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Valentine’s Day Getaway & Winter Festival at the Ivy Lodge

  
  
  
  

Winter fest Valentine

 

26th Annual Newport Winter Festival
Friday, February 14  to February 23, 2014
 

In Newport RI, winter is the longest season. So, inspite of the long nights, cold temperatures and snow the season brings, we over come our doldrums by throwing a festival. In Newport, RI Winter is not a seson to escape. It is a season to embrace. What better way to celebrate than with a Winter festival. Coinciding with the kick-off of Newport Winter festival is Valentine's . . . Nice timing!

Bring your sweet heart and/or little sweeties and amaze your family with a host of activities downtown and around the Island of Newport.

What we list here are the festivals dearly annual events. So raise a glass of mulled wine and make sure you catch one or more of these fun-filled events.

Featured Events

Friday, February 14thWinter fest logo

10am-5pm: Helicopter Tour and Vineyard Packages
Bird’s Eye View Helicopters, 211 Airport Access Road. Helicopter and vineyard packages include a helicopter tour, tasting and logo wine glass starting at $137 plus tax per couple. Upgrade to our Island Helicopter Tour plus the Vineyard Tour and Tasting for $217 plus tax per couple or our Lighthouse Helicopter Tour and Vineyard for $297 plus tax. Fly over the vineyards and all of Newport in our “heated” helicopter. $10 off any tour w/button or receive a free inflight video. Call 401.843.8687 to book. For more info go to http://www.riaerial.com/air_tours.php

11am: Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people.  Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street.  $15/$12 w/button.  401.841.8770.

 11am-4pm: Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeover
Cosmetic Cosmos, 387 Thames Street. Mother/Daughter Makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Learn the best skincare and makeup techniques for your skin type and features in a relaxed atmosphere. $30/person & 15% discount on all products purchased w/button. Appointments: www.cosmeticcosmos.com or 401.842.0666.

11am-4pm: Greenvale Vineyards Wine Tasting
582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Winery Tours start at 2pm and include 7 wines and a wine glass. Enjoy samples of award winning, estate-grown wine from this 50-acre family farm now operating as a vineyard. Weather permitting. 15% discount off wine purchases w/button. 401.847.3777.

4pm: Pillow Fight!
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.  Kick off Winter Fest with a pillow fight!  Join us on Valentine’s Day, Friday 14th for a pillow fight on the back lawn!  Feathers will be flying at this fun filled event so be sure to tell everyone you know.  To join in on the fun, bring a DOWN pillow with NO zipper.  This is an 18+ event. Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge w/button. 401.851.1234.

4pm: Polar Pineapples
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island. Rhode Island’s Largest Ice Bar is coming for Winter Fest!  Pineapples Restaurant will be transformed into “Polar Pineapples” with an actual bar made of ice!  Enjoy views of the bay while sipping on a variety of signature infused “Ice-tinis” or stay warm with one of our specialty hot cocktails while sitting by the heaters.  Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge w/button. 401.851.1234.

5pm-9pm: Ice Skating, Newport Skating Center
2 Commercial Wharf.  The Skating Center is an outdoor, ice skating facility offering public skating sessions, skate rentals, concessions menu, warming area and parking!  Visit www.SkateNewport.com or call 401.846.3018 for information.  All dates and times are weather permitting and subject to change.  $2 off skating admission w/button.  Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.

6pm: Romeo & Juliet with Orlando Bloom: Broadway Performance on Film
Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center, 49 Touro Street.  $20/$18 w/button.401.846.5474.

comedy8:00pm: Winter Festival Comedy Show with Paul D’Angelo and Jamie Lissow presented by the Newport Comedy Series & Newport Winter Festival at the Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Ave.  Presenting two hilarious headliners in one night! Jamie Lissow is one of the funniest comedy club headliners in America.  He has appeared in many television programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, more than 30 times on Fox News Redeye and in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central.  Jamie has performed at hundreds of clubs and colleges.  He has been nominated for Campus Performer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine.  He can be heard on the Sirius/XM Radio, Pandora, Opie and Anthony and The Bob and Tom Show.  He is currently working on a television show with actor and former Saturday Night Live star Rob Schneider.  Jamie will be making his Newport debut on February 14th.   Also, presenting comedian Paul D’Angelo featured in Showtime’s Godfathers of Comedy. He combines his charismatic stage presence and spontaneous improvisational talents to create a fantastic comedy performance.  Paul takes everyday experiences and make them sound absolutely hilarious! $25/$20 with button, VIP $50/$45 with button or in advance.  Call 401-847-7666 to buy tickets. Must be at least 13 to attend. 

Saturday, February 15th

 11am-2:30pm: Ice Sculpting Demonstration presented by Bailey T’s
12 Long Wharf Mall. Ice sculptors wield their chisels, chain saws, blow dryers and powerice competition sanders as they create masterpieces. Don’t miss these spectacular works of ice! The ice sculptures will be on display until they melt. To participate or for more information call the festival office at 401.847.7666. FREE

11am-3:30pm: 19th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off 

Newport Harbor Hotel, 49 America’s Cup Avenue.  Winter heats up as area restaurants, caterers and the local fire department compete to see who has the best chili in town!  Bring your appetite, sharpen your taste buds, and join in the fun as you choose your favorite chili!  Prizes will be provided by Samuel Adams Brewery and the Newport Winter Festival.  Don’t miss the chance to taste them all and vote for your favorite!  Call 847-7666 for more information.  Adults $10/$6 w/button, Children (6-10) $3/$2 w/button.  Children under 5 Free!   Tickets will be available for purchase at the door- advance tickets are not required.

11am – 5:00pm: Newport Vineyards WINE-ter-fest 2014
Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown. Chase away winter’s chill and have a tasting thrill at Newport Vineyards. Check out the outside “Ice Wine” bar. Wine tasting, cheese, chocolate and spreadable edibles offered from local gourmet purveyors. RSVP suggested to info@newportvineyards.com. $20/$18 w/button. 401.848.5161.

 1pm:  Pasta Making at The Vanderbilt Grace
The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel.  Join our Chefs for a hands on Pasta Making Class.  After making the pasta our chefs will prepare lunch with your creations.  Children and Adults welcome.  Reservations Suggested. $30/$15 w/button.  401.846.6200.

 wiinter polo2pm: Winter Festival Beach Polo presented by the Newport International Polo Series
Easton’s Beach, Newport. Please, no parking at the Atlantic Beach Club. People of all ages enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship and breath-taking views of Newport’s renown Beaches when the ponies and players put on a polo match on the sand. The event is a low-impact, eco friendly exhibition that is part of the fun during Newport Winter Festival. FREE! www.newportinternationalpolo.com

4pm: Polar Pineapples
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island. Rhode Island’s Largest Ice Bar is coming for Winter Fest!  Pineapples Restaurant will be transformed into “Polar Pineapples” with an actual bar made of ice!  Enjoy views of the bay while sipping on a variety of signature infused “Ice-tinis” or stay warm with one of our specialty hot cocktails while sitting by the heaters. Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge w/button. 401.851.1234.

8:30pm:  Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band – Changes in Latitudes 

  Hyatt Regency Newport, One Goat Island.  Newport Winter Festival presents Changes in Latitudes, the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet.  This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all.  You can expect to hear such classics as “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Volcano”, and of course “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”, as well as other crowd pleasing favorites, like “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Southern Cross”, and “Another Saturday Night”, and the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet smash hit “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.  Changes in Latitudes has thrilled audiences with their amazingly authentic reproduction of the Jimmy Buffet concert experience!  Tickets available: $15/Advance w/button, $20/At the door (based on availability).  VIP Seating Available: $40/$35 w/button (includes 1 drink ticket & up front seating). For info/tickets call the festival office at 401.847.7666

When you book *three nights with The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast starting 2/14/14 your reservation will include a romance package, you don't need to think about it, he/she will be thrillled. We'll stage the setting, you bring the romance.

For more information please visit our website: www.ivylodge.com or call and talk to one of the Innkeepers for more information (800)834-6865.

For more events information: http://www.newportevents.com/winterfest/

 

 

 

*Romance package not valid with coupons or other discounts. 

Ivy Lodge's Holiday Shopping Favorites Newport RI

  
  
  
  

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Newport Holiday Shopping

Tis’ the season for giving . . . so let's shop! We are all dressed up for the holiday season and  relish the chance to inspire you for the holiday season. Starting with our beautiful holiday decorations and good advice on what to do and where to shop in Newport, RI.  With so many great holiday activities to enjoy in the city by the sea, don’t forget your loved ones at home by indulging in our local shopping.  You’ll be sure to find a gift for your special someone, and of course yourself, you deserve it!  When you stay with the Ivy Lodge, one of the great amenities you'll enjoy is our concierge service . . . especially our knowledge of great shopping, hey, this is part of the cultural experience of exploring a place. At the Ivy, we feel we have an eye for great finds on the Island.

Below is a list of some (not all) of our favorite places to shop, with plenty of variety you will be sure to find something for everyone on your list. 

Specialty Shops:

Newport Mansion StoreNewport Mansion shop

After taking a beautiful tour of the three mansions that are decked out for Christmas why not enjoy their Newport Restoration Foundations Museum store.  The Newport Restoration Foundation Museum Store maintains standard operating hours every day of the week from mid-April through November, and is open Thursday through Sunday from March until mid-April. It was founded by Doris Duke. The store sells items that are about or are inspired by Doris Duke, including gift items such as jewelry, housewares and books. The store also carries items for kids, including children's books.

415 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

(401) 324-6111

Nutcracker Suit Christmas Shop

Need some last minute holiday gifts? Or stock up for next year’s festivities with one of our favorite yuletide shops.  Located in an 1860 Victorian home, The Nutcracker Suite Christmas Shop carries a wide assortment of Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, figurines, tree toppers, lights and more. The family-operated store also carries Newport souvenir ornaments.

22 Mill Street, Newport, RI 02840

401-846-7385

http://www.nutcrackernewport.com

Only in Rhode Island

Your visting the city by the sea, why not enjoy our states favorite shops filled with gifts  made by locals Only In Rhode Island is to provide you with the simplest, most satisfying way to shop for RI made products, RI gifts, and RI gift baskets.

The Shops at Long Wharf Mall
Newport, RI 02840

Phone: 401-846-5006

TwigTwig

A short stroll from the Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast on Bellevue is one of our small specialty shops called TWIG.   Twig features a variety of handmade jewelry and gifts with a natural theme.  You Birds, trees, leaves, shells, flowers and of course twigs fill the store.

146 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840
(401) 619-1004

Pleasant Surprise

This place is such a hoot,  located in the brick market place the Pleasant Surprise shop always has an eclectic mix of fun gifts, home accessories, quirky books, cards, and toys. Their design sensibility combines the contemporary with the nostalgic.

For more fun, also check out their sister stores Pleasant Surprise Too. P.S. Geared for more accessories and apparel.

121 Swinburne Row
Brick Market Place
Newport, RI 02840
401-846-1202

Bellevue Wine and Spirits

For Her:Karolrichardsonshop

Karol Richardson

Women’s Apparel.  Karol Richardson, a London born designer, specializes in comfort as well as style.  Her three boutiques located on Cape Cod and Newport, RI  have been catering to a multitude of women for the last eighteen years.  Celebrating ten years in Newport and eighteen on Cape Cod, Karol Richardson has become a shopping staple for many women. Karol designs for herself and states "I am not a fashion designer, I design clothing.  My goal is for every woman to feel like herself and to look fantastic while doing so." The locally manufactured collection is designed and produced in New England.  The line, sold exclusively at her three stores incorporates sporty and casual with elegant and sophisticated. It has a timeless element that enables Karol's customers to wear their purchases for years to come, enjoying excellent quality and unique fabrications. Karol Richardson also carries a wide range of designers that compliment Karol's own designs including handbags, shoes, jewelry and gifts. The Customer service is the best of any retail store on the island.

24 Washington Square

Portabello Jewelers

At Portobello Jewelers you will find the finest gemstones in a unique collection of both contemporary and antique jewelry. All of their pieces are carefully selected based on the craftsmanship and elegance of the settings as well as the beauty and quality of the gemstones. You’ll be satisfied by their picks, they only chose the best of the best and invite you to view a small sample of their designs on their website, and many more in either of their two downtown Newport locations.  Both locations are within walking distance of the Ivy Lodge, one located down the street on Bellevue less than 10 minutes away, and the other location located in the brick market place. 

Brick Market Newport RICasino Block
200 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
401-841-0880
Bellevue@portobellojewelers.com

Brick Market Place
211 Goddard Row
Newport, RI 02840
401-846-4137
BrickMarket@portobellojewelers.com

Nankeen

Handmade Accessories

In 2005, in the back alleys of Shanghai, Anne and Charlie Page, with backgrounds in interior design and historic preservation architecture, stumbled upon a treasure they knew was in danger of extinction.

NankeenTHE FABRIC

Their discovery was an ancient Chinese art form, fabrics using a 3,000 year old paste resist process with origins in the Song Dynasty, in use on the legendary Silk Road and still being created in very limited quantities in the provinces around Shanghai. Stencils are carved by hand in a multitude of historic patterns, through which a mixture of soya bean flour and slaked lime is applied on white, pure cotton, cloth. Once dry, the fabric is dyed in vats of boiling indigo (which grows like a weed in the area), again dried, then scraped clean of the paste to reveal the exquisite blue and white patterns seen in the product. The natural indigo dye ensures the stability of the pattern. Indeed, the fabric improves with the motion of a machine wash and, like your favorite pair of blue jeans, becomes better over time.

THE VISION

With colorful linings inspired by Matisse and unique detailing the Nankeen Collection expresses simple elegance in both women's and men's fashion accessories and products for the home

401.683.8989.

421 Thames Street

Newport, RI  02840

www.nankeenstyle.com

Alex and AniAlexandani

Alex and Ani, LLC offers eco-friendly, positive energy products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind and empower the spirit, designed by Carolyn Rafaelian and made in America. Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world and by incorporating powerful symbolism and designs into each (+) Energy piece, Alex and Ani provides a vehicle for the wearer to express their individuality in an organic, spiritual way. She believes it is her life's work to support communities and organizations while inspiring her customers to relish what is unique and authentic about themselves, revealing the beauty within.

1 Bowen's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840

401-849-3002

www.alexandani.com

For Him:

Potter and Co.

Potter & Co. is a Newport staple on Thames Street. Open since 1907 at its current location, Potter & Co. has been selling clothes on Thames longer than anyone can remember. Its selection is geared to an outdoor, active style of living, from beach wear to heavier garments intended for trekking or passing through colder zones and high altitudes. Potter & Co. is a large friendly store with a good selection and ample helpful staff.

172 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

(401) 847-0392

http://www.potterandcompanynewport.com/

Island pursuit

Located on Lower Thames Street in Newport, Island Pursuit is a retailer of clothing for men and women. It offers such brands as Tommy Bahama, St. James, Tailor Vintage, Mahi Gold, Before & Again, Southern Tide, Johnny O., Quiksilver and KUHL. It sells Henri and Mountain hardwear as well as TOMS, VANS and Sperry brand shoes. Skincare products by Bliss & Kai are also sold.

364 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840
(401) 851-8901

www.islandpersuit.com

Helly Hansen  New England  &Life is good Wearhouse

This is the first Helly Henson store in North America. When in need of foul weather gear, sailing outfits or skiing clothes, this shop, located next to Music Box on Thames Street, is where you want to go. The aisles are wide, making it easy for  you to see what Helly Hanson has in stock. If you have questions about the available products, you will find the staff is eager to help out. Helly Hanson has a great variety of clothes, perfect for active lifestyles, and offered to men, women and children. Be sure to check out the shoes! 

154 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

(401) 849-6666

Royal MaleRoyal Male Newport RI

Royal Male is situated in a Pre-Revolutionary building on Historic Hill in Newport, Rhode Island.

Royal Male was established in 1983 and is still a family owned and operated business with a hands on approach. Selling only quality British and European clothing and accessories .

18 Bannister's Wharf and 104 Spring St Newport, RI

 

Michael Hayes

In 1983, Michael Hayes, along with his late brother, Christopher, created a store unlike any other in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island on renowned Bellevue Avenue. The Hayes family has been and continues to be dedicated to delivering a unique total shopping experience.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Michael Hayes continues to be the leading clothing and accessories retailer for men, women and children in Newport. They seek out manufacturers and designers from around the world to bring  customers elegance without compromising quality.

By combining classical style with the latest trends, Michael Hayes offers unique, stylish clothing and formal wear that Newport is known for complete with on-site tailoring, while also providing an unequalled shopping experience with impeccable customer service.

Michael Hayes on Bellevue
204 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840

PHONE: 401.846.3090

For Kids:

Mimi’s for kids

Mimi's for Kids is across from Touro Park. With her artistic talents and long career in retail, it is not surprising Mimi has created a fun place to shop for children's clothing. She carries infant sizes from newborn to 24 months, toddler boys and girls sizes from 2-4 and girls from 4-6X. The colorful clothing is well displayed throughout the shop. While mom does her shopping, children can enjoy the play area.  

154 Mill St, Newport, RI 02840

(401) 619-1130

http://www.mimisforkidsnewport.com

Hatley for Kids Newport RIHatley

Hatley is a bright happy store selling clothing for little kids. Hatley also has pajamas for men and women, T-shirts, socks, bags, caps, tank tops and boxers. Hatley is a bright store that offers all original designs as well as a fun atmosphere to shop. It was started as a gift shop in North Hatley, Canada, in 1987 by artist Alice Oldland. Today, the Hatley company is run by her three sons and has been open on Thames Street since 2010.

101 Swinburne Row
Brick Market Place
Newport, RI 02840
401-846-6093
newport.patch.com/listings/hatley
www.hatleystore.com

The Groovy Gator

The groovy gator children's boutique is located in the heart of the shopping district, down town, in historic Newport Rhode Island.  

Founded in 2008, Groovy Gator offers fashion for all; newborns to tweens, boys and girls.  They seek out unique and bold clothing that embraces the playful spirit of children.  The brands They carry represent classic style with a modern twist.   Their feature collection is designed by owner, Leslie Cathers.  Leslie is inspired by her love of color, and a drive to create fun but functional clothing that combines classic silhouettes with bright colors and unique pattern/color combinations.  All Groovy Gator designs are made in the USA, and made with love and caring...

The store is open year round, with extended hours in the summer and during the holidays.

129 Swinburne Row  

Brick Market Place   Newport, RI   02840      

401-845-0084

http://www.thegroovygator.com 

 

Oh, there's more shops to cover and room at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast to enjoy the holidays in our historic Inn . . .  all dressed up and inspired by the Christmas season. Please call us for your Newport accommodations and we will excitedly cover all of the shopping concierge information you'll need to make this the most unique and best gift-giving season of the year.

 For more information, contact the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast by email: innkeepers@ivylodge.com or call us on our toll free number 1-800-834-6865

See us at: www.ivylodge.com

 

All the Best for the Holiday Season!

2013 Christmas in Newport

  
  
  
  

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The 43rd annual Christmas in Newport

 Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 43rd year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar.

In a community collaboration among residents, businesses and the city, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharfs, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue.

The lights are meant to simulate candlelight, and are the brainchild of Christmas in Newport founder Ruth Myers, who wished to recapture the candlelit holidays of yester years. With a volunteer base numbering 1500, the non-profit organization, Christmas in Newport, raises thousands of dollars for charity each year. In keeping with the true spirit of the season, any event listed in the annual program must be free of charge or must benefit a non-profit institution or charity.

Experience themed festivals and beautiful seasons…

Newport shops christmasA stroll on the brick and cobblestone walkways just a few blocks away from us here at the Ivy Lodge, to Bowen's Wharf where it decor will reunite you with your favorite Christmas traditions. With over 20 unique shops & restaurants find blazing fireplaces, the perfect gift or something special for yourself! Let one of our celebrity chefs create the perfect meal to warm you this Holiday Season. Experience a working waterfront with breathtaking views and fresh, salty sea air.

Bowen's Wharf 43rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

December 7th, 2013

4:30 pm – Frosty the Snowman

5:00 pm – Christmas Carol Sing-a-long (live music)

6:00 pm – Tree Lighting & Santa arrives

Bowen's Wharf is Newport's Holiday Destination!Bowens Wharf

Surround yourself with sparkling lights, live music and good cheer on the waterfront at historic Bowen’s Wharf, the heart of year-round shopping and dining in Newport. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., meet Frosty the Snowman great for chirldren of all ages, then enjoy live music and join hundreds of voices in a Christmas carol sing-a-long starting at 5 p.m. The Mayor will light the 30-foot Christmas tree promptly at 6 p.m., followed immediately by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Music will continue until every child has had a chance to whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa at the “North Pole.”

 Bowen's Wharf offers special holiday hours to accommodate your busy schedule this holiday season. Starting on November 29th through December 23rd stores will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 10am - 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 8pm. Enjoy the lighted Christmas tree throughout the holiday season.

 TWO HOURS of FREE PARKING with a validation from a Bowen's Wharf Merchant's Association shop or restaurant until April 1st, 2014! Please note, parking at Bowen's Wharf lot is only available until 4pm the day of the Tree Lighting.

 

xmasdecormansionsWhen you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take abreak from your holiday shopping and enjoy some of our historic mansions nearby from the Ivy Lodge? Gorgeous at any time of the year, these historic vacation retreats of the turn-of-the-century American aristocracy are simply spectacular when dressed in Christmas finery and glowing with candlelight. You're sure to forget all about the gifts still to be bought and wrapped, the cookies to be baked and all of your holiday chores when you visit one of the decorated mansions this holiday season. Here are some highlights to start you dreaming of the elegance and extravagance of Christmases past and to help you plan your respite from modern holiday stress.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

November 23, 2013 to January 5, 2014

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 The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions.

 The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House--three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America--are filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths. New this year is a gingerbread mansion display in the kitchen of The Breakers. Five local pastry chefs will create gingerbread models of the Newport Mansions that will be shown in the kitchen of The Breakers beginning on November 30.

Returning to The Breakers is the iconic 15 foot tall red poinsettia tree. A total of 28 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room decor anchor many of the magnificent spaces. Dining tables set with period silver and china complete the elegant setting. And windows of each mansion are lit with individual white candles, in keeping with the colonial tradition.

We invite you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season.

All three houses will be decorated and open daily for tours from Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, January 5, 2014. The Breakers opens daily at 9 a.m., The Elms and Marble House open at 10 a.m. The last tour admission at all three houses is at 4 p.m., and the houses & grounds close at 5 p.m.

 Please note, on Christmas Eve, December 24, the last tour admission at all 3 houses will be at 3 p.m. Houses are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

 A Winter Passport ticket providing daytime admission to all 3 houses is $28 for adults, $9 for children 6-17. Children under 6 are admitted free. Winter Passport tickets will be on sale soon. Regular Newport Mansions daytime tour tickets remain valid through the Christmas season as well.

 Evening events at the Newport Mansions

 (Schedule subject to change)

November 30 at The Breakers

Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers

Vocal Revolution

John Black, pianist

December 7 at The Breakers

Solstice Singers

Voices of Peace

John Black, pianist

December 14 at The Breakers

NE Tenors

John Black, pianist

 December 21 at The Elms

 

Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers

Edge Trio

Ocean State Songbirds

 December 21 at Marble House

 

Barrington Presbyterian Church Music Program

John Black, pianist

Ocean State Songbirds

Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers

Andrew Maddock, guitarist

 December 28 at The Breakers

 

New Providence Big Band

John Black, pianist

Holiday Evening admission:

Members $25 in advance, $30 day of event

Non-members $28 in advance, $35 day of event

Children 6-17 $10

Please note:  Advance purchase price tickets for Holiday Evenings are available online until midnight on the previous day.  On the day of the event, if tickets are still available, they may be purchased in person at the Preservation Society's office at 424 Bellevue Avenue until 6 p.m., or at The Breakers.  Please call (401) 847-1000 to inquire about availability of tickets on performance dates.

For more information about Christmas in Newport, call our hot line at (401) 849-6454, or email us at info@christmasinnewport.org. 

Newport, Rhode Island Lighthouses

  
  
  
  

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Although Small in size but long in coastline, Rhode Island has 21 lighthouses, 13 of them active, plus at least 6 former light stations where ruins or foundations are visible. Six of the smaller surviving towers are privately owned. As stoic, beacons of safety in the infamous stormy seas of the Atlantic and rough waters of Narragansett Bay, picturesque lighthouses can be found throughout Newport and Bristol County.

These lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoalsreefs, safe entries to harbors, and can also assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational systems. The lighthouses of Aquidneck Island can be seen and heard on especially foggy and/or stormy nights. I feel the need to write this blog only to say, I have over heard guest questioning the need for the fog horn when we have the technology of today . . . a soft fog horn, that can be heard from the Ivy bed and breakfasts that reminds us of the rich maritime place in which we live and for those who visit this city by the sea. There are many vessels active in the Narragansett waters long after we have all safely tuck away for the night. Some of these boats have no navigation and still rely on the sights and sounds of these beacons. It makes me smile, when I hear the fog horn. I snuggle underneath the covers with a heady thought of . . . wow I live on an island!

 

Below, are a few lighthouses that surrounds you on the island of aquidneck, as so know as Newport RI:

Castle Hill Lighthouse : Newport RI

    The Castle Hill Lighthouse is a traditional location for weddings, this lighthouse is accessible by a short walk from the nearby Castle Hill Cove Marina, adjacent from the Castledescribe the image Hill Inn Restaurant, where you can enjoy fine dining in their formal dining room or outdoors on there water front lawn.  Located at Castle Hill Point at the southwestern end of Newport,  Inside the light house is closed from the public but the grounds are open for all the enjoy.  Built in 1890 and is currently active. The granite structure has a focal plane of 40 ft (12 m); and a 34 ft (10 m) round granite tower with lantern and gallery, 300 mm lens.  The light house is equipped with a fog horn (1 s blast every 10 s). The beautiful coastline building has a upper half of tower painted white, lower half unpainted; lantern painted black.

How to get to the Castle Hill Light House:

By Car or bike:  Enjoy the 10mi scenic Ocean Drive located at the end of Bellevue Southbound.

By Boat: Classis Cruises Of Newport, cruise aboard the 72 foot nineteenth century Madeleine or the 60 foot motor yatch Rumrunner II. 

Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse (Lime Rock) Newport RI

ida lewis yatch club lightBuilt in 1854. Inactive since 1927 (a decorative light is now displayed in season). 13 ft (4 m) lantern mounted on one corner of a 2-story granite and brick keeper's house. The original 6th order Fresnel lens is on display at the Museum of Newport History Building painted white, lantern black. This tiny lighthouse is famous for its legendary keeper Idawalley Lewis  (1857-1911)whom is the most celebrated lighthouse keeper in American history.

By the middle of the nineteenth century, passenger ferries, commercial traffic, and military personnel heading to and from Fort Adams combined to necessitate a navigational light in Newport's inner harbor. 

The light was moved to a skeletal Tower in 1927 and discontinued in 1963; the skeletal tower was demolished. The lighthouse building, including modern additions, is now part of a yacht club, and the island has been connected to the mainland by a causeway. Located off Wellington Avenue between Chastellux and Halidon Avenues in Newport. Site and tower closed. Owner/site manager: Ida Lewis Yatch Club.

How to get to the Ida Lewis lighthouse:

By Boat: Classic Cruises Of Newport, cruise aboard the 72 foot nineteenth century Madeleine or the 60 foot motor yacht Rumrunner II. 

 

Newport Harbor Lighthouse on Goat Island: Newport RI  
Located on the northern tip of Goat Island in the Newport Harbor sits the Newport harbor light house.  The Newport Harbor Lighthouse is beast known historically as the beacon to guideNewport Harbor Lighthouse mariners into the bustling Newport during th eraly 1800's.  

Although Newport had been an important center of seaborne commerce since the early 1700s, the first lighthouse on Goat Island , which welcomed ships at the of entrance to Newport Harbor, the first goast island lighthouse was not completed until 1823. Activated on New Year’s Day of 1824, the stone tower was twenty feet tall with a multi-lamp and reflector apparatus showing a bright white light.

How to get to Newport Harbor Lighthouse: Located on the northern tip of Goat Island in Newport Harbor; the island is accessible by a bridge from RI 238 in downtown Newport and the lighthouse is accessible by walking through the hotel lobby. Site open, tower closed. 

 

Sakonnet Point Lighthouse: Little Compton RI

Our neighboring town , Little Compton, is home to a brick 66 foot lighthouse located at the entrance of the Sakonnet River; the Sakonnet Piont Light house.  As early as the late 1700s, the area around what is today Little Compton, Rhode Island was a fledgling port featuring fishing and farming as ways of life for the settlers. By the late 1800s, Sakonnet Harbor was much more developed and had a distinguished fishing fleet.

Little Cormorant Rock and several other submerged rocks and ledges sit several hundred yards offshore from Sakonnet Point making the area very dangerous for those vessels wishing to enter the harbor. To remedy the danger, the Lighthouse Board sought to establish a lighthouse to mark the area.

The lighthouse sits offshore in the entrance to the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound. A viewing area is available by following Highway 77 south to Sakonnet where the lighthouse will be visible.

Accessibility:The lighthouse is not open to the public. It can be seen from the beach at Sakonnet Point or by Boat.  

 

Beaver Tail Lighthouse: Jamestown RI

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Located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island, is the home of the Beavertail Lighthouse and museum.  Here, guests will be able to access a collection of information, artifacts, and learn about the history and site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America.  The present lighthouse was biult in 1856 and was origianlly established in 1749.  The 45 foot tower is constructed of granite.  Today, the light station reamins amoung one fo the most popular hustoric destinations in the state and is a prime spot for panoramic views at the mouth of Narraganset bay.

Accessibility: The lighthouse is located in Beavertail State Park at the end of Beavertail Road, at the southern tip of Conanicut Island.  There is free parking on site and the grounds are open to the public. Guests can tour the museum in the assistant keeper's house. The tower is sometimes opened to the public during scheduled open houses.

By Boat:  Newport Harbor Tours departing from Quonset Point. 

 

Prudence Island (Sandy Point) Lighthouse: Portsmouth RI

The thirty-foot-tall octagonal granite tower at Prudence Island is the oldest lighthouse inPrudence Island Lighthouse Rhode Island and one of the few lighthouses in the country to retain a “birdcage” lantern. Originally built on Goat Island near Newport in 1823, the structure was dismantled in 1851 and moved to Sandy Point on the east side of Prudence Island, where it was reassembled and returned to service on January 17, 1852. The light is only twenty-eight feet above the water and is visible for ten miles.

Today, the Prudence Island Lighthouse remains an active aid to navigation.

Accessibility: Prudence Island can be reached byFerry from Bristol. The lighthouse is about a 25 minute walk from the ferry landing. The tower is not open to the public. Grounds are open. 

Hog Island Lighthouse 

Hog Island lies off Bristol Township and is situated just north of the passage leading from Narragansett Bay to Mount Hope Bay. The Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, completed in 1855, markedHog Island light housethe narrow passageway. This very  dangerous reef, extending south from Hog Island to the main shipping channel, was also a threat to ferries and other vessels transiting between the two bays.

The 200 acre island was a perfect place for settlers to rase their livestock, with out the need of a fence the animals could not wander afar and natural predetors such as wolves and foxes could not reach the island.  Hogs were regularly raised on the 1.5 like length island, earning it's name by the locals, Hog Island. 

Accessibility: The lighthouse is privately owned. It is not open to the public and is best seen by boat.The Prudence Island Ferry from Bristol passes fairly close by.

 

When you book your stay with the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast, we will happily concierge you on the sites and sounds of surrounding lighthouses. They are our national treasures and symbols of the maritime past.

 

For more details, you can contact the Ivy Lodge at 1-800-834-6865 or email us at innkeepers@ivylodge.com

 

The Ivy wishes you fair winds and safe seas

 

 

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