Here in Newport we have a rich and diverse history, so much that you may feel overwhelmed when figuring out what you should see and when to see it! You could go on a convential tour and be scheduled for so much time at a certain site and then move on to the next. Convential tours also have many people at a time in large groups and sometimes uncomfortable bus rides. But don't despair, thankfully there is the Newport Tour & Guide Company, who specialize in small, private tours of Newport.
The Newport Tour & Guide Company specializes in small, private tours of 2-5 people. They offer driving tours, but also include over a dozen opportunites to stop and visit historical sites, not just drive by. They can accommodate anything: photography, culinary delights, rest stops, shopping. Anything that you want to do, they'll make the stop; whenever and wherever. If there's someplace you want to spend more time, it's your tour.
Along with creating your own tour, the Newport Tour & Guide Company offers two pre-planned tours: Colonial Newport Tour or Queen of Resorts Tour. The Colonial tour is a 3 hour journey that immerses you in the most historically intact city of America. Newport is home to the largest number of pre-revolutionary buildings, and this tour allows you to enjoy the culture and history behind them. You can visit places such as the Redwood Library, the oldest lending library and oldest library building in continuous use in the country, or the Touro Synagogue, America's oldest synagogue.
The Queen of Resorts tour is a trip through the Gilded Age of Newport. Newport was once known as the “Queen of Resorts,” and has the densest collection of grand homes in America, hence the name of the tour. In this tour you will have the opportunity to visit my personal favorite, Marble House mansion. It is a grandiose estate, with over 500,000 cubic feet of marble. The cost at the time of building was around $11 million, which in today's money is around $300 million. One of the rooms, the Gold Room, is modeled after the Salon De Hercules at the palace of Versailles, France. The greatest part of this 3 hour tour is that is private with you and your personal guests.
If you wish for more information about these tours, the Newport Tour & Guide company is open every day from 8am - 7pm and can be contacted at (401) 864-0392
Newport Arboretum Week kicks off this Friday, April 20th and will run through the following Friday, April 27th. It is a week of events in celebration of Newport's urban forest and New England's first city-wide arboretum, courtesy of the Newport Tree Society and all those who volunteer to make it possible.
During the week there will be many free events to attend, like a tree walk that will tour the grounds of the famous Chateau-sur-Mer, or the equally idyllic Belleveue House.
The greatest part about Arboretum Week is that the Ivy Lodge is located in the heart of the Mansions District, where many of Newport's iconic copper beech trees are located. There are actually a few beech trees right across the street! These trees are extremely large, with great canopies that provide much of the cover and shade around Newport and along Bellevue Avenue. Many of the trees were imported from Europe during the Gilded Age, between 1853 and 1914.
The unfortunate truth about these majestic wonders is that they won't be around for much longer. Like us, trees too have lifespans. A typical copper beech tree will live anywhere from 100 to 125 years. Also like us, they are subject to disease as they get older. Oddly enough, a very high percentage of Newport's trees were all planted around the same time, and most are old and dying now; many suffering from a disease, an algae, that destroys their circulatory system. Without these beautiful plants, Newport's cityscape will be much different. There have been public initiatives for the past 20 years to plant new growth trees in expectation of this, but it is a little late. Also, many of the best specimens are located on private property. Seeing the majesty of Bellevue Avenue should be something at the top of a vacationer's check list this spring and summer, as there may not be another chance for a long time.
Kicking off Irish heritage month in Newport, RI and a preamble to our 56th annual Newport St. Patrick's day parade is an international exchange of culinary expertise. Chef's from Newport RI & Kinsale Ireland show off their cooking talents at local Newport restaurants. You can be sure this same week, the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast will carry this culinary theme into our gourmet breakfast each morning.
Celebrate the culinary expertise of Newport’s sister city Kinsale, Ireland known as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”, and Newport chefs as they create “Irish “ inspired menus at local restaurants. Experience Newport‘s rich Irish heritage, the port town of Kinsale and the great commonalities shared by both destinations.
Starting March 8- 11 Kinsale Festival of Fine Food: The chefs have prepared specialized Irish inspired menus. The following restaurants will be participating, we do advise making reservations.
Fathoms at the Newport Marriott Hotel
401-849-7788 • www.NewportMarriott.com
Chef: Eric Steinhauer
La Forge Casino
401-847-0418 • www.LaForgeNewport.com
Chef: Nick Violette
One Bellevue at the Hotel Viking
401-848-4824 • www.HotelViking.com
Chef: Kevin Thiele
Windward at the Hyatt Regency Newport
401-851-3325 • www.Newport.Hyatt.com
Chef: Kyle Ketchum
Saturday, March 10
2-3:30pm: First International Cook-Off, Newport Marriott, 25 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport. The
Cook-off will test the culinary expertise between Chef David Rutkowski of the Newport Hyatt Regency
Hotel and Christine O’Sullivan, the Iron Chef- Ireland contender from Kinsale. Each team will receive
4 food items that they must use in four separate dishes. Our elite panel of judges will taste the
creations and determine the winner! Sample some of Ireland’s best Kerrygold Dairy cheeses, such as
Cashel Blue Farmhouse Cheese and the Dubliner, and savor a wee bit of Irish Whiskey at our Jameson
Irish Whiskey tasting table. GoNewport.com
Sunday, March 11
9am-Noon:Traditional Irish Country Breakfast, at La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue
Avenue, Newport. Reservations Suggested 401-847-0418
Lace-up those skates for another season of winter fun at the Newport RI skating center. The Newport skating center celebrates winterfest in Newport, RI. Surround yourself with the colonial charm and ocean view of our outdoor waterfront rink, just a stroll away from the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy the surroundings of majestic architecture and vibrant history of this famed colonial port town. The rink is located next door to two of the most visited of the Newport commercial wharf's: Bannister's and Bowan's wharfs, were a vast array of fantastic shops and tasty restaurants are all within walking distance. There's free parking, on site concessions, regular admission discounts, professional instructors, a warming room, a large on-site viewing area, skate sharpening and an ice surface area of ,90' x 100' that accommodates up to 150 people.
With over one hundred and fifty individual events, this Festival has become "New England's largest winter extravaganza. The 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, and new this year Tequila Sunrise, a tribute to the Eagles.
The Newport Winter Festival is proud to have been the recipients of the 2004 Governor's State Tourism Award. In the past the Festival has been voted "Best Off-Season Event" by Newport Life Magazine's "Best of Newport" Awards. The Winter Festival was also chosen by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events in North America, and named the 34th out of the Top 250 Events in the Country by Events Business News! Whether you seek dining, dancing, or ice carving…The Newport Winter Festival has it all!
Purchase a Winter Festival button and receive free admission or significant discounts to events listed in this brochure, plus additional discounts at restaurants and retailers throughout the city. Be sure to refer to the On-Going Activities page for additional events. Buttons offer over $500 value for only $9.00. Partial proceeds to benefit local charities.
Buttons May be Purchased At:AAA Southern N.E. • 99 East Main Rd., Middletown
Accidental Artist • 516 Thames St., Newport
Bailey T's • 3 Long Wharf Mall, Newport
Clements' Marketplace • East Main Rd., Portsmouth
Cookie Jar • Bowen's Wharf, Newport
Hampton Inn & Suites • 317 West Main Rd., Middletown
Hotel Viking • One Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Hyatt Regency • Goat Island, Newport
Mole Hole of Newport • 21A Long Wharf, Newport
International Tennis Hall of Fame • 194 Bellevue Ave.
MWR ITT • Newport Navy Base
Newport Gateway Center • 23 America's Cup Avenue
Newport Harbor Hotel • 49 America's Cup Avenue
Newport Marriott (gift shop) • 25 America's Cup Avenue
Shaw's Supermarket • East Main Rd., Middletown
Wag Nation • 92 Williams St., Newport
Walgreens • East Main Rd., Middletown
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:
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.
. . . THERE IS STILL TIME to give and to recieve
WHETHER THROUGH THE MAIL OR VIA INTERNET if you're looking to cross one gift off your list,Give your friends and families the added Value of an Ivy Lodge gift Certificate
Our gift certificate is a fabulous holiday or special occasion gift idea! Surprise your loved one with the renowned comfort and pleasures of a Mansion getaway. Starting November 10, 2011 to January 1, 2012, 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 fond 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, 2012 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 order promotional gift certficates, you must enter promotional code #1231 or
Feel 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. When calling or ordering on line, you must say by phone #1231 or when ording on line enter in the notes section #1231.
This Gift Certificate Promotional offer can only be applied toward room rates and cannot be applied toward existing reservations. All packages are excluded from the use of promotional gift certificates. The gift certificate cannot be used with additional discounts
The Ivy Lodge, Newport RI is all dressed for the holiday season. The Ivy's foyer is trimmed with garland and the nut crackers stand at attention for your arrival. With the weather so seasonably mild, Newport, RI is a perfect place for children, families and couples to enjoy the festivities of the Christmas season. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and wander through the island and all the Christmas festivities.
During the daylight hours,Explore the spectacular mansions of Newport with their holiday trimmings and scheduled events. The polar express train ride will take you back in time along beautiful Narragansett bay. The Viking bus tour takes you around ocean drive, bellvue ave, historic buildings and many points of interests.
Still looking for that quintessential gift? When you purchase a gift certificate from the Ivy Lodge by January 1, 2012 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
Call 1-800-834-6865 to order your certificate, there's still time.
For more information on Christmas in Newport go to http://www.christmasinnewport.org/
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.
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!