What surrounds you at the Ivy lodge, Newport RI, http://www.ivylodge.com/ , are spectacular coastal scenery within easy walking access, awe-inspiring architecture and a downtown waterfront that still thrives in the winter season. Newport, Rhode Island is considered by many to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. From weekend getaways spent touring the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playground for socialite families with names like Astor and Vanderbilt to an afternoon of wine tasting through Newport's three scenic vineyards, the options for interesting activities, distinctive stories, and enticing photo opportunities are countless.
Newport Rhodes island appeals to a variety of traveling styles and the offerings are abundant, making this island a year round destination. Newport is home to miles of scenic coastline ideal for nature walks, educational siminars and artistic endeavors.
The Norman Bird Sanctuary, http://www.normanbirdsanctuary.org/ is a 300 plus acre wildlife refuge with over seven miles of hiking trails and a variety of educational programs for all age groups. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the woods or a hike to the top of hanging rock, which offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the surrounding areas. During the winter months, the sanctuary offers winter birding day trips.
For those whose heart lies in architecture, design, and history Newport offers tours of opulent mansions, http://www.newportmansions.org/ and interesting museums http://www.newportartmuseum.org/ . For a mouth-watering getaway, visitors can enjoy a tour and tasting at the three local vineyards, http://www.newportvineyards.com/ , followed by a memorable dining experience at a waterfront restaurant, www.lowerthamesnewport.com . Fresh lobster and steaming bowls of clam chowder are found all along the New England coast and Newport seafood Restaurants do it best! Our culinary variety doesn't stop there! If casual dining and great pub-style menu is your craving, Newport offers a wide selection. For a special occasion meal we highly recommend the castlehill inn http://www.castlehillinn.com/ or Restaurant Bouchard, http://www.restaurantbouchard.com/, our favorite fine dinning experience.
Through the years Newport has made a name for itself in a variety of manners, first as a colony founded on religious freedom, see www.tourosynagogue.org for a facinating lecture on acceptance of religion, later as the summer playground for the American socialite families with names like Astor, www.astorsbeechwood.com and Vanderbilt, as a key location for the United States Navy, and then as the yachting capital of the world.
For visitors looking to take a bit of Newport style home with them, the city's quaint wharves and cobblestone streets are a mix of unique shops and galleries, www.bowenswharf.com. Complementing it all is a year-round calendar of special events, see www.gonewport.com , ranging from nautical events to music festivals to professional sports tournaments, ensuring that there is always something happening in Newport !