What will keep you busy this winter? Newport, RI is calling you to explore the island during the winter season. Newport, RI is an exception to what happens to other beach resort towns that literally shut down in the off season. With a University in town, a year-round population of 24,000 and huge metropolitan cities within a days drive, this island is still vibrant and busy, in fact, we celebrate the winter season with a festival and a full calendar of events for the month of February. Below you'll find a count down, not necessary in proprietary order, of the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast's top 10 reason to stay with us and explore the city by the sea this winter season.
- Explore the history and charm of the Newport mansions, museums and churches, just walking distance from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast.
- Want an enjoyable dining experience . . . try these restaurant gems that we consistently recommend and they consistently deliver: Mama Luisa's for an excellent Italian dinner. Flukes Wine and Bar grill, located on the two most popular wharfs of Newport. Castle hill resort, a memorable meal and location. Restaurant Bouchard for exceptional French cuisine and Tucker's Bistro for a fun and artsy atmosphere, with great food and and an opportunity to experience the edgy, artsy side of of Newport's Broadway, an up and coming strip with lots of shopping and dining, not as touristy as the main wharfs of Newports habor front.
- Shopping that the innkeepers are digging on for uniqueness, quality and great value.Karol Richardson and Michael Hayes for one of a kind pieces. If you like antiques and shabby chic décor, the finer consigner has great selections and deals. The griffon shop for rare finds and good deals on jewelry, art work and many more things placed on consignment by the locals.
- A beautiful drive along the ocean drive, stopping along the way at Castle Hill Inn, one of the finest pieces of real estate in New England, lunch or nosh on anti-pasta or artisanal cheese platters, sip a cocktail or glass of wine and take in the views of the Narragansett bay and neighboring James Town island. . . If the sun is out, the sunset is magnificent from this peninsula.
- With the academy awards just around the corner . . . Jane Pickens theatre is a great place to watch a movie and feel as though you have just stepped into an old fashioned nickelodeon. This quaint downtown Newport theater manages to keep its unassuming spot among busy nearby shops and restaurants. Jane Pickens Theatre is host to the independent and foreign films you would find in New York's Greenwich Village.
- Just a short stroll (1.5 blocks) from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast is the Cliff walk. Named one of "50 Places of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler, this 3.5-mile picturesque walk wraps itself along Newport's spectacular Atlantic coastline with the crashing surf on one side of the trail and the magnificent Gilded Age mansions on the other. In 1975, the Cliff Walk was designated a National Recreation Trail.
- Fort Adams state park is a year-round destination with magnificent sunsets and romantic walks. Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.
- If you are looking for live music in Newport, musicians continue to entertain you year round, with alternating venues in restaurants, pubs and mansions on weekdays and weekends
- Visit our variety of museums and enjoy a selection of Arts and crafts, history and yachting. Whether staffed with a docent or self guided, the exploration of Newport RI museums is an enjoyable education on U.S. history.
Last but not least is the luxury of experiencing the Ivy Lodge, a quintessential, New England bed and breakfast . Sleep-in, start or finish that book in front of your bedroom fireplace. Meandering down to a full gourmet breakfast and know . . . someone else will wash the dishes and make your bed