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…
A 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!
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.
When 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
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
John Black, pianist
December 7 at The Breakers
Voices of Peace
John Black, pianist
December 14 at The Breakers
John Black, pianist
December 21 at The Elms
Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers
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 email@example.com.
November 1, 2013 - November 10, 2013
Dining out on a Budget in Newport RI
Yumm... Crispy Local Oysters topped wuth Mango Pepper Relish, Red
Chili Mayo, then adelicious second course of moist roasted chicken with Sugar Pumpkin Gnocchi, Roasted Brussels Sprouts , Sage Jus cooked to perfection, and finish off with a mouth watering fall favorite, Apple Crostata with Cinnamon Crema. All for just $30.00 per person! This is just one of the many options Chef Kevin King of Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen, located on Banisters Wharf has to offer in the 2013 Newport Restaurant week. Fluke is just one of the many of our favorite restaurants participating in this year’s celebration of good eats here in the city by the sea. Enjoy your pickings of either lunch or dinner of prefixed menus of three course meals for a deal. Also enjoy what we have to offer with our week day rates stay and enjoy the great food, wine and sites here at the Ivy Lodge a quintessential New England Bed and breakfast.
Tnatalize your taste buds with the wide variety of restaurants that the city by the sea has to offer. Here our a few of our personal favorites.
Castle Hill Inn
For a formal dinning experience we suggest Castle Hill Restaurant. On your way over, enjoy the 10 mile scenic ocean drive and as you enter the enchanting Castle Hill Restaurant you will hear the faint sounds of a lighthouse fog horn murmuring in the distance. The Mansion's chefs artfully craft fresh local fish, regional meats, and produce into a distinctly native, seasonal menu, served in four dining rooms within the Inn. Watch the change of seasons with stunning views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.
All guest dinning in the formal dinning room must be dressed in business casual attire, jackets are not requires for men but prefurred.
Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen
One of our personal favorites here at the Ivy Lodge, Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen is a perfect restaurant for the foodie in all of us. Enjoy fresh, local, and seasonal best describes Chef Kevin King’s menu of frequently changing snacks, small plates and entrees. Enjoy scenic views and an Award-winning cocktail and wine list.
Our recommendation is to try their famous crispy flash fried local oysters, they are to die for! Also try one of there signiture drinks we enjoy the Juniperotivo made with Junipero Gin, Pomegranate Molasses, Fresh Mint, and Fresh Lemon Juice.
Cafe Zelda is a neighborhood French American bistro with casual fine dining. Zelda's features line-caught fish, hand-picked meats, local produce and homemade desserts. With a cozy bar full of locals and savvy tourists Zelda's is the place to be.
Calamari with banana peppers and Thai dipping sauce is a must try
The ideal embodiment of Newport dining with water front views of the Newport Harbor. At the mooring you will find the freshest seafood, al fresco seating, and warm hospitality. Our award-winning wine list is one of the most acclaimed in New England.
Our recommendation: Try their Raw Bar option of thee little necks or Rhode Island Oysters, both are amazingly delicious!
Midtown Oyster Bar
Newport’s newest restaurant and largest raw bar features 2 bars, dining rooms and outside seating. Only a 15 minute walk from the Ivy Lodge!
Scales and Shells
Upon entering the front door, aromas from the open kitchen will awaken your senses and draw you into visually participating in the preparation of your dinner.
Cash only and no reservations; make sure to stop at the atm first.
Stoneacre Pantry has an ever changing menu of seasonal offerings with a focus on using classic and creative culinary techniques.
The Black Pearl
A combination of American, seafood, and classically presented cuisines served in the Tavern or the elegant Commodores' Room.
Try the world renowned Black Pearl Chowder
Lunch and Dinner Menu
The Spiced Pear at the Chandler
The Spiced Pear’s primary dining room features an open-air kitchen, grand fireplace, and views of the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Beach. Well known for its signature ‘New England Tasting Menu’, the restaurant features a symphony of six or nine courses of local New England fare each night in addition to an a la carte menu featuring Continental cuisine.
Other Special Events around the Newport Restaurant week:
Chocolate Brunch at Ocean Cliff
TIME: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
COST: Tickets are $85 per person
For your sweet tooth come and enjoy this highly-anticipated Autumn event at Ocean Cliffs Chocolate brunch. Co-chairs Leslie Reed and Libby Kirwin, with support from NewportFed as event sponsor, worked diliigently to make this event successful. Brunch offerings of champagne, savory chocolate-infused entrees and yummy desserts and candies, live jazz by the Dick Lupino Band, an enticing Silent Auction for pre-Christmas shopping, and a $500 cash raffle will make for a fun afternoon overlooking the bay. To make the event even cozier and more homey, OceanCliff will offer a roaring fire and hot chocolate bar in the library.
Greenvales Harvest Festival
Time 1:00pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: $15.00 per person
Join us as we celebrate this year’s grape harvest! Bring your family and friends and enjoy the foliage and autumn weather. The celebration will include harvest games, gourd painting, tractor rides and walking tours along with tastings of Greenvale Vineyards’ award winning, estate grown wines. Feel free to bring a blanket and chairs for a wonderful afternoon picnic on the beautiful property of Greenvale Vineyards. There will also be live music by Dick Lupino and friends.
Bowens Wharf Seafood festival
October 19, 2013 - October 20, 2013
Journey back to the 18th century, of brick and stone walk ways to the water front of Bowen's wharf where the beginnings of a thriving seaport began and enjoy the “harvest of the sea” as Newport welcomes the 23rd annual Seafood Festival. Event takes place on October 19th and 20th and is known as one of the "10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast," by Coastal Living Magazine (2005). It is a great time of the year to stay at the Ivy Lodge and enjoy the city by the sea after the rush of the summer season has ended.
Located on the Bowen's Wharf, the Seafood Festival offers an abundant amount of seafood, live music, and family fun. Sink your teeth into some of the best seafood in town all beneath the Wharf's colorful tents. Enjoy a variety of neighboring restaurants and local fisherman's as they serve up their most renowned seafood dishes. Many of which include options of lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for land lovers and children. Vendors will also be serving wine, beer and soft drinks. For your sweet tooth there will also be options for delectable desserts, including tempting pies, ciders, and other baked goods. There will be cafe-style seating for guests and they will be set up throughout the Wharf.
The seafood festival has entertainment to enjoy while you are enticing yourself with fresh dishes. Under the music tent musicians will perform and all varieties of music, from live folk, Celtic, sea shanties, and blues music are just a taste of what you'll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving!
Rhode Island residents, cruise ship and bus tour groups, and devoted visitors form an estimated attendance of 6,000-8,000 over the course of this two-day event.
FREE ADMISSION (food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths)
RAIN OR SHINE UNDER THE FESTIVAL TENTS! We'll see you there!
2013 Music Schedule
11am – 1pm Atwater-Donnelly Duo Traditional American Folk
1pm – 3pm Abbey Rhode Music from the Fabulous 60s, Beatles, Stones & More
3pm – 5pm Chelley, Bill & Dyl Cool Jazz, Soulful R&B with a touch of Country!
11am – 1pm Jim McGrath & The Reprobates Traditional & Contemporary Music of the Sea, American & British Isles
1pm – 3pm Lisa Markovich & Beyond Blonde Original & Classic Rock
3pm – 5pm Big Cat Blues Band West Coast and Chicago Blues music
It is our duty and pleasure to make the all important rounds of sampling the best restaurants of Newport RI. (Somebody's gotta do it). This is our job, making sure when we give you our recommendations, you are pleased with our selections. Whether it's attractions, shopping or dining, we scout out our recommendations as we concierge you on the City by the Sea. As for dining, one restaurant we consistently recommend to our guests is Fluke wine,bar and kitchen. Last night, we made our way to the popular wharfs of Bannister and Bowens. Tucked away on two floors above Bowen's Wharf in Newport, RI is Flukes wine,bar and kitchen. The restaurant is facing the Newport RI harbor. During sunlight hours, the rays bounce off the Narragansett Bay and at dusk sunsets can be exquisite and the back drop of the Newport Bridge looks like a pearl necklace, draped across the sky. On this night, the fog hung lightly over the wharf, making this wharf no less exquisite and all the more intriguing to be out and about in Newport RI. As we made our way up the stairs to the restaurant, we were greeted by Jeff and Geremie Callaghan, the owners of Flukes; whom we have worked closely with since their opening in 2007. With each passing year, this restaurant gets better and better and our dinner last night gives us all the more reason to continue our support of their culinary efforts. The restaurant is modeled after the cutting-edge spots they loved while living 15 years in New York City, only softened by their personal touches. Fluke's relaxed, modern American cuisine is perfect for any occasion. They up'ed the anti in 2009 by hiring executive chef Neil Manacle (a J&W grad) and sous chef Kevin King, both imported from Manhattan. The food is fun and creative and fresh as the day. The sea provides beautiful fish, which inspires them and the most seasonal and local foods are always paramount to their dishes . But then there is the land, too. The Callaghans have contracted for four acres at nearby Rhode Island Nursery to be farmed for them. Zucchini blossoms and snow peas are just the beginning of what it will produce this season. The energy expended on this restaurant, makes this restaurant Darlene and Daryl McKenzie, innkeepers of the Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast, Newport RI one of the top picks of the season.
Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, 41 Bowen's Wharf, Newport, (401) 218-7884, flukewinebar.com. Casually upscale. On street parking; pay lots. Reservations. Not wheelchair accessible. Highchairs. AE, MC, V. Open daily at 5 p.m.; Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Small plates $6-$13; large plates $12-$38. Extensive cocktail menu and wines by the bottle and glass.
Summer Hours: Open nightly from 5 pm
Winter Hours: Open Thursday-Sunday from 5 pm
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The 39th Annual Newport International Boat Show, September 17-20, 2009, will feature new sailboats and powerboats, and thousands of products and services from both domestic and international exhibitors.
2009 Show Dates
September 17-20, 2009
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Multiple waterfront facilities along America's Cup Avenue host the Show including Newport Yachting Center, Oldport Marine, Bannister's Wharf and Bowen's Wharf and Newport Harbor Hotel. All Show sites are accessible by land or by FREE water taxis service.
NEW SPECIAL EVENT:
Gary Jobson Presents: Upcoming Events in Sailing 2009 Plus Update on the America's Cup Saturday, September 19, 10:00 - 11: 00 AM Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina Ballroom FREE with Boat Show Ticket
CPR/AED and First Aid Certification Clinics Offered during Newport International Boat Show By First Responder Educational Services
GENERAL PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND EXHIBITOR PARTY TO SUPPORT ITRS:
Show your support by attending the Newport International Boat Show Exhibitor Party on Friday evening from 6 - 8 pm at Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and please make a donation. The general public is welcome to attend. Tickets are $50.00 at the reception table.
Newport International Boat Show Special Classroom Series
Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather - Two- Part Course Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20th, 2009 at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina - Ballroom (on Show site) Register Early - Space is Limited!
(Receive a Complimentary Boat Show Ticket When You Register - Value $22.50) Sponsors: Sailing World and Motor Boating.