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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

 Champagne flutesNew years Eve Newport RI


Looking for an intimate setting to celebrate New years eve? When you book your New Eve's stay at the Ivy Lodge, we provide a complimentary New Year's Eve reception from 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


Newport - Home of the America's Cup


Newport Sailing America's Cup

This past weekend, Newport RI had the pleasure to host the inaugural America's Cup World Series off of Fort Adams State Park. While the America's Cup has not graced Newport for almost 30 years, Newport is still considered the home of America's Cup. The World Series is designed to expose more people to the sport of sailing. The Cup was always designed with the intention of showing off not only the best sailors in the world but the latest in technology. The AC45 catamarans - a test run of designs to come for the AC72 did not disapoint. These boats are able to go double the wind speed.

Watching Team Oracle USA (Spithill and Coutts) not only was impressive but it gave you a sense that they have a huge advantage in defending the cup in San Francisco in 2013. While Newport lost out on hosting the cup, it is always advantagous for our city by the sea to have a U.S. team as the defender.

It's no suprise that the America's Cup chose Newport on its inaugural showcase, as many of world's best sailors call Newport home. Narraganset Bay provided great conditions for most of the week, including Saturday's speed trials, where Team Oracle USA Spithill proved to be masterful reaching a speed of amost 20 knots.

If you missed out on the America's Cup World Series stop in Newport, then at least make a point to experience Newport from the water when you visit, you won't be disapointed.

Here are a few great ways to experience Newport's wonderful harbor and sailing conditions:

Sail Newport - Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center is a great stop for the experienced sailor or families or couples looking to learn. They have a fleet of J22s that the experienced sailor can rent or choose to go out with an instructor to learn the basics.

Sakonnet Charters - Crewed day-trips and custom charters from Sakonnet point or for pickup at Third Beach in Newport. We have sailed on Eclipse, their 59' Hinckley, it is impressive to experience the waters around Newport in such a wonderful boat and friendly crew.

Sightsailing of Newport - Has a nice fleet ranging from Schooner Aquidneck, a historical touring vessel, to a newer cruising sailboat called Sightsailer.

12 Meter Charters - Experience Narraganset Bay in 70 foot yachts that are passed winners of the America's Cup.

Photo Credit: Richard Brown, Digital Eclectic - was a guest at the Ivy Lodge over the weekend as he covered the America's Cup World Series.

2012 Tall Ships Festival – Tall Ships America in Newport RI July 6-9


Summertime in Newport RI is always a great time, but this summer is especially exciting! Not only will the America's Cup events be held in Newport from June 22 to July 1, the Tall Ships America challenge will be coming to Newport from July 6-9! The last time Tall Ships America came to Newport RI was in 2007, and it attracted more than 200,000 spectators, and organizers for the event estimate that attendance will far surpass that number.

 Tall Ships America

The 2012 Tall Ships event will be part of the Tall Ships Challenge sponsored by Tall Ships America. Participating ships will begin in Savannah, Georgia form May 3-7, go on to Charleston, South Carolina, May 10-14 and will then be in Greenport, New York from May 24-28 before heading to Newport. When the Tall Ships depart Newport, they will sail for Halifax and other Nova Scotia ports on July 18-2 and July 24-30th. These events are all part of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.


(Pictured above: The HMS Bounty)


The scenic and historic waterfront of Newport is the idyllic setting to observe the splendor of the tall ships, and families delight in the majesty of the Parade of Sail through Newport Harbor. This event will also feature exhibits, food, music and family entertainment. Children especially enjoy boarding these remarkable vessels, and the opportunity to meet international crew members provides all visitors with insight into the many unique cultures that have helped to shape the past and future of sailing.



The Ivy Lodge currently has availability for the dates of these events, but we expect the months of June and July to fill up extremely fast, so if you're planning on visiting Newport for these events it's a good idea to start planning immediately, as the local hotels and inns will sell out soon.

17th Annual Newport Flower Show June 22-24th in Newport RI


The Newport Flower Show is pleased to celebrate its 17th year as America’s premier summer flower show. Themed "Salsa - A Celebration of Latin Cultures," the 2012 Newport Flower Show will be held on the historic grounds of Rosecliff in Newport, Rhode Island from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24.

Newport Flower Show 2011

The Show kicks off the Newport social season with the much-anticipated Opening Night Cocktail Party on Friday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m., featuring a cocktail buffet, live music and other exciting surprises, and continues through the weekend with themed floral designs, horticultural exhibits, garden displays, unique shopping and free lectures.


The show will also feature special appearances and lectures by famed floral designer Mario Fernandez and former director of the National Gardening Bureau Derek Fell. Tickets can be bought for the Luncheon and Lecture, or just the lecture, for both these reknowned gentlemen on the website for the Newport Flower Show. Mario's luncheon and lecture will be on Friday, June 22 and Derek's luncheon and lecture will be on Saturday, June 23.

Newport Flower Show 2011

The Horticulture Division at the 2012 Newport Flower Show will also be offering the general public the chance to bring their favorite plant or prettiest flower to be judged and displayed during the weekend’s festivities. To enter, gardeners are invited to bring their best-cut specimens and finely-planted perennials and annuals to Rosecliff on Thursday, June 21. Experienced horticulturists will be on hand to qualify entries and provide expert advice and gardening tips. For entry guidelines and submission timeframe, please visit or call 401.847.1000.

Newport Flower Show Garden Vendors

All proceeds from the Newport Flower Show benefit the ongoing landscape restoration efforts of The Preservation Society of Newport County, a private non-profit organization accredited by the American Association of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area's historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts.


Friday, June 22, 2012 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Special “Bring A Friend” Day)

Opening Night Party:
Friday, June 22, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A different perspective of Newport: Embrace the water


When you come to Newport, you can easily tour the island by either walking, biking, or by car or bus. Why not try a new perspective and take a sailing tour around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay? Newport's heritage goes just as deep in the water is does on land, if not deeper. Before 1969 there was no bridge connecting Aquidneck Island to Jamestown – which has been connected to the main land by the Old Jamestown bridge since 1940 and the Jamestown Verrazano bridge in 1992 – so the only way to and from Newport was by boat.

Newport Harbor

The first attraction to see in Narragansett Bay is the Rose Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built back in 1870 to help sailors navigate the bay. It's more notable history is from World War I and II when the island was used as a torpedo storage station. In both world wars, many of the torpedoes used were manufactured on nearby Goat Island. Unfortunately, the lighthouse was abandoned after the construction of the Newport bridge in 1970 and fell victim to vandalism and went in to disrepair. In 1984 a group of citizens formed a non-profit organization (the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation) to restore the lighthouse to its former turn of the century appeal, and 9 years later the Rose Island Lighthouse was ceremonially lit once again and is listed on today's charts as a private aid to navigation.

Rose Island Lighthouse

Rose Island itself is a wildlife habitat as well as a protective nesting ground for birds from August 1st – August 15th. When on the island, visitors are allowed to walk the beaches around the island, but may not leave the beachs or lighthouse because of the unsafe buildings left over from the two world wars.


Now there are many ways to get around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. If you fancy yourself an intrepid sailor then Sail Newport, a non-profit organization and the largest public sailing center in New England, offers 22 foot and 19 foot sailboats for rental. They also offer both public and private instructional classes for those that wish to learn how to sail. Sail Newport is located right at Fort Adams State Park, which makes it very easy to find.

Sail Newport


 If you're looking for a more relaxing experienMadelinece then you should definitely check out Madeline of Classic Cruises of Newport. Madeline is a 72 foot sailing yacht that was built specifically to carry passengers comfortably and safely through the waters of Newport. Classic Cruises of Newport offers both harbor tours and sunset sailing cruises aboard Madeline with her experienced crew. It will make a memory you'll surely never forget.








starlightAlthough, you may be looking for a more private experience on the water, then Sight Sailing of Newport is what you want. They offer up their 34 foot sailboat Starlight only for private 2 and 4 hour charters, complete with a captain, for up to 2 – 6 guests. This makes Starlight the perfect romantic getaway on the beautiful waters around Newport and Jamestown. From Castle Hill Light to the shores of Ocean Drive, to passing along the shoreline of Jamestown and the magnificent estates of Brenton's Cove, Sight Sailing will take you to wherever you wish to go. This luxurious and comfortable sailboat is bound to be the highlight of your next trip to Newport

Bicycling in Newport - Bike to Work Day May 18th



Newport is such a beautiful place to stay and visit. Arguably the best way to enjoy Newport is by bicycle. On a bike you can still appreciate the outdoors like walking, but you can also get to places in a quicker fashion than if you were on foot.


Cyclers in Newport


Newport is a very bike-friendly place. In the summer months biking is actually peferable to driving to avoid the traffic and congestion on the roads; not to mention you save at the pump, with summer gas prices always being so high. Biking in Newport is so enjoybale, in fact, we have a company devoted to it: Bike Newport. 


Bike Newport describes itself as everyone in Newport who cares about improving bike friendliness, safety, access, courtesy, health, fitness, enterprise and planning.” Their mission is to make Newport, our City by the Sea, a model of bike smarts and bike friendliness. 


On Friday, May 18th Bike Newport, along with others, will be sponsoring “Newport Bike to Work Day.” There will be many events during the day kicking off at Washington Square, such as bicycle tours to the Newport Mansions, a bike fair featuring music, food, vendors and many more things bicycle, or free admission to The Breakers if you show up on your bicycle.


Bike Newport's website is a wealth of information, with a bike map of Newport that details the best bike-friendly routes in the city. They also have oodles of safety information and a full list of upcoming bike related events, such as group get-togethers and rides.  There are also many bike racks around Newport for you to hook up to.



A bike rack in Newport

(A bike rack in Newport) 



Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” ~James E. Starrs 

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