point even as Miss Duke was celebrating at her Honolulu estate.
The house was kept running and at the ready all year which required significant work. In the tour you will hear about the lives and chores of the servants responsible for all of that upkeep. After viewing formal parts of the house, guests will be invited into the staff dinning room (not normally open to the public). The room will be festively decorated for the season (circa 1970s) as it was when the winter caretakers were in residence. Refreshments and recipes will be available
UnDecked Halls tours will be held Saturdays, December 6, 13 20 and 27 from 10a.m. to 3p.m., offered every half hour.
The Annual Ivy Lodge added value Gift Certificate Sale
Ivy Lodge Gift Certificates are a fabulous holiday or special occasion gift idea! Surprise your loved one with the renowned comfort and pleasures of a Mansion getaway. Starting December 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015, when you purchase a gift certificate to the Ivy Lodge, you purchase an experience and an added value to your purchase price! Gift Certificates are ideal gifts for Weddings, Holidays, and Anniversaries or as a special thank you. By giving a Gift Certificate for a getaway at our Historic Newport Inn, you are sure to give a gift filled with fond Newport Memories. Give them memories, not stuff, and you will provide that special someone with an unforgettable escape.
Buy Your Gift Certificate by January 1, 2015 and receive additional bonus dollars.
■An additional 10% of value will be added to gift certificates worth $100 - $250.
■An additional 15% of value will be added to gift certificates worth $251 - $500.
■An additional 20% of value will be added to gift certificates worth over $500!
Promotion code must be stated at purchase: Promo 15
To order a gift certificate, call us at 1-800-834-6865. We can email or mail the gift certificate to you or that special someone. In order to recieve this promotion, please mention the code #Promo15 when placing your order.
2014 marks the 44th annual Christmas in Newport festival, a citywide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season. The program boasts multiple activities for nearly every day of the December calendar with Monday, December 1 being the official opening date. The ceremony in Washington Square features the mayor's proclamation, a tree lighting and the Newport Artillery cannon salute. The Newport Historical Society's Open House is held at the top of Washington Square. As part of the official opening ceremony you can tour the historic structure that is the Colony House and listen to festive music and other live entertainment.
The festival seeks to emphasize the non-commercial traditions of the holiday season. With community collaboration among residents, businesses and the city, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue avenue. The lights are meant to simulate the candlelight of holidays of bygone days. Christmas in Newport raises thousands of dollars for charity each year. In keeping with the true spirit of the season, any event listed in the annual program must be free of charge or must benefit a non-profit institution or charity.
(email@example.com; www.newporthistorical.org; www.newportmansions.org; #401.849.6454)
The Preservation Society of Newport County creates the dazzling spectacle of Christmas at the Newport Mansions beginning November 22, 2014 and lasting through January 4, 2015. It is part of the program of events for Christmas in Newport but has its own schedule and calendar. Music, tours and amazing decorations highlight the the celebration. Three National Historic Landmarks, icons of the Gilded Age in America, the Breakers, The Elms and Marble House are filled with thousands of pointsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths.
A total of 24 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room styles anchor many of the monumental spaces. Period silver and china sparkle on elegant dining tables and the windows of each mansion are lit with individual candles. Special displays and multiple musical events and performances are featured throughout the holiday schedule. There are visits with Santa set for each mansion.
Also part of Christmas at the Newport Mansions is the another highly anticipated
holiday tradition, The Nutcracker at Rosecliff. The Island Moving Company presents a memorable rendition of the beloved ballet classic in the setting of Newport's most romantic mansion, Rosecliff. Set within the mansion's salons, ballrooms and on the iconic staircase, this unique production has received considerable critical praise. As you follow the scenes from room to room you are so close to the performers you feel yourself to be truly involved in the story. This year The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is scheduled for November 28-30 and December 2-5.
If you love to eat and enjoy the experience of a good restaurant, a great prix-fixe meal awaits you at top restaurants during Newport, RI Restaurant Week.The two-week-long event show cases our best and brightest chefs tantilizing your taste buds with a prix-fixe meal that won't break the bank.
It also supports a major fund raising effort for local charities. This year more than 50 restaurants are participating. Visit Newport and sample some of the best food in New England for an unbeatable price. Go to Discovernewport.com for a complete list of participating restaurants.
Newport Restaurant Week is 11/7-11/16.
The 2014 Newport Restaurant Week occurs from November 7 to November 16. This annual offering features a prix fixe, 3 course meal for lunch or dinner. From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to elegant, romantic dinners, the Newport and Bristol county restaurants present an array of creative menus without breaking your budget. With a wide range of food choices and specialties you are sure to find your favorites as well as be able to explore new taste and dining experiences
So make your reservations, the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast has availability and so do the restaurants, but we're all booking-up nicely. Allow us to concierge you on the best places to make those dining reservations . . . you still have time!
Since Newport is all about fun and having a wonderful memorable time, we at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast would like to introduce you the newest thing in biking; Pedego electric bikes. Pedego electric bikes combine style and function to open up cycling to anyone who might otherwise not be getting the benefits from bike riding. Many people would like to ride a bike in Newport, but find it impractical or impossible because of hills, distance, health reasons, and knee problems.
Our PEDEGO™ electric bikes make biking Newport much more accessible, and in a word... FUN.
(Call us at: 401-849-6865 about our Pedego electric bike fall package)
Newport is such a beautiful place to stay and visit. Arguably the best way to enjoy Newport is by bicycle. On a bike, you can still appreciate the outdoors -- like walking, but you can also get to places in a quicker fashion than if you were on foot. See the mansions, cruise the 10 mile ocean drive, visit Fort Adams, stop by Castle Hill Lighthouse or just feel the wind in your face.
Newport is a very bike-friendly place. In 2014 the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards and Newport has been named a Bronze BFC – the first BFC in the state of Rhode Island!
“Newport is playing a critical role in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Newport’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”
The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while benchmarking their progress toward improved bicycle-friendliness. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Newport’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in promotion, education, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
Newport is also the historic home of the bicycling movement. If you take a stroll through Touro Park off Bellevue Avenue, you’ll see this monument (pictured below), carved with the League’s winged wheel logo. Erected in 1980, it commemorates the founders of the League of American Wheelmen (now Bicyclists), who began their commitment to better and safer cycling in our own “City by the Sea.”
The best way to bike in Newport is to stay at the Ivy Lodge and bike the electric way; with Pedego electric bikes. With their bright colors and a retro look, Pedego Electric Bikes look like the cruiser bikes that dominated the U.S. market in the 1950s before giving way to lightweight Euro racers.
The bikes have wide handlebars, upright seating posture and fat tires just like the old beach bikes. But they have been updated in numerous ways, including aluminum frames, front and rear disc brakes and Shimano gears.
However, the biggest change is the electric motor mounted in the rear wheel with its book-shaped battery discreetly set on the luggage platform above.
Let us show you why Pedego Electric Bikes, with their classic California styling, are the most enjoyable way to experience Newport. Pedego can give you the freedom and fun of being a kid again!
(Call us today @ 401-849-6865 to discuss a Pedego bike packages at the Ivy Lodge)
It comes with deep sadness that the summer is slowly starting to leave us... but on the other hand, with that so will the crowded streets of Newport, long lines for lobster rolls, and packed parking lots. Futhermore, there is still some amazing weather to come and so many outdoor activities to enjoy here in Newport. When I think of the fall, the first thing that comes to mind is all of the amazing colors the trees turn, but also crisp morning air, and hiking. Newport foliage is beautiful this time of the year and it has been predicted that the turning of the leaves will be around mid October with temperatures at a comfortable 65 degrees. What would be better than enjoying the out doors right? Here is a list below of some wonderful places to enjoy all the fall foliage and... the great outdoors while stayng with us at the Ivy Lodge this October.
Norman Bird Sanctuary
Children: $3.00 (ages 3-12) Children under 3 are free
With over 300 acres and seven miles of hiking trails, there is plenty to see at all times of the year! You can bring your binoculars and go for a walk along our well-maintained trails. You will be sure to see a variety of local and migratory birds, depending on the season!
Visit the Norman Bird Sanctuary Barn Museum: The 19th Century Barn highlights Rhode Island’s natural history with a variety of wildlife and ecosystem exhibits. With a historical perspective from the time of Native Americans to the present, you’ll travel through the forest, field, ridge, and beach habitats of NBS!
Guided bird walks are offered every other Sunday (see calendar for dates-registration not necessary; walks are free with membership, otherwise a trail fee applies). Birders meet in the parking lot and depart at 8am and return 10am. Be sure to download our Birds of the Norman Bird Sanctuary Checklist and bring your binoculars! You can also stay up to date on local migrant sightings by regularly checking our “Recent Sightings” list.
Sachuest Point Natural Wild Life Refuge
Open from Sunrise to Sunset
If you are looking for colorful, easy to see birds, then Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is the place to be. The refuge is home to the second largest wintering population of harlequin ducks on the Atlantic coast. By scanning the coastline, visitors may also see loons, eiders, and gannets. More than 200 bird species visit the refuge seasonally, and other occasional migrating travelers include the peregrine falcon, northern harrier, as well as snowy and short-eared owls.
Walking the nearly 3 miles of trails around Sachuest Point offers visitors the opportunity to experience several habitats where interesting animals and plants can be observed and photographed. The refuge includes 40 acres of salt marsh lands and steep rocky shorelines around the perimeter. Most visitors enjoy year-round birdwatching, and elevated observation platforms along the trails provide unobstructed views of the refuge. A short distance away at Third Beach is our recently restored salt marsh habitat, a new birding "hotspot" and a favorite of birders and non-birders alike. In addition, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its fantastic saltwater fishing, and has an active night fishing permit system.
Plan Your Visit:
Dress for the weather.
Insect repellent is recommended. We do have deer ticks but you will rarely be exposed to their habitat on the trail.
Poison Ivy is common on the refuge. All parts of the plant can cause a rash during any season.
Bring water and drink plenty of it while engaging in activities on the refuge.
Be sure to use sun protection and to not over-exert yourself.
Sweet Berry Farm
Open from 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Perhaps after your visits to the Norman Bird Sanctuary or Sachuest Wild Life Refuge, take a five minute drive to an amazing gourmet farm. In the neighborhood of both wildlife parks you will find a local treasure Sweet Berry Farm. Sweet Berry Farm is a post-and-beam farm market sitting on 100 acres of preserved farmland in Middletown, Rhode Island, and is filled with our own seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. The pick-your-own season begins in mid-June when the first strawberries are ripe and ends in December with our festive Christmas Trees.
Our Enjoy amazing food sweet berries chefs create, ranging from all sorts of delicious sweets and savories using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Enjoy Sweet Berry Farm for breakfast or lunch, and then take home goodies for a gourmet dinner or dessert!
The Scenic ocean drive not only offers a combination of the wealthy Newport Society Mansions, and vast oceans views, but it also offers some of the most beautiful foliage that Newport has to offer. The drive is just over ten miles long, and on the drive you will find a few great spots to stop along the way. The first destination for colorful fall foliage would be Fort Adams, not only will they tours of the porperty but the out doors is where the majestic landscape can be adored. After, you can continue down winding roads through the mansion packed neighborhoods, and drive though colorful autumn tunnels of changing leaves. Lastly, Brenton State Park would be a wonderful place to stop and walk through there paths to enjoy some beautiful fall atmosphere, maybe even enjoy a picnic while enjoying not only the fall floiage but also the vast scenic ocean views.
Directions for the 10 Mile Ocean Drive (provided by http://www.oceandrivenewport.com/)
1. Starts at The Elms on Bellevue Ave.[just south of Memorial Blvd.] and runs south to Narragansett Ave. [there is a red light at this intersection].
2. Turn left [east] onto Narragansett Ave. and drive down to Ochre Point Ave. [[[while you are on Narragansett Ave. you may like to continue to the end of the street to visit the famous Forty Steps on Cliff Walk. If you can find a parking space this is probably the best segment of Cliff Walk and you can walk along the ocean side of Ochre Point Ave. through the campus of Salve University and through the gate to the Breakers – 20 min. round trip.]]]
3. Turn right onto Ochre Point Ave. where a number of the historic estates are located and now owned and used by Salve Regina University: Ochre Court, Vinland, Vinland Gate House — and where the The Breakers mansion is.
4. When you reach the end of Ochre Point Ave. turn right [west] on Ruggles Ave. to drive by Ochre Lodge, Althrope Carriage House, Althrope, Fairhome Carriage House, and Stoneacre Carriage House [more of the estates currently used by Salve University].
5. At the intersection of Ruggles and Bellevue Ave. [Fairlawn] turn left [south] on Bellevue Ave to drive by Beechwood, Marble House, Rosecliff, Belcourt Castle, and Rough Point. For an illustrated map segment dated 1939 click here.
6. At the end of Bellevue Ave. [the Avenue itself turns right and continues to a small rotary drive at the end of Cliff Walk where the secret, but public, Reject Beach is]. Turn right onto Coggeshall Ave. and take the first left onto Ocean Ave.
7. On Ocean Ave. drive along the ocean by Bailey's Beach [private], Hazard Beach [private] and Gooseberry Beach [open to the public, pay parking]. Continue on by the "Cove," [for a 360-degree photo of the "Cove" These are large photo files and may take a minute or two to load], and then King's Beach [state], Brenton State Park [360 of Brenton Park], and the Inn at Castle Hill. [[[Brenton State Park is a large park with decent parking and is great to spend a couple of hours to picnic or sail a kite or just hang out on the rocks and enjoy the ocean. ]]]
8. Turn right onto Castle Hill Ave., drive north to the first intersection and go left onto Ridge Rd. to go by the U.S. Coast Guard Station and past Ocean Cliff.
9. At the end of Ridge Rd. go left onto Harrison Ave. to go by Hammersmith Farm [Jackie Kennedy's summer home which unfortunately is no longer open to the public] and Ft. Adams. Ft. Adams is an ideal place to view Newport Harbor, and investigate Rhode Island Public Sailing Center Sail Newport and the Museum of Yachting. The Fort is open for tours. The view of Newport is spectacular.
10. At the next intersection turn left and then left again onto Halidon Ave. to go by the New York Yacht Club. For this illustrated map segment dated 1939 click here.
11. Continue right onto Wellington Ave. to go by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club [Lime Rock Light] and Newport's King Park [for a 360 photo of the park click here] with its statue of Rochambeau who brought the French army to Newport to help Washington win the Revolutionary War. King Park is the southern end of Newport Harbor and the Newport Harbor Walk. [360 of King Park]
October is here, and although the beaches may be closed, and the water may be a little chilly; there are still so many fun activities here to do in Newport for all of our guests to enjoy. Call the Ivy Lodge today to book your stay for some amazing weather and all infomation on autumn fun!
Calling all sea captains, fisherman, and boat enthusiasts! The 44th Annual Newport International Boat Show will be making its way here on September 11-14; this will be the premier show for all boat lovers in the northeast. This prestigious event will feature new sailboats, powerboats, and thousands of products and services from both domestic and international exhibitors. The Boat Show will encompass over 13 acres of Newport’s beautiful waterfront with all boats ready to board and review.
On the land side, there’s a bountiful array of marine products and services to enhance the boating lifestyle. Domestic and international dealers and manufacturers will be on hand to provide you with valuable information and answers to all your questions. With numerous countries represented - it truly is an international event. Multiple waterfront facilities along America's Cup Avenue host the Show including Newport Yachting Center, Oldport Marine, Bannister's Wharf and Bowen's Wharf and Newport Harbor Hotel. All Show sites are accessible by land or by FREE water taxi service.
Nothing beats life on the water...and there is no better place to get hands-on training to improve your boat handling skills or, to learn new ones. Whether you are a seasoned boatsmen or new to the sport, the international boat show is the place to be. Come and anchor yourself here with us at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast for a fun-filled weekend at the 2014 Boat Show!
More highlights of the Boat Show below:
Confident Captain, At the Helm gives you VIP status at the 2014 Newport International Boat Show!
Register for At the Helm training and receive:
A Boat-Show goodie bag!
A chance to win a $150 gift certificate to one of Newport Restaurant Group’s eight award winning restaurants located throughout Rhode Island.
Receive discounted rates for future At the Helm training courses on your own boat with Confident Captain/Ocean Pros.
4TH ANNUAL Cruisers Party - All Boaters Invited!
On Saturday, Sept. 13th, join others with your same passion for boating, along with the exhibitors and industry folks, for a great evening of refreshments and fun at the Cruisers Party, hosted by Cruising Outpost - a quarterly magazine and online interactive destination website created by Bob & Jody Bitchin and Crew. The Cruisers Party is a favorite event at major boat shows around the country. To attend, you must be inside the show gates on Saturday by 6:00 PM - no additional ticket needed. Prize drawing to benefit the "Call of the Sea Foundation;" live music, pizza, beer and soft drinks are free while they last, so come, kick back, and enjoy!
On the Weekend - Let Sailor Donna Entertain Your Kids!
Kids can enjoy the amazing face painting and balloon twisting talents of Sailor Donna. She’ll entertain your children with her lively personality and gentle nature!
Hours: Saturday - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: near the Marina Dock Office at the Newport Yachting Center