What is going on in Newport RI

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

Topics: bed&breakfast, newport, Don Jursek, Innkeepers

2014 Newport Flower Shower

Posted by Elyse Foster

Flower Show
With Summer in full bloom the greenery is abundant here in Newport.  Arriving for its 19th year as America’s premier flower show, the Newport Preservation Society welcomes guests from near and far to join them for the 2014 Flower Show.  For three days, June 27 to 29, guests will have the opportunity to view some of the most lavish garden displays with a wide Screen Shot 2014 06 20 at 5.35.43 PMvariety of vibrant botanicals from all regions of the world.  Attendants will enjoy Rosecliff’s expansive front lawn, that has been cultivated by the inspired designers, celebrating the Flower Shows theme of, “Journey: Grand Vista’s”. All of the weekend bystanders will have the privilege of viewing beautiful floral exhibits, horticultural entries, garden designs, photography, wonderful shopping experiences and children’s programs. This is one event not to be missed. Bring your friends and family for a wonderful weekend and journey back into the past lives of the titans of the Gilded Age at the Newport Flower Show.  

Free parking and shuttle bus service will be provided to the Newport Flower Show from the Newport Grand parking lot on Admiral Kalbfus Boulevard.

Group rates are available for organized groups of at least 20 people.  Please contact the Group Tour office for additional information:  (401) 847-1000 ext. 150 or Groups@NewportMansions.org.

List of Flower show events and rates:

Single Day Admission--Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29
Advance Purchase & 
Preservation Society member..............$18
Day of Show                                       
Saturday or Sunday...................$23

Youth (ages 6-17).....................$6
Children 5 & under......................Free

Opening Night Party--Friday, June 27
Advance purchase through June 13:
Preservation Society members....$145                             

After June 13:
Preservation Society members....$160
Be a part of this much-anticipated festive event that kicks off the Newport summer season.  Enjoy a delicious cocktail buffet while reviewing the fresh floral arrangements & horticultural extrvaganzas and shopping at the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners' Marketplace.

Authors' Afternoon Tea--Saturday, June 28; 2:30 p.m.....$60 per person

Enjoy the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea in the heart of the Newport Flower Show.  Set in a tent on the back lawn of Rosecliff, you will be treated to a sampling of savory and sweet delicacies as well as your favored version of tea (iced or hot).  Joining you for tea will be relevant authors who will share newly published books.  Meet with authors and have books signed as you enjoy sharing this elegant moment.  Special guest include: Michael Devine, whose new book, An Invitation to the Garden, a beautiful guide to seasonal entertaining, will publish in April 2014.  Kristin Green, author of Plantiful, a how-to guide for creating an easy, gorgeous garden packed with plants. Bettie Beardon Pardee, introducing her new book, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style

Seating is limited.  Includes Show admission.

Sunday Champagne Brunch--Sunday, June 29; 11:00 a.m.....$75 per person

Enjoy a leisurely start to your Sunday morning with one of America's leaders in style and gardening as you and your friends savor a delicious brunch before taking in the last day of the Show.  What could be more perfect than champagne on the breathtaking grounds of Rosecliff during the Newport Flower Show?Seating is limited.  Includes Show admission.

Enchanted Evening Rose Sponsor--Friday, June 27
Advance purchase through June 13:                                                                     
Preservation Society members...$275
; Non-members...$300

After June 13:
Preservation Society members...$300; Non-members...$325              

Optimize your Opening Night Party experience by signing up to join us, along with your friends, for this special package, featuring a splendid buffet supper and private tented area.
Package includes:
* Admission to the breathtaking outdoor Opening Night Party (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
* Admission to the VIP tent for a buffet supper and private bar service (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
* Option to reserve table seating for 10 in the VIP tent for you and your friends to enjoy supper together
* Valet parking at Rosecliff during the Opening Night Party

Call for availability, 401-847-1000 ext. 140.

American Beauty Rose Patron--$475 per person

If you would love to spend your weekend at the Newport Flower Show, this is the package for you.  Package includes:
* Three-day Show admission
* A parking pass for free weekend parking at Rosecliff
* Friday early bird shopping (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)
* Admission to the breathtaking outdoor Opening Night Party (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
* Admission to the VIP tent for a buffet supper and private bar service (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
* Option to reerve table seating for 10 in the VIP tent for you and your friends to enjoy supper together
* Valet parking at Rosecliff during the Opening Night Party

Call for availability; 401-847-1000, ext. 140  

Friday Lecture/Luncheon            Friday, June 27                12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Luncheon & Lecture........$100
Lecture only..................$50
Looking Over the Garden Fence
P. Allen Smith, Hortus, Ltd.
Garden inspiration through travel.  Who isn't curious about seeing another's garden?  Allen shares insight and anecdotes about the benefits and pleasures of seeing gardens.  Well before Thomas Jefferson's tour of English gardens in 1786, Americans have been fascinated with touring gardens and being inspired by them.  Allen cites examples of "borrowed" ideas and inspiration from iconic gardens that he has enjoyed, and you can too.

Guest have the option of enjoying an elegant luncheon with the speaker by choosing a Luncheon and Lecture ticket, or purchasing a Lecture only ticket.  Includes one-day Show admission.   A book signing will follow.

Topics: Flower show, Flower sho Newport RI, 2014, bed and breakfast newport ri, newport ri, ivy lodge bed and breakfast, newport

The Newport Music Festival 2010

Posted by Darlene McKenzie


When most people think of Newport music festivals, they think folk and jazz festivals. The Newport Classical festival is one of the top classical music events in the country; it was founded in 1969 as a summer season of the Metropolitan Opera. The outdoor venue was not conducive to classical music performance, and instead the grand rooms of the stately Newport mansions were put to use for chamber music concerts. You can enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail while appreciating the ocean breezes and beauty of the Cliff walk.  The early concerts utilized many members of the Metropolitan Opera. The Festival has become known for giving young international artists, such as Inessa Galante, a venue for their American debut.

The Newport Music Festival 2010 celebrates its 42nd season July 9-25, continuing the tradition of presenting unique chamber music programs, American debuts, world-class artists and special events in the Gilded Age "summer cottages" of Newport, Rhode Island. Entering his thirty-sixth season, Artistic Director Dr. Mark P. Malkovich, III researches and selects works from the 19th century chamber music, vocal repertoire and the Romantic-era piano literature, to create one of the most extraordinary festivals in the world. In its forty-one year history, the Newport Music Festival has become celebrated for presenting over one hundred thirty artists and ensembles in their American debuts. Yamaha Pianos and Your New England Toyota Dealer are the major Festival sponsors.

The Festival will present 65 concerts-three to five per day-in the famous Newport Mansions with 35 American and international artists from 14 countries. Season-long tributes to the bicentenaries of composers Frédéric François Chopin and Robert Alexander Schumann will feature their enduring music. 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 has also been named one of the "Top 50 Outstanding Festivals & Events" in North America by Leisure Group Travel magazine.

For more information on the Newport classical musical festival, contact the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast, newport, ri at 1-800-834-6865. The Ivy lodge is a short stroll to the beautiful mansions that host this magical event.

Topics: ri classical musical festival, newport classical music festival, newport ri jazz festival, newport ri folk festival, newport, newport mansions, newport ri mansions

Newport RI Adaptive Sailing Program

Posted by Drew McKenzie

The other day I came across a great documentary video for a local foundation here in Newport, RI.  The Shake-A-Leg Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that has helped over 10,000 individuals since 1982.  They offer a unique blend of complimentary therapeutic services to help children, adolescents and adults who have been disabled by a spinal cord injury or other related neurological disorders attain the highest levels of independence and community integration possible.

Newport has a great sailing heritage and the people at Shake-A-Leg foundation are offering that experience to people who might not typically think they can enjoy the fun of sailing.

Below is their new documentary video - you can learn more about Shake-A-Leg Foundation by visiting their web site or by calling 401-849-8898.

Shake A Leg Adaptive Sailing Program - Documentary from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

Topics: newport ri, newport, newport sailing

Ivy Lodge - Yankee Magazine's 2009 Editors Choice Winner

Posted by Darlene McKenzie

Editors' Choice - Yankee Travel Guide (2009)

We are pleased to annouce that Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast has been selected as Yankee Magazine's Editor Choice Winner for 2009. Below is an excerpt from their review.  We hope you will join us during your next trip to Newport, RI.

Best Victorian Atmosphere say's Yankee Magazine's Editor:

"Just steps from where Vanderbilts and others
once called home, Ivy Lodge is a full-fledged
showcase of Gilded Age grandeur, complete
with a three-story oak-paneled entryway with
stained-glass windows, working fireplaces in
each guest room, and delicate crystal wine goblets
in the dining room. Finally, you'll eat like
it's 1899, thanks to elaborate breakfasts cooked
up by hosts Daryl and Darlene McKenzie. (We
can't get enough of the peach pancakes.) Rates:
from low to high season $129 to $479, including full breakfast.

One of the most interesting inns around, with a three-story Gothic foyer. Don't be surprised if you spot a celebrity (they love this place) over morning coffee. Rates: $129-$479, including full breakfast."

Topics: bed and breakfast newport, newport, new england, Ivy Lodge, RI, Yankee Magazine, editor's choice, Mansion district

Pamper Me - Newport RI Getaway Package

Posted by Drew McKenzie

Make your next stay a restfull and relaxing one, by adding our "Pamper Me" Package.  For an additional $578.00 you can add the following:

  • Choice of a bottle of Champagne or wine (red or white)
  • Choice of: half dozen chocolate dipped strawberries or a cheese tray
  • Bouquet of seasonal flowers in your room
  • Side by side 50 minute couples Swedish message at SpaTerre
  • $75.00 dining certificate at Restaurant Bouchard

*Note: From May 16 to October 31, A three (3) night minimum stay is required if your stay falls on a Saturday. Fore more details about our package or if you would like us to design a tailored package for your next stay in Newport, please call us at 1-800-834-6865.

Topics: weekend getaways, romance, spa, newport