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Valentine’s Day Getaway & Winter Festival at the Ivy Lodge

Posted by Darlene McKenzie

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26th Annual Newport Winter Festival
Friday, February 14  to February 23, 2014

In Newport RI, winter is the longest season. So, inspite of the long nights, cold temperatures and snow the season brings, we over come our doldrums by throwing a festival. In Newport, RI Winter is not a seson to escape. It is a season to embrace. What better way to celebrate than with a Winter festival. Coinciding with the kick-off of Newport Winter festival is Valentine's . . . Nice timing!

Bring your sweet heart and/or little sweeties and amaze your family with a host of activities downtown and around the Island of Newport.

What we list here are the festivals dearly annual events. So raise a glass of mulled wine and make sure you catch one or more of these fun-filled events.

Featured Events

Friday, February 14thWinter fest logo

10am-5pm: Helicopter Tour and Vineyard Packages
Bird’s Eye View Helicopters, 211 Airport Access Road. Helicopter and vineyard packages include a helicopter tour, tasting and logo wine glass starting at $137 plus tax per couple. Upgrade to our Island Helicopter Tour plus the Vineyard Tour and Tasting for $217 plus tax per couple or our Lighthouse Helicopter Tour and Vineyard for $297 plus tax. Fly over the vineyards and all of Newport in our “heated” helicopter. $10 off any tour w/button or receive a free inflight video. Call 401.843.8687 to book. For more info go to http://www.riaerial.com/air_tours.php

11am: Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people.  Tour begins at the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street.  $15/$12 w/button.  401.841.8770.

 11am-4pm: Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeover
Cosmetic Cosmos, 387 Thames Street. Mother/Daughter Makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Learn the best skincare and makeup techniques for your skin type and features in a relaxed atmosphere. $30/person & 15% discount on all products purchased w/button. Appointments: www.cosmeticcosmos.com or 401.842.0666.

11am-4pm: Greenvale Vineyards Wine Tasting
582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Winery Tours start at 2pm and include 7 wines and a wine glass. Enjoy samples of award winning, estate-grown wine from this 50-acre family farm now operating as a vineyard. Weather permitting. 15% discount off wine purchases w/button. 401.847.3777.

4pm: Pillow Fight!
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island.  Kick off Winter Fest with a pillow fight!  Join us on Valentine’s Day, Friday 14th for a pillow fight on the back lawn!  Feathers will be flying at this fun filled event so be sure to tell everyone you know.  To join in on the fun, bring a DOWN pillow with NO zipper.  This is an 18+ event. Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge w/button. 401.851.1234.

4pm: Polar Pineapples
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island. Rhode Island’s Largest Ice Bar is coming for Winter Fest!  Pineapples Restaurant will be transformed into “Polar Pineapples” with an actual bar made of ice!  Enjoy views of the bay while sipping on a variety of signature infused “Ice-tinis” or stay warm with one of our specialty hot cocktails while sitting by the heaters.  Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge w/button. 401.851.1234.

5pm-9pm: Ice Skating, Newport Skating Center
2 Commercial Wharf.  The Skating Center is an outdoor, ice skating facility offering public skating sessions, skate rentals, concessions menu, warming area and parking!  Visit www.SkateNewport.com or call 401.846.3018 for information.  All dates and times are weather permitting and subject to change.  $2 off skating admission w/button.  Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.

6pm: Romeo & Juliet with Orlando Bloom: Broadway Performance on Film
Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center, 49 Touro Street.  $20/$18 w/button.401.846.5474.

comedy8:00pm: Winter Festival Comedy Show with Paul D’Angelo and Jamie Lissow presented by the Newport Comedy Series & Newport Winter Festival at the Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Ave.  Presenting two hilarious headliners in one night! Jamie Lissow is one of the funniest comedy club headliners in America.  He has appeared in many television programs including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, more than 30 times on Fox News Redeye and in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central.  Jamie has performed at hundreds of clubs and colleges.  He has been nominated for Campus Performer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine.  He can be heard on the Sirius/XM Radio, Pandora, Opie and Anthony and The Bob and Tom Show.  He is currently working on a television show with actor and former Saturday Night Live star Rob Schneider.  Jamie will be making his Newport debut on February 14th.   Also, presenting comedian Paul D’Angelo featured in Showtime’s Godfathers of Comedy. He combines his charismatic stage presence and spontaneous improvisational talents to create a fantastic comedy performance.  Paul takes everyday experiences and make them sound absolutely hilarious! $25/$20 with button, VIP $50/$45 with button or in advance.  Call 401-847-7666 to buy tickets. Must be at least 13 to attend. 

Saturday, February 15th

 11am-2:30pm: Ice Sculpting Demonstration presented by Bailey T’s
12 Long Wharf Mall. Ice sculptors wield their chisels, chain saws, blow dryers and powerice competition sanders as they create masterpieces. Don’t miss these spectacular works of ice! The ice sculptures will be on display until they melt. To participate or for more information call the festival office at 401.847.7666. FREE

11am-3:30pm: 19th Annual Samuel Adams Chili Cook-Off 

Newport Harbor Hotel, 49 America’s Cup Avenue.  Winter heats up as area restaurants, caterers and the local fire department compete to see who has the best chili in town!  Bring your appetite, sharpen your taste buds, and join in the fun as you choose your favorite chili!  Prizes will be provided by Samuel Adams Brewery and the Newport Winter Festival.  Don’t miss the chance to taste them all and vote for your favorite!  Call 847-7666 for more information.  Adults $10/$6 w/button, Children (6-10) $3/$2 w/button.  Children under 5 Free!   Tickets will be available for purchase at the door- advance tickets are not required.

11am – 5:00pm: Newport Vineyards WINE-ter-fest 2014
Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown. Chase away winter’s chill and have a tasting thrill at Newport Vineyards. Check out the outside “Ice Wine” bar. Wine tasting, cheese, chocolate and spreadable edibles offered from local gourmet purveyors. RSVP suggested to info@newportvineyards.com. $20/$18 w/button. 401.848.5161.

 1pm:  Pasta Making at The Vanderbilt Grace
The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel.  Join our Chefs for a hands on Pasta Making Class.  After making the pasta our chefs will prepare lunch with your creations.  Children and Adults welcome.  Reservations Suggested. $30/$15 w/button.  401.846.6200.

 wiinter polo2pm: Winter Festival Beach Polo presented by the Newport International Polo Series
Easton’s Beach, Newport. Please, no parking at the Atlantic Beach Club. People of all ages enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship and breath-taking views of Newport’s renown Beaches when the ponies and players put on a polo match on the sand. The event is a low-impact, eco friendly exhibition that is part of the fun during Newport Winter Festival. FREE! www.newportinternationalpolo.com

4pm: Polar Pineapples
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel and Spa, One Goat Island. Rhode Island’s Largest Ice Bar is coming for Winter Fest!  Pineapples Restaurant will be transformed into “Polar Pineapples” with an actual bar made of ice!  Enjoy views of the bay while sipping on a variety of signature infused “Ice-tinis” or stay warm with one of our specialty hot cocktails while sitting by the heaters. Free hot chocolate at the Five33Lounge w/button. 401.851.1234.

8:30pm:  Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band – Changes in Latitudes 

  Hyatt Regency Newport, One Goat Island.  Newport Winter Festival presents Changes in Latitudes, the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet.  This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” fun for all.  You can expect to hear such classics as “Margaritaville”, “Come Monday”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Volcano”, and of course “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”, as well as other crowd pleasing favorites, like “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Southern Cross”, and “Another Saturday Night”, and the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet smash hit “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”.  Changes in Latitudes has thrilled audiences with their amazingly authentic reproduction of the Jimmy Buffet concert experience!  Tickets available: $15/Advance w/button, $20/At the door (based on availability).  VIP Seating Available: $40/$35 w/button (includes 1 drink ticket & up front seating). For info/tickets call the festival office at 401.847.7666

When you book *three nights with The Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast starting 2/14/14 your reservation will include a romance package, you don't need to think about it, he/she will be thrillled. We'll stage the setting, you bring the romance.

For more information please visit our website: www.ivylodge.com or call and talk to one of the Innkeepers for more information (800)834-6865.

For more events information: http://www.newportevents.com/winterfest/




*Romance package not valid with coupons or other discounts. 

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