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2013 Christmas in Newport

Posted by Darlene McKenzie

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The 43rd annual Christmas in Newport

 Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 43rd year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar.

In a community collaboration among residents, businesses and the city, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharfs, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue.

The lights are meant to simulate candlelight, and are the brainchild of Christmas in Newport founder Ruth Myers, who wished to recapture the candlelit holidays of yester years. With a volunteer base numbering 1500, the non-profit organization, Christmas in Newport, raises thousands of dollars for charity each year. In keeping with the true spirit of the season, any event listed in the annual program must be free of charge or must benefit a non-profit institution or charity.

Experience themed festivals and beautiful seasons…

Newport shops christmasA stroll on the brick and cobblestone walkways just a few blocks away from us here at the Ivy Lodge, to Bowen's Wharf where it decor will reunite you with your favorite Christmas traditions. With over 20 unique shops & restaurants find blazing fireplaces, the perfect gift or something special for yourself! Let one of our celebrity chefs create the perfect meal to warm you this Holiday Season. Experience a working waterfront with breathtaking views and fresh, salty sea air.

Bowen's Wharf 43rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

December 7th, 2013

4:30 pm – Frosty the Snowman

5:00 pm – Christmas Carol Sing-a-long (live music)

6:00 pm – Tree Lighting & Santa arrives

Bowen's Wharf is Newport's Holiday Destination!Bowens Wharf

Surround yourself with sparkling lights, live music and good cheer on the waterfront at historic Bowen’s Wharf, the heart of year-round shopping and dining in Newport. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., meet Frosty the Snowman great for chirldren of all ages, then enjoy live music and join hundreds of voices in a Christmas carol sing-a-long starting at 5 p.m. The Mayor will light the 30-foot Christmas tree promptly at 6 p.m., followed immediately by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Music will continue until every child has had a chance to whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa at the “North Pole.”

 Bowen's Wharf offers special holiday hours to accommodate your busy schedule this holiday season. Starting on November 29th through December 23rd stores will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 10am - 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 8pm. Enjoy the lighted Christmas tree throughout the holiday season.

 TWO HOURS of FREE PARKING with a validation from a Bowen's Wharf Merchant's Association shop or restaurant until April 1st, 2014! Please note, parking at Bowen's Wharf lot is only available until 4pm the day of the Tree Lighting.


xmasdecormansionsWhen you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take abreak from your holiday shopping and enjoy some of our historic mansions nearby from the Ivy Lodge? Gorgeous at any time of the year, these historic vacation retreats of the turn-of-the-century American aristocracy are simply spectacular when dressed in Christmas finery and glowing with candlelight. You're sure to forget all about the gifts still to be bought and wrapped, the cookies to be baked and all of your holiday chores when you visit one of the decorated mansions this holiday season. Here are some highlights to start you dreaming of the elegance and extravagance of Christmases past and to help you plan your respite from modern holiday stress.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

November 23, 2013 to January 5, 2014


 The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions.

 The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House--three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America--are filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths. New this year is a gingerbread mansion display in the kitchen of The Breakers. Five local pastry chefs will create gingerbread models of the Newport Mansions that will be shown in the kitchen of The Breakers beginning on November 30.

Returning to The Breakers is the iconic 15 foot tall red poinsettia tree. A total of 28 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room decor anchor many of the magnificent spaces. Dining tables set with period silver and china complete the elegant setting. And windows of each mansion are lit with individual white candles, in keeping with the colonial tradition.

We invite you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season.

All three houses will be decorated and open daily for tours from Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, January 5, 2014. The Breakers opens daily at 9 a.m., The Elms and Marble House open at 10 a.m. The last tour admission at all three houses is at 4 p.m., and the houses & grounds close at 5 p.m.

 Please note, on Christmas Eve, December 24, the last tour admission at all 3 houses will be at 3 p.m. Houses are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

 A Winter Passport ticket providing daytime admission to all 3 houses is $28 for adults, $9 for children 6-17. Children under 6 are admitted free. Winter Passport tickets will be on sale soon. Regular Newport Mansions daytime tour tickets remain valid through the Christmas season as well.

 Evening events at the Newport Mansions

 (Schedule subject to change)

November 30 at The Breakers

Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers

Vocal Revolution

John Black, pianist

December 7 at The Breakers

Solstice Singers

Voices of Peace

John Black, pianist

December 14 at The Breakers

NE Tenors

John Black, pianist

 December 21 at The Elms


Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers

Edge Trio

Ocean State Songbirds

 December 21 at Marble House


Barrington Presbyterian Church Music Program

John Black, pianist

Ocean State Songbirds

Voices of Xmas Victorian Carolers

Andrew Maddock, guitarist

 December 28 at The Breakers


New Providence Big Band

John Black, pianist

Holiday Evening admission:

Members $25 in advance, $30 day of event

Non-members $28 in advance, $35 day of event

Children 6-17 $10

Please note:  Advance purchase price tickets for Holiday Evenings are available online until midnight on the previous day.  On the day of the event, if tickets are still available, they may be purchased in person at the Preservation Society's office at 424 Bellevue Avenue until 6 p.m., or at The Breakers.  Please call (401) 847-1000 to inquire about availability of tickets on performance dates.

For more information about Christmas in Newport, call our hot line at (401) 849-6454, or email us at info@christmasinnewport.org. 

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The Fluke wine, bar and kitchen should be on your dining list

Posted by Darlene McKenzie


It is our duty and pleasure to make the all important rounds of sampling the best restaurants of Newport RI. (Somebody's gotta do it). This is our job, making sure when we give you our recommendations, you are pleased with our selections. Whether it's attractions, shopping or dining, we scout out our recommendations as we concierge you on the City by the Sea. As for dining, one restaurant we consistently recommend to our guests is Fluke wine,bar and kitchen. Last night, we made our way to the popular wharfs of Bannister and Bowens. Tucked away on two floors above Bowen's Wharf in Newport, RI is Flukes wine,bar and kitchen. The restaurant is facing the Newport RI harbor. During sunlight hours, the rays bounce off the Narragansett Bay and at dusk sunsets can be exquisite and the back drop of the Newport Bridge looks like a pearl necklace, draped across the sky. On this night, the fog hung lightly over the wharf, making this wharf no less exquisite and all the more intriguing to be out and about in Newport RI. As we made our way up the stairs to the restaurant, we were greeted by Jeff and Geremie Callaghan, the owners of Flukes; whom we have worked closely with since their opening in 2007. With each passing year, this restaurant gets better and better and our dinner last night gives us all the more reason to continue our support of their culinary efforts. The restaurant is modeled after the cutting-edge spots they loved while living 15 years in New York City, only softened by their personal touches. Fluke's relaxed, modern American cuisine is perfect for any occasion. They  up'ed the anti in 2009 by hiring executive chef Neil Manacle (a J&W grad) and sous chef Kevin King, both imported from Manhattan. The food is fun and creative and fresh as the day. The sea provides beautiful fish, which inspires them and the most seasonal and local foods are always paramount to their dishes . But then there is the land, too. The Callaghans have contracted for four acres at nearby Rhode Island Nursery to be farmed for them. Zucchini blossoms and snow peas are just the beginning of what it will produce this season. The energy expended on this restaurant, makes this restaurant Darlene and Daryl McKenzie, innkeepers of the Ivy Lodge Bed and breakfast, Newport RI one of the top picks of the season.

Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, 41 Bowen's Wharf, Newport, (401) 218-7884, flukewinebar.com. Casually upscale. On street parking; pay lots. Reservations. Not wheelchair accessible. Highchairs. AE, MC, V. Open daily at 5 p.m.; Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Small plates $6-$13; large plates $12-$38. Extensive cocktail menu and wines by the bottle and glass.


Summer Hours: Open nightly from 5 pm

Winter Hours: Open Thursday-Sunday from 5 pm

Reservations encouraged.

Call 401.849.7778

or click here for OpenTable.



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