What is going on in Newport RI

Diving into the 2015 Holiday Season

Posted by Lisa Conners

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    Newport is nationally noted as a best visit anytime of the year. The favorite season for many is now underway. This week multiple events throughout the city (and Newport county) will herald official beginnings of celebrations and entertainment for the rest of 2015! Christmas_lights_at_mansion.jpgTuesday, December 1 Christmas in Newport will have opening ceremonies in Washington Square, a free event with too much happening to describe here! ( www.christmasinnewport.org).  The same evening the Newport  Historical Society  holds their Holiday Open House in the historic Colony House at the top of the square (www.newporthistory.org).   The entire schedule of events for Christmas at the Newport Mansions is at www.newportmansions.org.  December 1-4 the Island Moving Company presents the lovely Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff (www.islandmovingco.org).  Sparkling lights are everywhere!

Start your own holiday tradition with one of Newport’s outstanding, unique restaurants, pubs and taverns. The majority of these establishments will be open for special festivities on New Year’s Eve. Some gala, black tie events include:

    The Preservation Society of Newport County and the Newport 375th Anniversary Committee (1639-2014) will celebrate at Rose cliff with cocktails, dinner, music and dancing.  Black tie optional, contact the special events office at 401-847-1000, ext. 140 for reservations.

    New Year’s Eve Regency Gala on Goat Island.  Call 401-851-1234 for reservations and information.

    Vanderbilt Grace New Year’s Eve Dinner and Celebration at Muse. Call 401-846-6200 for reservations and information.

    The Brick Alley Pub is again having their very popular Wine Dinner.  Call 401-849-6334 for reservations and details.

Come and ring in 2016 in Newport!  You’ll find a real variety of opportunities to dine, dance and party in style.  Make your visit complete with a stay at Ivy Lodge (www.ivylodge.com) here in the heart of Victorian holiday splendor.  Call us (401-849-6865) and check our availability; we’ll be waiting for you!


What's Happening During the Holidays in Newport?

Posted by Lisa Conners

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In the second half of November the winds are swirling leaves everywhere.  While Thanksgiving occupies most people’s minds, the Preservation Society of Newport County is busy preparing three mansions with the splendor of the upcoming holiday season.  The Breakers, the Elms and Marble House are transformed with beautiful lights and décor.  Each house has a schedule of musical performances.  Santa  visits each house on a different weekend.  The beloved tradition of the Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff  is held in November and December.  This year the schedule of Christmas at the Newport Mansions begins on Saturday November 21 and runs through Sunday January 3, 2016.  For a full listing of their events and attractions go to www.newportmansions.org

Boats in the harbor are being fitted with lights for the annual Newport Harbor Illuminated Boat Parade on Friday evening November 27.  In the harbor Seal Watch Tours have started their November  through April tours (www.savethebay.org/seals).  The Polar Express Train begins running on Saturday November 21 also (www.newportpolarexpress.com).

The month long celebration that is Christmas in Newport starts officially on December 1.  Daily events are free or low cost with funds benefitting local non-profits.  The city, residents and businesses all collaborate with the use of only clear bulbs to illuminate Colonial homes and structures, harbor wharves and the Victorian Bellevue Avenue. The complete schedule is available at www.christmasinnewport.org, email: info@christmasinnewport.org.

Other sites with information on holiday activities and events: www.newporthistory.org, www.NewportChamber.com/ Holiday by the Sea, www.discovernewport.org, www.newportrestoration.org, www.tourosynagogue.org, www.trinitynewport.org,

We are ready for your visit.  The heart of the mansion district sparkles all around us.  All of our rooms have fireplaces!  Contact us for availability and create a new holiday tradition in the City by the Sea.












November 21, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Christmas at the Newport Mansions
The Breakers, The Elms & Marble House

Open daily and decorated for the holidays


Includes new exhibition, "Newport & Her Southern Sisters"
Rosecliff closed November 21 through December 6 for "Newport Nutcracker"
On December 12, the last tour admission at Rosecliff will be at 3 p.m.
Rosecliff not decorated for the holidays

 The Breakers, The Elms & Rosecliff open at 9 a.m., last tour admission at 4 p.m.  

 Marble House opens at 10 a.m., last tour admission at 4 p.m.

Houses & grounds close at 5 p.m.

Servant Life Tour at The Elms offered hourly on the 1/2 hour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Evenings at The Breakers
November 28, December 5, 12 & 26
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  ( Separate admission- currently a/o 11/17 33% sold out)

Holiday Evening Duet: The Elms & Marble House
December 19
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All properties closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.

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Where to Find Live Music in Newport: More than Folk and Jazz Festivals…Support Local Talent!

Posted by Bliss Clemmer and Lisa Conners

image source: http://jimmysnewport.com/

At Ivy Lodge, our guests are always asking us where and when they can find live music performances on the island. The anchors of the summer season, Newport’s world famous, historic Folk and Jazz Festivals attract hundreds of tourists every year. However, there are plenty of great festivals, concerts and live performances that may be lesser known but are full of talent and feature solid musical acts. In fact, you can find live music performances almost every night of the week in Newport!

The following venues, pubs, and bars cover a wide range of musical tastes from jazz fusion to hard rock, dance music, karaoke and much more. Our local vineyards, Greenvale Vineyards and Newport Vineyards, have afternoon concerts and jazz piano. Some of our favorite pubs host open mic acts, DJ’s, and rockin’ good local bands. Check out our list of favorite places and support local music year-round:

Jimmy’s Saloon

                Where: 37 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI

                Music: Tues, Fri, Sat at 9:00PM

                Specialty: “Ocean Mic Tuesdays” (local, mixed genre); “Tweed Leisure & Rhymeculture Fridays”                   (indie/rock); “Always Live Saturdays” (mixed genre, hip hop, rock, heavy metal)

Newport Blues Café

                Where: 286 Thames St, Newport, RI

                Music: Fri & Sat nights at 10PM

                Specialty: rock, reggae, funk, pop, r & b, cover bands

Atlantic Beach Club

                Where: 55 Purgatory Rd, Middletown, RI

                Music: Fri & Sat nights, Sun daytime

                Specialty: Summer – DJ’s and rock bands; Fall – jazz and jazz fusion (closes in January)

Hope Underground

                Where: 10 Broadway, Newport, RI

                Music: Fri & Sat nights; every other Tues

                Specialty: “Jazz Tuesdays”; jazz fusion, DJ’s – featuring “Dox Ellis”, rock, reggae

LaForge Casino Restaurant

                Where: 186 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI

                Music: Fri & Sat 7PM-11PM

                Specialty: Sing Along Piano featuring Dave Manuel

Narragansett Café

                Where: 25 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown, RI

                Music: most Fri & Sat nights; Sun 4pm-7pm

                Specialty: “best Sunday blues”; blues and jazz fusion  

Wharf Pub

                Where: 37 Bowens Wharf, Newport      

Music: Fri & Sat nights; some Sundays; Tues at 8:00pm

                Specialty: “Open mic Tuesdays”; local acoustic duos, trios, originals, and covers  

Celtica Public House

                Where: 95 Long Wharf, Newport, RI

                Music: Fri & Sat nights at 10:00pm

                Specialty: karaoke

The Fifth Element

                Where: 111 Broadway, Newport, RI

                Music: Sat at 10:00; Sun 6pm-9pm; Mon 7pm-10pm

                Specialty: “Groove Merchants” on Mondays; jazz & jazz fusion

Busker’s Pub and Fast

                Where: 178 Thames St, Newport, RI

                Music: Fri & Sat nights

                Specialty: Irish covers Sat nights; Fri local acoustic duos, trios, covers

Newport Grand Event Center and Lounge

                Where: 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport, RI

                Music: Tues, Weds, Sat nights at 8:00PM

                Specialty: Tribute rock bands on Sat nights; karaoke Tues & Weds


                Where: 156 Broadway, Newport, RI

                Music: Weds nights

                Specialty: blues, acoustic, rock

One Pelham East

                Where: 270 Thames St, Newport, RI

                Music: Fri, Sat nights, (weeknights mostly in summer)   

                Specialty: Summer - “Dueling Pianos” act; DJ’s featuring “DJ Blacklist”; live cover bands

Clarke Cooke House

                Where: 26 Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI

                Music: Fri & Sat nights at 10PM, Sun brunch

                Specialty: local acoustic, rock cover bands, piano featuring “Bobby Ferreira” on Sundays

Jo’s American Bistro

                Where: 24 Memorial Blvd W, Newport, RI

                Music: Most Friday nights at 7PM

                Specialty: jazz/vocal bands

This is not an exclusive list!  There truly is something for everyone.  The City by the Sea has music for every season - always something to enjoy.  Come stay with us at Ivy Lodge and get to know the local music scene and our live talent!



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Looking Forward to Newport Restaurant Week!

Posted by Bliss Clemmer

image: http://www.discovernewport.org/restaurant-week

Late fall in Newport: where the foliage is at its peak, the pedestrians sport their stylish jackets, and the cooks are concocting their creative menus for Newport Restaurant Week. Our best restaurants and favorite pubs participate in this highly-anticipated, weeklong event, where diners can enjoy exceptional food at an unbeatable value.

This event runs from November 6-15 where participating restaurants will have a special, three-course dinner and lunch menu in which you will choose an appetizer, entre, and dessert. Featuring fall-inspired dishes like Fluke’s “spiced pumpkin crème brulee” and Benjamin’s “autumn ale surf and turf”, newcomers and loyal customers alike can try something new and delicious.

Be sure to check out Discover Newport’s complete list of participating restaurants: http://www.discovernewport.org/restaurant-week

If your planning your fall escape to Newport to enjoy fine food and the beautiful, New England foliage, allow us to host your stay at The Ivy Lodge Inn: http://www.ivylodge.com/




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Newport’s Cool,Underground Scene: Ivy Lodge’s Favorite Local Pubs, Hubs, and Bars

Posted by Bliss Clemmer

Image: https://www.facebook.com/celtica.newport/photos

Every year, tourists and locals alike flock to the island’s most popular and well-marketed restaurants and venues. Although beloved by islanders and visitors alike, Newport is also host to a number of very cool, lesser known establishments (and some, best kept secrets!). These local gems have become favorite hubs among natives as well as the subject of many stories told by the fortunate travelers who have stumbled through their doors.

For bolder atmospheres, adult crowds, and broader beer selections, look no further! Here is the Ivy Lodge list of favorite locations to let loose and enjoy the local flavor. These pubs, hubs, and diamonds in the ruff are some of Newport’s best places to kick back, enjoy a fresh brewski, and have a few laughs with friends. Be sure to check out the local, underground scene during your next visit to “Rogue Island”!

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  1. Pour Judgement

Stepping into Pour Judgement can often involve traversing through a large and excitable crowd, but that’s one of the reasons why it’s one of our favorite bars in town! The first thing you may notice is the abundance of decorative beer signs and a generous selection of craft beers.

While the beer list alone makes this establishment great, the creative menu makes it AWESOME. The “gouda fries”, a mountain of French fries with a crock of melted cheese, and the “Thai shrimp nachos” slathered in sweet and savory curry sauce are must-tries. Pour Judgement also offers a dollar off any beer with the purchase of any burger, and they also participate in the locally famed “Battle-of-the-Chefs” where tickets can be purchased in advance.

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  1. Newport Storm Brewery

Teetering on the Middletown line, Newport Storm Brewery is worth the ride. Tours and tastings are always a good time, but the brewery also hosts its own events such as the upcoming “Annual Release '15 Launch Party” taking place on 10/29 from 6-8pm.

This craft brewery always delivers, from its tried and true Rhode Island Blueberry Beer to its seasonal and limited releases, there is something to offer every microbrew lover. And here is a local hack for you, Newport Storm Brewery also offers free tastings on Fridays for the first 50 sign ups on Facebook, so make sure you take advantage of this generous opportunity!

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  1. Firehouse Theater

Now I’ve been to my fair share of comedy shows, and there have been very few evenings where I’ve laughed as hard as the time I went to see “The Bit Players” perform at the Firehouse Theater. Needless to say, this talented group of comedians knows just how to entertain an audience. Their improv style skits allow the crowd to participate by offering suggestions to influence the plot, much like the TV show Whose Line is it Anyways?   

Located on Equality Park (off Broadway), The Firehouse Theater allows you to bring your own beer. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door in cash, and performances take place Friday nights at 8:00PM and Saturday nights at 8:00PM and 10:00PM. Be sure to bring friends, because the more the merrier!

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  1. The Wharf Pub

While shopping around the heart of Newport, allow The Wharf Pub’s rustic, dimly-lit atmosphere to pull you off the street.  Especially in the off season, this is the perfect place to warm up with its excellent craft beer selection and comfort food! Although this place might fill up fast in the evening, The Wharf Pub is a great place to catch local, live music on a Saturday night.

Nestled in Bowen’s Wharf, The Wharf Pub’s tater tots have no rival, served in cast iron pans in assorted styles and flavors like truffle and bacon wrapped. Cozy and comfy is their specialty, featuring dishes like “chicken and waffles” and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches; the portions are generous and the food is delicious.

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  1. Hope Underground

Yet another great stop off of Broadway St, Hope is a bar with two floors and a lot of character. A great list of rotating cocktails, wines, and beer, their menu is also among the most creative we’ve seen in pubs. Not your average menu, Hope offers atypical treats like “jalapeno shrimp Rangoon” and duck confit, and their $20 Tuesday menu is bound to fill you up on a budget.

Their food and beverages will not disappoint, and neither will their night life! Best known for the cellar level, “Hope Underground” hosts DJ’s, events, and live bands on weekends. Though tickets may sell out fast, this is a great place for dancing and jazz fusion – be sure to check out updates on their Facebook page!

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  1. Genie’s Hooka Lounge

If you’re looking for a unique place to unwind with friends in a totally groovy atmosphere, you’ve got to check out Genie’s Hooka Lounge. Colorfully decorated and inspired by Middle Eastern culture, Genie’s is the best place to enjoy tea, tobacco, and even traditional belly dancing!

Although you may pay a cover charge when they have a DJ, this venue is BYOB and also offers a diverse menu featuring Persian and Middle-Eastern cuisine. Whether you’re there to dance or melt into their comfy furniture with a hot cup of herbal tea, you’re bound to enjoy yourself at Genie’s Hooka Lounge.

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  1. Diego’s Mexican Restaurant

This West Coast inspired, Mexican restaurant makes our list, because although it is very well-known, Diego’s unique atmosphere, creative menu, and wild spirit makes it a significant part of Newport’s local, underground scene. Located in Bowen’s Wharf, Diego’s pays homage to the punk rock era with its band-inspired T-shirts and edgier attitude. You won’t find a harder working staff, as this place is usually bustling and full of energy.

The menu is extensive and innovative, featuring classic Mexican cuisine with creations of their own such as seafood infused plates and tasty vegetarian dishes. Taco and nacho nights are some of our favorites for great deals and generous servings. Diego’s also features imaginative cocktails, margaritas by the pitcher, and craft beer. If you’re paying Bowen’s Wharf a visit, popping into Diego’s for even just a drink and an app is a must.

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  1. Celtica Public House

Located on Long Wharf, Newport’s own Irish pub is one of the island’s best local hangouts. Friendly bartenders, pool table, darts, and trivia makes Celtica a great, casual bar to unwind with friends. With its dimly lit, laid back atmosphere and vintage Guinness signs, Celtica has a nice full length bar and plenty of comfortable seating.    

Celtica features a small menu with essential and tasty pub food like pizza, buffalo wings, and hot dogs. Our favorite thing about Celtica is its Karaoke nights every Friday and Saturday at 10:00PM. Be sure to rally your friends and head on down to Long Wharf to sing with the natives!

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  1. One Pelham East

“The Pelham” is the place to go for a really fun and wild night out in Newport. Look for the old white building on the corner of Thames and Pelham St. Known for their live music, DJ’s, and dueling pianos, One Pelham East will bring the noise to get you dancing.

Be prepared to pay in cash, and if you can see past the plastic cups and aluminum bottles, the bartenders are a blast and at least you won’t have to step on glass while you’re on the dance floor! The Pelham hosts a younger crowd, many college students and locals, and don’t be surprised to run into a bachelorette party during your night out. Overall, The Pelham is a great choice for a late night of entertainment and good ol’ shenanigans.

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  1. Jimmy’s Saloon

If you’re looking to rock out in Newport, Jimmy’s is the best! Hosting serious talent with bands across genres, Jimmy’s Saloon is a hub for performers, music lovers, and local legends. Located on Memorial Boulevard, this roomy venue has a large bar, pool tables, and plenty of space to hang out. The beer list and menu are limited, but the food is tasty and you can purchase beer by the pitcher. Check out their event list in advance to plan your next night out!



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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

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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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