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Let’s Dance, Newport RI

Posted by Darlene McKenzie

 At the Ivy, one of the joys at the breakfast table is listening to our guests talk about their experiences in Newport. Because our guests sit at a communal dining table, they impart their experiences to the Innkeepers and our guests, inspiring us all to seek out places and events we might not otherwise explore for ourselves. This particular morning a young couple beaming with joy, describe their evening at the Newport Dance party, were East Bay Ballroom instructure, Sara Barker, offers classes in Ballroom, Latin, Country and Swing dancing. Dances are held most Thursdays and occasionally, weekend dances.  Sara’s dancing invites energy, joy, and creativity into the lives of others; you will come away knowing the choreographed steps but you will also come away with friends, memories, and an activity that you can enjoy for life. 

Sara Barker is an Emerson College graduate and certified dance instructor with a passion for the art of Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Country dancing. She now lives in Newport, RI with her husband and dog GiGi. Owner of, East Bay Ballroom, She has been dancing and teaching in RI for the last seven years. She continues to spread her love of dance though performing, teaching and choreography. 

You can find her dancing weekly at Salve University and EBB along with other local venues throughout the year.

 Newport Dance Party

St. John's Guild Hall

61 Poplar Street

Newport RI

Time: 6pm-9pm

6-630pm dance lesson/630p-9pm dance

Admission: $10.00

Information: 401-849-5678 or sara@eastbayballroom.com.

Website: http://www.eastbayballroom.com


Join us for a fun evening of great music and dancing!

Refreshments and drinks provided

Dances held most Thursdays and weekend dances occasionally 

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International Tennis Hall of Fame

Posted by Darlene McKenzie


Within a 7 minute walk from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast is the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. The museum houses the entire history of the sport, dating from the 12th Century through today. You can meander through 18 galleries that span more than 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, momentous videos and popular memorabilia of tennis champions past and present. The Museum’s permanent collection alone contains more than 16,000 objects. The Library and Information Research Center has upwards of 5,000 books; in excess of 1,000 tapes and films; more than 300,000 photo images, and an abundant collection of magazines, programs, periodicals, posters, and personal player memorabilia, you don’t need to be a tennis fan to enjoy this significant exhibit.

 The International Tennis Hall of Fame offers a truly unique tennis experience, where the public can actually play tennis on the famous grounds!  The grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame are America's oldest. The Hall of Fame offers thirteen grass courts, one red clay court and three indoor award-winning cushioned hard courts. The courts are open to the public for rental; advance reservations are required for individual and groups from May through September. Tennis enthusiasts can join the outdoor and indoor club memberships, as well as USPTA/PTR certified instruction for juniors and adults of all ages and ability levels: Private and group lessons, adult camps, daily clinics, and a full service pro-shop are also available 

Within the Tennis hall of fame is one of the most unique entertainment venues in North America. The six-acre, Victorian shingle-style complex is a vibrant illustration of the grace and charm of 19th Century American design. Now a National Historic Landmark, its remarkable legacy as a premier entertainment venue hosts the opening night of the Newport Folk festival and the Newport Jazz festival, two of our favorite events that afford us the luxury of casually strolling from the Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast to enjoy big name acts without the hustle and bustle of traffic and parking. 

To learn more about the attractions in Newport, RI, www.gonewport.com or contact the Innkeepers, Darlene and Daryl McKenzie. We will design an itinerary to maximize your Newport, RI get-away  

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Kid Friendly Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Newport RI

Posted by Darlene McKenzie


From the beginning, the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Newport RI has been a child friendly place to bring your children. With a 30 year history of operating as a B&B, we have reason to believe some of these children, annually spend summer vacations at the Ivy, were conceived in this beautiful, Victorian . . .  as told to us by multiple returning guests (smile, nod, nudge, wink, wink).

Most recently we had the pleasure of hosting a lovely family with a four year old named Noah. His parents have wanted to visit Newport, RI for the last couple of years with a preface for lodging in a Bed and Breakfast, Newport RI. The past inquiries into Newport B&B's for child friendly accommodations were unsuccessful and at times offensive to this very classy, couple . . . when inquiring with one B&B, Lindsay was told, our guest are trying to get away from their children, I cringe as she tells me her experiences. That said, I assured her, we like kids and work with families as well as romantic get away for couples with strategies that meet the expectations of both types of travelers. When I brought Noah's parents to their family suite, I could see they were pleased with the accommodations. I agreed to let them settle in and advised Noah's Mom, Lindsay, that she was welcome to join me at the front desk, if she wanted me to concierge the family about the city-by-the-sea. Shortly after the family arrived, Lindsay came down and I proceeded to lay -out my recommendations for Kid friendly things to do.

Darlene and Daryl Sez:

For beach time, we highly recommend Gooseberry beach (our personal favorite beach). This family oriented beach fun and esthetically pleasing to both parents and kids. Mansions jutting out on points, rocks and docks for kids to climb on, plus, this beach gives the kids a cove that is less hazardous than some of our larger beaches with larger wave action, something that terrifies me for very young children and no rip tides. The kids will love, love, love the snack shack. It does not get any prettier or quaint than Goose berry beach.

A short stroll from the Ivy lodge is the cliff walk. A very safe place to take the kids and an even shorter stroll to the closest beach Easton's beach (locals call this beach 1st beach) Newport's largest public ocean surf  beach, located on Memorial Boulevard at the start of the Cliff Walk, is a 3/4 mile long surf beach with a board walk. Operations run daily from 9 AM to 6 PM, Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Easton's Beach is a free public beach. Fees are charged for parking and some of the amenities. Free outdoor showers and public restrooms are available in season. Parents can enjoy a hot shower and changing and storage with a daily bathhouse rental, bring the kids to the free playground and skate park. The beautiful rotunda has a carousal Open weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day 10:00 am- 6:00 Pm

Weekdays June 16- august 29th 10:00- 6:00 pm

Rides are $1.00 per person- or discount books of 20 rides can be purchased for $10.00

 Ride the Monster- 24 foot high water slide, with two 18 foot speed drops to the pool below- Open daily throughout the summer beginning June 13. Easton's Beach introduced a new children's Bumper Boat ride in 2009, and it has proven to be extremely popular.

Bring your family down this summer!

Just $ 5.00 to ride all day, and $ 3.00 after 2:00 pm- discount booklets available.

 . . . Twin Lobster rolls with fries $10.95, that in it's self is worth a trip to Easton's beach!

The Easton's beach snack Bar is now open everyday Rain or shine from 11-6. The beach is now charging for parking but you can still go to the middle parking lot for 60 minute validated parking if you are just going to the snack bar. It won't cost anything M-F and only $2.00 on weekends and holidays.

Call: 1.800.834.6865 for family friendly lodging and great advise on things families can do with their children

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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.



Newport Life Magazine

Best Cocktails, serving innovative specialty cocktails made with fresh pressed juices and herb infused ingredients

2008, 2009

Best Wine List 2010 -- Discover unique artisan wine

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Waterfront skating rink in Newport RI

Posted by Darlene McKenzie


Again, another thing to do in Newport RI . . . I can not help myself, I'm excited. I drove past the harbor front last night and marveled at this exceptional outdoor, waterfront, skating rink. The rink is surrounded by colonial charm and ocean view, minus the over crowdedness of say, a Rockefeller center rink. This location offers plenty to do after your spin on the ice. Within walking distance from the rink are vast arrays of fantastic shops and restaurants. The Rink offers rotating nightly specials, as well as charity benefits and seasonal celebrations.

It's all here, free parking, on-site concessions, regular admission discounts and instructors led by trained professional instructors. There's a six-week program beginning in January that sharpens the skills of children and adults alike, at both beginner and intermediate levels. If you contact Meghan Lamarre, you can set-up a private lesson for you or your kids. Megan has skated professionally with Disney On Ice, was featured in the Ice Capades and Stars on Ice. Meghan is patient, understanding and passionate about her students, and has been coaching skaters of all ages and disciplines for 9 years.

For your Newport lodgings, the Ivy lodge bed and breakfast is minutes away from the ice skating rink. We accept children and offer family suites, which is an economical way for your family to experience a bed and breakfast in Newport RI. The lodge is located in the mansion district of Newport RI, a short stroll from the cliff walk. Included in the price of your room is a full gourmet breakfast, seasonal snacks and beverage through-out the day and off street parking.

Tickets can be purchased at the rink every day during session times.

Rates Admission Rental
Adults $7.00 $5.00
Senior Citizens (55+) $5.00 $4.00
Children (3-11) $5.00 $4.00
Toddlers (Under 3) Free with Adult $3.00
Adult Skate $5.00 $3.00
Adult Season Pass $100.00
Child Season Pass $80.00

Group Rates
(10 or more people) $1 off the regular price for admission and rentals

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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."

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