What is going on in Newport RI

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. 

Topics: Craft Brew Races - Newport,

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.




Festive happenings all month

Posted by Lisa Conners

UndeckhallsNewport begins celebrating the holiday season at the end of November. Lights twinkle everywhere and all sectors of the community collaborate to provide a wide range of activities. Every day there is something special or lovely to experience.

The Newport Historical Society has several, fascinating, seasonal tours that run throughout December and beyond. There is a Holiday Open House, historic site tours, Holiday Histories Tour, Colonial Winter tour and more. Contact the Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 401-841-8770  for reservations and schedules.

The Preservation Society of Newport County begins its own Christmas at the Newport Mansions offering a full schedule of tours through the elaborately decorated rooms at The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House. There are mucical performances, gingerbread mansion creations, Santa's visits and a variety of other special treats! (newportmansions.org)

One of the most notable events is the staging of The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff over two weekends. The production of this beloved classic flows through the mansion and engages the audience intimately in the story and the performance.

 Saturday evenings in December you can enjoy an interactive murder, mystery "Silent Night, Deadly Night" at the Newport Art Museum. (newportartmuseum.org) 

There are always lots of holiday craft fairs and local holiday performances and productions. This time of year in Newport has something for everyone!

Topics: historical newport, Dance newport ri, Newport Harbor, Nnewport Mansions, Newport Preservation Society RI, winter in newport ri, Christmas in newport ri, Newport holiday events

UnDecked Halls at Rough Point

Posted by Lisa Conners

describe the imageRough Point is a magnificent oceanfront estate. It was the Newport home of Doris Duke- heiress, philanthropist, art collector. It was bequeathed to the Newport Restoration Foundation, complete with all of its contents in1993. In 1968 Miss Duke founded the Newport Restoration Foundation for the express purpose of preserving, interpreting and maintaining landscape and objects reflecting Aquidneck Island's eighteenth and nineteenth century architectural culture.

During this season Rough Point becomes An Authentic Newport Mansion in Winter, UnDecked Halls at Rough Point. The owners of the massive, multiple summer cottages came to Newport primarily during the warmer months of the year, not for the winter holiday season . They celebrated elsewhere and as a result Bellevue Avenue would be rather dark and quiet.The UnDecked tour will take you through the first floor of the grand house. It focuses on the winter holidays and caretaking traditions that took place at Rough Point even as Miss Duke was celebrating at her Honolulu estate.

 The house was kept running and at the ready all year which required significant work. In the tour you will hear about the lives and chores of the servants responsible for all of that upkeep. After viewing formal parts of the house, guests will be invited into the staff dinning room (not normally open to the public). The room will be festively decorated for the season (circa 1970s) as it was when the winter caretakers were in residence. Refreshments and recipes will be available

UnDecked Halls tours will be held Saturdays, December 6, 13 20 and 27 from 10a.m. to 3p.m., offered every half hour.

Topics: Christmas in newport ri, mansions newport ri, Rough Point Tour, Newport holiday events

The Annual Ivy Lodge added value Gift Certificate Sale

Posted by Lisa Conners

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 December 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015, 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 fond 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, 2015 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 15 

 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 #Promo15 when placing your order.  

Topics: historical newport, bed and breakfast newport, Bed and breakfast gift certificate

Christmas in Newport; a Celebration

Posted by Lisa Conners

2014 marks the 44th annual Christmas on Newport festival, a citywide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season. The program boasts multiple activities for nearly every day of the December calendar with Monday, December 1 being the official opening date. The ceremony in nutcracker at rosecliffWashington Square features the mayor's proclamation, a tree lighting and the Newport Artillery cannon salute. The Newport Historical Society's Open House is held at the top of Washington Square. As part of the official opening ceremony you can tour the historic structure that is the Colony House and listen to festive music and other live entertainment.

The festival seeks to emphasize the non-commercial traditions of the holiday season. With community collaboration among residents, businesses and the city, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue avenue. The lights are meant to simulate the candlelight of holidays of bygone days. Christmas in Newport raises thousands of dollars for charity each year. In keeping with the true spirit of the season, any event listed in the annual program must be free of charge or must benefit a non-profit institution or charity.

(info@christmasinnewport.org; www.newporthistorical.org; www.newportmansions.org; #401.849.6454

Christmas lights at mansion 

The Preservation Society of Newport County creates the dazzling spectacle of Christmas at the Newport Mansions beginning November 22, 2014 and lasting through January 4, 2015. It is part of the program of events for Christmas in Newport but has its own schedule and calendar. Music, tours and amazing decorations highlight the the celebration. Three National Historic Landmarks, icons of the Gilded Age in America, the Breakers, The Elms and Marble House are filled with thousands of pointsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths.

A total of 24 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room styles anchor many of the monumental spaces. Period silver and china sparkle on elegant dining tables and the windows of each mansion are lit with individual candles. Special displays and multiple musical events and performances are featured throughout the holiday schedule. There are visits with Santa set for each mansion.

Also part of Christmas at the Newport Mansions is the another highly anticipated 

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holiday tradition, The Nutcracker at Rosecliff. The Island Moving Company presents a memorable rendition of the beloved ballet classic in the setting of Newport's most romantic mansions, Rosecliff.   Set within the mansion's salons, ballrooms and on the iconic staircase, this unique production has received considerable critical praise. As you follow the scenes from room to room you are so close to the performers you feel yourself to be truly involved in the story. This year The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is scheduled for November 28-30 and December 2-5.

(www.newportmansions.org, info@newportmansions.organsion.)

Newport Restaurant week November 2014

Posted by Elyse Foster

dessert entreeIf you love to eat and enjoy the experience of a good restaurant, a great prix-fixe meal awaits you at top restaurants during Newport, RI Restaurant Week.The two-week-long event show cases our best and brightest chefs tantilizing your taste buds with a prix-fixe meal that won't break the bank.

It also supports a major fund raising effort for local charities. This year more than 50 restaurants are participating. Visit Newport and sample some of the best food in New England for an unbeatable price. Go to Discovernewport.com for a complete list of participating restaurants.

 Newport Restaurant Week is 11/7-11/16

The 2014 Newport Restaurant Week occurs from November 7 to November 16. This annual offering features a prix fixe, 3 course meal for lunch or dinner. From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to elegant, romantic dinners, the Newport and Bristol county restaurants present an array of creative menus without breaking your budget. With a wide range of food choices and specialties you are sure to find your favorites as well as be able to explore new taste and dining experiences

So make your reservations, the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast has availability and so do the restaurants, but we're all booking-up nicely. Allow us to concierge you on the best places to make those dining reservations . . . you still have time!main course entree

Topics: restaurant week newport ri, go newport ri, ivy lodge bed and breakfast restaurant week, destination newport ri, newport restaurant week, discover newport ri

Biking in Newport- the electric bike way with Pedego

Posted by Elyse Foster

 describe the image Since Newport is all about fun and having a wonderful memorable time, we at the Ivy Lodge Bed and Breakfast  would like to introduce you the newest thing in biking; Pedego electric bikes.   Pedego electric bikes combine style and function to open up cycling to anyone who might otherwise not be getting the benefits from bike riding. Many people would like to ride a bike in Newport, but find it impractical or impossible because of hills, distance, health reasons, and knee problems. 

Our  PEDEGO™ electric bikes make biking Newport  much more accessible, and in a word... FUN.

(Call us at: 401-849-6865 about our Pedego electric bike fall package)

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  Newport is such a beautiful place to stay and visit.  Arguably the best way to enjoy Newport is by bicycle.  On a bike, you can still appreciate the outdoors -- like walking, but you can also get to places in a quicker fashion than if you were on foot. See the mansions, cruise the 10 mile ocean drive, visit Fort Adams, stop by Castle Hill Lighthouse or just feel the wind in your face.  

Newport is a very bike-friendly place.  In 2014 the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards and Newport has been named a Bronze BFC – the first BFC in the state of Rhode Island! 

“Newport is playing a critical role in creating a truly Bicycle Friendly America,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know Newport’s investment in bicycling will be returned many times over in the health, environmental, and quality of life benefits of a thriving community.”

The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while benchmarking their progress toward improved bicycle-friendliness. The Bronze BFC award recognizes Newport’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in promotion, education, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. describe the image

     Newport is also the historic home of the bicycling movement. If you take a stroll through Touro Park off Bellevue Avenue, you’ll see this monument (pictured below), carved with the League’s winged wheel logo. Erected in 1980, it commemorates the founders of the League of American Wheelmen (now Bicyclists), who began their commitment to better and safer cycling in our own “City by the Sea.”

 Turo bike monument


The best way to bike in Newport is to stay at the Ivy Lodge and bike the  electric way; with Pedego electric bikes. With their bright colors and a retro look, Pedego Electric Bikes look like the cruiser bikes that dominated the U.S. market in the 1950s before giving way to lightweight Euro racers.

The bikes have wide handlebars, upright seating posture and fat tires just like the old beach bikes. But they have been updated in numerous ways, including aluminum frames, front and rear disc brakes and Shimano gears.

However, the biggest change is the electric motor mounted in the rear wheel with its book-shaped battery discreetly set on the luggage platform above. 

Pedego bike

Let us show you why Pedego Electric Bikes, with their classic California styling, are the most enjoyable way to experience Newport. Pedego can give you the freedom and fun of being a kid again!

(Call us today @ 401-849-6865 to discuss a  Pedego bike packages at the Ivy Lodge)

Topics: Touro Park Newport RI, Castle Hill Light house, bed and breakfast, ivy lodge bed and breakfast, Cliff Walk Newport, 10 mile ocean drive newport