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Ivy Lodge innkeepers Don & Jacqui Jursek celebrate 2nd year as owners

Posted by Don Jursek

Thank you to all our wonderful guest for two amazing years!
 A special thanks to our returning guests, who visit each year.  You are like family to us. We have had the time of our lives running one of Newport’s grandest Inns. We have met incredible people from all over the world. Guests from twenty six countries have visited. The memories are just amazing.

We were blessed to host seven wedding ceremonies and eight bridle parties. These are moments we will cherish forever.

We were honored in having The Hope Funds for Cancer Research choose the Ivy Lodge as the accommodations for their 2015 and 2016 dignitaries. Some of the greatest minds in cancer research graced our Inn for last years' event including, Noble Prize winner, James Watson.

Finally we are so grateful for all of the kind and thoughtful reviews. Feedback is vital, as we strive for excellence. We hope to continue to hear from you.

Thank you all again and we hope to see you in 2016.

Don & Jacqui Jursek

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The 2014 Great Chowder Cook-Off & Oyster Festival

Posted by Elyse Foster

    How do you prefer your chowder? Creamy white or clear and briny or with a tangy tomato base? New England or Manhattan?  With fish or with clams?  With so many choices when it comes to Chowder, how can you choose just one?
    On June 7th, the best of the best chowder cooks will compete in the 2014 Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook Off in Newport, RI, where you can chow down on some of the best “Chow-dah” in town.  The Great Chowder Cook Off hosted at the Harborfront Yachting Center has been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and is widely known for obtaining the longest running chowder championships, drawing in competitors and Chowder cook offfoodies from all over the country.  Attendees will have their picks of endless varieties of chowder, from traditional New England to exotic concoctions made by dozens of restaurants participating in this year's event. The competition will be divided up between three categories: Clam, Seafood, and Creative.  The grand prize for winning cooks is always an overflowing award...and more importantly the champions have bragging rights for the rest of the year.  There will also be fun games, live music, and activities for all ages to enjoy. Book a weekend stay with us at the Ivy Lodge...just a short walk away form this year's Chowder Cookoff event!
    What else could  go better with your chowder? Why not try some great local oysters as well--served on the half shell, fried or broiled. The Newport Oyster Festival will also be held on June 7th along side the chowder fest.  The best of local shellfish and seafood are presented farmers’ market style thanks to the Matunuck Oyster Farm... paired with beer, spirits and live music. The festival continues into the evening making it a great after-party following the Chowder Awards Ceremony and a popular area to explore during the event. Entry is free with your Chowder ticket! To attend the Newport Oyster Festival only (without a Chowder Cook-Off ticket), tickets are only $3 in advance or $5 day-of admission.
Beer SHucking  Some highlights of this include:
 Seven full hours of delicious beer & spirits paired with Matunuck Oyster Farm oysters! Event time is 12pm-7pm.
Raw Bar (Oysters, Clams and Shrimp Cocktail), Lobster Rolls, and Fried Oysters, Clams & Scallops,
Full Bar with Beer, Wine, Cocktails & Champagne.  There is low-key live acoustic music, bistro-style tables and seating, and educational presentations along with contests, like, Oyster & Beer Shucking and Oyster Slurping.

The 33rd Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off
& The Newport Oyster Festival
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Event Hours: Noon – 6pm
General Admission Tickets: with 12pm entry
Advance Price: $20 (May 2nd-June 6th)
Day-Of Price: $25
Kids under 12 are free with an adult

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The More Things Change the More they Stay the Same

Posted by Elyse Foster

Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast

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.”

Best wishes,

Don and Jacqui Jursek- new owners of the Ivy Lodge

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2013 Newport Restaurant Week

Posted by Darlene McKenzie

 November 1, 2013 - November 10, 2013

Dining out on a Budget in Newport RI

Yumm... Crispy Local Oysters topped wuth Mango Pepper Relish, Red

Fluke Crispy Oysters

 Chili Mayo, then adelicious second course of moist roasted chicken with Sugar Pumpkin Gnocchi, Roasted Brussels Sprouts , Sage Jus cooked to perfection, and finish off with a mouth watering fall favorite, Apple Crostata with Cinnamon Crema.  All for just $30.00 per person! This is just one of the many options Chef Kevin King of Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen, located on Banisters Wharf has to offer in the 2013 Newport Restaurant week.  Fluke is just one of the many of our favorite restaurants participating in this year’s celebration of good eats here in the city by the sea.  Enjoy your pickings of either lunch or dinner of prefixed menus of three course meals for a deal.  Also enjoy what we have to offer with our week day rates stay and enjoy the great food, wine and sites here at the Ivy Lodge a quintessential New England Bed and breakfast.

Tnatalize your taste buds with the wide variety of restaurants that the city by the sea has to offer.  Here our a few of our personal favorites. 

Castle Hill Inn

castlehillFor a formal dinning experience we suggest Castle Hill Restaurant. On your way over, enjoy the 10 mile scenic ocean drive and as you enter the enchanting Castle Hill Restaurant you will hear the faint sounds of a lighthouse fog horn murmuring in the distance. The Mansion's chefs artfully craft fresh local fish, regional meats, and produce into a distinctly native, seasonal menu, served in four dining rooms within the Inn.  Watch the change of seasons with stunning views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. 

All guest dinning in the formal dinning room must be dressed in business casual attire, jackets are not requires for men but prefurred. 

Lunch Menu                       

Dinner Menu 


Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen

One of our personal favorites here at the Ivy Lodge, Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen is a perfect restaurant for the foodie in all of us.  Enjoy fresh, local, and seasonal best describes Chef Kevin King’s menu of frequently changing snacks, small plates and entrees.  Enjoy scenic views and an Award-winning cocktail and wine list.juniperotivo

 Our recommendation is to try their famous crispy flash fried local oysters, they are to die for! Also try one of there signiture drinks we enjoy the Juniperotivo made with Junipero Gin, Pomegranate Molasses, Fresh Mint, and Fresh Lemon Juice. 

Dinner Menu

Café Zelda

Cafe Zelda is a neighborhood French American bistro with casual fine dining. Zelda's features line-caught fish, hand-picked meats, local produce and homemade desserts. With a cozy bar full of locals and savvy tourists Zelda's is the place to be.

Calamari with banana peppers and Thai dipping sauce is a must try

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu


The MooringMooring Dining

The ideal embodiment of Newport dining with water front views of the Newport Harbor. At the mooring you will find the freshest seafood, al fresco seating, and warm hospitality. Our award-winning wine list is one of the most acclaimed in New England.

 Our recommendation: Try their Raw Bar option of thee little necks or Rhode Island Oysters, both are amazingly delicious!

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu

Midtown Oyster Bar

Newport’s newest restaurant and largest raw bar features 2 bars, dining rooms and outside seating. Only a 15 minute walk from the Ivy Lodge! 

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu

Scales and Shells

Upon entering the front door, aromas from the open kitchen will awaken your senses and draw you into visually participating in the preparation of your dinner.

Cash only and no reservations; make sure to stop at the atm first. 

Dinner Menu

Stoneacre Pantry

Stoneacre Pantry has an ever changing menu of seasonal offerings with a focus on using classic and creative culinary techniques.

Lunch Menu

Dinner Menu

The Black Pearl

A combination of American, seafood, and classically presented cuisines served in the Tavern or the elegant Commodores' Room.

Try the world renowned Black Pearl Chowder

Lunch and Dinner Menu

The Spiced Pear at the Chandler

The Spiced Pear’s primary dining room features an open-air kitchen, grand fireplace, and views of the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Beach. Well known for its signature ‘New England Tasting Menu’, the restaurant features a symphony of six or nine courses of local New England fare each night in addition to an a la carte menu featuring Continental cuisine.

Dinner Menu

Other Special Events around the Newport Restaurant week:

Chocolate Brunch at Ocean Cliff

DATE: 11/3/2013

TIME: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

COST: Tickets are $85 per person

For your sweet tooth come and enjoy this highly-anticipated Autumn event  at Ocean Cliffs Chocolate brunch. Co-chairs Leslie Reed and Libby Kirwin, with support from NewportFed as event sponsor, worked diliigently to make this event successful. Brunch offerings of champagne, savory chocolate-infused entrees and yummy desserts and candies, live jazz by the Dick Lupino Band, an enticing Silent Auction for pre-Christmas shopping, and a $500 cash raffle will make for a fun afternoon overlooking the bay. To make the event even cozier and more homey, OceanCliff will offer a roaring fire and hot chocolate bar in the library. 

Greenvales Harvest Festival

Date: 11/9/2013

Time 1:00pm- 4:00 pm

Cost:  $15.00 per person

Join us as we celebrate this year’s grape harvest!  Bring your family and friends and enjoy the foliage and autumn weather.  The celebration will include harvest games, gourd painting, tractor rides and walking tours along with tastings of Greenvale Vineyards’ award winning, estate grown wines. Feel free to bring a blanket and chairs for a wonderful afternoon picnic on the beautiful property of Greenvale Vineyards. There will also be live music by Dick Lupino and friends.



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Walk to the Newport Classical Music Festival

Posted by Darlene McKenzie

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 GoNewport.com and VisitRhodeIsland.com.

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-http://www.rvibe-live.com/

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 home...it'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 www.rvibe-live.com 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 www.newportmusic.org. 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.


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