The more things change the more they stay the same.
“We are pleased to welcome Don and Jacqui Jursek to take over as owners of the Ivy Lodge. After 15 years of offering the finest accommodations to guests of Newport it was essential that we pass the torch to someone who would commit to our already well established reputation for our customers from past and present. The Ivy will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we do wish the Jurseks the best of luck in the coming seasons”.
Darlene and Daryl McKenzie
Introducing Don and Jacqui Jursek, new proprietors of the Ivy Lodge
Throughout life’s journey, we may veer off in many different directions on the compass of our lives, never realizing that all points of light are leading to one place, and possibly one’s “soul” purpose. Don and Jacqui have many points during their passage that led them to consider owning the Lodge...
Back in the day, Don had extensive training in culinary arts when he was Chef at Ken's Steakhouse Cafe V. With a degree in business and finance, he changed careers to banking. Most recently, he retired from 25 years at Brown Brothers Harriman, the oldest and largest partnership bank in America, where he was Senior Vice President and Division Executive. His dream was always to own his own restaurant.
During the past 25 years, Jacqui has had many passions, first being a mother of two wonderful sons. She is skilled as an interior architect and space planner and had her own business in redesign for residential and business space. For many years, she worked at one of New England’s largest garden centers learning, studying and selling plants, trees and shrubs. For the past ten years she also studied culinary arts where she was a personal cook catering to large groups for lunches and dinners. In addition, to get her feet wet in the inn business, Jacqui was a night’s innkeeper in Massachusetts. Her dream was to own her own inn.
“From journey's beginning to end, and somewhere in the middle, all points lead home. For us, we are two people who have design, business and financial skills, we are both trained in cooking, and we were both ready at the same time to take a leap of faith toward a different life. Our compass has led us here--to the IVY LODGE. We are committed to nurturing people’s vacation experience by preserving the beauty of the surroundings, the food, and mostly the love of hospitality. Please join us as we begin a new chapter...and that of the Ivy Lodge.”
Don and Jacqui Jursek- new owners of the Ivy Lodge