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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. 

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. 

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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!

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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! 

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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. 

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Stoneacre Pantry

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

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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.

 

 

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