What is going on in Newport RI

Our Proud Ocean Drive Monument

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners


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Have you ever driven past the pristine granite sculptures on Ocean Drive, wondering what they were? These unique figures are part of the Portuguese Discovery Monument, arranged to depict the compass rose. The monument that we cherish today is actually a remodel of the original sandstone which was donated by Portugal in the 1980’s but could not withstand the elements!

The monument honors the memory of the Portuguese maritime navigators who famously charted unknown oceans and are credited with the discovery of the majority of the world’s nautical routes. It also celebrates Rhode Island’s Portuguese American population and commemorates the enormous hard work and resilience of the Portuguese immigrants who settled here.

Located at Brenton Point State Park, the monument is visited by an abundance of walkers, kite flyers, and beach bums alike. The simplicity of the geometric sculptural shapes are complemented by the sublime colors and cast shadows of Newport’s breathtaking sunsets. Nestled along the stunning Ocean Drive, be sure to pay a visit to this wonderful gem during your next stay with us at The Ivy Lodge Inn!   



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Late Summer Marks Newport Polo Matches!

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners


photo credit: http://www.nptpolo.com/ 

Looking for a unique and entertaining activity during your next visit to Newport? Come cheer on the Westchester Polo Club team as they take on Jamaica, England, Mexico, and other polo teams from around the world and major US cities.

Each match makes for a thrilling and eye-catching experience like no other. Very few can match the elegance and finesse of these incredible sportsmen on horseback. Even the highly trained “polo ponies” (which are actually full-sized horses) are exceptional athletes, able to follow immediate commands and capable of quick bursts of speed in an instant!  

Hosted by Newport Polo, The Newport International Polo Series taking place at Glen Farm in Portsmouth, runs on Saturdays from August 22nd through September 26th.  A fusion of terrific action and sophisticated style, attending crowds vary as widely as their fashion choices. Some regard Newport as the cradle of elegant sports in America and dress accordingly.  Others are tailgating families and friends enjoying an outdoor afternoon spectacle.

There is a range of admissions for these public exhibition matches. From Lawn and Bleacher seating (first come basis) and Tailgate parking areas (reserved) to the Pavillion Box Seats for prime viewing of the action and the VIP Lounge Day Passes that include many premium amenities (online reservations for the last two choices, www.nptpolo.com). Gates open at 1:00pm (12:00 in September). And not a far drive from the Ivy Lodge Inn, let us host your next Newport vacation! http://www.ivylodge.com/


Topics: Newport Polo

Come Hang Downtown with Newport Art Museum’s “Wet Paint”

Posted by Bliss Clemmer


Take a piece of Newport home with you during the weekend of August 15th from the Newport Art Museum’s “Wet Paint” Auction. Featuring well-known local talent, all of the work is freshly painted, and you can even watch artists create their paintings live. This 21st annual event honors artist, teacher, and art historian, Dick Grosvenor, who came up with the original idea to promote art and raise money for the museum.  

This event starts off with a preview party at 6:30PM on Saturday, complete with food and a cash bar, followed by a silent auction. Non-members only pay $15 for the first night, and the doors open again on Sunday at 12:00PM with music on the lawn. Join in the fun in promoting the Newport Art Museum! For more details, visit: http://www.newportartmuseum.org/Programs-Events/Wet-Paint

If you happen to be an artist yourself, you can register online or even in person from 8:00AM-3:00PM to denote an original piece. And did we mention that the Ivy Lodge Inn would be a fine choice of inspiration for a timeless Newport subject? ;) 

Topics: newport art museum

Set Sail Aboard the Adirondack II for an Incredible Newport Adventure

Posted by Bliss Clemmer


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Looking for the perfect maritime experience during your visit to Newport? Hop aboard the Adirondack II, an 80 foot schooner, sailing right out of Bowen’s Wharf. Built for speed, this spirited sailboat can cruise up to 10 knots on a high wind day, yet delivers a smooth and comfortable ride. Her exceptional crew will sail you around the tip of Aquidneck Island to capture the breathtaking sights of Fort Adams, waterfront mansions, and the beautiful waters of Newport.

Well-versed in the island’s history, the crew can also mix you up a “dark & stormy”, a favorite sailor’s cocktail made from local beer and rum. Our guests rave about the romantic sunset sails, however, day sails, “morning mimosa”, and “dark & stormy” evening sails are also available. A perfect excursion for couples, the Adirondack II is also family friendly and allows you to bring your own picnic to complement the beer, wine, soda, and cocktails serves aboard.  

As this local favorite books up fast, allow us to make your reservation aboard the Adirondack II in advance! We will provide your affordable vouchers upon arrival and help you plan your day with ease. Allow us to host your memorable Newport vacation at our stunning Victorian bed and breakfast, the Ivy Lodge inn, complete with a spectacular sailing adventure.

Topics: newport sailing

2015 Welcomes the Triennial Celebration of a Coaching Weekend in Newport

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners


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Featuring highly trained, matched teams of horses drawing authentic, nineteenth century coaches through the streets of Newport.

If you are fortunate to be visiting Newport the week of August 20th, you will have the opportunity of a lifetime! Experience more than a dozen teams of horses drawn by their colorful coaches in a glistening tack, through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the spectacular gilded age mansions. They come from all over the country for these demonstrations of a century old tradition which was a regular feature of fashionable New York and Newport life. 

These spectacular road coaches, carrying more than ten people including footmen and grooms, are each driven by at least four horses.  Driving the “4 in hand” requires tremendous skill , and the driver, called “the whip” must possess  cool judgement  and knowledge of the horses, watching their teams carefully for a stumble or nervousness while the horses move with amazing precision.

On Saturday, August 22 on the lawns of the Elms, there is also a public performance in which each team must execute a series of complex movements. Every day from August 20-23, there is free public viewing of the historic coaches along their routes throughout the city.

Ivy Lodge is situated right in heart of all of this! Nothing compares to our close proximity to the horses, the people and the action of this singular event. You will be front and center for an unforgettable experience. Visit our website to see current availability. A weekend of coaching happens only once, every three years.  Ivy Lodge is the perfect place for you to have a most unique, memorable visit to the City by the Sea.

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Sunset Luau and Newport’s Finest Craft Beer at Fort Adams

Posted by Bliss Clemmer

NewportStormlogo2012Looking for a great party? Check out Newport Storm Brewery’s 17th Annual Luau to Benefit Fort Adams. This event, featuring live music, performances, and local food vendors takes place August 15th 3:30-9pm at Fort Adams State Park.

Look no further for a fun weekend event where you will enjoy Newport’s best craft beer and hula with the fire dancers while supporting our historic fort on the harbor. Fort Adams State Park is an ideal location with its mighty stone walls, stunning grounds, and unbeatable sunset view.

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Fort Adams State Park Hosts the 2015 Craft Beer Races

Posted by Bliss Clemmer


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Don’t miss this year’s craft brew festival and 5k road race taking place at the beautiful Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI this Saturday, July 18th! Featuring over 30 breweries including our favorites: Newport Storm, Samuel Adams, Stone Brewing Co, Ommegang Brewery, and more, this is an event that our athletes and beer connoisseurs will agree is an absolute blast! Sign up with a friend or join a whole team, registry is online at: http://craftbrewraces.com/newport/

A 21+ event only and designated drivers register for only $15 online ($25 on site), come and stay with us after the fun at The Ivy Lodge bed and breakfast for a gorgeous weekend. With live music and food vendors on site, there is plenty to enjoy for the day, and a beautiful room to spend the night to top it all off! Feel free to call us for details – Ivy Lodge Inn (401) 849 6865. 

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47TH Season for The Newport Music Festival

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners


Classical Music Returns to Newport!  


photo credit: http://www.newport-music.org/ 

Come enjoy the very best in classical music this season, from award-winning and world-renowned performers. The Newport Music Festival, running from July 10th through July 26th, will feature 100 musicians from 17 different countries, performing your favorite classics and brand new music from debut artists.

We invite you to stay with us, at The Ivy Lodge bed & breakfast, conveniently located just a short distance from Newport’s breathtaking historic mansions where the majority of these concerts will take place. Enjoy a morning performance at your leisure following our gourmet breakfast or take a sunset stroll to a concert at The Breakers.  For our couples, choose from a variety of romantic performances for a truly special evening, including the late-night “Midnight Melodies”. Ask us about our “Romance Packages” to allow us to provide the finishing touches for a magical night.

With just a short walk down the street from The Ivy Lodge, no need to worry about parking! Enjoy the finest in classical music and a vacation to remember at one of Newport’s best bed & breakfasts. For more information about room availability and accommodations, please call The Ivy Lodge Inn at (401) 849 – 6865. Visit www.newport-music.org for concert details and tickets.



Topics: Newport Music Festival

International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino

Posted by Lisa Conners

Now you can enjoy two Hall of Fames this summer in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. First the  International Tennis Hall of Fame, located just a short stroll up Bellevue Avenue from Ivy Lodge, just re-opened after a complete renovation. Wonderful new features include "Call the Match" which lets you announce your favorite all time players in a match. Anyone for Federer versus Nadel one more time? Or Serena versus Maria? The Museum also contains interactive exhibits,tennis inspired art, and  a Roger Federer hologram to name only a few. The story that is the history of Tennis is told through the lives of the members of the Hall of Fame. 

 Speaking of Hall of Fames, the Ivy Lodge  Bed & Breakfast  in historic Newport, was just named to the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame. This recognition tells and important story- that the Ivy Lodge consistently earned top rankings from TripAdvisor travelers over the past 5 years. Once you visit the Ivy Lodge, and stay  in one of our magnificently appointed rooms, you will be able to say that you vacationed in pure hall of fame style. 






Plan your Hall of Fame vacation at the Ivy Lodge. Then spend your first day at the spectacular Tennis Hall of Fame. The Museum is open daily 10-5.  It is open 10-6 during July and August.  Admission is $15 for Adults with Children under 16 admitted for free. Ask your friends at the Ivy Lodge about discounted passes.

This year's Hall of Fame Championships and events will be held July 11 through 19. The Enshrinement Ceremony and Weekend for the Class of 2015 Hall of Fame inductees is July 18 and 19.  Contact us to check our availability, and week-day lodging specials that include tickets to Hall of Fame tennis Tournament. Come and stay in our Van Alen room.  You'll feel like a champion!!

Information contained here thanks to the websites of The International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum  194 Bellevue Avenue newport, RI 02840 (401-849-3990). www.halloffamechampionships.com and www.tennisfame.com, 


Posted by Don Jursek

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s longest professional sporting event and leading offshore sailing competition. Seven teams will battle it out during the nine months of the race: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing from the UAE, Team Alvimedica (shown below), the US/ Turkish youth challenge, Team Brunel, the Dutch campaign, Dongfeng Race Team, a Chinese entry, Team SCA, the all-female team, MAPFRE from Spain and the Danish entry, Team Vestas Wind.us_entry

The race has always been run in legs and in 2014-15 there will be nine of them, with the boats covering 38,739nm (71,745 km/ 44,580 miles), crossing four oceans (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans) and visiting 11 countries in five continents: Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden.

The international sailing event, scheduled for May 5-17, 2015, In Newport Rhode Island, is the only North American stopover during the Volvo Ocean Race's nine-month circumnavigation of the globe. Each host port stages a festival lasting around two weeks, featuring free family entertainment and a chance to see first-hand what the sailors have to put themselves through to succeed. Newport's will be outstanding 


The Newport Race Village opens on May 5 -    Enjoy the Exploration Zone, entertainment, a festival for all ages to experience sailing and many more family activities at Fort Adams State Park. The Pro-Am Racing on May 15, the In-Port Race on May 16 and the leg start to Lisbon on May 17 will be held within yards of the shoreline in the same natural stadium that hosted decades of America's Cup Racing - Narragansett Bay.

Don't miss this once in a lifetime event.