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2013 Newport Restaurant Week


 November 1, 2013 - November 10, 2013

Dining out on a Budget in Newport RI

Yumm... Crispy Local Oysters topped wuth Mango Pepper Relish, Red

Fluke Crispy Oysters

 Chili Mayo, then adelicious second course of moist roasted chicken with Sugar Pumpkin Gnocchi, Roasted Brussels Sprouts , Sage Jus cooked to perfection, and finish off with a mouth watering fall favorite, Apple Crostata with Cinnamon Crema.  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 2013 Newport Restaurant week.  Fluke is just one of the many of our favorite restaurants participating in this year’s celebration of good eats here in the city by the sea.  Enjoy your pickings of either lunch or dinner of prefixed menus of three course meals for a deal.  Also enjoy what we have to offer with our week day rates stay and enjoy the great food, wine and sites here at the Ivy Lodge a quintessential New England Bed and breakfast.

Tnatalize your taste buds with the wide variety of restaurants that the city by the sea has to offer.  Here our a few of our personal favorites. 

Castle Hill Inn

castlehillFor 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 requires for men but prefurred. 

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Fluke 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.juniperotivo

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

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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

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The MooringMooring Dining

The ideal embodiment of Newport dining with water front views of the Newport Harbor. At the 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!

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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! 

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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. 

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Stoneacre Pantry

Stoneacre Pantry has an ever changing menu of seasonal offerings with a focus on using classic and creative culinary techniques.

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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

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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.

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Other Special Events around the Newport Restaurant week:

Chocolate Brunch at Ocean Cliff

DATE: 11/3/2013

TIME: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

COST: Tickets are $85 per person

For your sweet tooth come and enjoy this highly-anticipated Autumn event  at Ocean Cliffs Chocolate brunch. Co-chairs Leslie Reed and Libby Kirwin, with support from NewportFed as event sponsor, worked diliigently to make this event successful. Brunch offerings of champagne, savory chocolate-infused entrees and yummy desserts and candies, live jazz by the Dick Lupino Band, an enticing Silent Auction for pre-Christmas shopping, and a $500 cash raffle will make for a fun afternoon overlooking the bay. To make the event even cozier and more homey, OceanCliff will offer a roaring fire and hot chocolate bar in the library. 

Greenvales Harvest Festival

Date: 11/9/2013

Time 1:00pm- 4:00 pm

Cost:  $15.00 per person

Join us as we celebrate this year’s grape harvest!  Bring your family and friends and enjoy the foliage and autumn weather.  The celebration will include harvest games, gourd painting, tractor rides and walking tours along with tastings of Greenvale Vineyards’ award winning, estate grown wines. Feel free to bring a blanket and chairs for a wonderful afternoon picnic on the beautiful property of Greenvale Vineyards. There will also be live music by Dick Lupino and friends.



23rd Annual Bowens Wharf Seafood Festival


Bowens Wharf Seafood festival

October 19, 2013 - October 20, 2013

Admission Free!

Bowens wharf

Journey back to the 18th century, of brick and stone walk ways to the water front of Bowen's wharf where the beginnings of a thriving seaport began and enjoy the “harvest of the sea” as Newport welcomes the 23rd annual Seafood Festival. Event takes place on October 19th and 20th  and is known as one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine (2005).  It is a great time of the year to stay at the Ivy Lodge and enjoy the city by the sea after the rush of the summer season has ended. 

Located on the Bowen's Wharf, the Seafood Festival offers an abundant amount of seafood,Boston Bell: October 2012 live music, and family fun. Sink your teeth into some of the best seafood in town all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Enjoy  a variety of neighboring restaurants and local fisherman's as they serve up their most renowned seafood dishes.  Many of which include options of lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for land lovers and children.   Vendors will also be serving wine, beer and soft drinks.  For your sweet tooth there will also be options for delectable desserts, including tempting pies, ciders, and other baked goods.  There will be cafe-style seating for guests and they will be set up throughout the Wharf.

The seafood festival has entertainment to enjoy while you are enticing yourself with fresh dishes.  Under the music tent musicians will perform and all varieties of music, from  live folk, Celtic, sea shanties, and blues music are just a taste of what you'll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving!

TentedVendorsBowensWharfRhode Island residents, cruise ship and bus tour groups, and devoted visitors form an estimated attendance of 6,000-8,000 over the course of this two-day event.

FREE ADMISSION (food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths)

2013 Music Schedule
11am – 1pm     Atwater-Donnelly Duo Traditional American Folk

1pm – 3pm       Abbey Rhode Music from the Fabulous 60s, Beatles, Stones & More

3pm – 5pm       Chelley, Bill & Dyl Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B with a touch of Country!

11am – 1pm     Jim McGrath & The Reprobates Traditional & Contemporary Music of the Sea, American & British Isles

1pm – 3pm       Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde Original & Classic Rock

3pm – 5pm       Big Cat Blues Band West Coast and Chicago Blues music

Newport, Rhode Island Lighthouses



Although Small in size but long in coastline, Rhode Island has 21 lighthouses, 13 of them active, plus at least 6 former light stations where ruins or foundations are visible. Six of the smaller surviving towers are privately owned. As stoic, beacons of safety in the infamous stormy seas of the Atlantic and rough waters of Narragansett Bay, picturesque lighthouses can be found throughout Newport and Bristol County.

These lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoalsreefs, safe entries to harbors, and can also assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational systems. The lighthouses of Aquidneck Island can be seen and heard on especially foggy and/or stormy nights. I feel the need to write this blog only to say, I have over heard guest questioning the need for the fog horn when we have the technology of today . . . a soft fog horn, that can be heard from the Ivy bed and breakfasts that reminds us of the rich maritime place in which we live and for those who visit this city by the sea. There are many vessels active in the Narragansett waters long after we have all safely tuck away for the night. Some of these boats have no navigation and still rely on the sights and sounds of these beacons. It makes me smile, when I hear the fog horn. I snuggle underneath the covers with a heady thought of . . . wow I live on an island!


Below, are a few lighthouses that surrounds you on the island of aquidneck, as so know as Newport RI:

Castle Hill Lighthouse : Newport RI

    The Castle Hill Lighthouse is a traditional location for weddings, this lighthouse is accessible by a short walk from the nearby Castle Hill Cove Marina, adjacent from the Castledescribe the image Hill Inn Restaurant, where you can enjoy fine dining in their formal dining room or outdoors on there water front lawn.  Located at Castle Hill Point at the southwestern end of Newport,  Inside the light house is closed from the public but the grounds are open for all the enjoy.  Built in 1890 and is currently active. The granite structure has a focal plane of 40 ft (12 m); and a 34 ft (10 m) round granite tower with lantern and gallery, 300 mm lens.  The light house is equipped with a fog horn (1 s blast every 10 s). The beautiful coastline building has a upper half of tower painted white, lower half unpainted; lantern painted black.

How to get to the Castle Hill Light House:

By Car or bike:  Enjoy the 10mi scenic Ocean Drive located at the end of Bellevue Southbound.

By Boat: Classis Cruises Of Newport, cruise aboard the 72 foot nineteenth century Madeleine or the 60 foot motor yatch Rumrunner II. 

Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse (Lime Rock) Newport RI

ida lewis yatch club lightBuilt in 1854. Inactive since 1927 (a decorative light is now displayed in season). 13 ft (4 m) lantern mounted on one corner of a 2-story granite and brick keeper's house. The original 6th order Fresnel lens is on display at the Museum of Newport History Building painted white, lantern black. This tiny lighthouse is famous for its legendary keeper Idawalley Lewis  (1857-1911)whom is the most celebrated lighthouse keeper in American history.

By the middle of the nineteenth century, passenger ferries, commercial traffic, and military personnel heading to and from Fort Adams combined to necessitate a navigational light in Newport's inner harbor. 

The light was moved to a skeletal Tower in 1927 and discontinued in 1963; the skeletal tower was demolished. The lighthouse building, including modern additions, is now part of a yacht club, and the island has been connected to the mainland by a causeway. Located off Wellington Avenue between Chastellux and Halidon Avenues in Newport. Site and tower closed. Owner/site manager: Ida Lewis Yatch Club.

How to get to the Ida Lewis lighthouse:

By Boat: Classic Cruises Of Newport, cruise aboard the 72 foot nineteenth century Madeleine or the 60 foot motor yacht Rumrunner II. 


Newport Harbor Lighthouse on Goat Island: Newport RI  
Located on the northern tip of Goat Island in the Newport Harbor sits the Newport harbor light house.  The Newport Harbor Lighthouse is beast known historically as the beacon to guideNewport Harbor Lighthouse mariners into the bustling Newport during th eraly 1800's.  

Although Newport had been an important center of seaborne commerce since the early 1700s, the first lighthouse on Goat Island , which welcomed ships at the of entrance to Newport Harbor, the first goast island lighthouse was not completed until 1823. Activated on New Year’s Day of 1824, the stone tower was twenty feet tall with a multi-lamp and reflector apparatus showing a bright white light.

How to get to Newport Harbor Lighthouse: Located on the northern tip of Goat Island in Newport Harbor; the island is accessible by a bridge from RI 238 in downtown Newport and the lighthouse is accessible by walking through the hotel lobby. Site open, tower closed. 


Sakonnet Point Lighthouse: Little Compton RI

Our neighboring town , Little Compton, is home to a brick 66 foot lighthouse located at the entrance of the Sakonnet River; the Sakonnet Piont Light house.  As early as the late 1700s, the area around what is today Little Compton, Rhode Island was a fledgling port featuring fishing and farming as ways of life for the settlers. By the late 1800s, Sakonnet Harbor was much more developed and had a distinguished fishing fleet.

Little Cormorant Rock and several other submerged rocks and ledges sit several hundred yards offshore from Sakonnet Point making the area very dangerous for those vessels wishing to enter the harbor. To remedy the danger, the Lighthouse Board sought to establish a lighthouse to mark the area.

The lighthouse sits offshore in the entrance to the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound. A viewing area is available by following Highway 77 south to Sakonnet where the lighthouse will be visible.

Accessibility:The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen from the beach at Sakonnet Point or by Boat.  


Beaver Tail Lighthouse: Jamestown RI


Located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island, is the home of the Beavertail Lighthouse and museum.  Here, guests will be able to access a collection of information, artifacts, and learn about the history and site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America.  The present lighthouse was biult in 1856 and was origianlly established in 1749.  The 45 foot tower is constructed of granite.  Today, the light station reamins amoung one fo the most popular hustoric destinations in the state and is a prime spot for panoramic views at the mouth of Narraganset bay.

Accessibility: The lighthouse is located in Beavertail State Park at the end of Beavertail Road, at the southern tip of Conanicut Island.  There is free parking on site and the grounds are open to the public. Guests can tour the museum in the assistant keeper's house. The tower is sometimes opened to the public during scheduled open houses.

By Boat:  Newport Harbor Tours departing from Quonset Point. 


Prudence Island (Sandy Point) Lighthouse: Portsmouth RI

The thirty-foot-tall octagonal granite tower at Prudence Island is the oldest lighthouse inPrudence Island Lighthouse Rhode Island and one of the few lighthouses in the country to retain a “birdcage” lantern. Originally built on Goat Island near Newport in 1823, the structure was dismantled in 1851 and moved to Sandy Point on the east side of Prudence Island, where it was reassembled and returned to service on January 17, 1852. The light is only twenty-eight feet above the water and is visible for ten miles.

Today, the Prudence Island Lighthouse remains an active aid to navigation.

Accessibility: Prudence Island can be reached byFerry from Bristol. The lighthouse is about a 25 minute walk from the ferry landing. The tower is not open to the public. Grounds are open. 

Hog Island Lighthouse 

Hog Island lies off Bristol Township and is situated just north of the passage leading from Narragansett Bay to Mount Hope Bay. The Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, completed in 1855, markedHog Island light housethe narrow passageway. This very  dangerous reef, extending south from Hog Island to the main shipping channel, was also a threat to ferries and other vessels transiting between the two bays.

The 200 acre island was a perfect place for settlers to rase their livestock, with out the need of a fence the animals could not wander afar and natural predetors such as wolves and foxes could not reach the island.  Hogs were regularly raised on the 1.5 like length island, earning it's name by the locals, Hog Island. 

Accessibility: The lighthouse is privately owned. It is not open to the public and is best seen by boat.The Prudence Island Ferry from Bristol passes fairly close by.


When you book your stay with the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast, we will happily concierge you on the sites and sounds of surrounding lighthouses. They are our national treasures and symbols of the maritime past.


For more details, you can contact the Ivy Lodge at 1-800-834-6865 or email us at


The Ivy wishes you fair winds and safe seas



2013 Newport Jazz Festival



  Boogie on down to Newport for this year’s Jazz Festival!  We still have availability at the Ivy
Lodge Bed and Breakfast,
and they won’t last long! It is going to be a great weekendNewport Jazz Festival 2013 for a getaway, and a great time to enjoy the outdoors while listening to some smooth Jazz.  With a Ten minute walk down Bellevue Avenue from the Ivy Lodge, the 2013 Jazz festival will kick off at the International Tennis Hall of Fame with a Friday night concert under the stars.  Built in 1880 as the Newport Casino, the grounds of the Tennis Hall of Fame are a portal to an era of Newport elegance and Gilded Age charm. Whether you enjoy sipping cocktails under the gazebo, or sitting in the stands beneath a cool Atlantic breeze, it's hard to imagine a better place to see this year's headliner, Natalie Cole, performance than on the same center court where the likes of Big Bill Tilden once made history. 

 The following day our guests can hop in a car for a beautifully scenic 10 mile drive down Newport’s Ocean drive to the continuing festival at Fort Adams.  The festival features two full days of jazz on three stages at Fort Adams, situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. Not only will the music be incredible but there abundant activities to do while on the Fort.  In between sets at Fort Adams State Park , guests can visit the relaxing Louis Jadot Wine Cafés, satisfy your cravings a the food booths, shop at the unique crafts booths, or nourish your mind and visit one of the Non-Profit Village booths.  Guest will be able to enjoy the spectacular experience with sprawling lawns, and breathtaking vistas.

 This year they'll be coming from icons that include Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and the legendary Herbie Hancock; and up-and-comers such as Hiromi, Esperanza Spalding, Fort Adams Gregory Porter, and Miguel Zenón. Listen to them from one of the three beer and wine gardens. Listen to them while enjoying the array of festival food. Listen to them while exploring the rows of unique and diverse arts and crafts. Or listen to them from the lawn of the showcase Fort Stage, where, in the shadow of the Newport Bridge, serious and casual music fans will be spread out on blankets and folding chairs, sharing lobster rolls and sharing stories, bobbing their heads to the rhythms of the legends they've come to see, and exchanging glances at the unexpected chops of emerging artists. 


Schedule of Events

Friday, August 2, 2013

International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino

194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI • Friday, August 2

The opening night concert of the Newport Jazz Festival will be held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. The venue is an open air stadium with a combination of covered and uncovered seating. Tickets sell out very quickly for this event which is held rain or shine. There are two entrances, one on Bellevue Avenue and one on Memorial Boulevard. There is no event parking and limited street parking in the neighborhood. The venue is within walking distance of the downtown wharves and many area hotels.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Dress is casual to dressy. In the event of rain, umbrellas are allowed in the stadium but must be closed and stored when the concert begins so they do not obstruct the views of others. There is no smoking in any of the seating areas. Alcohol, light food and beverages are sold at the venue.

Performer Natalie ColePerforming:
Natalie Cole
"An Unforgettable Evening"  
Bill Charlap Trio with special guest Freddy Cole  

Saturday, August 3, 2013





Fort Adams State Park

Harrison Avenue, Newport, RI • Saturday & Sunday, August 3 & 4

Parking at Fort Adams
Limited on-site festival parking available at Fort Adams State Park available: $12.00 per vehicle in advance; $15.00 on festival weekend. To purchase in advance, select parking option during ticket buying process. Parking opens at 8am.

alternatives to driving to the Fort Adams
BY WATER SHUTTLE: The Newport Harbor Shuttle provides continuous service between Perrotti Park or the Oldport Marine Dock on America’s Cup Ave in the Mooring Restaurant parking lot and Fort Adams beginning at 8 AM. Cost is $10.00 round trip and no reservations are required.

From Jamestown, take the Jamestown & Newport Ferry – servicing Jamestown, Perrotti Park & Ft. Adams, leaving Jamestown & Newport approximately every 30 min. 

Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration: Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci & Brian Blade plus special guest Herbie Hancock  
Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society  
Marcus Miller 
Michel Camilo Sextet  
Terence Blanchard Quintet  
Robert Glasper Experiment 
Gregory Porter  
Bill Charlap Trio with special guests Bob Wilber & Anat Cohen 
Edmar Castañeda with special guest Andrea Tierra  
Lew Tabackin Quartet with Randy Brecker, Peter Washington & Lewis Nash  
Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band
Performing works made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation  
Rez Abbasi Trio  
Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers
Debuting commissioned work made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation  
Mary Halvorson Quintet  
From Berklee College of Music: The Ali Amr Experiment 
RI Music Educators Association Senior All-State Jazz Ensemble  

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Chick Corea & The Vigil with Christian McBride, Tim Garland, Marcus Gilmore, & Charles Altura  
Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra  

Dizzy Gillespie™ Big Band under the direction of Paquito D'Rivera  
Hiromi: The Trio Project with Anthony Jackson & Steve Smith 
Joshua Redman Quartet  
Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band  
Steve Coleman Projects: Five Elements, Talea Ensemble and Duo with David Bryant  
Jim Hall with Scott Colley, Lewis Nash and special guest Julian Lage  
Dirty Dozen Brass Band  
Jon Batiste & Stay Human 
Dee Alexander
"Songs That My Mother Loved"  
Donny McCaslin Group 
David Gilmore & Numerology featuring Claudia Acuña, Miguel Zenón, Luis Perdomo, Christian McBride, Jeff "Tain" Watts & Mino Cinelu  
MA Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band 
University of Rhode Island Jazz Festival Big Band   

Newport Comedy Series 2013 is here!


Laugh your sock off

Laugh your socks off with the full line up comedians coming our way for this season of the Newport Comedy Series 2013 at the Newport Yachting Center.   Kicking off this year’s exciting series will be the infamously witty Lily Tomlin where she will entertain you with more than a dozen of her timeless characters-from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann.  Joining Lily in the Newport comedy series will be the political comedian Bill Maher, the queen of mean Lisa Lampanelli, the man of many voices Jeff Dunham, and many more.

The water front venue is situated in the heart of downtown Newport a quick Walk down from the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast, to the harbor.   There you will enjoy a lovely evening of laughs, great food, beverages, and fun at the Newport Yachting center.   Surrounded by quaint shops, restaurants, galleries and famed colonial architecture, it’s the perfect destination getaway!  No need to fret if it is raining the venue offers a dry place to sit to enjoy your evening of entertainment under a tent with state of the art sound and lighting; all seats are great seats with the intimate stage.


 Schedule of Comedians  to come!

Bill Mahar July 28, 2013: For the last eighteen years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC 1993-2002), and for the last seven years on HBO’s “Real Time.” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-three Emmy nominations. in October 2008, the same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religilous,” directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”). The documentary has gone on to be the 7th Highest Grossing Documentary ever.

rodneyRodney Carrington August  1, 2013: Rodney Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. Morning Wood has been certified gold and Greatest Hits has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Rodney starred in his own TV sitcom Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. In 2011 Rodney partnered with the ACA (American Country Awards) by presenting at their awards show and hosting the American Country New Year’s Eve Live show on Fox. According to Pollstar, Rodney has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years and among the top 4 or 5 the last several years. Rodney is on track to be in the top 5 again in 2012. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the US and Canada. 


Jeff Denham Sunday August 11, 2013: His television specials and series have been the highestComedian Jeff Dunham rated programming in Comedy Central history, his DVD sales have reached seven million units, his videos have received a half a billion views on You Tube, and his live concerts have become mega-events played in front of sold-out arenas worldwide.

No wonder Time Magazine wrote that he is “the most popular comedian in the United States” and Forbes named him to its Celebrity 100 list of most powerful entertainers three years running.

Today, Jeff Dunham is a phenomenally successful global entertainment brand.

Dunham has, of course, plenty of help on-stage: his entourage of signature characters who are there to challenge and chastise his every sentence. There’s Walter, the grumpy retiree; the beer-swilling, NASCAR-loving and resolutely red neck Bubba J; the furry and manic Peanut; José Jalapeño, the spicy pepper from South of the border; the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist; the almost as dead long-lost son of Achmed, AJ; and Peanut’s own ventriloquist dummy: Little Jeff. They may have all been conceived and hand crafted by Dunham, but his characters, who are anything but dummies, have now taken on a life of their own, each with their own legion of fans.

Katt Williams August 16, 2013: Katt Williams is one of America’s most popular comedians, rappers and actors. He is best known for his role as Money Mike in Friday After Next. He has also appeared on Nick Cannon’s MTV improv show, Wild ‘n Out, and is well known for playing the fictional character, Bobby Shaw, on the program My Wife and Kids.

Ron White August 18 2013: Ron “Tatar Salad” White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking hilarious comedian from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. Ron has established himself as a star in his own right. He is one of the top three grossing comedians in the United States over the past five years. Ron is a two-time Grammy nominated comedian with a gold record, three of the top rated one-hour television specials and Comedy Central history, a book that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and CD and DVD sales of more than 10 million units. He returns to Rhode Island as part of the “Moral Compass Tour” after two smash hit sellout performances in the 2007 and 2009 Newport Summer Comedy Series! Drew & Adam Carolla August 25, 2013: Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew are back together on the Newport waterfront. Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of HLN’s Dr. Drew on Call, are reunited after providing a decade of hilarious love advice to listeners across the country when they co hosted Loveline, a syndicated radio program from 1995 to 2005. On August 25th fans and newcomers alike will enjoy the great stories and antics of Loveline.They will also have the opportunity to participate in a live audience interaction with Carolla and Drew. Carolla is a regular contributor on The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel and “The Adam Carolla Podcast” is the #1 downloaded podcast on iTunes.

Nick Offerman with  Megan Mullally August 30, 2013 : Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks & Recreation’s ‘Ron Swanson’) is taking full advantage of his honey-glazed hindquarters in a humorous entree called “American Ham”, which features a veritable smorgasbord of cautionary tales, tunes, and tips for prosperity (with minor nudity). He is joined with special guest Megan Mullally and her band. Megan is a two-time Emmy award-winning and seven-time Emmy award nominee for her memorable role as Karen Walker in Will & Grace

John Pinette September  1, 2013: John Pinette has enjoyed a long acting career in both television and film. Duets, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Dear God, starring Greg Kinnear, and Junior, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger are just a few of his film credits. He was a regular on the series Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, and starred as the carjack victim in the final episode of Seinfeld. Pinette was also seen in the summer of 2004 as the lovable Bumpo in Artisan Entertainment’s The Punisher, starring Thomas Jane and John Travolta. 

Newport Folk Festival 2013






Folk Festival Line up 2013

 A Folk festival  typically celebrates traditional folk music, But these days, the Newport folk festival challenges peoples expectations of what folk should look and sound like, with a surprising lineup of artists that includes the Gothic rock singer Cold Specks, Nigerian Tuareg guitarist and singer Bombino, and shape-shifting rock artist Beck.



The Newport folk festival is one of the country's most prestigious and historic annual musicalperformances.Its legacy stretches back more than 50 years, with a long list ofFolk Fest Harbor View memorable performances from some of the most influential artists of all time: Bob Dylan (some will remember the booing of his electric guitar), Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and many, many more.


With a beautiful setting, Fort Adams State park, an amazing set of bands, the festival is less frantic than most music festivals. One can pretty much see everyone without going crazy. Or you can plant yourself a nice little seat by the main stage and see a whole host of amazing bands . . . This year there's more than 50 acts.


One of the great things about the Newport Folk Festival is that people have this image, because of the words "folk festival," as to what it is. And what Newport has always done has shaken what people think of as folk music. And Cold Specks is a Canadian artist that would shake that stereotype.


Fort Adams is located at 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI, 02840. One of the park system’s national treasures, Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. The festival at the Fort features 4 stages of music, food & crafts, and a number of displays.

Getting there:


By Bike:

Ride your bike and reduce your carbon footprint! Bicycles are not allowed inside the festival grounds but can be locked in several areas of the park. We’re working with Bike Newport to facilitate bicycle traffic. Click here to learn more.


Water Shuttle

The Newport Harbor Shuttle provides continuous service between Perrotti Park or the Oldport Marine Dock on America’s Cup Ave in the Mooring Restaurant parking lot and Fort Adams beginning at 8 AM. Cost is $10.00 round trip and no reservations are required. From Jamestown, take the Jamestown & Newport Ferry – servicing Jamestown, Perrotti Park & Ft. Adams, leaving Jamestown & Newport approximately every 30 min. Click here for Ferry Service & Water Taxi Info. Click here for Ferry Service & Water Taxi Info.


By Car

Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI is about 1.5 hours from Boston and 3.5 hours from New York City.


There is limited on-site parking available at Fort Adams State Park for $12.00 per vehicle in advance; $15.00 on festival weekend. To purchase in advance, select the parking option during your ticket buying process on Ticketmaster. Parking opens at 11am on Friday, and 8am on Saturday & Sunday.

Parking for vehicles with ADA placards or license plates is available in the Lower Lot. Each vehicle gaining access to the Lower Lot must pay the parking fee; the holder of the placard MUST BE a passenger in the vehicle and produce the issued ADA handicap placard. Violation of any ADA placard or license carries a fine of up to $500. ADA parking is available. See full ADA information below.



Avoid the Fort traffic and ride in style – park in town and take the ferry. Here’s some private parking options:

Lee’s Wharf Parking Lot
$10 a day, not manned, use machine to pay with credit card, no AMEX. The day expires at midnight
Lee’s Wharf, 433 Thames St, Newport, RI (401) 849-3060

Mary St Parking Lot
Large surface lot provides residents with 3 hours free parking (with resident sticker), has public restrooms and is located downtown 1 block from the waterfront.
6 Mary St, Newport, RI 02840

Long Wharf Lot
Metered lot with 24-hour operation and 9 hour limits. It is located off of America’s Cup Ave at the Long Wharf Mall.
Wyndham Long Wharf, 5 Washington St, Newport, RI 02840

The Conference and Visitors Bureau Parking Lot
Covered garage. $24 per day, about 2 Blocks from the Ann Street Pier. You may drop your luggage with us from 2pm until boarding for your convenience.
23 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840, 401-845-9123

Booth Parking Inc.
138 Swinburne Row, Newport, RI, (401) 846-7275



What time does everything open?


Friday July 26


Box office opens at 12PM

Gates open at 1PM

Parking opens at 11am/shuttles start at 12PM

Water taxis start at 8am

Food & Crafts start at 10am

Music starts at 11:30am




Black Ships Festival: A Cultural Haven


Ikokusen zu by Unknown Japanese artist

Strolling down Memorial Boulevard from Bellevue, you can faintly hear sounds of drums bouncing off the historic building walls.  As you approach the Long Wharf,  you can begin to feel the bouncing off your chest, an in a moment it is silent. A moment goes by and the Taiko drum performers pause in a statuques position. Then the drums begin again, louder than and faster than before the grand finale begins, and with each strike the performers hit each drum with precision, making for a great finale and an opening of  a wonderful festival.  Every year I look forward to the Black Ships festival  and its cultural influence on our historic town of Newport, RI.  With more than enough activities for every one of our guests to enjoy this is one festival not to be missed.

Taiko drum performers

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Black Ships Festival offers a variety of events that emphasize both Japanese art and culture.   Each year the Black Ships Festival commemorates the historic achievements of Commodore Mathew C. Perry USN, of Newport.  In 1854 Commodore Perry negotiated the first treaty ever signed between the United States and Japan, the Treaty of Kangawa.  For the past several years, Newport and its sister city Shimoda celebrate this momentous occasion with many joyful events for all ages to enjoy.   

All festivities in Newport are a short stroll away from the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast.  Our guest will be able to enjoy the cultural haven with Newport’s celebration beginning on July 18th as the Navy Band salutes the black ships at 6:00pm on the Long Wharf Mall.   One block from the Navy Band concert you will find the Japanese Fine Kimono Exhibit, Silken Craft and Embroidery, where widely renowned Kimono artist, Hiroko Ichie, presents an exhibit of the fine art of Japanese Kimono.  From selection and assembly of the finest silk to the detailed embroidery of the Kimono’s “obi” belt, her handiwork is exquisite.  Come see her display throughout the entire weekend of the Black Ships Festival in the rear row of Brick Market Place.

The events don’t end there, just a brief walk down Bellevue to Touro Park,  our guests will be engulfed with more festivities than one can admire in a day.  With concessions, displays, exhibits and demonstations, ensuring everyone will enjoy this festival and will make memories for a life time. See below for the schedule of all the vents for the 2013 Black Ships Festival Newport RI.

Friday July 19th 2013

Festival Opening Ceremonies
Colorful ceremonies to commemorate Newport’s native son, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, and the signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa, which opened trade between Japan and the United States. Wreath-laying at Commodore Perry’s statue and speeches by American and Japanese dignitaries. Navy Color Guard. Newport Artillery Co. will fire cannon salutes. Channing Memorial Church will play their Bells in honor of the Opening Ceremonies.

Japanese Fine Kimono Exhibit, Silken Craft and Embroidery
Widely renowned Kimono artist, Hiroko Ichie, presents an exhibit of the fine art of Japanese Kimono.  From selection and assembly of the finest silk to the detailed embroidery of the Kimono’s “obi” belt, her handiwork is exquisite.  Come see her display throughout the entire weekend of the Black Ships Festival in the rear row of Brick Market Place.  Ichie-sensei and her students have traveled from their home of Shizuoka, Japan to share the spirit and vitality of this time-honored art form with Shizuoka’s Prefecture’s Sister-City-By-The-Sea.  401.808.0162.

Sushi Sake Sail I 
Sail aboard one of the magnificent Tall Ships, the 101′ Schooner Aurora. View Newport harbor as you sip sake from Gekkeikan, and sample sushi. Space is limited to 68 people. A sellout every year! Sponsored by IDC, The Newport Experience. $30 per person in advance and $35 day of the event (if available). For tickets call 401-846-2720, or online at

Saturday July 20th

 Arts & Crafts

10:00AM – 4:00PM • Touro Park

Touro Park on Bellevue Avenue is transformed into a Japanese-American Cultural Center, featuring demonstrations, workshops, and displays.

Touro Park Demonstrations & Workshops

Japanese Fine Kimono Exhibit, Silken Craft and Embroidery
Widely renowned Kimono artist, Hiroko Ichie, presents an exhibit of the fine art of Japanese Kimono.  From selection and assembly of the finest silk to the detailed embroidery of the Kimono’s “obi” belt, her handiwork is exquisite.  Come see her display throughout the entire weekend of the Black Ships Festival in the rear row of Brick Market Place, one block from the Taiko Drum Prelude.  Ichie-sensei and her students have traveled from their home of Shizuoka, Japan to share the spirit and vitality of this time-honored art form with Shizuoka’s Prefecture’s Sister-City-By-The-Sea. 401.808.0162.

Experience Dressing and Wearing Japanese Yukata
Become a part of the Black Ships festivities by dressing in Japanese Summer Kimono (Yukata) and strolling the Brick Market in traditional style.  Dressing and photo session available by appointment, stop by the exhibit to make a reservation.  Sessions are 30 minutes for dressing and photo, with 30 minute opportunity to stroll downtown Newport.  $20 donation is requested, proceeds to support the Black Ships Festival and Shimoda Sister City Student Exchange program.  401.808.0162.

Lost Sword Techniques of the Sengoku Jidai (Warring States Era, 15th – 17th Century)
10:00 AM
Kenjutsu Enbu (Samurai Sword Demonstration). This demonstration will be a catalog of techniques preserved by Toshitsugu Takamatsu, who re-presented the documents of Kukishin Ryū Bikenjutsu in scrolls to the Kuki family following the loss of their antique documents, incinerated during the bombings of WWII. This demonstration will be presented by Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac, NY and his students.

An Introduction Workshop on the Samurai Sword
10:15AM to 11:00 AM
Join us for a one hour workshop covering the fundamental movement found in the study of Samurai Sword. This workshop will be offered to all those interested in the sword, it’s history and effectiveness regardless of age or experience level. Topics covered will include the first four forms of the Kukishin Ryū. This demonstration will be presented by Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac, NY and his students.

Kite Making Workshop
Children learn to build a kite with the help of Newport’s Sister City Shimoda, Japan . (limited to 50 children)

Celebrate The Summer Like They Do In Japan
Join staff and volunteers from the Consulate General of Japan in Boston for summer festival activities. Celebrate the summer holiday of Tanabata by writing a wish on a paper streamer and hanging it from the bamboo branches.  Kids can try their hand at the typical summer festival games of Kingyo Sukui (goldfish scooping) and Yo-yo Tsuri (fishing for balloons).

11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Haruo Shiga, a renown craftsman,  will teach children to make Japanese toys: Den-Den Daiko (Drum). Children ages 7-12.

NINJA Demonstration
11:00 AM • LAWN
R.I. Ninjutsu Center demonstrates this secretive form of martial arts that has lasted more than 900 years.

Feng Shui with Stephen Devine
11:15 AM
Learn about the centuries old study of the relationship between human beings and their living-working environment. Everything from the planning of entire cities to the shape of your house, or the position of your bed can have far-reaching implications on our health and prosperity.  Through the application of Feng Shui you can enhance your knowledge, career, family relationships, marriage and well-being!

Anime & Manga Demonstration
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga) have become very popular in the U.S. over the past few years. Learn and ask questions about these two unique art forms, and learn how to draw an anime-style character of your own. Presented by Ed Sutherland.

Arresting techniques of the Samurai
11:30 AM
This demonstration will show three methods of arrest and control of criminals during the Edo Period. Applications seen within the demonstration will include empty handed techniques of the Takagi Yoshin Ryū, police truncheon techniques and sword disarming and restraining techniques of the weighted chain. As well, a comprehensive discussion about the arrest and control methods of Taihojutsu will be presented to the audience. Presented by Adam Mitchell, from the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō, Mahopac, NY and his students.

Sushi Making Demonstration
12:00 PM
Haruki Restaurant of Cranston demonstrates.

Calligraphy Demonstration 
12:00 PM -1:00 PM
A demonstration by Japanese Master Calligrapher, Michio Imai, of Kaji Aso Studio, Institute for the Arts. Michiko was awarded the highest rank in Japanese Calligraphy of Shihan. She is among the few to have won multiple best of category awards in national Competitions (Japan). Her work has been displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Nara City Museum of Art and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art.

Aikido and Iaido Demonstration
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM • LAWN
A demonstration of the martial art of Aikido and the sword art of Laido with live blade cutting.  Newport Aikido welcomes you for on-going demonstrations of the modern martial art of Aikido.  Aikido blends mind, body and spirit.  Reflective in nature, it is a non-violent martial art that is ethically linked to defense against an unprovoked attack.  Aikido teaches people sincerity and compassion, and helps a person to realize their own potential as a human being.

Sumi-e Demonstration
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
The artist, Jan Zaremba, will paint a masterwork in 3 minutes, explaining brush technique, use of ink, rice paper and the history of Far Eastern Art.

Japanese Fine Kimono Presentation and Fashion Show
Hiroko Ichie presents a live demonstration of her fine-art craft in a parade of traditional and energetic fashion.  See live models demonstrate the wearing of formal Kimono as well as summer-time casual Yukata.

SHORIN-RYU Demonstration
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Okinawan Temple School demonstrates traditional martial arts of Okinawa, Japan

Origami Flowers
12:30 PM

Artist, author and inventor Benjamin John Coleman, will be demonstrating the art of making origami flowers.

Sidearm of the Samurai, Tantō and Wakizashi
12:30 PM
An in depth look at the unique short blades of the Samurai warrior. Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac NY will be doing a presentation on two of the most important tools of the classical Japanese warrior that is often shadowed by the katana. The tantō (短刀) and it’s unique blade formation served as not only a utility for the Samurai, but was a minor weapon that changed the course of major battles in Japanese history. The wakizashi was a short sword, a trusted side arm of the Samurai that could go with him where his long sword couldn’t. This presentation will also include centuries old relics and modern replicas of both weapons for display. Following the presentation, Mr. Mitchell will offer a tantō-jutsu and kodachi-jutsu demonstration from the Kukishin Ryū.

Iaijutsu & Tameshigiri Enbu
1:00 PM
This group demonstration will present the 5 forms of the Jinen Ryū Iaijutsu, sword drawing and cutting forms. This is a demonstration not to be missed. Following the demonstration, students will demonstrate tameshigiri, or test cutting with live swords.  Presented by Adam Mitchell, from the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō, Mahopac, NY.

NINJA Demonstration
2:00 PM • LAWN
R.I. Ninjutsu Center demonstrates this secretive form of martial arts that has lasted more than 900 years.

Tea Ceremony
2:00 PM • LAWN
A special demonstration of the centuries old CHA-DO (Way of the Tea) led by Kaji Aso Studio.

Stick fighting of the Samurai
2:00 PM
Witness the stick fighting techniques of the Samurai during this demonstration of Hanbōjutsu, the three foot stick. This demonstration will include the complete forms of the Kukishin Ryū school and will be presented by Adam Mitchell, from the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō, Mahopac, NY.

Koto & Shamisen Player
2:30 PM
Enjoy the sounds of Koto and Shamisen player Ms. Sumie Kaneko.  Ms. Kaneko has graduated from Tokyo University and has been playing Koto since she was six years old and in 1994 won the 2nd International High School Art and Music Competition in Koto.  She continues an important tradition of Japanese music and breathes new life into it.  Her spirit highlights the universality of this timeless music.

Basic techniques of the Ken
2:45 PM
Join Adam Mitchell, Chief Instructor of the Jinenkan Kōsei Gōgi Dōjō in Mahopac NY for a fun workshop on the fundamentals of Samurai sword handling. This workshop is open to all ages and skill levels, the only requirement to attend is to possess a willingness to learn. Step back in time with a sword in hand and train like the old warriors of Japan’s past in a tradition that is over 400 years old.

Mindful Origami
2:45 PM
Benjamin John Coleman, of origami Bonsai Company, will have a  demonstration teaching  you how to create amazing sculptural works that take the shape of bonsai and other flora and fauna.

Amerikick Martial Arts
3:00 PM

Demonstration of traditional Japanese and Amerikick Martial Arts.  How Japanese karate influences martial arts in the USA.  Demo of katas, hand to hand fighting, weapons and discussion of Japanese farm tools adapted to martial arts.  Benefits of studying martial arts no matter what age.



2013 Newport Music Festival



For all Music Lovers

            This year will mark the 45th season of the Newport Music Festival and its ongoing tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world class artists, and special events held in the famous Mansions of Newport RI. This year will be Newport Music Festival’s most ambitious seasons yet, with an abundant line up of 62 concerts one would think it would be hard to find new firsts to claim the stagedescribe the image but this year will be filled with them.  With music ranging from Bach to Brudeck the festival will also present some of our timeless favorite chamber music composers playing tribute to the bicentennials of the iconic opera titans; Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Not only will the festival offer unique roster of composers but they will for the first time broaden their menu by embracing programs of ragtime, tango, and Klezmer.

Another first for the festival can be found in its family which will encompass 70 musicians hailing from 18 countries, with 40 of whom will be making their Newport debut.  Along with returning artists the festival has so much to offer to any kind of music lover, with festival highlights such as Box Lunch concerts, Family and children concerts, Midnight series, and Sunset concerts at the breakers there will be fun for all to enjoy.

Box Lunch Concerts are one of the many special events held by the Newport Music Festival this year with four opportunities on the Elm’s Courtyard on Saturday July 13th and July 20th, with events on Sunday July 21st, and a Friday event on July 26th.  Morning concerts are held at 11 am fallowed by a box lunch around 1pm, and afternoon concerts at 2pm.  Tickets are $50.00 per person and it will be a special treat form “neath the elms”.

Concerts are held throughout the week, making it a perfect opportunity to plan for a trip down to Newport’s historic Mansion district and our beautiful beaches.  Come stay with us at the Ivy Lodge and take advantage of our midweek rates while enjoying all that the Newport Music festival has to offer. If you plan on coming with the entire family, the Newport Music Festival offers a special event during the week just for you.  The Family and Children concerts is 

casino theatreperfect for guests of all ages.  This concert will incorporate a delightful duo of pianists Frederic Chiu and story teller David Gonzales as the bring entertaining to both the Casino Theatre and Blithewold Mansion.  The family concerts will consist of storytelling of family classics such as Peter and the Wolf, and The Story of Babar. Family concerts will be held on July 22nd -24th.  Treat your inner night owl with one of the Newport Music Festivals Midnight Concerts.  This midweek concert is one hour long , and will delight you with Bach partitas, rare chamber music and a sonata by violinists Eugene Tzikindelean, the Goldberg Variations arranged for string trio.  You will also enjoy songs and dances by virtuoso violinist Tasmin Little with the late night cabaret style buffet.  Join us for the incredible festival artist at 11p.m. to midnight at the Newport Grand Event Center on July 23rd and 24th tickets cost $20.00 per person.

   Summer is a wonderful time to visit historic Newport with so many things to do you'll never have a dull monent.  Come join us for some fun at the Ivy Lodge, and learn about the Newport Mansions, enjoy our coast lines and beaches, and all the amazing artists of the Newport Music Festival has to offer. 

Jade: Eastern Obsessions Newport Flower show 2013


June 21-23, 2013

Jade: Eastern Obsessions 

Only one week left . . . 

The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast has rooms available. Our bed and breakfast is situated in the mansion district, just blocks away from the Rosecliff, an easy stroll to this most anticipated event . .  Newport Flower Show. Stay with us and purchase adult tickets for $15 per person (day of show) 

The Newport Flower Show will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, June 22 & 23. Advance sale and Preservation Society member admission tickets are $18 per person. Tickets sold at the door will be $25 on Friday, $23 on Saturday or Sunday. 

The Ivy Lodge is kid friendly and the The Newport Flower Show is the perfect place for kids too!

kid friendly newport flower show

 Introduce your kids to the beauty and passion of gardening by signing them up for some of the children's classes. Advance registration is required: One-day Show tickets for children between the ages of 13 and 17 are $6, and all children 12 and under are admitted free. 

Discover the mysteries of the East. Gardens, treasures, traditions, and native plants all blend to create the simple yet stunning beauty of this exotic part of the world. 

creativty at it%27s finest newport flower showThe Newport Flower Show celebrates its 18th year as America’s premier summer flower show with the theme Jade: Eastern Obsessions. The show will continue through the weekend with themed floral exhibits, horticultural entries, garden designs, photography, and children’s programs. The weekend will also feature two special luncheon lectures presented by inspirational floral designer Hitomi Gilliam and landscape architect Harriet Henderson.  

The Opening Night Party on Friday, June 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will launch Newport's summer season, with a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The show will continue through the weekend with Eastern-themed floral exhibits, horticultural entries, garden designs, photography, and children’s programs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn. 

The expansive front lawn of Rosecliff‎ will once-again be filled with beautiful garden displays, offering inspiration for those looking to add color and charm to their own gardens. Don’t forget to visit the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardener’s Marketplace while visiting the Newport Flower Show for all of the finest vendors in garden accessories, clothing, jewelry, gifts and more! It’s the perfect place to find that extra flare needed for your summer garden.       

vendors at newport flower showGuests will be able to browse the Gardeners’ Marketplace for specialty plants, flowers and garden accessories. The shopping experience will continue on the back lawn, in the Oceanside Boutiques featuring additional garden and lifestyle-related products and services.

Bartlett Tree Experts, Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show, will provide a selection of Asian trees that will be displayed in planters around the front lawn. Bartlett will also host a special garden pavilion on the front lawn featuring a Chinese moongate and topiary dragon leading guests toward the front door of Rosecliff and the floral, horticulture and photography divisions of the Show. Aardvard Antiques of Newport will provide monumental statuary for areas of the front lawn as well.

Six landscape designers will create individual Eastern-themed gardens throughout the front lawn, each including garden statuary reflecting their country’s theme loaned by Schneible Fine Arts of Shelbourne, VT.

Inspired Design of North Kingstown, RI will create an Indian-influenced garden. Principal Karen Barbera was the winner of the Chairmen’s Award for exceptional design and horticulture in a display garden as well as the Garden Club of America Award of Distinction in Education at the 2012 Newport Flower Show.

Crystal Brinson Horticulturist of Fairhaven, MA, a partnership of Crystal Brinson and Kenneth Jardin, will create a Cambodian garden, with an elephant statue to symbolize the spirit of the Cambodian people, while trees and shrubs within the garden signify the family unit. Crystal Brinson won an Environmental Vision Award at the 2013 Boston Flower Show, the URI Master Gardener Association Sustainable Garden Award at the 2012 Newport Flower Show, and the Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton Award at the 2010 Newport Flower Show.

Magma Design Group, Inc. of Pawtucket, RI will create a garden that reflects the Thai aesthetic of simplicity through the use of stone and planting. It will include a water feature and other stone elements influenced by the Japanese stone cutting technique known as wari modoshi. Neil and Samantha Best founded Magma Design Group in 2005. Together, they have received the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Award at the 2012 Boston Flower Show, the Landscape Design Award from the New England Wildflower Society in 2011, and the Exhibitor’s Choice Award at the 2010 Rhode Island Flower Show, among others.

Miskovksy Landscaping, Inc. of Falmouth, MA, will create a Japanese-inspired garden. Paul Miskovsky’s most recent awards include the People’s Choice Award at the New England Spring Flower Show and the Allen C. Haskell Award for Horticultural Excellence at the 2010 Rhode Island Spring Flower Show.

Verde Garden Designs of Newport, RI will create a tranquil garden taking inspiration from classic Korean gardens while blending a contemporary style and aesthetic. Verde Garden Designs is a landscape design studio and garden shop created by Pam Rodgers.

YardWorks, Inc. of Warwick, RI will bring the beauty and grace of Far Eastern traditions to life through the serenity of a Chinese-inspired garden. In business since 1978, YardWorks is a retail garden center and full-service florist, led by Kevin Fox.

For Lodging information: Contact, Website: or call to speak to the Innkeepers at 1-800-834-6865

For more information on the flower show, you can email:

The flower show Website:

Fort Adams: Atlantic Cup Championship Arrives In Newport


2013 Atlantic Cup 

May 25-May 26 2013

Race will be held between 11am -4pm

Admission: Free!

The busy season is upon us, and we are all gearing up for Memorial Day weekend.  With so much to do in Newport one can get ambushed with itineraries, places to go and people to see, why not take a relaxing day to enjoy one of our seasonal sailing races?   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 the Narragansett Bay.   Coming to us on this Memorial Day weekend is the largest and only dedicated class 40 race in the United States, the 2013 Atlantic Cup.  Enjoy the great property of Fort Adams with your friends and family; while munching on a picnic lunch, or enjoy our local concessions, as the commentators introduce the race participants in their last leg of the race. Just a brief drive down scenic Ocean drive from the Ivy Lodge one could experience a showcase of nautical tactics and athleticism for the crews and a must see for all ages to enjoy, with many things to do both on and off the shore.  For more information go to

fort adams

Sponsored by the 11th Hour Racing, the 2013 Atlantic Cup will display some of the top class 40 sailors in the United States and the world as they compete for this prestigious title. Approaching the conclusion of the second leg in the race sailors will have had to make great strife’s while migrating from New York, around the coasts of Block Island and venture south to the coasts of Newport.  Once in Newport the teams will be challenged with changing their boats to an inshore mode and race with a maximum of six person crew to obtain the title of this year’s Atlantic Cup champions.   As you can see below the crews have had a long journey to our little coast, but we are certainly in for a big show!describe the image

 Check out the Atlantic Cup Trailor, and see whats yet to come to Newport!

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