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Don't Miss This Year's Seafood Festival at Bowen's Wharf!

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners

photo credit: http://www.bowenswharf.com/events

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

Saturday October 17

11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Sunday October 18

11:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Admission: free


The Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival celebrates  the “Harvest of the Sea “, rain or shine, for two days with plenty of food, beverages, live music, history and fun. The 25th annual event features an abundance of fresh and local clams, lobster, oysters, chowder and more.  There will be over 20 restaurants represented on the historic waterfront, and food and beverages can be purchased at each table.  This is a two-day event of live acoustic music that is sure to result in dancing!

 Nearby in the marina will be the Tall Ship: Oliver Hazard Perry, modeled after traditional vessels of the 1800’s.  She has three masts and over 6 miles of traditional rigging!  The 200-foot ship is Rhode Island’s official sailing education vessel and it will be open for tours.  Kids can enjoy activities like face painting and pumpkin painting too.  Coastal Living Magazine calls this event one of “The 10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on The Coast”.

Centrally located on one of the best natural harbors in New England, Bowen’s Wharf was an integral part of the thriving Colonial seaport of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  Structures from the 18th and 19th centuries still remain, and the maritime wharf still has areas of large cobblestone and granite quays.  It continued to serve the ships and the industry of the seaport well into the 19th century .  The Festival fills the trade center with folks enjoying the harvest of the sea on an active waterfront, connecting them to the past and giving them the opportunity to have a great time!

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Ivy Lodge’s List of 6 Best Locations for Ocean Views, Scenic Walks, and Fall Foliage

Posted by Bliss Clemmer


Snapshot of the Ivy stoop by Bliss Clemmer 

The air is crisp, pumpkins are ripe, and the apple cider is warm, but where or where is the foliage? Our sources say that we will start to see New England’s fall canvas in all of its glory around mid-October, peaking in late October. Although we must wait for now, this gives us plenty of time to plan the perfect pick nicks, hikes, and daytrips. And we locals will tell you, paying a visit to our unique and beautiful coastline is also a must during your fall escape to Newport!

We’ve put together our list of favorite sites for you, to enjoy the full splendor of the fall colors and ocean outlooks. So grab a blanket and a lunch, sit back, and enjoy the view! And if you’re looking for a charming B & B, with oh-so-handsome facade in the fall (if you don’t mind us saying so), check out our availability at the Ivy Lodge Inn to book the perfect fall getaway! http://www.ivylodge.com/ 

  1. Beavertail State Park


Located in Jamestown, with its rocky overlooks, tidal pools, and many trails, Beavertail State Park is an excellent choice for hiking and site-seeing. Did we mention it is also offers one of the finest ocean views in RI? For more information, visit: http://www.riparks.com/Locations/LocationBeavertail.html


  1. Watson Farm


With over 250 acres of land, this sustainable, family farm offers self-guided walking tours and gorgeous views! They also raise their own 100% grass-fed cattle and sheep, and their unique wool blankets sellout by Christmas, so be sure to check out the farm to buy your very own! For more information, visit: http://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/watson-farm


  1. Rose Island Lighthouse


Nestled on Narragansett Bay in Newport, the Rose Island Lighthouse is a must-see during your Newport visit. You can view from afar or even take the Newport-Jamestown ferry to the location, but make sure to call the museum office to schedule a visit!

For more information, visit: http://www.roseislandlighthouse.org/come_for_day.html


  1. Roger Williams Zoo


Located in Providence, RI, Roger Williams Zoo is certainly worth the drive from Newport for a spectacular daytrip. Their animals and exhibits are stunning, and the fall features a nightly “Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular” with over 5,000 carved pumpkins along the park’s wetland trail. For more information, visit: http://www.rwpzoo.org/jack-o-lantern-spectacular#ad-image-0



  1. Green Animals Topiary Garden


This historical Portsmouth location is sure to bring out the kid in all of us with its amazing animal-shaped bushes and antique toy collection. This is a great spot for losing yourself to the happiness and fantasy of the beautiful gardens, especially in the fall! For more information, visit: http://www.newportmansions.org/learn/landscape/green-animals-topiary-garden   


  1. Cliffwalk


Quite possibly our personal favorite location, the cliff walk is one of the best trails to experience the breath-taking coast and Gilded-Age architecture of Newport. A great place for a walk and pick nick that opens up right to Easton’s Beach! For more information, visit: http://www.cliffwalk.com/

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Ivy Lodge’s Top 10 Fall Favorites

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners

Outdoor Festivals & Fun Things to Do

                       image credit: http://www.bowenswharf.com/events#

As we bid farewell to another beautiful Newport summer, many vacationers and locals alike are asking WHAT EVER DO WE DO?! Well fret not friends, because with the beautiful weather and New England foliage brings a season of fun-filled events. We’ve composed our top ten favorites for upcoming festivals and sites to see, and best of all, they are all outdoors. So get on out there and enjoy the fall! If you’re coming from out of town, allow us to host your autumn visit and check out our availability today!  


  1. Hangout at the Harvest Festival

Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary - Third Beach Middletown, RI

When: (Oct 3rd & 4th)

This year’s 41st Annual Harvest Fair is sure to be a hoot! This family-friendly event features games, crafts for sale by artisans, live music, and local food and beer. Tickets are very affordable and available at the gate or online.

More information: http://normanbirdsanctuary.org/annual-events/harvest-fair/


  1. Drink Wine on a Mansion Lawn

When: Sept 26th & 27th

Where: Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival – Newport, RI

This is the wine tasting festival of festivals! Don’t miss this 2 day grand tasting on the lawn of the Marble House featuring hundreds of fine wines, celebrity chef appearances, gourmet food, and more. Tickets are for sale online.

More Information: http://www.newportmansions.org/events/wine-and-food-festival


  1. Learn an Old-World Skill

When: Lectures & Events Open in the Fall (see calendar)

Where: Prescott Farm & Windmill - Middletown, RI

Ever wanted to learn about ceramics or how to build a stonewall? Prescott Farm & Windmill, known for their Revolutionary War History, is hosting a series of lectures through the fall. Their professionally-kept grounds are open daily from dusk till dawn, so you can explore the herb gardens and duck pond.



  1. Go Apple & Pumpkin Picking

When: Every Day - 8 am to 7 pm – Through December

Where: Sweet Berry Farm – Middletown, RI

Sweet Berry Farm is one of Middletown’s most charming locations and an excellent place to go picking for apples, raspberries, and pumpkins. They also have their own farm market with all kinds of local products for sale including smoked meats and artisan cheeses. They even have a self-serve farm café on sight which always serves fresh pizza, sandwiches, pastries and more!

More information: http://www.sweetberryfarmri.com/


  1. Stroll the Cliff Walk

When: Open Year-Around

Where: Newport, RI

Of all the sights in Newport, walking down the 40 steps to watch the waves crash on the rocks is one of the most epic views you can witness! The 3.5 mile cliff walk is a perfect place to stroll with your hunny or even your dog!

More information: http://www.cliffwalk.com/


  1. Set Sail from Bowen’s Wharf

When: Through October (see calendar)

Where: Bowen’s Wharf – Newport, RI

Adirondack II sailing tours are offered morning, day, and dusk, there is nothing like boarding a schooner and setting out to sea in the gorgeous Newport harbor. Newport sailing tours take about an hour and a half, and their accommodating staff will fill you in on the history of some of the sights and even pour you a mimosa or a “dark & stormy!” Reservations are available through October:



  1. Rough It

When: Open Year-Around

Where: Beavertail State Park - Jamestown, RI

If you’re looking to get outdoors without spending a dime, be sure to explore Beavertail State Park. Known for its stunning site-seeing, you can enjoy the costal view right from the seat of your car, or hop on a trail for some hiking. Its tidal pools offer some of the best saltwater fishing in the area, so drop a line, kick back, and enjoy the view!

More information: http://riparks.com/Locations/LocationBeavertail.html


  1. Eat Lots and Lots of Seafood

When: Oct 18th & 19th

Where: Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival – Newport, RI

Come stuff yourselves with clam chowder, quahogs, raw oysters, and more right on the harbor! This locally famed 2 day celebration honors the “Harvest of the Sea”. Open to the public right in the heart of Newport, this event offers New England’s finest seafood, local drinks, and live music. Admission is free admission and food & beverages are purchased at booths.

More information: http://www.bowenswharf.com/events


  1. Relax at the Vineyards

When: Sept 27th @ 2:00PM

Where: Newport Vineyards - Route 138 Middletown, RI

Newport Vineyards is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Bash along with its multi-million dollar renovation, which includes their very own Brix Restaurant, marketplace, and bakery. This event features live music, wine tastings, food sampling, and even the “Great Grape Stomp-Off”! Cheers to their 20 years!

For more information: http://www.newportvineyards.com/


  1. Get Spooked!

When: October 16th - 18 & 23rd - 25th @ 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Where: Fort Adams State Park – Newport, RI

Don’t miss this year’s most frightening festival, “Fortress of Nightmares”, to kick off your Halloween! This event features the all new “Tunnels of Terror”, zombie-hunting laser tag, “beer graveyard”, and food truck. Fun for all ages, there will also be a film festival and gallery.  


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Boats! Boats! Boats! 

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners

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

Many of us can recall a good’ol vintage car show, but how many of you have been to a boat show before? If you happen to be hanging out in Newport this weekend, be sure to check out the 45th annual Newport International Boat Show!

One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, this event features nearly 750 exhibitors showing a wide variety of boats, including power and sail. You can even climb aboard and review them yourselves. On land there are dozens of boating services and merchandise exhibitors, while seminars and training programs are scheduled daily.

Various ticket packages and prices are available.  Parking is $15 per car at a satellite location with a shuttle service.  Newport welcomes all boating enthusiasts with many amenities with great dining , shopping and places to stay.  Come and be part of Newport’s long and varied maritime history.  The Ivy Lodge location as always is ideal.  We are walking distance from the exhibition areas with the advantage of our on-site parking for guests.

The Newport International Boat Show runs from Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 20. Hours are 10-6:00, Sunday 10-5:00.  For more information, visit:


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Newport’s Wine & Food Festival of Festivals! 

Posted by Bliss Clemmer

photo credit: http://www.newportmansions.org/events/wine-and-food-festival/collectible-wine-dinner

Saying farewell to another fabulous Newport summer is always bittersweet. But alas, we welcome our next gorgeous New England fall, which means that the 10th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is almost upon us!!

Featuring top chefs and 400 wines from around the world, this is the wine festival of festivals! GoLocalProv.com even calls it the “festival that all others are judged against”. Taking place at The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marblehouse, you can enjoy the world’s finest vintages and cuisine in a spectacular, historical mansion!

Nestled in the mansion neighborhood, allow us to welcome you to spend your weekend at The Ivy Lodge, just a stone’s throw from the festival! If you are planning a fall getaway, this would be the perfect weekend to visit the island; just make sure you purchase your tickets as they will sell fast:


For more information about planning your next visit to Newport, check out our availability and allow us to host a truly memorable experience!



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Ivy Lodge for the Win!

Posted by Bliss Clemmer


Fresh from our inbox today, we received news that the Ivy Lodge has been selected winner of TripExpert's “Expert’s Choice” award! We're honored to be considered one of Newport's top hotels, and thank all of you for your support and reviews! 
Although this is a proud milestone for the Ivy, we are always trying to grow and improve, and with your helpful feedback, we can keep pushing the bar for creating an exceptional Newport experience. Cheers friends! 




Our Proud Ocean Drive Monument

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners


photo credit: https://tclf.org/landscapes/portuguese-discovery-monument

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/


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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? ;) 

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Set Sail Aboard the Adirondack II for an Incredible Newport Adventure

Posted by Bliss Clemmer


photo credit: https://www.zerve.com/SailNewport/PubSail

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.

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