Newport Restaurant Week 2014
April 4- April 13
Newport is ready to say goodbye to the cold winter season and welcome the warm spring with exceptional deals for lunch and dinner this April 2014. This year’s Newport Restaurant Week will feature some of the best seasonal offerings from Newport's great restaurants including Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen. Menues that include spring pea soup with roasted local carrots followed by an entrée of Braised oxtail with grilled ramps, local maitake mushrooms and a creamy Narragansett ricotta gnocchi, concluding with your choice of many delectable desserts like a hazelnut milk chocolate panna cotta. YUM! 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 2014 Newport Restaurant Week. Fluke is just one of the Ivy Lodge’s favorite restaurants participating in this year’s celebration of good eats here in the city by the sea. Enjoy your choice of either lunch or dinner of prefixed menus of three course meals for a deal. Experience what we have to offer with our week-day rates, great food, wine and sites here at the Ivy Lodge, a quintessential New England Bed and Breakfast.
Tantalize your taste buds with the wide variety of restaurants that this fabulous city has to offer. Here are a few of our personal favorites:
22 Bowens Wine Bar & Grille
Located amidst bustling Bowen’s Wharf in the heart of downtown Newport, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille is a world-class steakhouse serving USDA Prime beef, New England's finest seafood, and is complemented by an award-winning wine list.
Our recommendation for dinner would be to try the bowen’s famous Petit Filet Mignon Duck Fat Fingerling Potato, Black Garlic Bordelais, mmm it will melt in your mouth!
Castle Hill Restaurant
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 required for men but preferred.
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 signature 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 here.
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 creativeculinary techniques.
We recommend their Hazelnut-Chocolate Mousse, Salted Caramel, Cocoa Streusel & Creme Fraiche, if you have a sweet tooth this dessert won’t disappoint!
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.
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.
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
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