What is going on in Newport RI

Newport Bit Players a must see

Posted by Don Jursek

The Bit Players comedy troupe, Rhode Island’s award winning improvisational group is another great reason to visit the City by the Sea.  Their high energy performances have a format similar to the show Whose Line Is It?  Audience participation is essential and suggestions are incorporated into the routines with a result that no two shows are ever the same.  The players are creative master minds who develop a host of “hysterical characters, hilarious musical numbers and games on the spot”.

We recently attended a show on St. Patrick's  day. It was a great crowd and the Players did not disappoint. Mixing Irish Bit Players.jpg bits, with some of their standard ones, the laughs just kept on coming.  The Firehouse Theater is the perfect venue. It is intimate, and very comfortable.


This tireless group performs all year long on Friday and Saturdays nights.  There are usually  two shows a night with during the busy summer months.  Some shows are scheduled as family friendly.  Guests can BYOB and non-alcoholic drinks are available.

The Bit Players are at the Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place in Newport.  The shows usually sell out so make a plan to add this terrific entertainment to your next visit to Newport.  You won’t stop laughing. If you are staying over join us at the Ivy Lodge. Visit us at www.ivylodge.com


Topics: Newport Comedy

Celebrating the Season

Posted by Lisa Conners

Whatever holidays you choose to celebrate this time of year Newport has a special event for you.  The sparkling clear lights are up, the decorated boats have paraded around the harbor, gilded age mansions are bursting with their elegant attire and special events (www.newportmansions.org).  The Newport community has organized a Calendar of Events for the entire month of December that is known as Christmas in Newport (www.christmasinnewport.org).  The official opening ceremonies include a tree lighting, an artillery cannon salute, proclamations, a colonial Open House and live entertainment (Thursday December 1, Washington Square).


Christmas in Newport features holiday events every single day!  Many historic buildings are open for special holiday visits and historic tours.  There are holiday teas, Santa’s Workshop and a GIANT Gingerbread Lighthouse at the Visitors Center.  The Doorway Decoration Contest is a much anticipated competition that produces spectacular results.  Annual holiday concerts and performances, in various, beautiful settings are more popular every year.

 Newport is a genuine holiday shopping destination with almost two dozen arts and crafts fairs, and wreath and tree sales.  This year many local merchants will participate in two weekends of a  “Newport Holiday Stroll”  ( Dec.3 & 4, 10 & 11) featuring free parking and gift wrapping, coordinated hours, special discounts and lots more reasons to shop Newport.   As always, an Ivy Lodge gift certificate www.ivylodge.com  is the perfect holiday gift.

Ivy Lodge 2016 Gift Certificate sale

Posted by Don Jursek

The Annual Ivy Lodge added value Gift Certificate Sale

Give a Gift of Memories 

Ivy Lodge Gift Certificates are a fabulous holiday or special occasion gift idea! Surprise your loved one with the renowned comfort and pleasures of a Mansion getaway. Starting November 23, 2016 to January 1, 2017, when you purchase a gift certificate to the Ivy Lodge, you purchase an experience and an added value to your purchase price! Gift Certificates are ideal gifts for Weddings, Holidays, and Anniversaries or as a special Thank you. By giving a Gift Certificate for a getaway at our Historic Newport Inn, you are sure to give a gift filled with found Newport Memories. Give them memories, not stuff and you will provide that special someone with an unforgettable escape.



Buy Your Gift Certificate by January 1, 2017 and receive additional bonus dollars.

An additional 10% of value will be added to gift certificates worth $100 - $250.

An additional 15% of value will be added to gift certificates worth $251 - $500.

An additional 20% of value will be added to gift certificates worth over $500!

Promotion code must be stated at purchase: Promo 17 

 To order a gift certificate, call us at 1-800-834-6865. We can email or mail the gift certificate to you or that special someone. In order to recieve this promotion,please mention the code #Promo17 when placing your order.  


Biking in Newport

Posted by Don Jursek

We recently bought two Pedego cruiser bikes.  They have been such a hit with our guests. Riding the bikes becomes the highlight of their vacation. So many great places to ride in Newport. Newport is a Bronze level biking city.  Have fun keep riding. Here are spedego bike 2016 3.jpgome shots of the last guests to take the bikes out. Ocean Drive and Normans Bird sanctuary are the backdrops.

 Don & Jacqui  Jursek Owners

Topics: newport ri

Celebrate food in Newport and the Ivy Lodge

Posted by Lisa Conners

There are so many reasons to visit Newport.  The spectacular natural scenery is memorable any time of year.  Seaside, beachside, and dockside activities are always an option.  However, visitors also come to EAT!  They come for the food innovations, the dining experience and the market experience of fantastically fresh, local products.

The 26thAnnual  Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival  is October 15 and 16. (www.bowenswharf.com/events) and Newport’s Fall Restaurant Week will run from November 4 to November 13.(www.discovernewport.org/newport-restaurant-week)  Original creations of local and exotic supply beckon . Participants serve inventive dishes at terrific prices.Bowen_Seafood.jpg

October’s featured food celebration is the Bowen’s Wharf 26th Annual Seafood Festival (October 15 and 16). This celebration honors the “Harvest of the Sea” on the historic waterfront downtown. Favorite dishes and new ones will feature fresh, local seafood from area waterways and local watermen. Admission is free.

It is the Newport Fall Restaurant Week that brings all of these elements together.  This biannual celebration in spring and fall, utilizes the vast talents of the area to provide 3 course meals at an affordable price (prixe fixe lunch $16 and dinner $35) for visitors and residents. This year it is November 4-13. The special menus of appetizer, entrée and dessert allow for some very special offerings and drink pairings.  Over 50 restaurants participate in both Newport and Bristol Counties.  Many are on the waterfront  or located in historic settings and buildings.  The  local fields and waters fill the kitchens, tables, and forks  with ingredients.  You’ll want to try them all.

While you are in Newport why not stay for a night or two at the Ivy Lodge www.ivylodge.com . We have great fall rates, and will be preparing memorable homemade breakfasts. Savor the flavors of Newport and your stay at the Ivy Lodge.

Topics: Newport Events

Bomster  Scallops and the Aquidneck Growers’ Market

Posted by Lisa Conners

If you are visiting Newport on any given Wednesday in the summer season head over to Memorial Blvd and the gathering that is the Aquidneck Growers’ Market. The Market actually operates year round at another nearby Middletown location.  The Newport branch has dozens of summer vendors so the product doesn’t get any fresher. Organic produce is available alongside conventionally grown food.


You may find grass fed beef, free range, cage free poultry;  herbs and mushrooms both wild and grown, wild yeast products;  artisan breads and pastries, traditional English cakes and baked goods; abundant tree fruit and berries, cut flowers, perennials and plants; fresh squeezed lemonade, raw cold pressed juices, teas, salsas and sauces from local vegetables;  Middle Eastern food, tacos, pies, ice cream; handcrafted skin care products and field grown sunflowers and more.


Do not miss the local seafood products from several outstanding enterprises.  Matunuck Oyster and Vegetable Farm is part of the growing aquaculture industry in RI and the surrounding waters.  From nearby Stonington and especially interesting is Bomster Scallops and Shrimp.  Their scallops are environmentally harvested, vacuum packed and flash frozen right on the boat without water or chemical rinses.  The result practically melts in your mouth.


They also specialize in the royal red shrimp, a deep sea shrimp, a species somewhat new to the market but already in great demand.  The sustainability of the species that are sold is a guiding principle for the company.  With Bomster the product is locally caught, locally marketed and locally consumed. You’ll enjoy every bite of the sweet delicate flavor of this soft fleshed shrimp. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Topics: seafood Newport RI

International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships

Posted by Lisa Conners

In a July schedule packed with famous, terrific events the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championship stands out.  July 10-17, 2016 will be a week of exciting ATP World Tour tennis, Hall of Fame Inductions and celebrations of all Hall of Famers previously inducted.  This year the legendary Jimmy Connors and Monica Seles will be presenters for the 2016 Induction Ceremony.


The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in the Newport Casino, an historical architectural landmark.  The Casino first opened in 1880. Top ATP players compete on the beautiful grass courts for the Van Alen Cup.  The recently upgraded Museum of the Tennis Hall of Fame is a lively, interactive experience full of history and tennis action.  You can play a hologram of Roger Federer!


Sunday July 10 is Family Fun Day and qualifying play begins.  Play continues daily through July 17.  The Class of 2016 Induction  Ceremony and the Doubles Finals are on  Saturday July 16.  The Singles Finals are on Sunday July 17. Tennis clinics and lots of other activities are happening throughout the week also.

Ivy Lodge is just down the street from the Newport Casino.   Our special offer for this special event is two free tickets for the Tennis Championships when you book a two night say at Ivy Lodge directly with us (subject to availability).  These are good seats, Section 15 row 1-6.  This includes Championship Sunday (a $300 value!).  Call us today for our availability. Plenty of free onsite parking, minutes from everything.

Topics: International Tennis Hall of Fame

Food Festivals Kick-Off with Oysters on the Wharf!

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners

Oyster Festival: Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, at Bowen's Wharf


You know about Newport ‘s many festivals such as the Classical, Folk and Jazz music festivals.  Another reason to visit are the Food festivals!  Kicking off this season is The First Annual Bowen’s Wharf Newport Oyster Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22.

Bowen’s Wharf has long supported and promoted local, RI maritime businesses. The aim of the new event is “to raise awareness of the Oyster Aquaculture industry in RI and the people involved in it” (whatsupnewport.com).  Folks will have the opportunity to meet individual oyster growers and learn more about this increasing segment of the economy.  Oyster Aquaculture is joining other fishermen, shell-fishermen, and lobstermen as an expanding contributor. 

All varieties of delicious oysters (and there are many!) that come from RI waters will be featured.  It is a family friendly event with a shucking contest, live music and of course, plenty of food and drink from several  outstanding local restaurants.  It all happens on the historic Bowen’s Wharf waterfront, rain or shine.  Check Ivy Lodge availability and plan a visit. Food lovers are already booking for the next great food event, The Great Chowder Cookoff on June 18.  That will be followed by the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival on September 23, 24,25 and the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival, October 15 and 16. 

Newport is full of terrific restaurants that will provide an unforgettable dining experience any time of the year.  Ivy Lodge is the perfect place to stay while you enjoy exploring  all of the gastronomic delights that The City by the Sea has to offer.

Topics: oyster

Newport Music Festival 2016

Posted by Lisa Conners

The music festivals of July in Newport are legendary.  In 2016, they run from July 8 to the very last day of the month .  For lovers of classical music the Newport Music Festival  (July 8-24, www.newportmusic.org) is the highlight.  Originally launched in 1953, the Festival has presented more than 2,000 concerts in the Newport Mansions and other stunning venues in the community. Audiences come to see and hear classical chamber music performed in grand salons that much of it was written for.  This summer a series of 10 concerts will feature the music of the great Russian master, Rachmaninoff.

 Over the years more than 1,000 artists have performed; many have debuted there.  This year will be a first performance for many more. This 48thanniversary has a dramatic debut like no other.  The Boganyi Grand Piano will premiere on July  9 at The Breakers.  This “Wonder Piano” is the creation of Hungarian pianist Gergely Boganyi.  After more than 10 years of “research, design and development” this pioneering innovation has arrived in America.  Made from composite material with a cast iron frame its technology provides music described as “very clear…schockingly”. It is visually striking. Boganyi_Piano.jpg

Thirteen different locations will host 60 concerts.  Many are held in various Newport Mansions lending their Gilded Age splendor to the atmosphere.  Morning concerts are at 11:00a.m.; afternoon concerts usually at 4:00p.m.;  evening concerts vary some a beginning at 8:00 or 9:00p.m.  Beautiful music will happen all around Ivy Lodge which is walking distance from most of the venues and special events.

Let the Newport season begin

Posted by Lisa Conners

The Daffodil Days are here. The National Police Parade is soon.  That’s official enough for the start of The Summer Season in Newport.  Events, festivals, races, show, championships have already filled the calendar for 2016.

 Like food festivals?  There’s at least one in each of the upcoming months!   The Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival promoting RI grown oysters is  May 21 and 22; June 18 has The Great Chowder Cook Off;   Mid July has the Fort Adams Craft Beer races;   August has The Newport Storm’s Luau at Fort Adams; September 23 through25 are the dates for The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival;   Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival is October 15 and 16;   November 4  through 13 is Newport Restaurant Week.sea-food-festival-1.jpg

July’s schedule is packed:  Independence Day and Fireworks;  Newport Music Festival;  International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships;  Black Ships Festival;  Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Bridgefest.

Interested in sporting events?   The International Polo Series begins in June and runs until September;Polo.jpg

June 5 is the Newport 10 Miler road race and June 17 sees the start of the Newport to Bermuda Race.  For a full week in July top tennis players compete and are honored at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.  August has the Save the Bay Swim, and September the Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Race.  October has the Newport Marathon and Half Marathon.

And this is only a partial list of the reasons to come to Newport. Don’t wait until the last minute to find accommodations. 

Topics: Newport Events