The presents have been opened, the lights are taken down, and each and every ornament has been carefully packed away until next December. Now relax, take a deep breath and enjoy the tranquility of the season ahead. You have survived the holiday season of frantic buying, crazed shopping, and endless office partying; now it is time for your post-holiday escape. Come join us for a relaxing retreat in one of New England’s most beautiful seasons and take that well deserved romantic getaway you and your loved ones deserve. Sip on a hot tea and cuddle up beneath our fluffy soft comforter in front of the flame of our fireplaces, it may be chilly outside but it is warm nights here at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast.
Even though it is off season in Newport, there is still so much to do here in the city by the sea. There are some wonderful advantages when visiting Newport in the winter. Less crowds, more parking, and the bliss of being away from home with the ones you love. Enjoy your post-holiday escape with some fun and romantic date ideas.
Decompress with a spa treatment at Spaterre
Indulge in a serene transformation with an Atlantic Seaweed Body Mask or a Seaside Salt Glow. This Rhode Island Spa experience is like no other, with many of the sensual adventures that utilize a blend of herbs and minerals indigenous to, and inspired by, the Newport area.
Movie Date Night at the Jane Pickens Theater
The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center is a world-class art house cinema based in Washington Square in the historic center of Newport, Rhode Island. As the only movie house in downtown Newport, The Pickens as it is known locally is a film and event space with a sense of style based on history. The theater shows the best movies available, films that are selected to play to the discriminating taste of the target audience.
The theater presents a mix of first run movies, documentaries and classic films and does not just show films but creates experiences for its clientele. The goal is to make our events memorable and unique in their presentation, approach and/or mix of media. And we try to never take ourselves too seriously as we build events that inspire, challenge or make the experience just plain fun!
For showtimes and more information visit the Jane Pickens Theatre Website:http://janepickens.com/showtimes-tickets
Enjoy Live Teater at the Newport Play House
The Newport Playhouse was established in 1983 and has been a favorite with locals and tourists ever since we first opened our doors.Their dinner theatre is unique...enjoy a great buffet along with a wonderful play and a fun-filled cabaret.
For more Information about the Play House Theater: http://www.newportplayhouse.com/
Get active with an evening skate at the Newport Skating Center
Enjoy the historic colonial charm and singular ocean views surrounding our outdoor waterfront rink, Located in the midst of Newport’s famous downtown shopping district walking distance from the Ivy Lodge, down by the rink you'll find quaint shops and a variety of local restaurants. At the Newport Skating Center take advantage of free parking, and if you don’t have your own skates no need to worry, there are ice skate rentals for adults and children. It is a wonderful date night activity with on-site concessions, admission discounts, professional skating instructors, and of course skating by the sea.
Fore More information about the Newport Skating Center visit there website: http://www.skatenewport.com/
Laugh your socks off at the Fire house Theater with live “Improv” Comedy
The Fire House Theater is a short driving distance from the Ivy Lodge located off of Broadway, in the heart of Newport. The Fire house theatre is home to an amazingly talented improvisation group known as the Bit Players. Their show is modeled after the hit TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" but with many of their own spins and interpretations. No two shows are ever the same with a large cast of improvisers and a vault full of different games or "Bits". Every show is entirely improvised. Nothing is ever pre-planned, scripted, or rehearsed in advance. The shows are dictated by the audience's suggestions however no audience member is ever "picked on" or singled out...unless they bring the attention upon themselves. ALL shows at The Firehouse are BYOB. There is no age limit but shows are promoted as PG13. Shows are every Friday and Saturday Night starting at 8:00 p.m.
For more Information visit the Bit players Website: http://www.bitplayers.net/
Enjoy the Company of one another with an Intimate Dinner at one of our recommended restaurants:
Fluke Wine and Bar:
Located in the heart of downtown Newport, Rhode Island, Fluke overlooks Bowen’s Wharf and Bannister’s Wharf, offering harbor and sunset views of Narragansett Bay. Fluke has gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in the Newport restaurant scene in less than five years.
Fluke’s relaxed, modern American cuisine is perfect for any occasion. Enjoy New England lobster and seafood prepared with the best local, seasonal ingredients. Innovative specialty cocktails are made with fresh pressed juices.
The Mooring Restaurant:
The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar elevates the Newport seafood tradition to a new level, providing a casual elegance while maintaining all of its relaxed Newport charm.
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. We look forward to having you experience one of Newport’s best.
The Black Pearl:
The Black Pearl, located in the heart of the city's bustling waterfront, is one of Newport's best-known and best-loved restaurants.
From the warm ambience and classic cuisine of the commodores room or the casual setting of the tavern side, the black pearl has many options to offer, and is known for the best clam chowder in town!
Castle Hill Restaurant:
Formal Dinning, with an elegant dining room, castle hill restaurant offers a world-class culinary experience led by Executive Chef Karsten Hart. He showcases seasonal, local ingredients in a variety of thoughtful and unexpected dishes using cooking techniques from around the world. His creations, paired with their award-winning wine list and panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, make dining here an unforgettable event.
Mama Luisa has been one of Newport most sought after favorites for tourists and locals alike. At mama Luisa’s you will experience a comfortable, cozy atmosphere with home cooked Italian food prepared in an elegant style.
Tallulah on Thames:
Tallulah on Thames is committed to sourcing seasonal market-driven ingredients highlighting local farms and artisans to create a genuine and delightful dining experience, one restaurant we highly recommend to our guest.
This article was composed by Elyse Neilan
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.
Newport Mansion Store
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
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
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
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
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
Bellevue Wine and Spirits
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
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.
200 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
Brick Market Place
211 Goddard Row
Newport, RI 02840
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.
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.
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
421 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840
Alex and Ani
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!