Bed andBreakfast.com has compiled a list of the Top 20 Summer Destinations for B&B travelers. With the exception of the always popular destinations of New York, Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, they have found that B&B travelers prefer smaller U.S. destinations for their weekend getaways. We are please to announce, The Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast, Newport RI was chosen as one of the great B&BS for your summer destinations.
Newport, RI Nickname(s): City by the Sea, Sailing Capital of the World, Queen of Summer Resorts, America's Society Capital.
The Ivy Lodge is situated one street east in the National Historic Landmark District, Bellevue Avenue, just walking distance to the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where important tennis players are commemorated, as well as a number of mansions dating back to the Gilded Age, including The Breakers, Belcourt Castle, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, Rough Point, and the William Watts Sherman House.
With coastlines on the west, south and east, Newport is a maritime city. Its harbors teem with commercial fishing boats, power and sail pleasure craft. It is known as the sailing capitol of the United States.
Newport is also home to the Newport Tower, Salve Regina University, Hammersmith Farm, Prescott Farm, and the Touro Synagogue, one of the oldest Jewish houses of worship in the Western hemisphere, as well as the Newport Public Library, Redwood Library and Athenaeum, one of the nation's oldest lending libraries. George Washington had given a speech at the Touro Synagogue extolling the virtues of freedom of worship and that the Jews were allowed to live and worship freely in the United States. This speech has often been referenced by American Jews to show gratitude and admiration for living in the United States.
Newport plays host to a number of festivals during the summer months, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Sunset Music Festival, the Newport Folk Festival (where Bob Dylan infamously "went electric" in 1965), the Newport International Film Festival, and the Newport International Boat Show.
The Newport Cliff Walk, just a block and a half away from the Ivy Lodge, is considered one of the most popular attractions in the city. It is a 3.5-mile (5.6-km) public access walkway bordering the shoreline, and has been designated a National Recreation Trail. Panorama views from the ciffwalk Island is home to many beaches, public and private. In Newport, the largest public beach, Easton's beach, or First Beach, has a view of the famed Cliff Walk. Sachuest Beach, or Second Beach, in Middletown is the second largest beach in the area. Gooseberry Beach, our favorite beach, is a public beach located on Ocean Drive. Newport's two private beaches, Bailey's Beach (Spouting Rock Beach Association), and Hazard's Beach, are each exclusive and located on Ocean Drive.
Brenton Point State Park is home to the annual Brenton Point Kite Festival. Newport is also home to the Newport Country Club. The historical club has played host to the 2007 Women's US Open and the 1995 Men's US Amateurs. Fort Adams, a historical fort dating back to the War of 1812 houses the Museum of Yachting and hosts both the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival annually.
Ivy Lodge is a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian "cottage" located in the mansion district and features a large wraparound porch, gables and a turret, and a 33-foot-high foyer. All guest rooms all have private baths and fireplaces, and most also have whirlpool tubs.
To learn more about the Ivy Lodge and all that surrounds our bed and breakfast, contact the innkeepers at 1-800-834-6865 or you can go online and view the B&B and place your reservations on line.
At the Ivy, one of the joys at the breakfast table is listening to our guests talk about their experiences in Newport. Because our guests sit at a communal dining table, they impart their experiences to the Innkeepers and our guests, inspiring us all to seek out places and events we might not otherwise explore for ourselves. This particular morning a young couple beaming with joy, describe their evening at the Newport Dance party, were East Bay Ballroom instructure, Sara Barker, offers classes in Ballroom, Latin, Country and Swing dancing. Dances are held most Thursdays and occasionally, weekend dances. Sara’s dancing invites energy, joy, and creativity into the lives of others; you will come away knowing the choreographed steps but you will also come away with friends, memories, and an activity that you can enjoy for life.
Sara Barker is an Emerson College graduate and certified dance instructor with a passion for the art of Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Country dancing. She now lives in Newport, RI with her husband and dog GiGi. Owner of, East Bay Ballroom, She has been dancing and teaching in RI for the last seven years. She continues to spread her love of dance though performing, teaching and choreography.
You can find her dancing weekly at Salve University and EBB along with other local venues throughout the year.
Newport Dance Party
St. John's Guild Hall
61 Poplar Street
6-630pm dance lesson/630p-9pm dance
Information: 401-849-5678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for a fun evening of great music and dancing!
Refreshments and drinks provided
Dances held most Thursdays and weekend dances occasionally
As a Food & Wine subscriber, I was tickled pink to see one of Newport’s creative chefs, Jake Rojas, selected as one of 10 for best new chef (New England) of the year. My husband and I are huge fans of this restaurant . . . many people would agree, this chef is most deserving of Best new chef title.
We experienced Tallulah for the first time last year . . . prior to that, we did dine with the previous restaurateurs and thought it was good. So, walking in to Tallulah felt very familiar, decor was mostly the same, yet this restaurant felt different. Once seated, we watched a server sashay by with a plate of scallops covered in foam. Oh no, I said to my husband, this may be too pretentious for me. My culinary leanings are from the school of Alice Waters . . . kick-off the dirt and serve it fresh kind-of-girl. We made our selection from the menu, with a heads-up from our server . . . due to how the dishes are prepared; anticipate a little more time between each course. As I kicked back and swilled my wine, I scanned the book shelves behind the Bar: French Laundry, Knobu, etc., what influences chef Jake’s cooking style, I muse. I nibbled on a fresh baked brioche roll with real local (you’ll hear the word local a lot in Tallulah’s) butter, dotted in micro greens, oh this is good; I could make a meal out of this . . . than came the salads. As they were placed in front of us all I could think of was Picasso. They were so artistic, beautifully arranged, like a fine abstract painting. With my first bite, all I could do was stare across the table at my husband . . . is your salad as unbelievable as mine, I ask? And so went the glances across the table with each and every course.
This is why Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef 2011: New England has nominated Chef Jake Rojas for best innovative Chef. Since 1998, the editors of Food & Wine have feasted their way from coast to coast, seeking out 10 innovative chefs, each with a distinctive vision, creating exceptionally delicious food. They've bestowed upon these shining stars the title of Best New Chef. This year, the dining public has a say.
In each of the ten designated regions of the country, you - yes, YOU - may vote for the chef whose restaurant has most significantly stirred your soul and your palate. The winner of the People's Best New Chef 2011 will be the subject of a profile in the July issue of Food & Wine and will no doubt hold you in tremendous gratitude and esteem until the end of time.
In all fairness, Food & Wine would greatly prefer that you only vote for chefs whose restaurants you've actually visited, so the "chef" part of The People's Best New Chef 2011 really holds true. That said, you and I know, this is not how the contest will work or be won via the Internet. If you really want to reward one of Newport’s best chefs, make a point of Dining at Tallulah, now that's a win win scenario. If you read this far, I placed a hyper-link just in case I inspired you to: VOTE FOR CHEF JAKE JOJAS, TALLULAH ON THAMES.
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Whether you seek dining, dancing, or ice carving…The Newport Winter Festival has it all!
10 days of fun family activities to shake off the winter blues. Ice sculptures, sand sculptures and plenty of live music and entertainment makes this festival one of the largest festivals in New England. The Newport Winter Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, music, and entertainment, with fun for all ages. Sand sculptures, a Chili Cook-Off, city-wide Scavenger Hunt, and an Ice Sculpting Competition, and a Children's Fair are just some of the many colorful and exciting events that will captivate you.
The Winter Festival features an exciting Concert Series with a diverse selection of musical performances by BeatleMania, Rat Pack Tribute Band and Tish Adams.
Book two nights or more from February 20 to February 27th with the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast and receive two winter festival buttons, with these buttons you receive free admission or significant discounts to events, plus additional discounts at restaurants and retailers throughout the city. These Buttons offer over $500 value.
Within a 7 minute walk from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast is the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. The museum houses the entire history of the sport, dating from the 12th Century through today. You can meander through 18 galleries that span more than 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, momentous videos and popular memorabilia of tennis champions past and present. The Museum’s permanent collection alone contains more than 16,000 objects. The Library and Information Research Center has upwards of 5,000 books; in excess of 1,000 tapes and films; more than 300,000 photo images, and an abundant collection of magazines, programs, periodicals, posters, and personal player memorabilia, you don’t need to be a tennis fan to enjoy this significant exhibit.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame offers a truly unique tennis experience, where the public can actually play tennis on the famous grounds! The grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame are America's oldest. The Hall of Fame offers thirteen grass courts, one red clay court and three indoor award-winning cushioned hard courts. The courts are open to the public for rental; advance reservations are required for individual and groups from May through September. Tennis enthusiasts can join the outdoor and indoor club memberships, as well as USPTA/PTR certified instruction for juniors and adults of all ages and ability levels: Private and group lessons, adult camps, daily clinics, and a full service pro-shop are also available
Within the Tennis hall of fame is one of the most unique entertainment venues in North America. The six-acre, Victorian shingle-style complex is a vibrant illustration of the grace and charm of 19th Century American design. Now a National Historic Landmark, its remarkable legacy as a premier entertainment venue hosts the opening night of the Newport Folk festival and the Newport Jazz festival, two of our favorite events that afford us the luxury of casually strolling from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast to enjoy big name acts without the hustle and bustle of traffic and parking.
To learn more about the attractions in Newport, RI, contact the Innkeepers
, Darlene and Daryl McKenzie. We will design an itinerary to maximize your Newport, RI get-away.
For the money and the experience, I have always advised my guests that sailing excursions are one of the best attractions to give you a better perspective on Newport, Newport Harbor and the Narragansett Bay.
Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay are two of the most beautiful bodies of water in the United States. They also offer some of the finest sailing in the world. No where else can one so easily view world famous yachts, stunning seaside estates, vintage America's Cup Yachts and other visually arresting sights against the backdrop of a colonial town and beautiful rocky shoreline.
Most charters take you through Newport Harbor, into the East Passage of Narragansett Bay where the Newport Bridge is, along Newport's Ocean Drive out towards the Inn at Castle Hill and the open ocean. Along the way you will see Goat Island (where the Navy made most of the torpedoes used in WWII), Fort Adams (the largest, best preserved fort on the East Coast), historic churches, Clingstone (a one of a kind house perched on rocks), Hammersmith Farm, (the summer Whitehouse of JFK) yacht clubs, yachts of the rich and famous and countless other sights. The scenery really is spectacular!
For more information about picking a sailing/ boating excursion or planning your Newport itinerary, call the Ivy Lodge at 1-800-834-6865 for outstanding advise on exploring the best of: walking/hiking, attractions, beaches, dining, shopping, we will guide you through the best experiences in Newport.
Add one of these excursions to your trip:
Sightsailor of Newport
Discover beautiful Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay aboard the 80 foot Schooner Aquidneck. Daily day and sunset sails. Rates start at $27.50 pp. Corporate and private charters. Sails aboard Sightsailer and Starlight are available for small groups. Take the wheel and sail or sit back and relax. No experience necessary.
12 Meter Charters
Sail aboard the legendary America's Cup 12 Meter yachts! Our beautiful 70-foot yachts are available for customized charters including Corporate Events, Private Parties,Team-building, Wedding Events, Sunset Sails and Racing Regattas. Actively participate in the sailing or just sit back and enjoy - no sailing experience is necessary!Ticketed Sails $68/person.
Built in 1999 by Scarano Boat Building, Adirondack II is reminiscent of a classic turn-of-the-century Pilot Schooner. Like the Pilot Schooners that worked the coast throughout the 19th century she is a wooden hulled traditionally rigged schooner and is a working boat known for her elegant profile and surprising speed. At 80 feet, she provides a comfortable, safe, high-performance sailing experience.
America's Cup Charters
America's Cup Charters offers the largest fleet of America's Cup Winners in the world. Race, train or just relax aboard our legendary 68' classic 12 Meters. With over 20 years in operation, we excel in planning custom programs for our clients; be it teambuilding, client entertaining, regatta racing or family celebrations. America's Cup Charters is a full service charter company. We also offer an additional selection of fine classic sail or power yachts for charter.
The Schooner Aquidneck ("Ahquid-neck") is named after Aquidneck Island, the island on which Newport is located! She is a traditional, gaff rigged, topsail schooner. With a length of eighty feet and a massive beam of 17 feet, Aquidneck is our largest boat and one of the largest day sail schooners in New England.
Classic Cruises of Newport
We offer sailing tours and excursions on our 72' Schooner Madeleine. The sailing yacht Madeleine offers 19th century charm and style as you cruise the bay. Our high speed motor yacht boat tours on the classic speedboat RumRunnerII bring the intrigue and luxury from her smuggling days to your day as you cruise the waterfront. Both of these boat rides are available for daily harbor tours and sunset cocktail cruises.
Classic Cruises also operates the 160'sailing Cruise Yacht Arabella offering 5 and 6 night voyages out of Newport sailing to Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard during the Spring, Summer and early Fall and the Caribbean in the winter. www.cruisearabella.com
The sailing yacht Madeleine, power boat RumRunner II and the Tall Ship Arabella are available for private charters and special events such as class reunions, birthdays, weddings and corporate outings. Make your special occasion more memorable with a sail or classic yacht boat cruise.
Pre New Year's Eve Reception
December 31, 2010 from 5:00pm - 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
Ivy Lodge Gift Certificates: they are a fabulous holiday or special occasion gift idea! Surprise your loved one with the renowned comfort and pleasures of a Mansion getaway. Starting December 6, 2010 to January 1, 2011, when you purchase a gift certificate to the Ivy Lodge, you purchase an experience and an added value to your purchase price! Gift Certificates are ideal gifts for Weddings, Holidays, and Anniversaries or as a special Thank you. By giving a Gift Certificate for a getaway at our Historic Newport Inn, you are sure to give a gift filled with found Newport Memories. Give them memories, not stuff and you will provide that special someone with an unforgettable escape.
Buy Your Gift Certificate by January 1, 2011 and receive additional bonus dollars.
■An additional 10% of value will be added to gift certificates worth $100 - $250.
■An additional 15% of value will be added to gift certificates worth $251 - $500.
■An additional 20% of value will be added to gift certificates worth over $500!
To purchase online click here or for more info visit the Ivy Lodge website.
http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/rhode-island-newport-ivy-lodge.htmlFeel free to call us at 1-800-834-6865 if you would like to purchase via phone. We can email or mail the gift certificate to you or that special someone.
For more information on the Ivy lodge see: Bed and Breakfast.com, Trip advisor, Newport Inns and B and B's.com, Visit New England.com.
If you’re deciding to come to Newport, RI for The Thanksgiving holiday, there are many restaurant options to choose from for your Thanksgiving fare. The following are a list of restaurants open for the Thanksgiving holiday, this list is not all inclusive, but ones we think you would enjoy. Castle Hill Inn, on the water, beautiful place, quality food. Atlantic beach club, on the water, casual, good food. The Moorings Restaurant, on the water, good food, also owners of castle hill inn. Cooke house, on bannister’s wharf, fun shabby, nautical chic décor, Whitehorse tavern, colonial house, quintessential thanksgiving look and feel for the holidays. Fathoms restaurant, located in the Marriott, inside scoop . . . great harbor/water views. Taking you across the bridge, but not too far from Newport is Jamestown . . . too choices on the island of Jamestown are Trattoria Simpatico, fun restaurant, good food and the Bay voyage, on the water, looking back on the island of Newport.
The Ivy bed and breakfast
has some available, but close to being fully booked. Our home is fully decorated, minus the Christmas tree. This is a great time to be inspired by our holiday décor. Call now for your holiday weekend and allow the Ivy to arrange your Thanksgiving weekend. For more information, call 1-800-834-6865 for dinner and lodging reservations.
Just a short stroll or drive from the Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast, Newport, RI, is the arts and Culture neighborhood of Newport RI; History still thrives in the old quarter. Stately trees and striking 18th- and 19th- century building, including the country’s largest collection of Colonial houses are clustered in the oldest area of Newport called “The point”. In the heart of this city -by -the sea you can explore museums, places of worship, and other fascinating sites that document Newport’s role as America’s welcoming harbor of religious freedom. Experience the Old Quarter’s living history in its galleries, shops, taverns, restaurants and on the vibrant streets of this timeless arts-and-culture neighborhood.
Discover Newport’s old quarter by parking your car and taking a walk into three centuries of American history and architecture. Starting with the Newport Historical Society’s (circa 1762) museum shop at the brick market you can pick-up a map of the Old quarter; The map will move you efficiently through the neighborhood to the Touro synagogue (circa 1763) The oldest longest operating synagogue of America, take the tour of the synagogue and the museum and read what George Washington said to the congregation, it is a proud moment in American heritage.
Next on the list is the Newport Art Museum and Art Association (circa 1864) the exhibits are beautiful, again, make time to shop the griffon shop, lots of wonderful things are placed on consignment here, it’s hit or miss, but well worth exploring.
Because of its close proximity to the art museum, cross Redwood Street to the north and visit the redwood library and Athenaeum (circa 1747) it’s free and gives you an added bonus of viewing http://www.newportrestoration.org/visit/whitehorne/their art collection as well as original books.
By now, you may be hungry, on your way to the Whitehorne house (circa 1739) you may want to stop- off at two of the most popular wharfs in Newport: Bowen’s and Bannister’s wharf. These wharfs have multiple choices for lunch were sitting inside or out will afford you views of the Narragansett bay and the majestic boats/yachts that are moored here each season.
Moving on, the Newport Colony House (circa 1739) Rhode Island’s first government Building and state house, it is still in use today.
Again, for historical buildings of worship; The Great friends meeting house (circa 1699) Guided tours, the oldest surviving house of worship in Newport, it was built by the Quakers.
If you have not had lunch by now, your next stop is the White Horse Tavern (circa 1699) One of America’s oldest taverns still in operation. Open for lunch and dinner.
Continuing with additional colonial architecture, The Wanton-Lyman-Hazard house (circa 1697) Guided tours, the site of Newport’s 1765 Stamp Act riot, this house is the best example of early colonial vernacular architecture in New England.
To cover an additional denomination; The Seventh day Baptist http://www.newporthistorical.org/index.php/properties/wanton-lyman-hazard-house/Meeting House (Circa 1730) Guided tours, the oldest surviving Baptist church in America; its restored interior includes an intricately carved pulpit and stair.
For additional historic details, the Newport Historical society, devoted to preserving books, collections, manuscripts, and objects pertaining to Newport’s history.
If you enjoy, cemeteries . . . we do! The Colonial Jewish Burying Grounds (circa 1677) served as the cemetery for New England’s Jews throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.
To enjoy some green space, the Old Stone Mill, Touro Park (around 1660) for decades the mill was attributed to Viking explorers, although it was actually built for the first governor of Rhode island, Benedict Arnold (great-grandfather of the patriot/traitor), who once lived near a similar windmill in “old England”.
Contributing to Newport’s quintessential New England harbor front is the Trinity Church (circa 1726) the various shapes and sizes of its box pews reflect the individuality of the congregation’s original members.
The armory, the artillery company, a ceremonial unit of the Rhode Island Militia, was charted in 1741 by Britain’s King George II. The company in 1845 built the Armory, which is now a museum.
This may sound like a lot in one day. The tour can be done in one day or broken-up into two days. The beauty of this tour is as enjoyable as the historical knowledge of American history.
To learn more about tours and historic sites of Newport, RI, contact the Ivy Lodge at 1-800-834-6865 or E-mail us at email@example.com
For lodging information: www.ivylodge.com