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Newport RI Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America by GMA

  
  
  
  

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We are excited to report that Good Morning America ranked Newport, Rhode Island as a Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.

Granted we are a little biased but for anyone who has ever visited Newport, you know that this is a well deserving title.

Good Morning America is now asking people to vote to pick THE Most Beatiful Place in America.

We hope you will join us in voting today. The poll is on the right of the page. 

Haven't been to Newport or maybe it's been awhile? Fill out our perfect Newport getaway questionare and our staff would be happy to help you plan your next trip to Newport, RI. Contact us at 1-800-834-6865.

Flower show at Rosecliff, Newport RI 2011

  
  
  
  

 

Just a short stroll from the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast you can experience the Golden age of American gardens were the lead exhibit will be a homage at the Rosecliff to the long-gone blue garden at beacon hill house. The original designer, John Greatorex planned the original garden for the Arthur Curtis James estate, beacon hill house. The Newport Flower Show opens Friday June 24th. Landscape designer Catherine Weaver of Tupelo Gardenworks inWakefield has re-created theBlueGarden for the lawn of Rosecliff. Her design will be complemented by a series of garden vignettes created by members of the Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape association. 

Inside the flower show, featured speakers will include Kevin Ylvishaker, a floral trend consultant with more than 35 years experience in the floral industry. He was a member of the design teams for the inauguration of presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton. 

The queen of cake Sylvia weistock is scheduled to speak and sign books at the show. For 35 years she has been producing cakes for the world’s most exclusive clients and parties. She will share how she integrates flowers into her cake art and her love of entertaining. 

The show is scheduled to open fireday, june 24th from 10:30a.m. to 5p..m and Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 9AM to 5pm.. Throughout the events, experts will offer seminars on gardening and design.  As always, shopping at the Oceanside Boutiques and the Garden Marketplace are a much anticipatedNewport tradition. 

Free parking and shuttle bus service will be provided to the Newport Flower Show from the Newport Grand parking lot.  Reduced ticket prices are available for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations.  Click here for group rates, email Groups@NewportMansions.org, or call (401) 847-2251. 

Tickets now on sale!  

BedandBreakfast.com’s Top 20 Summer Destinations for 2011

  
  
  
  

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. describe the image

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.

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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.

Let’s Dance, Newport RI

  
  
  
  

 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

Newport RI

Time: 6pm-9pm

6-630pm dance lesson/630p-9pm dance

Admission: $10.00

Information: 401-849-5678 or sara@eastbayballroom.com.

Website: http://www.eastbayballroom.com

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Join us for a fun evening of great music and dancing!

Refreshments and drinks provided

Dances held most Thursdays and weekend dances occasionally 

The Buzz about, Newport, RI Restaurant,Tallulah on Thames....

  
  
  
  

 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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Newport winter Festival 2011

  
  
  
  

 

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.

International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport RI

  
  
  
  

 

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.

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 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. 

Newport RI Sailing Charters

  
  
  
  

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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.

Adirondack II

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.

Aquidneck Schooner

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 Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast

  
  
  
  

Pre New Year's Eve Reception

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

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

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 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.

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