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The 2014 Great Chowder Cook-Off & Oyster Festival

  
  
  
  

Chowder
    How do you prefer your chowder? Creamy white or clear and briny or with a tangy tomato base? New England or Manhattan?  With fish or with clams?  With so many choices when it comes to Chowder, how can you choose just one?
    On June 7th, the best of the best chowder cooks will compete in the 2014 Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook Off in Newport, RI, where you can chow down on some of the best “Chow-dah” in town.  The Great Chowder Cook Off hosted at the Harborfront Yachting Center has been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and is widely known for obtaining the longest running chowder championships, drawing in competitors and Chowder cook offfoodies from all over the country.  Attendees will have their picks of endless varieties of chowder, from traditional New England to exotic concoctions made by dozens of restaurants participating in this year's event. The competition will be divided up between three categories: Clam, Seafood, and Creative.  The grand prize for winning cooks is always an overflowing award...and more importantly the champions have bragging rights for the rest of the year.  There will also be fun games, live music, and activities for all ages to enjoy. Book a weekend stay with us at the Ivy Lodge...just a short walk away form this year's Chowder Cookoff event!
    What else could  go better with your chowder? Why not try some great local oysters as well--served on the half shell, fried or broiled. The Newport Oyster Festival will also be held on June 7th along side the chowder fest.  The best of local shellfish and seafood are presented farmers’ market style thanks to the Matunuck Oyster Farm... paired with beer, spirits and live music. The festival continues into the evening making it a great after-party following the Chowder Awards Ceremony and a popular area to explore during the event. Entry is free with your Chowder ticket! To attend the Newport Oyster Festival only (without a Chowder Cook-Off ticket), tickets are only $3 in advance or $5 day-of admission.
Beer SHucking  Some highlights of this include:
 Seven full hours of delicious beer & spirits paired with Matunuck Oyster Farm oysters! Event time is 12pm-7pm.
Raw Bar (Oysters, Clams and Shrimp Cocktail), Lobster Rolls, and Fried Oysters, Clams & Scallops,
Full Bar with Beer, Wine, Cocktails & Champagne.  There is low-key live acoustic music, bistro-style tables and seating, and educational presentations along with contests, like, Oyster & Beer Shucking and Oyster Slurping.

The 33rd Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off
& The Newport Oyster Festival
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Event Hours: Noon – 6pm
 
General Admission Tickets: with 12pm entry
Advance Price: $20 (May 2nd-June 6th)
Day-Of Price: $25
Kids under 12 are free with an adult

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 Newport Restaurant Week

  
  
  
  

 November 1, 2013 - November 10, 2013

Dining out on a Budget in Newport RI

Yumm... Crispy Local Oysters topped wuth Mango Pepper Relish, Red

Fluke Crispy Oysters

 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

castlehillFor 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. 

Lunch Menu                       

Dinner Menu 

 

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.juniperotivo

 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. 

Dinner Menu

Café Zelda

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

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu

 

The MooringMooring Dining

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!

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu

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! 

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu

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. 

Dinner Menu

Stoneacre Pantry

Stoneacre Pantry has an ever changing menu of seasonal offerings with a focus on using classic and creative culinary techniques.

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu

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.

Dinner Menu

Other Special Events around the Newport Restaurant week:

Chocolate Brunch at Ocean Cliff

DATE: 11/3/2013

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

Date: 11/9/2013

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.

 

 

Outdoor ice skating center, Newport, RI

  
  
  
  

 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.

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Waterfront skating rink in Newport RI

  
  
  
  
 

Again, another thing to do in Newport RI . . . I can not help myself, I'm excited. I drove past the harbor front last night and marveled at this exceptional outdoor, waterfront, skating rink. The rink is surrounded by colonial charm and ocean view, minus the over crowdedness of say, a Rockefeller center rink. This location offers plenty to do after your spin on the ice. Within walking distance from the rink are vast arrays of fantastic shops and restaurants. The Rink offers rotating nightly specials, as well as charity benefits and seasonal celebrations.

It's all here, free parking, on-site concessions, regular admission discounts and instructors led by trained professional instructors. There's a six-week program beginning in January that sharpens the skills of children and adults alike, at both beginner and intermediate levels. If you contact Meghan Lamarre, you can set-up a private lesson for you or your kids. Megan has skated professionally with Disney On Ice, was featured in the Ice Capades and Stars on Ice. Meghan is patient, understanding and passionate about her students, and has been coaching skaters of all ages and disciplines for 9 years.

For your Newport lodgings, the Ivy lodge bed and breakfast is minutes away from the ice skating rink. We accept children and offer family suites, which is an economical way for your family to experience a bed and breakfast in Newport RI. The lodge is located in the mansion district of Newport RI, a short stroll from the cliff walk. Included in the price of your room is a full gourmet breakfast, seasonal snacks and beverage through-out the day and off street parking.

Tickets can be purchased at the rink every day during session times.

Rates Admission Rental
Adults $7.00 $5.00
Senior Citizens (55+) $5.00 $4.00
Children (3-11) $5.00 $4.00
Toddlers (Under 3) Free with Adult $3.00
Adult Skate $5.00 $3.00
Adult Season Pass $100.00
Child Season Pass $80.00

Group Rates
(10 or more people) $1 off the regular price for admission and rentals
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