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The Ivy Lodge offering midweek golf package at the Newport National Golf Course

 Marveling at the hulking yachts that dominate the docks or waiting in line to tour one of the 19th century mansions on Bellevue Avenue, it is easy to become convinced that this town is only for the obscenely rich to participate in. Let the common man gawk!

Only Newport's long past that Vanderbilt stage, especially when it comes to golf. The late 19th and 20th century summer leisure spot of choice for American royalty actually offers some good golf with great prices for the budget minded golf player. With the addition of Newport National Golf Club in 2002, there are now a half-dozen worth while plays within 30 minutes or less from the Ivy lodge, Newport RI. Once you've experienced a Newport golf course, you can come back year after year and never play the same course twice. Newport is a great place to relax by the ocean as you get your swings in.

"Since the U.S. Women's Open (summer 2006), more and more people are  finding out about Newport and its golf," said Judy Cournoyer, a local 2-handicaper. "Newport's not just a place to sit by the water. You can go to the local theater, get a great meal, play some tough courses."

Newport's for the average hacker. Who would have ever thought that?

Must play:

Newport National Golf Club: Some local dedicated duffers like Joe Sousa call this 7,244-yard, Arthur Hills design "the best course in Rhode Island." That may be going a little overboard. It's no Newport Country Club, the town's 112-year-old historic and very-members-only wonder near the ocean.

But there's little doubt Newport National is one of the top courses you can play. Pulling up in the small stone-covered parking lot, having made a turn off a main throughway that's easily missed, your expectations are hardly sky high. It only takes a few holes of battling the knee-high fescue to change that.

It's easy to get lost in your game at Newport National. Not so easy to score well. The slope rating is a hair-raising 138 with greens that love to kick off shots.

. . .  Of course -- if you stay at the Ivy Lodge - we have special pricing arrangements:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: $65 for 18 holes

Thursday: $85 for 18 holes

Friday and Saturday: $95 for 18 holes.

Walk to the Newport Classical Music Festival


When one thinks of musical festivals in Newport RI, the jazz or folk festivals typically come to mind. If you are a classical music buff, or not, you are in for a treat for what is considered one of the fastest growing musical festivals in Newport. This music festival has an ambitious schedule lasting 3 weeks and 60 concerts. Each concert is performed in a unique setting of historical proportion, the famed Newport preservation Society's Mansions , glorious waterfront views of  Belle Mer Salon to name a few. The music and the setting of this festival makes this event the most unique experience in the United States. Imagine swilling your beverage of choice, experiencing all that the Atlantic ocean has to offer on a beautiful summer night, the performance begins and you slowly make your way to the music room of the Breakers . . . it is so surreal. In a frenetic world, this event will sooth and amuse you. The Ivy Lodge is surrounded by the majority of these concerts, making our location a delightful walk via Bellvue ave or the famed cliffwalk.

The Festival will present 60 concerts-three to five per day-in the famous Newport Mansions with American and international artists. The entire season will be a tribute to the centenary of Victor Borge's birth. Morning concerts are at 11 a.m., afternoons usually at 4 p.m. and evenings at The Breakers, the queen of the Newport Mansions, at 9 p.m. Midnight concerts feature one-hour intermission-free works with champagne receptions preceding. The Festival was again selected for "America's Elite 1000-the Ultimate List," the very best American luxury goods, shops, services and special events; it ha also been named one of the "Top 50 Outstanding Festivals & Events" in North America by Leisure Group Travel magazine.

We're planning one of our "most festive of festivals" [Bernard Levin, London Times]. Morning and afternoon concerts are being given collective nouns' names: "Quiver of Quartets," "Troop of Trios," "Leap of Liszt," "Gaggle of Greeks," "Brace of Brahms," "Huddle of Handel," etc. Nearly 500 works will be performed from July 10-26; 17 days with 3, 4 and 5 concerts per day in the magnificent Newport Mansions. Many are seldom heard including piano concerti with 2nd piano by Anton Rubinstein and Ignaz Moscheles.

In keeping with the "festive" aspect of 2009's Newport Music Festival, morning and afternoon concerts have been created with collective nouns as titles. For the morning concerts we shall have a "Rafter of Russians" (rafter of turkeys) including works by Glinka, Balakirev, Kabelevsky's "Piano Sonata," and Pyotr von Schlozer's rare "Concert Etude;" a "Quarrel of Quartets" (after quarrel of sparrows) with piano quartets by Prince Louis Ferdinand and Ignaz Lachner; a "Quiver of Quintets" (quiver of cobras) including piano quintets by Mrs. Beech, Johann Hummel and Onslow's "Grand Quintet" (violin, viola, cello, contrabass and piano); a "Troop of Trios" (kangaroos) with piano trios by Robert Volkman and Sergei Taneyev and "Trio" for violin, viola and cello by Nicolai Amani. Our 17 mornings also include "Hornists Nest" featuring one of the Festival's sensational artists Eric Ruske, French horn and our popular "Amo, Amas, Amadeus," featuring music of Mozart.

The 17 afternoon concerts keep the same fun theme with programs such as "Bank of Bach" (swans), including a rare version for two pianos by Josef Rheinberger of the "Goldberg Variations," "Bouquet (pheasants) of Beethoven," "Brace (ducks) of Brahms," "Chine (polecats) of Chopin," and a "Duel (doves) of Danes" in honor of long-time friend and patron Victor Borge. A "Fluther (jelly fish) of French" includes works by "Les Six," d'Indy, Florent Schmitt and Auguste Franchomme's "Fantaisia for cello and piano;" "Huddle (penguins) of Handel" features various composer's versions of The Harmonious Blacksmith; "Leap of Liszt" featuring the brilliant young Hungarian pianist Gérgély Boganyi who made his American debut with us several years ago; several "Mission (monkeys) of Mendelssohn" in recognition of the master's 200th anniversary; "Palazzo Italiano" recreating 18th century songs starring Austrian baritone Peter Edelmann (son of the famous basso Otto Edelmann) and Theresa Cincione of the Metropolitan Opera; "Pod (dolphins) of Poles" with works by Godowsky, Paderewski, Moszkowski and brothers Ignaz and Philipp Scharwenka; "Romantic Sunset" featuring the last and great pupil of Horowitz, Eduardus Halim, playing Granados' "Goyescas" (a 7-8pm concert at one of Newport's fabled mansions); "School (whales) of Scandinavians" featuring Norway's Grieg and Kvandal, Sweden's Sjögren and Stenhammer, Denmark's Nielsen and Finland's Sibelius. "Sleuth (bears) of Slavs" with composers Griboyedev, Tchaikovsky, Liadov, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky and Moscheles "Sonata Concertane for Flute and Piano;" and "Span (oxen) of Spaniards" with works by Cervantes and also Granados and Albeniz featuring the Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd.

More than 500 compositions are included in the morning and afternoon concerts, many of which are unusual and seldom played. This has been our hallmark.

Our evening concerts at the beautiful Vanderbilt mansion "The Breakers" include recitals by pianists Agustin Anievas, Edward Auer, Jean-Philippe Collard (who accompanied Virgil's reading in the historic Satie's "Sports and Diversions"), pianist Jens Elvekjaer from Denmark, French pianist Alain Jacquon (who holds the record of nine gold medals from the Paris Conservatoire), German pianist Michael Endres (one of Germany's leading pianists), Greek pianist Grigorios Zamparis and Russian duo-pianists Jakov Jakoulov and Igor Tkachenko. Our roster also includes violinists Nai-Yuan Hu from Taiwan (gold medalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium), Kazakh superstar Marat Bisengeliev, Americans Jennifer Frautschi (Mrs. Eric Ruske) and Livia Sohn (born in Korea) and the sensational young Romanian artist Eugen Tichindeleanu, who made his American debut at the Festival. Cellists are the famous Jiri Barta from the Czech Republic, Luigi Piovano from Italy and gold medalist of the Tchaikovsky Competition, Russian Sergei Antonov, now living in Boston.

For further information and brochure requests, kindly write the Newport Music Festival, PO Box 3300, Newport, RI 02840-0992, or phone 401-846-1133. Newport County tourist information is available at the Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840, local phone 401-849-8098 or toll-free 800-976-5122. The Rhode Island Division of Tourismmay also be reached toll-free at 800-845-2000. Informational websites include and

Newport Attractions

Newport's historic and resort attractions are world-famous and include

nine beautiful beaches, the Cliff Walk, Ocean Drive and a series of

"firsts" in America-Touro Synagogue, the Redwood Library &

Athenaeum, the White Horse Tavern, and America's first organ at Trinity Church. The Preservation

Society of Newport County mansions-The Breakers, Rosecliff, Marble House, The Elms, Chateausur-

Mer, Kingscote, The Isaac Bell House, Chepstow and Hunter House-are open every day of the

week with informative guided tours. The Astor's Beechwood and Belcourt Castle are also open to the

public. The International Tennis Hall of Fame, the National Museum of American Illustration, the

Museum of Newport History, the Newport Art Museum, the Museum of Yachting at Fort Adams

State Park, Doris Duke's Rough Point and Salve Regina University, with its beautiful McKillop Library,

should also be on your visiting list. Whether it is fine dining, shopping, boating, historic architecture,

or the many year-round events, Newport has something for everyone.


The Victor Borge Centennial Celebration-1909-2009

The entire 2009 Newport Music Festival season is dedicated to

the centennial of Victor Borge's birth. One of the world's most

legendary entertainers, Victor Borge was beloved throughout the

world for his unique brand of uplifting humor through music.

Thanks to the Borge Foundation and the entire Borge Family, the

Newport Music Festival celebrates the man who made the world

smile. Join us for the special Borge Stimulus Concert for only

$25 featuring the Trio con Brio Copenhagen on July 23rd at The

Breakers. There are other tributes throughout the season to the

"Great Dane."

"I'd like to thank my parents for making this night possible. And my

children for making it necessary."-Victor Borge

Festival Gala at Belle Mer Salon-Wednesday, July 22nd

Mark your calendar now to experience one of Newport's most

elegant events. The evening begins at 4 p.m. with the American

recital debut of young Russian pianist Alexander Romanovsky, followed by an après-concert

reception to meet the artist with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Belle Mer Salon on Goat Island,

overlooking magnificent Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. Tickets are $100 per person, a

portion of which is tax-deductible. Book your reservation early for this gala event.

Live Streaming Festival Concerts-

A Festival first! Watch select Festival concerts from the comfort of your own home with live

streaming video from magnificent Festival venues. Our partnership with rVibe, a leading communitybased

online music download service and internet concert presenter, will give Festival lovers around

the world the opportunity to see and hear these concerts live in stunning television quality. Stream

Festival concerts into your's like being there! Registration is simple and easy, and you'll have

immediate access. Festival concerts will also be available in edited versions after the concerts. Go

to and check out all their impressive offerings. For optimal results, a high-speed

internet connection is required.

Box Lunch Concerts

Box lunch concerts are a favorite with Festival audiences. This season, the Festival offers three box

lunch concerts at The Elms and Elms Tent. Morning concerts are at 11 a.m. followed by lunch

around 1 p.m. The optional lunch begins at 1 p.m. prior to the afternoon concert at 2 p.m. The box

lunches will be served at The Elms Carriage House in the lower garden and are included in the price

of your ticket for the morning concerts and are optional for the 2 p.m. concerts. Tickets are $45 per

person for mornings, and $35 (without lunch) and $45 (with lunch) for afternoons. A fun gathering beneath the elms.

Ticket Information-Box Office 401-849-0700

Ticket buyers are reminded that the capacity of all concert venues is limited. Therefore, early

reservations are advised. Phone orders are accepted using VISA, MasterCard, American Express

and Discover, by calling 401-849-0700. Your order will either be sent by US Mail or held at the door

of the concert. Reserved tickets must be picked up and paid for not later than 24 hours before the

performance. Tickets are non-refundable, though they may be exchanged for those of equal value.

If you are unable to use your tickets, they may be donated back to the Festival on or before the

performance date. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your contribution.

The Festival Box Office is located at 850 Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown. Hours are from 10

a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Brochures are also available at the Newport

Gateway Center, located on 23 America's Cup Avenue in Newport, phone 849-8098. Ticket sales are

final and non-refundable. Programs and artists are subject to change. A complete Festival schedule is

available at You may e-mail us at www.innkeepers@ivylodge  if you are booking with us, we will be happy to arrange your itineray for the concerts, dining reservations and Newport attractions.


Short stroll to opening night Folk festival from the Ivy Lodge Bed & Breakfast


  I'm lovin the folk festival line-up . . . it feels like a folk festival.

The idea that I can stroll down the street from the Ivy Lodge to enjoy the opening night of the folk festival makes attending this concert more enjoyable. As for the remaining concert, on the second and third night at Fort Adams, walk to a water taxis from the harbor over to the Fort, avoiding the traffic and taking in the views of the Harbor and Narragansett bay.

The venue at Fort Adams State Park, one of the park system's national treasures, is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage.

The festival at the Fort features 3 stages of music, food & crafts, and a number of displays.

 For its 50th anniversary, the Newport Folk Festival has recruited two artists who took the stage at the inaugural 1959 event: Joan Baez and Pete Seeger. Newer acts like Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, the Decemberists, Neko Case and Breaking artists the Low Anthem will also take part in "George Wein's Folk Festival 50," scheduled for July 31st-August 2nd.

Tickets for George Wein's FOLK FESTIVAL 50 at Fort Adams State Park go on sale Wednesday, May 6, at 10:00 AM on-line at, by phone at (800) 514-3849 and by mail. General admission tickets also can be purchased in person at the Visitor's Center at the Newport County Convention & Visitor's Bureau located at 23 America's Cup Avenue in Newport. General Admission seating is first-come first-serve on the lawn. Patrons may bring blankets and low-backed beach chairs. General Admission: Adult: $69.00 in advance, $75.00 on festival weekend, if available.

Parking: Children 3-15: $15.00 each day at all times; under 3, free. Adult Two-Day Passes: A limited number of two-day passes good for admission Saturday and Sunday will be available for $125.00 while they last.

Parking: On site festival parking: $12.00 per vehicle in advance; $15.00 on festival weekend.

Service Charges: Per ticket service charges apply to all tickets purchased on-line or by phone and there is an additional per order charge for phone orders. There is a $4.00 handling charge per order for tickets ordered by mail.

In Rhode Island: General Admission tickets can be purchased in person at the Visitor's Center at the Newport County Convention Center & Visitor's Bureau at 23 America's Cup Ave. No service charges apply. Visit for ticket office hours and general information.

"The whole concept of the folk festival is a reunion of the old people to celebrate 50 years of folk music in Newport - and to show how many young people are involved with folk music," George Wein, who founded both the Folk Festival and the annual Newport Jazz Festival, told the AP. Wein indicated the recession threatened this year's celebrations - their long-running sponsor JVC was forced pull its support - but he kept the concerts alive by bankrolling the shows himself. "This is my life. To me, it's not business anymore I'm not doing this to make money," Wein said. "I have to put on my festival. It has to be a quality event. It has to take care of the crowd."

George Wein's Folk Festival 50 line up:

Pete Seeger, The Decemberists, Arlo Guthrie, Fleet Foxes, Joan Baez, Neko Case, Judy Collins, Campbell Brothers, The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Gillian Welch, Del McCoury, Iron & Wine,Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Balfa Toujours, Elvis Perkins in Dearland,Tim Eriksen & Shape Note Singers, Langhorne Slim, Ben Kweller, Low Anthem

If you Take the Water Taxi to and from Fort Adams leaving from the Oldport dock on America's Cup Avenue in the same parking lot as the Mooring Restaurant. For more advice on enjoying the Newport Musical festivals, contact the Ivy Lodge concierge desk: 1.800.834.6865

Daily Schedule through Labor Day: 

12:00 to 6:00 pm 

Leaves the Oldport dock quarter past & quarter of the hour

Leaves the Museum of Yachting dock at Fort Adams on the hour and the 1/2 hour 


Adult Round Trip: $5.00

Adult One Way: $3.00 

Child under 12 Round Trip: $3.00

Child under 12 One Way: $2.00 


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