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 As a Food & Wine subscriber, I was tickled pink to see one of Newport’s creative chefs, Jake Rojas, selected as one of 10 for best new chef (New England) of the year. My husband and I are huge fans of this restaurant  . . . many people would agree, this chef is most deserving of Best new chef title.

We experienced Tallulah for the first time last year . . . prior to that, we did dine with the previous restaurateurs and thought it was good. So, walking in to Tallulah felt very familiar, decor was mostly the same, yet this restaurant felt different. Once seated, we watched a server sashay by with a plate of scallops covered in foam. Oh no, I said to my husband, this may be too pretentious for me. My culinary leanings are from the school of Alice Waters . . . kick-off the dirt and serve it fresh kind-of-girl. We made our selection from the menu, with a heads-up from our server . . . due to how the dishes are prepared; anticipate a little more time between each course. As I kicked back and swilled my wine, I scanned the book shelves behind the Bar: French Laundry, Knobu, etc., what influences chef Jake’s cooking style, I muse. I nibbled on a fresh baked brioche roll with real local (you’ll hear the word local a lot in Tallulah’s) butter, dotted in micro greens, oh this is good; I could make a meal out of this . . . than came the salads. As they were placed in front of us all I could think of was Picasso. They were so artistic, beautifully arranged, like a fine abstract painting. With my first bite, all I could do was stare across the table at my husband . . . is your salad as unbelievable as mine, I ask? And so went the glances across the table with each and every course. 

This is why Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef 2011: New England has nominated Chef Jake Rojas for best innovative Chef.  Since 1998, the editors of Food & Wine have feasted their way from coast to coast, seeking out 10 innovative chefs, each with a distinctive vision, creating exceptionally delicious food. They've bestowed upon these shining stars the title of Best New Chef. This year, the dining public has a say. 

In each of the ten designated regions of the country, you - yes, YOU - may vote for the chef whose restaurant has most significantly stirred your soul and your palate. The winner of the People's Best New Chef 2011 will be the subject of a profile in the July issue of Food & Wine and will no doubt hold you in tremendous gratitude and esteem until the end of time. 

In all fairness, Food & Wine would greatly prefer that you only vote for chefs whose restaurants you've actually visited, so the "chef" part of The People's Best New Chef 2011 really holds true. That said, you and I know, this is not how the contest will work or be won via the Internet. If you really want to reward one of Newport’s best chefs, make a point of Dining at Tallulah, now that's a win win scenario. If you read this far, I placed a hyper-link just in case I inspired you to: VOTE FOR CHEF JAKE JOJAS, TALLULAH ON THAMES.

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Newport winter Festival 2011



Whether  you  seek dining, dancing, or ice carving…The Newport Winter Festival has it all! 

10 days of fun family activities to shake off the winter blues. Ice sculptures, sand sculptures and plenty of live music and entertainment makes this festival one of the largest festivals in New England. The Newport Winter Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, music, and entertainment, with fun for all ages. Sand sculptures, a Chili Cook-Off, city-wide Scavenger Hunt, and an Ice Sculpting Competition, and a Children's Fair are just some of the many colorful and exciting events that will captivate you.

The Winter Festival features an exciting Concert Series with a diverse selection of musical performances by BeatleMania, Rat Pack Tribute Band and Tish Adams.  

Book two nights or more from February 20 to February 27th with the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast and receive two winter festival buttons, with these buttons you receive free admission or significant discounts to events, plus additional discounts at restaurants and retailers throughout the city. These Buttons offer over $500 value.

International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport RI



Within a 7 minute walk from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast is the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. The museum houses the entire history of the sport, dating from the 12th Century through today. You can meander through 18 galleries that span more than 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, momentous videos and popular memorabilia of tennis champions past and present. The Museum’s permanent collection alone contains more than 16,000 objects. The Library and Information Research Center has upwards of 5,000 books; in excess of 1,000 tapes and films; more than 300,000 photo images, and an abundant collection of magazines, programs, periodicals, posters, and personal player memorabilia, you don’t need to be a tennis fan to enjoy this significant exhibit.

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 The International Tennis Hall of Fame offers a truly unique tennis experience, where the public can actually play tennis on the famous grounds!  The grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame are America's oldest. The Hall of Fame offers thirteen grass courts, one red clay court and three indoor award-winning cushioned hard courts. The courts are open to the public for rental; advance reservations are required for individual and groups from May through September. Tennis enthusiasts can join the outdoor and indoor club memberships, as well as USPTA/PTR certified instruction for juniors and adults of all ages and ability levels: Private and group lessons, adult camps, daily clinics, and a full service pro-shop are also available 

Within the Tennis hall of fame is one of the most unique entertainment venues in North America. The six-acre, Victorian shingle-style complex is a vibrant illustration of the grace and charm of 19th Century American design. Now a National Historic Landmark, its remarkable legacy as a premier entertainment venue hosts the opening night of the Newport Folk festival and the Newport Jazz festival, two of our favorite events that afford us the luxury of casually strolling from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast to enjoy big name acts without the hustle and bustle of traffic and parking. 

To learn more about the attractions in Newport, RI, contact the Innkeepers, Darlene and Daryl McKenzie. We will design an itinerary to maximize your Newport, RI get-away. 

Newport RI Sailing Charters


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For the money and the experience, I have always advised my guests that sailing excursions are one of the best attractions to give you a better perspective on Newport, Newport Harbor and the Narragansett Bay.

Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay are two of the most beautiful bodies of water in the United States. They also offer some of the finest sailing in the world. No where else can one so easily view world famous yachts, stunning seaside estates, vintage America's Cup Yachts and other visually arresting sights against the backdrop of a colonial town and beautiful rocky shoreline.

Most charters take you through Newport Harbor, into the East Passage of Narragansett Bay where the Newport Bridge is, along Newport's Ocean Drive out towards the Inn at Castle Hill and the open ocean. Along the way you will see Goat Island (where the Navy made most of the torpedoes used in WWII), Fort Adams (the largest, best preserved fort on the East Coast), historic churches, Clingstone (a one of a kind house perched on rocks), Hammersmith Farm, (the summer Whitehouse of JFK) yacht clubs, yachts of the rich and famous and countless other sights. The scenery really is spectacular!

For more information about picking a sailing/ boating excursion or planning your Newport itinerary, call the Ivy Lodge at 1-800-834-6865 for outstanding advise on exploring the best of:  walking/hiking, attractions, beaches, dining, shopping, we will guide you through the best experiences in Newport.

Add one of these excursions to your trip:

Sightsailor of Newport

 Discover beautiful Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay aboard the 80 foot Schooner Aquidneck. Daily day and sunset sails. Rates start at $27.50 pp. Corporate and private charters. Sails aboard Sightsailer and Starlight are available for small groups. Take the wheel and sail or sit back and relax. No experience necessary.

12 Meter Charters  

Sail aboard the legendary America's Cup 12 Meter yachts! Our beautiful 70-foot yachts are available for customized charters including Corporate Events, Private Parties,Team-building, Wedding Events, Sunset Sails and Racing Regattas. Actively participate in the sailing or just sit back and enjoy - no sailing experience is necessary!Ticketed Sails $68/person.

Adirondack II

Built in 1999 by Scarano Boat Building, Adirondack II is reminiscent of a classic turn-of-the-century Pilot Schooner. Like the Pilot Schooners that worked the coast throughout the 19th century she is a wooden hulled traditionally rigged schooner and is a working boat known for her elegant profile and surprising speed. At 80 feet, she provides a comfortable, safe, high-performance sailing experience.

America's Cup Charters

America's Cup Charters offers the largest fleet of America's Cup Winners in the world. Race, train or just relax aboard our legendary 68' classic 12 Meters. With over 20 years in operation, we excel in planning custom programs for our clients; be it teambuilding, client entertaining, regatta racing or family celebrations. America's Cup Charters is a full service charter company. We also offer an additional selection of fine classic sail or power yachts for charter.

Aquidneck Schooner

The Schooner Aquidneck ("Ahquid-neck") is named after Aquidneck Island, the island on which Newport is located! She is a traditional, gaff rigged, topsail schooner. With a length of eighty feet and a massive beam of 17 feet, Aquidneck is our largest boat and one of the largest day sail schooners in New England.

Classic Cruises of Newport

We offer sailing tours and excursions on our 72' Schooner Madeleine. The sailing yacht Madeleine offers 19th century charm and style as you cruise the bay. Our high speed motor yacht boat tours on the classic speedboat RumRunnerII bring the intrigue and luxury from her smuggling days to your day as you cruise the waterfront. Both of these boat rides are available for daily harbor tours and sunset cocktail cruises.

Classic Cruises also operates the 160'sailing Cruise Yacht Arabella offering 5 and 6 night voyages out of Newport sailing to Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard during the Spring, Summer and early Fall and the Caribbean in the winter.

The sailing yacht Madeleine, power boat RumRunner II and the Tall Ship Arabella are available for private charters and special events such as class reunions, birthdays, weddings and corporate outings. Make your special occasion more memorable with a sail or classic yacht boat cruise.

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