Summertime in Newport RI is always a great time, but this summer is especially exciting! Not only will the America's Cup events be held in Newport from June 22 to July 1, the Tall Ships America challenge will be coming to Newport from July 6-9! The last time Tall Ships America came to Newport RI was in 2007, and it attracted more than 200,000 spectators, and organizers for the event estimate that attendance will far surpass that number.
The 2012 Tall Ships event will be part of the Tall Ships Challenge sponsored by Tall Ships America. Participating ships will begin in Savannah, Georgia form May 3-7, go on to Charleston, South Carolina, May 10-14 and will then be in Greenport, New York from May 24-28 before heading to Newport. When the Tall Ships depart Newport, they will sail for Halifax and other Nova Scotia ports on July 18-2 and July 24-30th. These events are all part of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
(Pictured above: The HMS Bounty)
The scenic and historic waterfront of Newport is the idyllic setting to observe the splendor of the tall ships, and families delight in the majesty of the Parade of Sail through Newport Harbor. This event will also feature exhibits, food, music and family entertainment. Children especially enjoy boarding these remarkable vessels, and the opportunity to meet international crew members provides all visitors with insight into the many unique cultures that have helped to shape the past and future of sailing.
The Ivy Lodge currently has availability for the dates of these events, but we expect the months of June and July to fill up extremely fast, so if you're planning on visiting Newport for these events it's a good idea to start planning immediately, as the local hotels and inns will sell out soon.
The Newport Flower Show is pleased to celebrate its 17th year as America’s premier summer flower show. Themed "Salsa - A Celebration of Latin Cultures," the 2012 Newport Flower Show will be held on the historic grounds of Rosecliff in Newport, Rhode Island from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24.
The Show kicks off the Newport social season with the much-anticipated Opening Night Cocktail Party on Friday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m., featuring a cocktail buffet, live music and other exciting surprises, and continues through the weekend with themed floral designs, horticultural exhibits, garden displays, unique shopping and free lectures.
The show will also feature special appearances and lectures by famed floral designer Mario Fernandez and former director of the National Gardening Bureau Derek Fell. Tickets can be bought for the Luncheon and Lecture, or just the lecture, for both these reknowned gentlemen on the website for the Newport Flower Show. Mario's luncheon and lecture will be on Friday, June 22 and Derek's luncheon and lecture will be on Saturday, June 23.
The Horticulture Division at the 2012 Newport Flower Show will also be offering the general public the chance to bring their favorite plant or prettiest flower to be judged and displayed during the weekend’s festivities. To enter, gardeners are invited to bring their best-cut specimens and finely-planted perennials and annuals to Rosecliff on Thursday, June 21. Experienced horticulturists will be on hand to qualify entries and provide expert advice and gardening tips. For entry guidelines and submission timeframe, please visit www.NewportFlowerShow.org or call 401.847.1000.
All proceeds from the Newport Flower Show benefit the ongoing landscape restoration efforts of The Preservation Society of Newport County, a private non-profit organization accredited by the American Association of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area's historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts.
Friday, June 22, 2012 - 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Special “Bring A Friend” Day)
Opening Night Party:
Friday, June 22, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
When you come to Newport, you can easily tour the island by either walking, biking, or by car or bus. Why not try a new perspective and take a sailing tour around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay? Newport's heritage goes just as deep in the water is does on land, if not deeper. Before 1969 there was no bridge connecting Aquidneck Island to Jamestown – which has been connected to the main land by the Old Jamestown bridge since 1940 and the Jamestown Verrazano bridge in 1992 – so the only way to and from Newport was by boat.
The first attraction to see in Narragansett Bay is the Rose Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built back in 1870 to help sailors navigate the bay. It's more notable history is from World War I and II when the island was used as a torpedo storage station. In both world wars, many of the torpedoes used were manufactured on nearby Goat Island. Unfortunately, the lighthouse was abandoned after the construction of the Newport bridge in 1970 and fell victim to vandalism and went in to disrepair. In 1984 a group of citizens formed a non-profit organization (the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation) to restore the lighthouse to its former turn of the century appeal, and 9 years later the Rose Island Lighthouse was ceremonially lit once again and is listed on today's charts as a private aid to navigation.
Rose Island itself is a wildlife habitat as well as a protective nesting ground for birds from August 1st – August 15th. When on the island, visitors are allowed to walk the beaches around the island, but may not leave the beachs or lighthouse because of the unsafe buildings left over from the two world wars.
Now there are many ways to get around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. If you fancy yourself an intrepid sailor then Sail Newport, a non-profit organization and the largest public sailing center in New England, offers 22 foot and 19 foot sailboats for rental. They also offer both public and private instructional classes for those that wish to learn how to sail. Sail Newport is located right at Fort Adams State Park, which makes it very easy to find.
If you're looking for a more relaxing experience then you should definitely check out Madeline of Classic Cruises of Newport. Madeline is a 72 foot sailing yacht that was built specifically to carry passengers comfortably and safely through the waters of Newport. Classic Cruises of Newport offers both harbor tours and sunset sailing cruises aboard Madeline with her experienced crew. It will make a memory you'll surely never forget.
Although, you may be looking for a more private experience on the water, then Sight Sailing of Newport is what you want. They offer up their 34 foot sailboat Starlight only for private 2 and 4 hour charters, complete with a captain, for up to 2 – 6 guests. This makes Starlight the perfect romantic getaway on the beautiful waters around Newport and Jamestown. From Castle Hill Light to the shores of Ocean Drive, to passing along the shoreline of Jamestown and the magnificent estates of Brenton's Cove, Sight Sailing will take you to wherever you wish to go. This luxurious and comfortable sailboat is bound to be the highlight of your next trip to Newport