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The 2014 Great Chowder Cook-Off & Oyster Festival


    How do you prefer your chowder? Creamy white or clear and briny or with a tangy tomato base? New England or Manhattan?  With fish or with clams?  With so many choices when it comes to Chowder, how can you choose just one?
    On June 7th, the best of the best chowder cooks will compete in the 2014 Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook Off in Newport, RI, where you can chow down on some of the best “Chow-dah” in town.  The Great Chowder Cook Off hosted at the Harborfront Yachting Center has been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and is widely known for obtaining the longest running chowder championships, drawing in competitors and Chowder cook offfoodies from all over the country.  Attendees will have their picks of endless varieties of chowder, from traditional New England to exotic concoctions made by dozens of restaurants participating in this year's event. The competition will be divided up between three categories: Clam, Seafood, and Creative.  The grand prize for winning cooks is always an overflowing award...and more importantly the champions have bragging rights for the rest of the year.  There will also be fun games, live music, and activities for all ages to enjoy. Book a weekend stay with us at the Ivy Lodge...just a short walk away form this year's Chowder Cookoff event!
    What else could  go better with your chowder? Why not try some great local oysters as well--served on the half shell, fried or broiled. The Newport Oyster Festival will also be held on June 7th along side the chowder fest.  The best of local shellfish and seafood are presented farmers’ market style thanks to the Matunuck Oyster Farm... paired with beer, spirits and live music. The festival continues into the evening making it a great after-party following the Chowder Awards Ceremony and a popular area to explore during the event. Entry is free with your Chowder ticket! To attend the Newport Oyster Festival only (without a Chowder Cook-Off ticket), tickets are only $3 in advance or $5 day-of admission.
Beer SHucking  Some highlights of this include:
 Seven full hours of delicious beer & spirits paired with Matunuck Oyster Farm oysters! Event time is 12pm-7pm.
Raw Bar (Oysters, Clams and Shrimp Cocktail), Lobster Rolls, and Fried Oysters, Clams & Scallops,
Full Bar with Beer, Wine, Cocktails & Champagne.  There is low-key live acoustic music, bistro-style tables and seating, and educational presentations along with contests, like, Oyster & Beer Shucking and Oyster Slurping.

The 33rd Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off
& The Newport Oyster Festival
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Event Hours: Noon – 6pm
General Admission Tickets: with 12pm entry
Advance Price: $20 (May 2nd-June 6th)
Day-Of Price: $25
Kids under 12 are free with an adult

Atlantic Cup Newport Memorial Day Weekend Event!

Atlantic cup Sailing
The busy season is upon us, and we are all gearing up for Memorial Day weekend.  Newport is renowned for its prestigious sailing community and we are so proud to host the 3rd leg of the 2014 Atlantic Cup Sailing Championship.  Enjoy the fresh ocean breeze, a freshly packed picnic, local concessions and the glorious view as boats cruise across Narragansett Bay with hopes of winning the Atlantic Cup grand prize.   Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor is Fort Adams, where you can experience a small piece of Newport’s History while enjoying panoramic views of the east passage of Narragansett Bay.   This Memorial Day weekend, Newport is the largest and only dedicated class 40 race in the United States, the 2014 Atlantic Cup.   Heading out from the Ivy Lodge to Newport’s scenic Ocean Drive, one could witness a showcase of nautical tactics and athleticism from these sailing crews--a must see for all ages to enjoy with many things to do both on and off the shore.
 For more information go to

Schedule of Events for Atlantic Cup Newport:

May 22nd
   Newport Kids Day:
    On May 22nd, the Atlantic Cup will host kids from all over Newport for an upKids day close look at the boats and a special meet and greet with the sailors. Atlantic Cup Kids is a way for kids of all ages to follow the race, learn about the teams, geography and marine life. 2013 Atlantic Cup Champion Dave Rearick of Bodacious Dream and his expert team put together worksheets for elementary school students that can be downloaded on the Atlantic Cup Kids web page. Although Captain Dave won’t be racing in this year’s Atlantic Cup, he will be answering Kids questions and providing insight as he continues his solo circumnavigation. To learn more visit
Shipyard Shorts: A Collection of Adventure & Eco Documentarys:
Location: Newport Shipyard: 1 Washington Street Newport RI
7:00PM - Libations, Appetizers + Opportunity to meet & greet with the Atlantic Cup Skippers & tour the boats
8:15PM (sunset) - Films begins
Two options for your evening:
Starting at 7:00PM
Libations courtesy of Spiked Seltzer & PBR, Appetizers by Jamestown Fish + Opportunity to meet & greet with the Atlantic Cup skippers & tour the AC boats + Sunset film screening
$20/person (purchase online or at the door)
- OR -
Starting at 8:15PM
Sunset film screening only 
$5/person suggested donation (donate at the door)
Bike Newport will provide a FREE bike valet
* BYO Chairs, the venue is concrete
* Blankets/Sweaters are encouraged - it could be chilly!
* Picnics welcome
* Dog-friendly
There will be NO parking available at the Newport Shipyard. Parking options are as follows:
Metered parking on Washington Street
Resident Parking with sticker
Gateway Lot next to the Visitor's Center (first 3 hours free with Resident sticker)
Long Wharf Lot next to Newport Yacht Club
Rain Venue: Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street, Newport
(Pre-party ticket holders will be on a list. Film only patrons will be first come, first served)

May 23rd:
Newport Skipper Party:
Friday, May 23rd, New England Winner of the 2014 Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef, Executive Chef Matthew MacCartney and Jamestown FiSH hosts the Atlantic Cup teams for a Memorial Day Weekend Kick Off Party! A perfect way to start your long weekend with an opportunity to meet the teams, have a drink and bite to eat all on the beautiful back patio at Jamestown FiSH starting at 6pm. FiSH is located at 14 Narragansett Avenue in Jamestown. Rain location Narragansett Café, 25 Narragansett Ave. Jamestown.
May 24th:
Atlantic Cup Course  Wide Shoreline Cleanup
Meeting at Brenton Point & Fort Adams 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Start Memorial Day weekend at a State Park with Clean Ocean Access and help to be part of the wave of change taking good care of the environment and meeting like-minded folks who believe that we can make a difference!

Wear boots or sturdy shoes. Bring your own gloves. We will provide extra gloves, bags, compliments of Home Depot and water and seasonal beverages provided by Empire Tea & Coffee.

3rd leg raceMay 24th & 25th:

Atlantic Cup 3rd Leg Race Da1 and Day 2
Inshore racing in Narragansett Bay takes place Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th from 12pm to 4pm. The start and finish line for all races will be just off the north lawn of Fort Adams, making that the best place to watch the action. Pack a picnic and enjoy a weekend of sailing. With live commentary and volunteers keeping you up to date you won’t miss any of the action.
Plus Newport Bay Weekend at Fort Adams will have plenty for families of all ages to interact with local businesses and non-profits showcasing Narragansett Bay. Some of the confirmed groups who will be on site include: Clean Ocean Access’ Tiki Hut and Trash Wave, Bike Newport’s Bike Tune Up, Surfrider, Aquidneck Land Trust, Team 1 Newport will have all your sailing merchandise including official Atlantic Cup Atlantis Weathergear apparel.
May 25th:
Prize Giving At the Landing
Prize giving party is Sunday, May 25th from 6pm – 8pm at The Landing in downtown Newport. We will be set up outside adjacent to the Landing and in front of the Lobster Bar. PBR drink specials will be served to celebrate the conclusion of the 4th Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing. The event is free and open to the public.

Salve Regina Commencement 2014 and the Ivy Lodge


Ivy’s Ties to Salve Regina: Wakehurst Manor

Wakehurst Mansion Newport

Just a few steps away from the Ivy Lodge on 12 Clay Street, you will find your way on to the sprawling land owned by our neighbor  Salve Regina University. Whether you are walking down Cliff Walk on your way to the Breakers, or exploring the residential neighborhood that surrounds us, it is impossible not to run into one of Salve’s historic buildings. The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast is well known to our guests for its location in the scenic historic district. It is not uncommon that our property, along with those of our neighbors, be tied to the prestigious families from the Gilded age.

  General Van AlenThe Ivy Lodge’s ties to Salve Regina began with a tragic event. In the fall of 1881, General James Henry Van Alen resided on the spacious plot of land that is now home to the Ivy Lodge on12 Clay Street. His son’s wife, Emily Astor Van Alen, had just passed away during childbirth, leaving son, James J. Van Alen, in deep mourning. In hopes of helping his son, General Van Alen bought another piece of land just down the street from his and told his son that he could build whatever type of home he wished. James J. then began construction on the remarkable residence known as Wakehurst.  Today, Wakehurst is home to Salve Regina’s library where students can be seen coming in and out of the stunning landmark embarking on an array of studies.

  The Ivy Lodge would like to congratulate those students graduating this Sunday and wish them well as they make their way into the world.

 Salve Regina Commencement 2014

    This year Salve Regina Commencement will mark its 64th graduating class.  Commencement
Salve Gaduateswill be held on Sunday May 18th behind the O’hare Academic Center in a tent on the lawn facing Newport’s scenic Cliff Walk.  In this years commencement Slave Regina will be honored to host its speaker Richard Saul Wurman.  Richard Saul Wurman,  is a highly distinguished pioneer of information architecture who created and shared the TED conference and has authored 83 books on copious topics ranging from football to health care to city guides.  Mr. Wurman will be presented with an honorary degree and offer remarks to the graduates when Salve Regina celebrates its 64th commencement.  
    Stay with us at the Ivy Lodge for your graduates commencement.  We are with in walking distance of the commencement ceremony and all activities at Salve Regina 

For more information on booking your room please visit our web address 

More information on the 2014 Salve Regina Commencement please visit :

Salve Commencement Ceremony:

10 a.m. Sunday, May 18
Procession begins at 9:15 a.m.
All graduates assemble at 8:15 a.m. in the O'Hare Academic Center.

The More Things Change the More they Stay the Same


Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast

The more things change the more they stay the same.

We are pleased to welcome Don and Jacqui Jursek to take over as owners of the Ivy Lodge.  After 15 years of offering the finest accommodations to guests of Newport it was essential that we pass the torch to someone who would commit to our already well established reputation for our customers from past and present.  The Ivy will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we do wish the Jurseks the best of luck in the coming seasons”.

Darlene and Daryl McKenzie

Introducing Don and Jacqui Jursek, new proprietors of the Ivy Lodge

Throughout life’s journey, we may veer off in many different directions on the compass of our lives, never realizing that all points of light are leading to one place, and possibly one’s “soul” purpose. Don and Jacqui have many points during their passage that led them to consider owning the Lodge...

Back in the day, Don had extensive training in culinary arts when he was Chef at Ken's Steakhouse Cafe V. With a degree in business and finance, he changed careers to banking. Most recently, he retired from 25 years at Brown Brothers Harriman, the oldest and largest partnership bank in America, where he was Senior Vice President and Division Executive. His dream was always to own his own restaurant.

During the past 25 years, Jacqui has had many passions, first being a mother of two wonderful sons. She is skilled as an interior architect and space planner and had her own business in redesign for residential and business space. For many years, she worked at one of New England’s largest garden centers learning, studying and selling plants, trees and shrubs. For the past ten years she also studied culinary arts where she was a personal cook catering to large groups for lunches and dinners. In addition, to get her feet wet in the inn business, Jacqui was a night’s innkeeper in Massachusetts. Her dream was to own her own inn.

From journey's beginning to end, and somewhere in the middle, all points lead home. For us, we are two people who have design, business and financial skills, we are both trained in cooking, and we were both ready at the same time to take a leap of faith toward a different life. Our compass has led us here--to the IVY LODGE. We are committed to nurturing people’s vacation experience by preserving the beauty of the surroundings, the food, and mostly the love of hospitality. Please join us as we begin a new chapter...and that of the Ivy Lodge.”

Best wishes,

Don and Jacqui Jursek- new owners of the Ivy Lodge

Easter at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast



 From brunches to Easter Egg Hunts to learning about Historic Mansions, there is no shortage of things to do in and around Newport, Rhode Island.  This year easter falls on Sunday April 20th and we are so delighted that our spring weather has arrived.  Please join us at The Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast for an Easter celebration.  Sunday morning start your holiday with us for a festive Easter inspired breakfast.   We will be serving a delicious scrambled herbed egg with cheddar cheeses, accompanied with a side of maple syrup glazed spiral ham, and scrumptious honey biscuits.  
Plan the rest of your day with mass at some of our local churches or enjoy the afternoon touring some of Newport’s most historic homes.  For more information of events in Newport please visit or feel free to call us at the Ivy Lodge to make your next visit to newport.

More Easter Events
Easter Egg Hunt at Rosecliff Mansion
Saturday April 19, 2014 10: 00 am
The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to bring the children to meet the Easter Bunny. Reservations required. Visit website for ticket prices and to make reservations, or call.
Business: Rosecliff
Address: 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-847-1000

 Daffodil Days at Blithewold
Celebrate spring at this beautiful thirty-three acre estate on Narragansett Bay with a spectacular display of more than 50,000 daffodils.

April 1, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Blithwold Mansion, Garden & Arboretum
Address: 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
Phone: 401-253-2707
Fax: 401-253-0412

A list of Churches in Newport for Easter Sunday Mass:
Jesus Savior Church
Sunday at 10:00 am  
Broadway & Vernon Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

St. Mary’s Church
8:00am, 9:30am,  & 11:00 am
12 William Street,  Newport, Rhode Island  02840

Trinity Church
8:00 am & 10:00 am
1 Queen Anne Sq, Newport · (401) 846-0660

Newport Community Church
9:30 am
100 Touro St, Newport · (401) 847-6022

Newport Restaurant week April 2014




Newport Restaurant Week 2014

April 4- April 13

Newport is ready to say goodbye to the cold winter season and welcome the warm spring with exceptional deals for lunch and dinner this April 2014.  This year’s Newport Restaurant Week will feature some of the best seasonal offerings from Newport's great restaurants including Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen.  Menues that include spring pea soup with roasted local carrots followed by an entrée of Braised oxtail with grilled ramps, local maitake mushrooms and a creamy Narragansett ricotta gnocchi, concluding with your choice of many delectable desserts like a hazelnut milk chocolate panna cotta. YUM!  All for just $30.00 per person! This is just one of the many options Chef Kevin King of Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen, located on Banisters Wharf has to offer in the 2014 Newport Restaurant Week. Fluke is just one of the Ivy Lodge’s favorite restaurants participating in this year’s celebration of good eats here in the city by the sea.  Enjoy your choice of either lunch or dinner of prefixed menus of three course meals for a deal.  Experience what we have to offer with our week-day rates, great food, wine and sites here at the Ivy Lodge, a quintessential New England Bed and Breakfast.

Tantalize your taste buds with the wide variety of restaurants that this fabulous city has to offer.  Here are a few of our personal favorites:


22 Bowens Wine Bar & Grille

Located amidst bustling Bowen’s Wharf in the heart of downtown Newport, 22 Bowen’s WineDinning room 22 bowens Bar & Grille is a world-class steakhouse serving USDA Prime beef, New England's finest seafood, and is complemented by an award-winning wine list.

Our recommendation for dinner would be to try the bowen’s famous Petit Filet Mignon Duck Fat Fingerling Potato, Black Garlic Bordelais, mmm it will melt in your mouth!

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 


Castle Hill Restaurant

For a formal dinning experience we suggest Castle Hill Restaurant. On your way over, enjoy
the 10 mile scenic ocean drive and as you enter the enchanting Castle Hill Restaurant you will hear the faint sounds of a lighthouse fog horn murmuring in the distance. The Mansion's chefs artfully craft fresh local fish, regional meats, and produce into a distinctly native, seasonal menu, served in four dining rooms within the Inn.  Watch the change of seasons with stunning views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. 

All guest dinning in the formal dinning room must be dressed in business casual attire, jackets are not required for men but preferred. 

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 

Fluke by ElyseFluke Wine Bar and Kitchen

One of our personal favorites here at the Ivy Lodge, Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen is a perfect restaurant for the foodie in all of us.  Enjoy fresh, local, and seasonal best describes Chef Kevin King’s menu of frequently changing snacks, small plates and entrees.  Enjoy scenic views and an Award-winning cocktail and wine list.

 Our recommendation is to try their famous crispy flash fried local oysters, they are to die for! Also try one of there signature drinks we enjoy the Juniperotivo made with Junipero Gin, Pomegranate Molasses, Fresh Mint, and Fresh Lemon Juice. 

Dinner Menu


Café Zelda

Cafe Zelda is a neighborhood French American bistro with casual fine dining. Zelda's features line-caught fish, hand-picked meats, local produce and homemade desserts. With a cozy bar full of locals and savvy tourists Zelda's is the place to be.

Calamari with banana peppers and Thai dipping sauce is a must try here.

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 


The Mooring

The ideal embodiment of Newport dining with water front views of the Newport Harbor. At theRaw Bar mooring you will find the freshest seafood, al fresco seating, and warm hospitality. Our award-winning wine list is one of the most acclaimed in New England.

 Our recommendation: Try their Raw Bar option of thee little necks or Rhode Island Oysters, both are amazingly delicious!

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 

Midtown Oyster Bar

Newport’s newest restaurant and largest raw bar features 2 bars, dining rooms and outside seating. Only a 15 minute walk from the Ivy Lodge! 

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 

Scales and Shells

Upon entering the front door, aromas from the open kitchen will awaken your senses and draw you into visually participating in the preparation of your dinner.

Cash only and no reservations; make sure to stop at the atm first. 

Dinner Menu


Stoneacre Pantry

Stone acre Pantry      Stoneacre Pantry has an ever changing menu of      seasonal offerings with a focus on using classic and  creativeculinary techniques.

We recommend their Hazelnut-Chocolate Mousse, Salted  Caramel, Cocoa Streusel & Creme Fraiche, if you have a sweet  tooth this dessert won’t disappoint!

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu 


The Black Pearl

A combination of American, seafood, and classically presented cuisines served in the Tavern or the elegant Commodores' Room.

Try the world renowned Black Pearl Chowder

Lunch and Dinner Menu


The Spiced Pear at the Chandler

The Spiced Pear’s primary dining room features an open-air kitchen, grand fireplace, and views of the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Beach. Well known for its signature ‘New England Tasting Menu’, the restaurant features a symphony of six or nine courses of local New England fare each night in addition to an a la carte menu featuring Continental cuisine.

Dinner Menu

Irish Heritage Month Newport RI


Parade Route

When admiring the historic buildings of Newport you may stop and wonder who built some of this beautiful architecture and parks we see today?  You would be surprised to hear that a lot of the early production in Newport was engineered by Irish immigrants long before Newport’s infamous “blue bloods” transformed the city into their lavish summertime resorts.  During the Gilded Age, Irish immigrants arrived to our quaint Island of Aquidneck to work the coal mines in the nearby town of Portsmouth and more specifically, the Emerald Isle immigrants began to settle in what is now known as the Fifth Ward. With many Celtic sights of interest including Fort Adams, St. Mary’s Church, and St. Josephs cemetery, we honor our past and present Irish with a month of fun activities for all.   Come and enjoy what will be a wonderful experience for you and your loved ones with a great get away at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast.

                Schedule of events include:

March 15th:

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade          

The 58th Annual Newport Saint Patrick's Day Parade will be held, rain, snow, orIrish Music shine, on Saturday, March 15th 2014.  It will begin at 11:00am from Newport City Hall and will proceed to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin’s Church in the heart of the Fifth Ward.  The parade this year is estimated to last 2 hours and will include Pipe Bands, Marching Bands, Fife & Drum Corps, Clown Units, reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations including police and fire units, social/fraternal organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, and non-profits.


8th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Family Celebration March 15, 2014

1:00pm to 4:00pm at the "Hut", Golden Hill Street, Newport, RI 02840 (Behind the Newport Public Library)

This event is a non- alcohol event. There will be entertainment with; Bag Pipers, Irish step dancers, Tony the Dancing Cop, pirates, and more. There will be a “How Green IS I” contest with cash prize and a $100 cash door prize!   There will also be giveaways. Entry is free! 

Enjoy a classic good time at no cost and a chance to win prizes and money!


Celebrating the Irish at the La Forgeirish flag

La Forge Restaurant located at 186 Bellevue Avenue; enjoy great food including Corned Beef & Irish beverages.  The fun filled night will include live music and sing along with artist David O’Manuel.  Event starts immediately following the parade until 5:00 pm; Returning at 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm

SUNDAY - 16th

Mass in Honor of St. Patrick

St. Mary's Church, Spring Street & Memorial Boulevard, Newport. 11:00am.

The Mass is in memory of deceased AOH and Lady AOH members and the victims of the great Famine.

The principal celebrant will be Fr. Francis O'Loughlin.

Church built 1848 - 1852 by Irish-American Architect Patrick Keeley and dedicated to Mary, 'Our Lady of the Isle'.


Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center

Irish Museum Newport Learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present.

Open Noon - 4:00 p.m.

648 Thames Street, Newport. (401) 848-0661

Members free; others by donation.


MONDAY - 17th   St. Patrick's Day

Mass in honor of St. Patrick

St. Augustin's Church, Carroll Avenue, Newport


Celebrant: Father John McNulty

FRIDAY - 21st


Celtic Music in the Mansion with Robbie O'Connell.

Robbie is an Irish folk singer who began his career by performing with his uncles, the Clancy Brothers

Linden Place Museum.

500 Hope Street Bristol.

401 253-0390

7:30 pm. [Note: There are no tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge on Friday evenings!]

Tickets: $20/$16 for Linden Place members

Advance reservations recommended.

For more

Join us at the Ivy Lodge this March for a celebration of Irish heritage in Newport.  From events including Irish step Dancing on Forty Steps, to a traditional meal of corn beef and cabbage dinner, and to the largely anticipated 58th annual St Patrick’s Day parade, all month long will be a tribute to all things Irish here in Newport.

For more scheduled Events for Irish Hertage Month please visit:   

Written and Published By: Elyse Assistant Innkeeper Ivy Lodge








Valentine’s Day Getaway & Winter Festival at the Ivy Lodge


Winter fest Valentine


26th Annual Newport Winter Festival
Friday, February 14  to February 23, 2014

In Newport RI, winter is the longest season. So, inspite of the long nights, cold temperatures and snow the season brings, we over come our doldrums by throwing a festival. In Newport, RI Winter is not a seson to escape. It is a season to embrace. What better way to celebrate than with a Winter festival. Coinciding with the kick-off of Newport Winter festival is Valentine's . . . Nice timing!

Bring your sweet heart and/or little sweeties and amaze your family with a host of activities downtown and around the Island of Newport.

What we list here are the festivals dearly annual events. So raise a glass of mulled wine and make sure you catch one or more of these fun-filled events.

Featured Events

Friday, February 14thWinter fest logo

10am-5pm: Helicopter Tour and Vineyard Packages
Bird’s Eye View Helicopters, 211 Airport Access Road. Helicopter and vineyard packages include a helicopter tour, tasting and logo wine glass starting at $137 plus tax per couple. Upgrade to our Island Helicopter Tour plus the Vineyard Tour and Tasting for $217 plus tax per couple or our Lighthouse Helicopter Tour and Vineyard for $297 plus tax. Fly over the vineyards and all of Newport in our “heated” helicopter. $10 off any tour w/button or receive a free inflight video. Call 401.843.8687 to book. For more info go to

11am: Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people.  Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street.  $15/$12 w/button.  401.841.8770.

 11am-4pm: Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeover
Cosmetic Cosmos, 387 Thames Street. Mother/Daughter Makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Learn the best skincare and makeup techniques for your skin type and features in a relaxed atmosphere. $30/person & 15% discount on all products purchased w/button. Appointments: or 401.842.0666.

11am-4pm: Greenvale Vineyards Wine Tasting
582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Winery Tours start at 2pm and include 7 wines and a wine glass. Enjoy samples of award winning, estate-grown wine from this 50-acre family farm now operating as a vineyard. Weather permitting. 15% discount off wine purchases w/button. 401.847.3777.

4pm: Pillow Fight!
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.  Kick off Winter Fest with a pillow fight!  Join us on Valentine’s Day, Friday 14th for a pillow fight on the back lawn!  Feathers will be flying at this fun filled event so be sure to tell everyone you know.  To join in on the fun, bring a DOWN pillow with NO zipper.  This is an 18+ event. Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge w/button. 401.851.1234.

4pm: Polar Pineapples
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island. Rhode Island’s Largest Ice Bar is coming for Winter Fest!  Pineapples Restaurant will be transformed into “Polar Pineapples” with an actual bar made of ice!  Enjoy views of the bay while sipping on a variety of signature infused “Ice-tinis” or stay warm with one of our specialty hot cocktails while sitting by the heaters.  Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge w/button. 401.851.1234.

5pm-9pm: Ice Skating, Newport Skating Center
2 Commercial Wharf.  The Skating Center is an outdoor, ice skating facility offering public skating sessions, skate rentals, concessions menu, warming area and parking!  Visit or call 401.846.3018 for information.  All dates and times are weather permitting and subject to change.  $2 off skating admission w/button.  Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.

6pm: Romeo & Juliet with Orlando Bloom: Broadway Performance on Film
Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center, 49 Touro Street.  $20/$18 w/button.401.846.5474.

comedy8:00pm: Winter Festival Comedy Show with Paul D’Angelo and Jamie Lissow presented by the Newport Comedy Series & Newport Winter Festival at the Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Ave.  Presenting two hilarious headliners in one night! Jamie Lissow is one of the funniest comedy club headliners in America.  He has appeared in many television programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, more than 30 times on Fox News Redeye and in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central.  Jamie has performed at hundreds of clubs and colleges.  He has been nominated for Campus Performer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine.  He can be heard on the Sirius/XM Radio, Pandora, Opie and Anthony and The Bob and Tom Show.  He is currently working on a television show with actor and former Saturday Night Live star Rob Schneider.  Jamie will be making his Newport debut on February 14th.   Also, presenting comedian Paul D’Angelo featured in Showtime’s Godfathers of Comedy. He combines his charismatic stage presence and spontaneous improvisational talents to create a fantastic comedy performance.  Paul takes everyday experiences and make them sound absolutely hilarious! $25/$20 with button, VIP $50/$45 with button or in advance.  Call 401-847-7666 to buy tickets. Must be at least 13 to attend. 

Saturday, February 15th

 11am-2:30pm: Ice Sculpting Demonstration presented by Bailey T’s
12 Long Wharf Mall. Ice sculptors wield their chisels, chain saws, blow dryers and powerice competition sanders as they create masterpieces. Don’t miss these spectacular works of ice! The ice sculptures will be on display until they melt. To participate or for more information call the festival office at 401.847.7666. FREE

11am-3:30pm: 19th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off 

Newport Harbor Hotel, 49 America’s Cup Avenue.  Winter heats up as area restaurants, caterers and the local fire department compete to see who has the best chili in town!  Bring your appetite, sharpen your taste buds, and join in the fun as you choose your favorite chili!  Prizes will be provided by Samuel Adams Brewery and the Newport Winter Festival.  Don’t miss the chance to taste them all and vote for your favorite!  Call 847-7666 for more information.  Adults $10/$6 w/button, Children (6-10) $3/$2 w/button.  Children under 5 Free!   Tickets will be available for purchase at the door- advance tickets are not required.

11am – 5:00pm: Newport Vineyards WINE-ter-fest 2014
Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown. Chase away winter’s chill and have a tasting thrill at Newport Vineyards. Check out the outside “Ice Wine” bar. Wine tasting, cheese, chocolate and spreadable edibles offered from local gourmet purveyors. RSVP suggested to $20/$18 w/button. 401.848.5161.

 1pm:  Pasta Making at The Vanderbilt Grace
The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel.  Join our Chefs for a hands on Pasta Making Class.  After making the pasta our chefs will prepare lunch with your creations.  Children and Adults welcome.  Reservations Suggested. $30/$15 w/button.  401.846.6200.

 wiinter polo2pm: Winter Festival Beach Polo presented by the Newport International Polo Series
Easton’s Beach, Newport. Please, no parking at the Atlantic Beach Club. People of all ages enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship and breath-taking views of Newport’s renown Beaches when the ponies and players put on a polo match on the sand. The event is a low-impact, eco friendly exhibition that is part of the fun during Newport Winter Festival. FREE!

4pm: Polar Pineapples
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island. Rhode Island’s Largest Ice Bar is coming for Winter Fest!  Pineapples Restaurant will be transformed into “Polar Pineapples” with an actual bar made of ice!  Enjoy views of the bay while sipping on a variety of signature infused “Ice-tinis” or stay warm with one of our specialty hot cocktails while sitting by the heaters. Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge w/button. 401.851.1234.

8:30pm:  Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band – Changes in Latitudes 

  Hyatt Regency Newport, One Goat Island.  Newport Winter Festival presents Changes in Latitudes, the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet.  This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all.  You can expect to hear such classics as “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Volcano”, and of course “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”, as well as other crowd pleasing favorites, like “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Southern Cross”, and “Another Saturday Night”, and the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet smash hit “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.  Changes in Latitudes has thrilled audiences with their amazingly authentic reproduction of the Jimmy Buffet concert experience!  Tickets available: $15/Advance w/button, $20/At the door (based on availability).  VIP Seating Available: $40/$35 w/button (includes 1 drink ticket & up front seating). For info/tickets call the festival office at 401.847.7666

When you book *three nights with The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast starting 2/14/14 your reservation will include a romance package, you don't need to think about it, he/she will be thrillled. We'll stage the setting, you bring the romance.

For more information please visit our website: or call and talk to one of the Innkeepers for more information (800)834-6865.

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*Romance package not valid with coupons or other discounts. 

Post Holiday Escape with the Ivy Lodge


The presents have been opened, the lights are taken down, and each and every ornament hasIvy Lodge Winter Escape been carefully packed away until next December.  Now relax, take a deep breath and enjoy the tranquility of the season ahead.  You have survived the holiday season of frantic buying, crazed shopping, and endless office partying; now it is time for your post-holiday escape.  Come join us for a relaxing retreat in one of New England’s most beautiful seasons and take that well deserved romantic getaway you and your loved ones deserve.   Sip on a hot tea and cuddle up beneath our fluffy soft comforter in front of the flame of our fireplaces, it may be chilly outside but it is warm nights here at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast.

 Even though it is off season in Newport, there is still so much to do here in the city by the sea.  There are some wonderful advantages when visiting Newport in the winter.  Less crowds, more parking, and the bliss of being away from home with the ones you love.  Enjoy your post-holiday escape with some fun and romantic date ideas.  


spa terreDecompress with a spa treatment at Spaterre

Indulge in a serene transformation with an Atlantic Seaweed Body Mask or a Seaside Salt Glow. This Rhode Island Spa experience is like no other, with many of the sensual adventures that utilize a blend of herbs and minerals indigenous to, and inspired by, the Newport area.


Movie Date Night at the Jane Pickens Theater

 The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center is a world-class art house cinema based in Washington Square in the historic center of Newport, Rhode Island. As the only movie house in downtown Newport, The Pickens as it is known locally is a film and event space with a sense of style based on history. The theater shows the best movies available, films that are selected to play to the discriminating taste of the target audience.

Jane Pickens Theatre Newport RI

The theater presents a mix of first run movies, documentaries and classic films and does not just show films but creates experiences for its clientele. The goal is to make our events memorable and unique in their presentation, approach and/or mix of media. And we try to never take ourselves too seriously as we build events that inspire, challenge or make the experience just plain fun!

 For showtimes and more information visit the Jane Pickens Theatre Website:


 Enjoy Live Teater at the Newport Play House

The Newport Playhouse was established in 1983 and has been a favorite with locals and tourists ever since we first opened our doors.Their dinner theatre is unique...enjoy a great buffet along with a wonderful play and a fun-filled cabaret. 

For more Information about the Play House Theater:

Get active with an evening skate at the Newport Skating Center

Newport Skating CenterEnjoy the historic colonial charm and singular ocean views surrounding our outdoor waterfront rink, Located in the midst of Newport’s famous downtown shopping district walking distance from the Ivy Lodge,  down by the rink you'll find quaint shops and a variety of local restaurants. At the Newport Skating Center take advantage of free parking,  and if you don’t have your own skates no need to worry, there are ice skate rentals for adults and children.  It is a wonderful date night activity with on-site concessions, admission discounts, professional skating instructors, and of course skating by the sea.

Fore More information about the Newport Skating Center visit there website:


Laugh your socks off at the Fire house Theater with live “Improv” Comedy

The Fire House Theater is a short driving distance from the Ivy Lodge located off ofFire house Theater Bit Players Broadway, in the heart of Newport.  The Fire house theatre is home to an amazingly talented improvisation group known as the Bit Players.  Their show is modeled after the hit TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" but with many of their own spins and interpretations. No two shows are ever the same with a large cast of improvisers and a vault full of different games or "Bits". Every show is entirely improvised. Nothing is ever pre-planned, scripted, or rehearsed in advance. The shows are dictated by the audience's suggestions however no audience member is ever "picked on" or singled out...unless they bring the attention upon themselves. ALL shows at The Firehouse are BYOB. There is no age limit but shows are promoted as PG13.  Shows are every Friday and Saturday Night starting at 8:00 p.m.

For more Information visit the Bit players Website:

Enjoy the Company of one another with an Intimate Dinner at one of our recommended restaurants:

Fluke Wine and Bar:

Located in the heart of downtown Newport, Rhode Island, Fluke overlooks Bowen’s Wharf and Bannister’s Wharf, offering harbor and sunset views of Narragansett Bay. Fluke has gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in the Newport restaurant scene in less than five years.

Fluke’s relaxed, modern American cuisine is perfect for any occasion. Enjoy New England lobster and seafood prepared with the best local, seasonal ingredients. Innovative specialty cocktails are made with fresh pressed juices. 

The Mooring Restaurant:

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar elevates the Newport seafood tradition to a new level, providing a casual elegance while maintaining all of its relaxed Newport charm.

22 Bowens:

Located amidst bustling Bowen’s Wharf in the heart of downtown Newport, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille is a world-class steakhouse serving USDA Prime beef, New England's finest seafood, and is complemented by an award-winning wine list. We look forward to having you experience one of Newport’s best.

The Black Pearl: 

The Black Pearl, located in the heart of the city's bustling waterfront, is one of Newport's best-known and best-loved restaurants.

From the warm ambience and classic cuisine of the commodores room or the casual setting of the tavern side, the black pearl has many options to offer, and is known for the best clam chowder in town!

Castle Hill Restaurant:

Formal Dinning, with an elegant dining room, castle hill restaurant offers a world-class culinary experience led by Executive Chef Karsten Hart. He showcases seasonal, local ingredients in a variety of thoughtful and unexpected dishes using cooking techniques from around the world. His creations, paired with their award-winning wine list and panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, make dining here an unforgettable event.

Mama Luisa's

Mama Luisa has been one of Newport most sought after favorites for tourists and locals alike.  At mama Luisa’s you will experience a comfortable, cozy atmosphere with home cooked Italian food prepared in an elegant style.  

Tallulah on Thames:

Tallulah on Thames is committed to sourcing seasonal market-driven ingredients highlighting local farms and artisans to create a genuine and delightful dining experience, one restaurant we highly recommend to our guest.

This article was composed by Elyse Neilan

New Years Eve 2014 Ivy Lodge Celebration



new years eve clock and flutes pix

Ring in the New Year, meet new friends and enjoy light repast in a beautiful setting.December 31, 2013 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Ivy Lodge

  • Complimentary wine or Champagne

  • Hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats

  • Mingle with the guests and your innkeepers Darlene and Daryl McKenzie

  • Reflect on the past, look forward to the future and enjoy the present in the warmth of the Ivy Lodge with our most diverse and interesting guests.

  • This reception is for guests lodging with the Ivy Lodge

 New years Eve Newport RI

 Looking for an intimate setting to celebrate New years eve? When you book your New Eve's stay at the Ivy Lodge, we provide a complimentary New Year's Eve reception from 4PM to 7PM enjoy light repast in a beautiful setting:


Experience The New Year in one of the detail-filled guestrooms at the Ivy Lodge and shareCheers romantic memories to last a lifetime! The magic and special feelings you expect in a romantic Newport, RI getaway are guaranteed to be found, as well as, from the special attention you receive from the staff at The Ivy Lodge.

* This reception is exclusively catered to the guests staying at Ivy Lodge.

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