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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!

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 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

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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

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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!

Sun Set Music Series, Newport RI


Newport Sunset Series Kick off: Grammy award winning Toots and Maytals 

Imagine a picturesque crimson sky and golden hues bouncing off Newport harbor as the sun sets on the horizon; a dockside drink in hand and the rhythms of reggae around you; a perfect way to get into that summer time state of mind. What more could you ask for? With summer’s arrival almost here; Newport Yachting center begins its preparation for the return of its premier summer concert series.  This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the summer concert , and as always Newport’s water front welcomes an electric lineup of unique world renowned musicians in the Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series.   

 Nantucket Nectar's Sunset Music Series

 May 25, 2013 kicks off what will be one the best lineups yet, starting with legendary reggae artists Toots and the Maytals whose sound embodies a unique combination of reggae, soul, rock, and Ska.  Their hit singles include “Pressure Drop,” “ Reggae Got Soul,” and “ Funky Kingston,”.   The summer concert series has plenty to offer with an array of popular musicians including, Willie Nelson and Family, The B52’s, Doobie Brothers, BB King,  One Republic , Pat Benatar and so much more.

No need to fret over the traffic and parking, the Ivy Lodge is within walking distance of the Summer Concert series, and when you stay with us you can enjoy all that Newport has to offer.  Toots and the Maytals

Tickets for the Nantucket Nectar Sun Set Concert Series are on sale now starting at $24.00 in advance, and $ 36.00 at the door, Gates opening at 4p.m.  For more information go to

Newport RI Winter Festival 2013


Skating rink Newport RI25th Newport Winter Festival gives us all a reason to emerge from our cocoons to celebrate the 25th “Silver Celebration.” Ten days of non-stop food, festivities, music and fun with over 150 events for families, children and adults. Come enjoy the 25th anniversary of New England’s largest winter extravaganza. Featured events include the 18th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off, the Children’s Fair by Radio Disney, the 3rd Annual Chicken Wing Cook-Off, Beatlemania and Festival Day at Easton’s Beach.


As the Newport Winter Festival commemorates it’s 25th Anniversary , the recent heavy snow falls contribute to the festivities with a curriers and Ives backdrop. The snow enhances the exploration of this city-by-the-sea and all the festival events.

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 Winter is a wonderful time to appreciate the island and the weather forecast is predicting mild temperatures through-out the week. I love the reduction of details in Newport’s winter season. The spare beauty of the landscape exposes the island’s assets, like magnificent structures of our trees with their dramatic shapes and private estates that you may not otherwise see. The beauty of the land, plus the festiveness makes Newport, RI a must-stop location.

This festival is touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place February 15th-24th, 2013 throughout Newport and Newport County.  Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Newport Winter Festival buttons, which offer special discounts at local businesses including restaurants, retailers and all official festival events, are available for purchase at the Newport Visitors Center at 23 America’s Cup Avenue (open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) as well retailers throughout Newport. Visit  for additional details and a complete event calendar.

For more information on lodging, contact The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast at 1-800-834-6865 or See our website at: Allow us to complete your stay with a cozy room with fireplace and a delightful gourmet breakfast.

Newport RI made the list of Happiest seaside towns


According to Coastal Living Magazine, Newport, the City by the Sea made the list of the happiest seaside towns in America. Those of us who live, work and play in Newport love all that it has to offer, from the mansions to the Ocean Drive and so much more. If you love Newport as much as we do, now is your chance to bring it to the top of the list.

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Please use this link to vote Newport, Rhode Island the Happiest Seaside Town in America! The results will be published in the June, 2013 issue which goes on sale May 17th.  We’ll be glad you did and so will you when you visit the City by the Sea, Newport, Rhode Island.

Vote for America’s Happiest Seaside town in 2013

There are 10 finalist for the top places to live on the coast, according to coastal living

This historically town of deep water harbors and 25,000 residents has drawn a wonderful variety of retail, hotels, Bed and breakfast and dining, with Bellevue avenue, one of the hippest shopping districts. The Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast has cast our vote, we are truly happy to live in such a unique place. For those of you that know and love the city by the sea, please take a moment to cast your vote

Ivy Lodge Pre New Year's Eve Reception


Ring in the New Year, meet new friends and enjoy light repast in a beautiful setting.

December 31, 2012 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

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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 5PM 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 share 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.

Christmas in Newport, RI


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 Here in Newport RI , the holiday season is magical, enchanting, enticing and so inspiring. Throughout December and January, come  experience the wonder of the Holiday Season with Christmas in Newport Ri! You'll be charmed by Newport’s unique atmosphere. Discover its many delightful neighborhoods as they come alive with the Holiday spirit. There’s a community collaboration on the island among residents, businesses and the city alike  in the decorating and illuminating of the island from early December till mid-January. Visit Christmas exhibitions, enjoy concerts, live performances and winter family activities, such as our outdoor skating rink.

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A stay in Newport is a  great way to say farewell  to the loss of summer and embrace the onset of winter with a two-week festival that celebrates the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 42nd year, the annual Christmas in Newport program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar.   For more information about Christmas in Newport, call us at (800)834-6865, or email

Newport, Rhode Island, offers an unparalleled array of historic homes to explore this holiday season. And, without summer's restaurant lines and crowded beaches, Newport is perhaps an even more charming and peaceful getaway this time of year.

This time of the year, three mansions are operated by The Preservation Society of Newport County officially open for the holiday season on November 17, 2012. The BreakersThe Elms and Marble House will be decorated and open daily through January 1, 2013. Hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at The Elms and Marble House; The Breakers opens at 9 a.m. Plan to arrive before 4 p.m., when the final tour begins at each property. The houses are closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, the 3 p.m. tour will be the last tour of the day at all three mansions.

Special Winter Passport tickets are available at any one of the houses, or they can be purchased at a discounted price When you book your stay at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast, this combination ticket for admission to all three houses is $25 for adults and $9 for children ages 6 to 17. Purchased separately, admission to The Breakers is $19.50 for adults, $5.50 for children 6-17. Tickets to view Marble House or The Elms are $14.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 6-17.  Call 1-800-834-6865 for more information.

For an extra special treat, plan to visit Newport's mansions during one of five special "Holiday Evenings at The Breakers" featuring live holiday music and elegant refreshments. The five "Holiday Evenings" are slated for Saturdays, November 24 and December 1, 8, 22 and 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $28 in advance or $35 at the door (if tickets remain) for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 17. There will also be a Holiday Evening Duet event at The Elms and Marble House on Saturday, December 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., when guests can see two houses for the price of one and enjoy musical performances.

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So Book your stay, The Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast is all dressed-up, the house is beautiful, with a festive atmosphere. Make your reservations early so that you have plenty of options and rates to choose from. 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 5PM to 7PM enjoy light repast in a beautiful setting.We still have availability for the New years weekend. So join us to ring in the New year and enjoy our  New Years Eve reception.

Ring in the New Year, meet new friends and enjoy light repast in a beautiful setting.

December 31, 2012 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast

  • 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.

  • Experience The New Year in one of the detail-filled guestrooms at the Ivy Lodge and share 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.


Ivy Lodge added value gift certificate sale


                  The Annual Ivy Lodge added value Gift Certificate Sale

 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 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013, 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, 2013 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!


This promotion cannot be used with other gift certificates or discount promotions.


To purchase: call us at 1-800-834-6865, tell the reservationist the code:promo12 to recieve the added value gift certificate. We can email you a certificate or for an additional cost, over night your certificate.

Newport RI Restaurant week Fall 2012


Newport Restaurant Week November 2-11

A three-course meal from some of the finest area restaurants without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport & Bristol County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $16 for a three-course lunch and $30 for a three-course dinner. See all the restaurants participating at:

Newport's restaurant community invites you to celebrate its love for food from fine dining to fast food. Participating restaurants will feature special menus, promotions, and discounts. 

Diners will have the opportunity to sample new restaurants they haven't yet experienced, and explore exciting new dishes at their old favorites . . 


 We've been getting lots of calls from people today asking if Sandy has affected Newport Restaurant Week. It has not - Restaurant Week is still on starting November 2nd to 11th! Make sure you have your reservations

Looking for the perfect time to visit the city by the sea? Why not book during Newport Restaurant Week! Check out our culinary escapes


The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast has availabiity. See our Restaurant week package:

Two Nights Sunday-Thursday in one of our queen rooms w/ Fireplace. Gourmet Breakfast,afternoon seasonal snacks and beverage, 2 passes for three of the Newport preservation Society Mansions. For Larger rooms and whirlpool tubs, please call us for pricing.


Starting at $349 for Two night stay plus tax

An elegant 1886 Victorian in the Mansion district, 8 rooms, furnished with antiques and reproductions, A phenomenal foyer entry with 33 ft.’ ceiling, gracious wrap around porch, large common areas, private baths,whirlpool tubs,fireplaces. Amenities include: telephone, voice mail, Wi/Fi ,cable tv ,cd player, full gourmet breakfast, seasonal snacks and beverage, walk to the harbor front.


Phone: 401-849-6865


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