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  • 03/04/2021 - Don 0 Comments
    Spring 2021 Newport R. I. Restaurant Week

    Restaurant week starts APRIL 9th and runs through APRIL 18th.

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  • 30/01/2021 - Don Jursek 0 Comments
    Cliffwalk Sunrise Newport Rhode Island

    A Cliffwalk sunrise along the eastern shore of Newport RI.

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  • 15/12/2020 0 Comments
    The season of mouth-watering food and drink events in Newport is underway.

    The season of mouth-watering food and drink events in Newport is underway. While the beauty of over 850,000 daffodils blooming for Spring may occupy center stage, do not overlook the 7th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival scheduled for Friday, April 27 through Saturday, April 28.  Supporting the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, the Festival will feature crafted brews from “some of the nation’s top brewers” as well as brews from local favorites like Newport Storm Brewery and Pour Judgement.

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  • 15/12/2020 0 Comments
    Newport is proud to host- for the second time- the only US stop over of the Volvo Ocean Race.

    Newport is proud to host- for the second time- the only US stop over of the Volvo Ocean Race. A city known for sailing and competitive racing, Newport, will transform Fort Adams State Park into a remarkable race village. Opening ceremonies are May 8 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Arrivals from Brazil will stream into Newport over the next few days.

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  • 31/10/2020 0 Comments
    IVY LODGE Gift Certificate sale- Support small businesses

    Now is the best time to support small businesses! We are offering an additional 10% on all Gift Certificates purchased between November 1st and December 31st.

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  • 06/06/2020 - theivylodge 1 Comment
    Staying safe during phase II and beyond

    WE ARE DEDICATED TO YOUR SAFETY AND WELLBEING.


    We at The Ivy Lodge have implemented strict protocols and training which we will follow to ensure every room, common area, and dining space is always clean, safe, and sanitized. We are known for our home away from home feel and extreme cleanliness. We have taken each to the next level. 

    Our Inn uses cleaning products and protocols which meet EPA guidelines..

    • Public Spaces. The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on frequent contact surfaces including, but not limited to, front desk check-in counters, door handles, public bathrooms, room keys and locks, stair handrails, dining surfaces, and living areas.
    • Guest Rooms. Industry leading cleaning and sanitizing protocols are used to clean guest rooms, with particular attention paid to high-touch items including television remote controls, toilet seats and handles, door and furniture handles, water faucet handles, nightstands, telephones, light switches, temperature control panels, alarm clocks, and luggage racks.
    • Daily Housekeeping: Guest Rooms. For your safety and the safety of our staff, housekeeping services will be limited to cleaning and advanced sanitation measures betweenguest stays only. No staff will enter an occupied room unless there is an emergency. Fresh towels, additional amenities, or additional sheets or pillows will be delivered to the guest door. 

    We feel that it is everyone’s responsibility to create a safe enviroment where you can relax and enjoy some well deserved time off. Guests and Employees with follow these guideline to help ensure a safe stay.

    • Face Masking.  Face masks are to be worn when moving through all common areas of the Lodge. Staff will wear masks at all time in common areas or guest rooms. Once guests are situated, masks may be removed if they can easily, continuously, and measurably maintain at least six (6) feet of distance from other employees and/or visitors. Masks are to be worn to breakfast but may be removed once you are settled.
    • Physical distancing.  Remain six feet apart whenever possible. We have reconfigure our breakfast to help accomplish that by making the following changes. There will be a limit of 8 people at breakfast at any one time. We will ask/ or assign an eating time when you arrive. Breakfast will be made to order. No more continental. You may request fruit yogurt and the Ivy Lodge Granola to start.
    • Health Checks:  By entering the Ivy Lodge Employees and Guests must attest to the following:  You are not currently Covid-19 Symptomatic (Cough, Fever, Shortness of Breath, ect.), You have not been in close contact (less than 6 feet) with anyone with Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days.You, or anyone you are in contact with, has had or have COVID-19. If yes you have quarantined for 14 days and tested negative.

     

     

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  • 19/05/2020 - theivylodge 1 Comment
    Ivy Lodge — We are open if you are open to it!

    Hello from the Ivy Lodge,

    Great news… we are ready to receive guests and take your reservations for the 2020 season and beyond. (Currently RI residence only through May 22) Call (401) 849-6865 or visit us online at: www.ivylodge.com.

    We are the same Ivy Lodge!! Charming, homey and exceptionally clean, but with a few changes. We will have fewer people at the breakfast table in the morning, and more people running around with masks and sanitizer. Welcome to vacations 2020.

    Restaurants open for Phase I dining experience starting, May 18!! Stores are already starting to open. Do not let this gorgeous Spring weather pass you by without a visit to Newport and the Ivy Lodge.

     Hope to see you soon and stay safe,  

    Don, Jacqui, and the staff at the Ivy Lodge

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  • 07/03/2020 - theivylodge 1 Comment
    Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Newport RI 2020

    The 64th Annual Newport Rhode Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held March 14, 2020; rain or shine.

    The Parade leaves from Newport City Hall promptly at 11:00 AM.

    The Parade route will take it down Washington Street to America’s Cup and finally to Thames, ending at Carroll Ave at Saint Augustin’s Church in the heart of the fifth ward.

    If you are coming to Newport for the Parade, be sure to bring your best green attire and be ready to join in the fun and revelry.

    If you plan to stay, make your arrangements at  the Ivy Lodge. ​www.ivylodge.com. ​We are short walk to the Parade.

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  • 05/02/2020 - theivylodge 3 Comments
    Newport Rhode Island 2020 Winter Festival

    Come experience “Frozen and Festive “as the Newport Winter Festival commemorates their 32nd Anniversary! Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place February 14th-23rd throughout Newport and Newport County.  Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages.

    Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer.  Highlighted events include the Chili Cook-Off, Ice Carving, Mac & Cheese smackdown, Comedians, Concerts and more. The children will enjoy the Princes Party, Rainforest Reptiles, Mad Science and Bubblemania. There is fun for everyone.

    While in Newport stay at the Ivy Lodge and experience Newport’s Gilded age in a spectacular cottage mansion right off Bellevue.

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  • 05/12/2019 - theivylodge 2 Comments
    Ivy Lodge Gift Certificate Holiday Special

     

    Ivy Lodge Gift Certificates are a fabulous holiday or special occasion gift idea! Starting today through January 30, 2020 when you purchase a gift certificate to the Ivy Lodge, you purchase an experience and an added value to your purchase!

    An additional 10% of value will be added to gift certificates worth $200 – $500
    An additional 15% of value will be added to gift certificates worth over $500
    To purchase call us at 1 (800) 834-6865 or 1 (401) 849-6865. We can email or mail  the gift certificate to you for that special someone.

    To purchase your added value gift certificate, just call and ask Don, Jacqui, or Lisa.

    This Gift Certificate Promotional offer can only be applied toward room rates and cannot be applied toward existing reservations.

    We wish you the best this holiday season!

     

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  • 30/10/2019 - theivylodge 3 Comments
    Newport Fall Restaurant Week 2019

    In 2006 Newport joined the national movement of holding restaurant week in order to feature the wide range of culinary talent in Newport and Bristol (East Bay) County restaurants. Thirteen years later Newport Restaurant Week is so successful that it is held twice a year, in the spring and the fall. This year’s Fall Restaurant Week will be held from November 1 through November 10. The purpose of restaurant week is to introduce visitors to these restaurants as well as to encourage local folk to expand their dining experiences to include new menu choices in new places.

        Over 50 restaurants are participating here in the City by the Sea and in Jamestown, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Bristol, Warren and Barrington. A special format of prix fixe, 2 course $20 lunches and 3 course dinners for $35. Additionally, some restaurants offer a premier 3 course dinner for $50. There is a wide variety of selected menu items.

        Newport Restaurant Week provides a wonderful opportunity to discover new dishes or to enjoy your favorites in different settings all at an affordable price. It is yet another terrific reason to visit Newport. When visiting Newport make sure you stay at Ivy Lodge. Visit us @ivylodge.com

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  • 15/07/2019 - theivylodge 2 Comments
    Best Places to See Fall Colors in Rhode Island and New England

    Although autumn is still a few months away, it’s time to think about travel plans for that fall foliage road trip. Those who are considering the best places to see gorgeous fall colors throughout Rhode Island and the rest of New England can start with these peak picks.

    Roger Williams Park

    Located in Providence, RI, this expansive site was created by a bequest from Roger Williams in the 1870s. The 102-acre grounds feature a zoo, botanical gardens, and even a natural history museum. Stroll the shaded pathways at this park in October for a glimpse of Rhode Island’s most vibrant fall foliage, thanks to more than 5,000 trees.

    Camden Hills State Park

    This Maine park is known for its beautiful color changes during the second week of October. Visitors climb Mount Battie for panoramic views of Camden and beyond, including foliage clear to Cadillac Mountain at nearby Acadia National Park. Those who prefer a leisurely view can go on a harbor cruise.

    Newport and Ocean Drive

    This 14-mile drive is perfect for visitors who want to enjoy fall colors on a relaxing scenic byway. On one side, travelers enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. On the other side, Fort Adams State Park provides the ideal autumnal backdrop, popping with fall colors. Drivers can stop for sightseeing and sustenance along the way at landmarks like Cliff Walk and Bannister’s Wharf.

    Goddard Memorial State Park

    Thousands of visitors flock here in the fall every year to take in the spectacular colors. This Rhode Island park, located in Warwick, spans 490 acres with more than 80 species of trees, horseback riding trails, sports fields, picnicking facilities, an event venue, and a nine-hole golf course.

    When planning a fall foliage getaway in the Rhode Island area, enjoy the hospitality at Ivy Lodge in Newport. Our historic bed-and-breakfastfeatures modern rooms and amenities with period-inspired Victorian furnishings. Call 401-849-6865 to explore our available dates or make your room reservationsonline.

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  • 13/06/2019 - theivylodge 3 Comments
    Explore the Best Vineyards in the Newport Area

    Newport sits in the heart of New England’s wine country, so no Ivy Lodge guest should miss the opportunity to sample some of the country’s finest vino. These nearby wineries offer the perfect place for sommeliers and casual drinkers alike to raise a glass to the good life.

    Newport Vineyards

    Less than five miles from Ivy Lodge and overlooking the Rhode Island Sound, Newport Vineyards offers the quintessential New England winery experience. Established to preserve land from rapid development, the winery is now also home to its vineyard, tasting room, cafe, and restaurant. But that’s not all—Taproot Brewing Company is located below the restaurant, offering small-batch beers brewed in the seven-barrel brewhouse.

    Greenvale Vineyards

    Only five miles north of Newport, this picturesque winery is dedicated to conservation and historic preservation. In fact, it’s listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. In addition to tours, tastings, and incredible views, visitors can enjoy live jazz music and food trucks during the summer.

    Westport Rivers

    Those willing to trek a little farther from Ivy Lodge will find that Westport Rivers Winery is worth the trip. Westport Rivers was opened to honor the winemaking heritage of Carol Russell’s father and grandfather and is now run by the fourth generation of this winemaking family. Among the largest vineyards in New England, its wines have won fans–and awards!–around the world. The family farm regularly hosts special events and is open for tours and tastings throughout the summer.

    Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard

    Those looking for a coastal vibe might consider the 45-minute drive to Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, formerly Sakonnet Vineyards. The vineyard has been producing wine using locally grown grapes for over 40 years and now makes 19 varieties. Both the wine and winery itself have won dozens of awards. Guests can grab a bite at the seasonal cafe or lounge in the Adirondack chairs while sipping their vino.

    Experience Newport’s Wineries for Yourself

    No trip to Newport is complete without a winery visit, but why not dedicate a whole weekend to experiencing the Coastal Wine Trail? Collect stamps in the Coastal Wine Trail Passport for each winery visited along the trail, which meanders through the charming towns of Southeastern New England. While you’re in town, make a reservation at historic Ivy Lodge for modern accommodations in a timeless Victorian setting. Our elegant rooms are perfect for honeymoons, weekend getaways, and vacations away from it all. Check out our getaway packages then contact Ivy Lodge at (401) 849-6865 for available dates.

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  • 09/06/2019 - theivylodge 6 Comments
    Secret Garden Tour of Newport

     

    The Secret Garden Tours of Newport Rhode Island should be on every gardening enthusiast’s bucket list. Spring (June 14,15 & 16) and Fall (September 6,7, & 8) Tours of the private gardens of some of historic Newport’s most prestigious properties.  In past years, as many as ten gardens have been open. Each year it varies as new gardens are added. 100% of all the proceeds benefit the public schools of Rhode Island, funding their art, music, dance and theater programs.

    While in Newport stay at the historic Ivy Lodge www.ivylodge.com. We are located in the heart of the mansion district. Enjoy our garden views while you relax on the porch.

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  • 16/05/2019 - theivylodge 3 Comments
    How a Bed and Breakfast Differs From a Hotel

    When people are looking for a place to stay while on vacation or a business trip, they may think of any place that rents out rooms as a hotel. There’s even a common misconception that a bed and breakfast is a subcategory of hotels, when in fact they are distinct types of accommodations. Here are three of the main differences between a hotel and a bed and breakfast.

    Size

    While not every hotel is a 7,000-room behemoth like the Venetian in Las Vegas, hotels generally tend to be larger than the average bed and breakfast. Even small hotels have upwards of 20 rooms while most bed and breakfasts have a dozen rooms or fewer.

    Management and Ownership

    Hotels, especially those that are part of a chain, are usually staffed and run by people who live off the property. In contrast, most bed and breakfasts are owned and managed by people who live on the premises or in a nearby home. Unlike a hotel, a bed and breakfast offers the feel of staying as a guest in the welcoming home of an old friend.

    Meals

    As one might expect, breakfast is a key component of any bed and breakfast. Unlike most hotels, which offer a paltry spread, a bed and breakfast usually offers a bountiful meal to start the day. Some establishments offer private tables for morning diners while others have a family-style setting that adds to the overall friendly ambiance that endears the bed and breakfast to so many travelers.

    If you’re looking for the homey, friendly atmosphere of a bed and breakfast, look no further than Ivy Lodge. Ivy Lodge is a bed and breakfast owned and operated by a caring and attentive couple dedicated to preserving the beauty of the centuries-old Victorian mansion and idyllic grounds. Ivy Lodge’s unique rooms offer the perfect setting for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. Keep an eye on the getaway packages for great deals on your next trip. Contact us at 401-849-6865 for available dates or make your reservation online now.

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  • 14/05/2019 - theivylodge 2 Comments
    2019 Newport Oyster Festival

    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 Moet & Chandon together with Bowen’s Wharf Company present the 4th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Newport Oyster Festival. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19.

    Bowen’s Wharf has long supported and promoted local, RI maritime businesses.  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 IvyLodge.com availability and plan a visit. Food lovers are already booking for the next great food event

    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.

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  • 11/04/2019 - theivylodge 2 Comments
    Wise on the Water: Four Tips for Safe Boating

    Boating is a blast! Enjoying a gorgeous day on the water is a wonderful way to relax, have fun, and create memories with friends and family. However, it’s important to consider boat safety to help keep accidents and injuries from ruining an excursion. Here are four simple tips to consider before leaving shore.

    Watch the Weather

    First and foremost, make sure that the day’s weather is conducive to boating. Bad weather can not only put a damper on a good time, but it can also be dangerous. Boaters should check the forecast for storms and high winds and avoid the water if such conditions are expected. Similarly, if threatening clouds or temperature drops occur after leaving shore, it’s best to head back in.

    Have a Safety Plan in Place

    Basic safety practices go a long way. Making sure that each boat passenger wears a properly fitted lifejacket is a great first step. Designate a responsible, experienced person to drive the boat, and have someone else ready to step in if the driver becomes incapacitated for any reason. Boaters should use a checklist to make sure all necessary supplies are on board, and inform someone—a friend, the marina, the bed and breakfast where they’re lodging—that they’ll be on the water, along with passenger names, contact information, boat make and model, and expected trip length.

    Use Common Sense

    It’s easy to become distracted on the water, but using common sense is key to accident prevention. Boaters should always be aware of signage and boat traffic, including no-wake zones, anticipated turns, and avoidance of (or extreme caution in) congested areas. While it may seem like the perfect opportunity to crack open a cold beer, keep in mind that boating under the influence is a hazardous offense that is punishable by law. Save the booze for the land.

    Have the Boat Checked

    The United States Coast Guard offers boat safety checks free of charge, in which they ensure that the vessel is in good working condition and contains all of the safety equipment required by state and federal governments. If the boat is a rental, ask the owner of the marina when the last safety inspection was performed.

    Newport’s stunning harbor and rich history as an Atlantic boating destination make it the perfect choice for those who enjoy time on the water. If you’re planning a trip to the area, Ivy Lodge offers cozy, Victorian-inspired lodging nestled near downtown Newport. Contact us today at 401-849-6865 to make a reservation!

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  • 27/03/2019 - theivylodge 7 Comments
    Three Ideas for a Romantic Getaway in Newport

    A romantic getaway is the perfect reason for a trip to Newport, RI. Whether couples are celebrating 20 years of marriage or planning to pop the question, visitors are sure to find attractions and accommodations that suit their romantic plans perfectly. Here are three ways to plan a romantic vacation in Newport.

    Stay at a Romantic Bed and Breakfast 

    This historic coastal town is known for its charming bed and breakfasts. Nestled throughout Newport, B&Bs like Ivy Lodge feature cozy, private rooms that offer the comfort of home and the amenities of a hotel—and then some. Nix the continental breakfast buffet and wake up to a freshly cooked meal before setting off to enjoy a day in the harbor. Come back to a beautiful, refreshed room. Repeat.

    Visit a Vineyard

    Tour the vineyards and sample wine at one (or more!) of Bristol County’s three wineries: Newport Vineyards, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards, and Greenvale Vineyards. Each offers its own specialty wines, made with locally grown grapes, that provide a distinct East Coast flavor. Find a favorite, grab a bottle, and take it back to the B&B to enjoy together after dinner. For those who prefer beer, Newport has breweries, too. Taproot Brewing Co. is located at the same location as Newport Vineyards, and Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company and Ragged Island Brewing Company are both nearby.

    Experience the Cliff Walk

    A popular Newport attraction, and with good reason, the Cliff Walk is the perfect way to experience both nature and history. As an escape from the stressful routines and hassles of everyday life, it’s a great opportunity to live in the moment and leave cares behind for a truly relaxing experience. Couples enjoy walking along the 3.5-mile path that borders the rocky shoreline, taking in the views of gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, Gilded Age mansions, and crashing waves. If an engagement is on the agenda, the Cliff Walk is the perfect spot for a proposal.

    Whether you’ve got your eye on Newport for your upcoming anniversary or just a weekend away, we’d love for you to stay with us at Ivy Lodge . Our quaint inn offers modern conveniences within a Victorian-inspired atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating with your partner. We even offer a romantic getaway package . Contact us online or give us a call at 401-849-6865 for available dates.

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  • 04/02/2019 - theivylodge 3 Comments
    Five Family-friendly Activities in Newport

    Newport’s array of family-friendly activities make it a great spring break, summer break, or long weekend option for kids of all ages. While planning your vacation, create a fun-filled agenda with a few of our five favorite things for families to do while in town.

    Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium

     

    Located at Easton’s Beach Rotunda, this non-profit organization is dedicated to the preservation of Narragansett Bay. Kids will love getting up close and personal with more than 40 local aquatic species. Each month has a special theme that includes games, activities, and exhibits to enjoy, so there’s always something new to explore. Admission is just $8 (free for members and kids under 3). 

    Brenton Point State Park

    The whole family will love the gorgeous panoramic ocean views at this state park on Ocean Drive, located on the grounds of a former estate. Spend some time outdoors hiking, fishing, or just having a picnic with the sound of the Atlantic in the background. This 89-acre property is also a popular place for kite flying, hosting the annual Newport Kite Festival.

    Newport Cliff Walk

    Older kids will love this 3.5-mile walk along Rhode Island’s rocky shoreline. Not only is it an incredible adventure, but it offers views of historic architecture, native birds, and wildflowers. Bring a picnic and take the trolley back from Bellevue Avenue. Newport Cliff Walk is a designated U.S. National Recreation Trail. 

    The Breakers

    Newport is full of historic mansions, which may not seem like the most natural choice for sightseeing with kids. However, The Breakers, one of the most popular of these storied estates, recently introduced a new audio tour designed for children. They’ll love hearing stories about life in the home, narrated by a talking house and a flying dragon. This mansion, once owned by the Vanderbilt family, is a National Historic Landmark. 

    Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad Dinner Train

    Kids who love trains will love eating dinner while going for a ride. Along the way, learn about how the railroad helped shape Newport’s heritage. During the summer months, families can even book an ice cream ride!

    When planning a family vacation in Newport, consider staying at Ivy Lodge. We offer friendly, homestyle lodging in a beautiful setting. Our bed and breakfast has several beautiful historic rooms with modern amenities, including the Satterlee Suite, which offers spacious accommodations for a family of four. Call 401-849-6865 to learn about available dates or book reservations online for an unforgettable family stay.

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  • 25/01/2019 - theivylodge 1 Comment
    Four Tips for an Incredible Beach Wedding

    Plan on Permits

     

    When tying the knot on a public beach, a permit is often required. Check with the city where the beach is located to learn more about the application process, fees, and guidelines about the event. Those with access to a private beach simply need to follow the guidelines established by the property owner, whether it’s a beach club or an individual homeowner.

    Choose the Right Dress

    Brides will look and feel their best in a sleek silhouette rather than a billowing ball gown for a beach wedding. It could be difficult to walk down a sandy aisle, take photos, and greet guests with a long train. When it comes to fabric, choose something lightweight, such as charmeuse. Lacy gowns tend to pick up sand and other beach debris, which isn’t the statement most brides want to make.

    Simplify Style

    Because the beach tends to be a bit windy, an updo is the best choice for most long-haired brides. By the same token, fresh flowers or jeweled hair accessories work better than a veil when getting married by the sea.

    Keep Guests Comfortable

    Make sure guests are aware that they’ll be on the beach during the ceremony so they can dress accordingly. Have baskets of goodies like portable fans, insect repellent, sunscreen, and cool beverages so that no one gets overwhelmed while the vows are happening. It’s also important to consider accessibility for guests who may have mobility issues, as well as the availability of seating options.

    Ivy Lodge is the ideal place for wedding guests and newlyweds to stay for a classic beach wedding in Newport, RI. Our property offers the beauty of Victorian architecture along with modern in-room amenities like WiFi, flat-screen cable TVs, climate control, and whirlpool tubs, all in a central downtown location. Call us at (401) 849-6865 or complete our online contact form to inquire about available dates.

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  • 19/01/2019 0 Comments
    The 31st Newport Winter Festival will be held Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 21.

    The 31st  Newport Winter Festival will be held Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 21.  This year’s theme is: “The Marvels of Winter”. You might even see a Super Hero walking around. A great way to defeat the Winter doldrums is to come to Newport for what has been called, “New England’s largest Winter Extravaganza”.  The Festival is ten days of non-stop food, festivities, music and fun with over 150 events for families, children and adults.

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  • 02/01/2019 - theivylodge 3 Comments
    Christmas in Newport: What to Expect

    Newport, Rhode Island offers charming and memorable Christmas experiences in such a picturesque town. From visits with Santa to historical tours, there’s something to do throughout the season.

    Official Opening of Christmas

     

    In Newport, the Christmas season officially begins at 5 p.m. on December 1st. On this day, Washington Square is illuminated in festive regalia, and the mayor gives an official proclamation to kick off the season. With music from the Newport Public Schools music program and an Artillery cannon salute, this introduction to Christmas can’t be missed.

    Holiday Lantern Walking Tours 

    During Christmas, night time is more magical as all of Newport’s streets are illuminated with lights. Departing from the Museum at Brick Market, this Newport Historical Society-sponsored tour offers a firsthand look at the city at night, beginning at 4 p.m. In addition to a marvelous view of the city, this tour is one of Newport’s many educational and historical events. It recounts how early American settlers celebrated the holidays. The walking tours will finish with ample time for guests to have dinner at one of Newport’s many waterfront restaurants.

    Caroling on Broadway 

    Local Newport musician Christopher Carbone, along with the Thompson Middle School chorus and Off Broadway Neighborhood Association (OBNA), will carol in the Broadway district in this festive performance on December 13th. All are welcome to participate. Caroling begins at the Colony House in Washington Square.

    Visit With Santa Claus at the Elms 

    Reserve a room at a lovely bed and breakfast in Newport for you and the family, and pay a visit to the Big Man himself. Children are welcome to bring their Christmas lists to The Elms from noon to 3 p.m. on December 16th during Santa’s visit, which also serves as a not-to-be-missed photo opportunity!

    Live Nativity Display at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 

    Visit the live nativity at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for a more traditional Christmas celebration. Guests are invited to dress up and be a part of the living nativity, which also offers crafts, refreshments, photos, and caroling with the angels. Events begin at 4:15 p.m. on December 16th, with performances by the Voices of Unity from Zion and the Community Baptist Church.

    When it comes to festive celebrations, it’s hard to beat Newport for an authentic, lively, and community-focused experience. For more information about staying in Newport during the Christmas season, call Ivy Lodge at 401-849-6865 to view our reservation packages online today.

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  • 27/10/2018 - Don Jursck 8 Comments
    Newport Restaurant Week … Fall 2018

    What is now a national movement, Restaurant Week wherein an area’s finest dining establishments participate in featuring their signature dishes at a very affordable prix fixe price for lunch and for dinner, originated right here in Newport some 12 years ago.  Due to its immense popularity, Newport has gone on to expand the concept to a Spring Restaurant Week as well as one in the autumn season.

    This year more than fifty of Newport and Bristol County’s best restaurants will share their abundant culinary talents November 2 thru November 11.  A two course, prix fixe lunch, will be offered at $20; a three course dinner at $35. Additionally, this year a prix fixe premier dinner for $50 is available at some locations.  A complete list of participating restaurants can be found at www.discovernewport.org. Your gastronomic experience will be so impressive that you will want to make plans for Spring Restaurant Week scheduled for April 5-19, 2019, and next year’s Fall Session, November 1–10.

     

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  • 07/08/2018 - Don Jursck 1 Comment
    The Newport Preservation Society presents 2018 Coaching Weekend … August 16-19

    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 16th, 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. 

    On Saturday morning August 18th, there is a free-to-the–public driving exhibition on the grounds of the Elms, beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. This performance, in which each team must execute a series of complex movements, comes around only every three years. You can also see the Coaches each day from August 16-19, there is free public viewing of the historic coaches along their routes throughout the city. http://www.newportmansions.org/events/a-weekend-of-coaching/drive-route-maps

    The Ivy Lodge is situated right in heart of all of this! The Elms is a short walk from the Inn. Nothing compares to our close proximity to the horses, the people and the action of this singular event. 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. So prepare for the the next event of spectacular and unforgettable “times gone by” in the year of 2021.

    For more information pertaining to this event, please visit:

    http://www.newportmansions.org/events/a-weekend-of-coachingFor Ivy Lodge reservations, please visit:

    http://www.ivylodge.com/

     

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  • 25/07/2018 - theivylodge 3 Comments
    Sail Away With the Newport Wooden Boat Show at Bowen’s Wharf

    Newport may be known as the yachting capital of the world, but it’s the sailboats that draw visitors from across New England to the Bowen’s Wharf Newport Wooden Boat Show each year. Here, enthusiasts gaze at beautiful wooden vessels, enjoy themed activities, and celebrate the heritage of wooden sailboat building.

     

    Showcasing Newport’s Sailing Heritage

    This year’s expanded show will be held at the marina at Bowen’s Wharf as usual, and it will feature numerous contemporary-built sailboats (and some classics!) that channel the historic vessels of yesteryear. These sailboats feature the beauty and elegant finish of traditional sailboats, but they’re built using modern technology and shipbuilding techniques to give sailors a taste of the old, with the power and convenience of today’s modern methods. There will be an opportunity for attendees to board 11 of the boats in attendance and to learn more about sailing and shipbuilding from various vendors, sailing organizations, and businesses.

    The collection of wooden boats in attendance includes both classic sailboats and motor yachts. One such ship is Courageous, a 48-foot vessel built in 1947 that still maintains its original look and hardware. Fidelio, a 27-foot racing and cruising ship with a winning record, will also be on display. The 1956 ship—as well as Duchess, a 50-foot motor yacht built in the 1930s—will be available for sale to attendees seduced by the sea. Numerous other vessels, ranging in size from 12 to 76 feet, will be in attendance as well.

    Entertainment for the Whole Family

    Attendees need not be sailing experts or even enthusiasts to have a great time at the Wooden Boat Show. In addition to the main attractions—the boats themselves—exhibitors and vendors will be set up both on land and in the water. Visitors are encouraged to explore the unique shops, restaurants, and other entertainment options found in Newport’s historic waterfront district. There will be live Caribbean and folk music for visitors to enjoy (Newport also hosts the Newport Folk Festival at the end of July), with alcoholic drinks available for purchase daily at waterfront bars. The show is open to the entire family, and even Fido is welcome to join in on the fun. Some proceeds from the event benefit Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s official sailing education vessel.

    Planning Your Visit

    Bowen’s Wharf Newport Wooden Boat Show takes place on Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 17, 2018 at Bowen’s Wharf, located at 1 Bowen’s Landing in Newport. The free event is held in conjunction with the Newport International Boat Show and Newport Brokerage Boat Show, both of which do require paid admission. These events draw large crowds to Newport, so it’s a good idea to book lodging in advance. Ivy Lodge offers unmatched charm, beautiful rooms, and luxurious amenities, and we are currently accepting reservations. Call us today at 401-849-6865 to book your room now!

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  • 09/07/2018 - Don Jursck 1 Comment
    2018 International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships

     

    In a July schedule packed with famous, terrific events the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championship stands out. July 15-22, 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’s inductees are Germany’s Michael Stich. He is a Wimbledon champion and former world no.2. Czech tennis legend Helena Sukova will also receive the ultimate honor in tennis.

    The 2018 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame open will see top ATP players compete on the beautiful grass courts for the Van Alen Cup. Friday will feature a special exhibition  between 2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens and Finalist Madison Keys.

    The Ivy Lodge, www.ivylodge.com, is just down the street from the Hall of Fame. Our special offer for this special event is two free tickets for the Tennis Championships when you book a three night say at Ivy Lodge directly with us (subject to availability). These are great seats, South Box 11. This includes Championship Sunday (a $300 value!). Call us today for our availability. Plenty of free onsite parking onlyminutes from everything.

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  • 28/06/2018 - Don Jursck 2 Comments
    The Music Month of July 2018

    Newport’s world famous music festivals are beginning this week. First up is The Newport Music Festival that will run from July 4 thru July 22.  This the 50th season for the festival which presents concerts in Newport’s Gilded Age mansions and various other visually and acoustically impressive locations. This year will have forty three concerts presented by artists from all over the world. (www.newportmusic.org)

    The dates for the legendary Newport Folk Festival are July 27, 28, and 29. There are four stages of music at Fort Adams State Park where there are striking vistas of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Harbor. The festival will have over fifty acts by fifty six artists that include familiar, well known, and award winning performers. (www.newportfolk.org)

    As popular as the Folk Festival is year after year, it may be surpassed by the renowned Newport Jazz Festival which will be held August 3,4 and 5, also at Ft. Adams State Park with its panoramic views of the water. For jazz aficionados, nothing compares with this festival, whose history “successfully made the case for jazz as a legitimate art form”.  All the greats of the genre have performed here and this year’s lineup will not disappoint. (www.newportjazzfest.org)

    Occurring in the week between the two great festivals, July 30, 31 and August 1 and 2, is the Newport Bridgefest. Its beginning in 2009, by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County, was to “bridge” the days between the Folk and Jazz Festivals and to celebrate the musical heritage of Newport. Taking place in and around Newport are concerts (both free and paid), films, educational programs, and plenty of other musical activities for all ages. Ft. Adams will host a free family concert for Bridgefest as well. (www.newportbridgefest.com)

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  • 26/06/2018 - theivylodge 0 Comments
    Celebrities Who Live in Newport

    One of the most exciting aspects of visiting Newport is the chance of running into a favorite celebrity. Many A-listers make their homes here in Newport, which is a testament to the opulence and amenities of our island city. Those planning a trip to this corner of Rhode Island should keep their eyes peeled for these local celebs. 

     

    Jay Leno 

    Legendary funnyman and long-time Tonight Show host Jay Leno purchased an oceanfront estate here with his wife Maria at the end of 2017 for $13.5 million. An Andover MA native, Leno opted for a French chateau with a six-car garage that can easily accommodate his extensive collection of classic autos. In fact, Newport is an inspired choice for the former talk show host since it is home to the Audrain Auto Museum, where Leno has frequently been spotted. The crescent-shaped property is known as Seafair and was originally designed for the vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank in the 1930s. It has 12 bedrooms and almost 16,000 square feet of living space. 

    Taylor Swift 

    The chart-topping pop singer often summers in Newport, where she purchased an 11,000-square-foot mansion in 2013. Since then, the property, which was built in the 1920s and has a private beachfront, has been the site of many star-studded celebrations. Swift’s home sits on the apex of Watch Hill and offers stunning bay views. The estate, known as High Watch, cost the singer $17.75 million. It is surrounded by more than five acres and features eight bedrooms and an outdoor pool and hot tub. 

    For all the luxury of a classic Newport vacation, consider a stay at the Ivy Lodge. Our romantic inn combines unique Victorian architecture with modern features and inviting guest rooms. Enjoy homemade meals in the breathtaking dining room or have a leisurely breakfast on our wrap-around porch. We specialize in getaway packages featuring complimentary electric bikes to explore quaint downtown Newport. Call us at 401-849-6865 to make a reservation.

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  • 24/05/2018 - theivylodge 1 Comment
    Bed and Breakfast Etiquette Guide for First-time Visitors

    Most people know what to expect when staying in a hotel: they’ll check in, stay in for the evening or hit the town, then leave the next morning, ending their brief stay with little contact with the hotel staff and other guests. But bed and breakfasts work a little differently, and most first-timers aren’t sure what to expect or how they should behave. Guests can brush up on their B&B etiquette by remembering these key points. 

    Communication Is Key 

    The host is typically the person who owns the home, and these people are very busy balancing the many duties that come with running an inn. Guests will make the host’s job much easier by communicating important information when making the reservation, including dietary restrictions, food allergies, or special requests, such as handicap-accessible rooms. Hosts are usually willing and happy to accommodate most requests when notified in advance. 

    Guests traveling to a B&B with children or pets should also notify the hosts in advance. It’s also a great idea to let them know about any special celebrations, like a birthday or anniversary, as sometimes they may provide complimentary upgrades or gifts. Finally, visitors should always abide by the stated check-in times; most hosts expect all guests to arrive during those hours. Of course, they understand travel delays, so it’s polite to notify them if anything changes. 

    Respect the Space 

    Often, bed and breakfasts double as the hosts’ private residence, so guests should treat the space as though it is theirs. This means knocking when arriving and asking permission to use items in common areas. If anything happens in the room—breaking or spilling something—guests should let the host know. They’ve dealt with this many times before, so they won’t make a fuss out of it! 

    It’s also important to be gracious in the hosts’ home by giving them as much respect as possible. While they are providing a service, hosts are not servants and should never be treated as such. Complimenting them on breakfast (which is optional, by the way, as they will encourage you to explore local restaurants and businesses) or on the decor in the rooms goes a long way to earning their respect. 

    Get to Know Other People 

    It’s certainly not a requirement to spend time in the common areas of the inn or to mingle in the evening. After all, this is the guests’ vacation! But, chatting with the other guests over breakfast or spending a few minutes getting to know the staff can be highly enjoyable. There’s always something to learn from fellow travelers, and guests can glean valuable insider knowledge of the area from those who know it best. 

    Whether you’re looking to book your first stay at a bed and breakfast or are a seasoned B&B traveler, Ivy Lodge can provide you with an unforgettable, friendly experience in our nation’s City by the Sea—Newport, RI. Check out our getaway packages, and then call us at 401-849-6865 to book your reservation today!

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  • 19/03/2018 - Don Jursck 2 Comments
    Four Fun Activities for a Rainy Newport Day

     

    The charm of Newport makes it a city that’s easy to love, rain or shine. Here are four of our favorite ways to pass the time here when the weather is less than ideal.

    Thames Glass
    This boutique features the gorgeous handmade glass creations of artist Matthew Buechner. Thames Glass was founded in 1981 and sells everything from vases and bowls to paperweights, ornaments, and animal statuettes. Visitors can watch live glassblowing demonstrations by the skilled team of creators and even take a class where they can make their own vase, paperweight, or ornament. Hours are subject to change, so check the website before heading to the studio.

    Ryan Amusements
    The whole family can enjoy a classic arcade experience at Ryan Amusements, featuring two floors of fun and more than 50 arcade and skills games. This locally owned and operated business has been in the amusement industry since the mid-1980s. They also offer special coupons and discounts so that visitors to Newport can have fun on a budget when the kids are bored and the weather’s bad.

    Audrain Automobile Museum
    Stroll through this curated collection that draws from more than 160 rare and notable automobiles, with fully restored vehicles dating to the earliest days of the car alongside their modern marvels. Several dozen cars are displayed at once on a rotating basis, so fans of this museum have a new experience with every visit. The museum notes that it’s as much an art museum as an automobile museum, celebrating the design inherent in this revolutionary industry.

    Newport Storm Brewery
    This iconic Newport institution has brewed more than 100 unique beers since it was founded in 1999. When the rain’s coming down, spend a day in the tasting room to enjoy the latest creations they have on tap. Those who prefer spirits can also enjoy their locally distilled rum and whiskey. Every tasting flight comes with a souvenir pint glass, and visitors can take a guided or private tour of the facilities. Check their calendar for special events, such as the recent beer and Girl Scout cookie pairing.

    Looking for a place to stay for a classic Newport getaway? Visit Ivy Lodge. Our romantic bed and breakfast features elegant Victorian appointments in each room along with all the amenities expected from a modern hotel. Make your reservations today and experience our legendary Newport hospitality.

     

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  • 08/03/2018 - Don Jursck 2 Comments
    Exploring Newport’s Best Waterfront Restaurants

     

    Coastal towns such as Newport, RI, have much to offer. They have a flare about them that won’t be found in towns not bordered by water. The sights, sounds, and tastes of the coast draw visitors to explore. The Newport area also boasts a variety of dining options. Visitors will love discovering excellent waterfront restaurants that this “City by the Sea” offers.

    Casual Dining

    Any beach visit calls for casual dining. After spending an afternoon walking on the shore, a taste of the sea in a relaxed atmosphere is a perfect end to the day. Stop by Flo’s Clam Shack and enjoy their clam cakes, lobster rolls, and chowder. Looking for something casual that is also pet-friendly? Consider O’Brien’s Pub. It boasts a fabulous outdoor patio where diners can enjoy lunch while keeping their pet close by.

    Fine Dining 

    For those looking for an evening of fine dining, then there are numerous options in the City by the Sea. For authentic Italian cuisine, try Sardella’s Italian Restaurant, founded by former Newport mayor Richard Sardella. Finish dinner with true Italian flare and toast with a Sardella’s Espresso Martini. Visit the historic Bowen’s Wharf for a romantic steak dinner paired perfectly with a glass of wine at 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille. What better way to end a day of touring than with an elegant, delicious meal?

    Local Dining 

    Local dining can be one of the most enjoyable parts of any vacation, and trying local restaurants is always such an authentic experience. Whether visitors are in the mood for a hot dog from Ben’s Chili Dogs, a delicious burger at La Forge Casino Restaurant, a pizza from Nikolas Pizza, or New England Clam Chowder from the Black Pearl, it is the classic, local dining that will make a tour of Newport waterfront restaurants one to remember.

    Take in the Sights

    Experiencing Newport’s best waterfront restaurants is a sure way to have an unforgettable trip. Join us in March for Newport Restaurant Week. Go to https://discovernewportrestaurantweek.org for more information. Staying at Ivy Lodge puts you in the center of Newport and its happenings, from restaurants to local attractions. Looking for ideas for what to do in between meals? Explore the area with The Grand Newport Tour. You can book online reservations with Ivy Lodge or call us at 401-849-6865 to start planning your getaway!

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  • 26/02/2018 - Don Jursck 1 Comment
    Newport Restaurant Week 2018

    Week long events, called Restaurant Week , that showcase local restaurant offerings at reasonable, affordable prices is a nationwide movement.  Newport Restaurant Week began in 2006 as a Fall event (this year November 2-11, 2018) that has since expanded to include a much welcome Spring Restaurant Week.  This year Newport Spring Restaurant Week occurs March 2-11 providing a launch into the emerging new season with tempting creations from over 50 restaurants in Newport and Bristol counties.

     

    Participating establishments offer a 3 course, prix fixe lunch for $16 and dinner s for $35. Top rated, award winning restaurants of Aquidneck Island and the Bristol area seek to encourage visitors and residents  alike to come and “experience the deep culinary talent of Newport and Bristol counties” affordably.  It’s a great time to try new places and gastronomic delights, to develop new favorites and to toast an end to the Winter season. Buen provecho!

     

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  • 12/02/2018 - Don Jursck 3 Comments
    Give the Gift of Ivy Lodge With Our Available Gift Certificates

     

    Gift certificates available at Ivy Lodge are the perfect gift for friends, coworkers, family, bosses, and anyone else that may be on that special gift list. Ivy Lodge’s Victorian-style décor and homey atmosphere will not only lead guests into a world of luxury and relaxation but also make them feel right at home. 

    Friendly Staff and Timeless Atmosphere 

    At Ivy Lodge, our friendly staff is committed to making sure guests feel as though they are at home, from our delicious breakfasts cooked to order by talented chefs to our unique rooms kept in immaculate order by our housekeepers. Guests can enjoy their time here even more with multiple room options. Each guest room boasts unique charm and flair, with features such as gas fireplaces, four-poster canopy beds, large bay windows, wet bars, mahogany furniture, and French country accents. 

    Relax Right in the Heart of Newport 

    The atmosphere of Ivy Lodge is not the only selling point. After a good night’s rest, guests can venture out to explore the wonders of the City by the Sea. Our location offers visitors access to the best parts of Newport, RI. See the gems of the city during the day while having all the comforts of home, and more, during the night. Our staff can direct you to some of the best dining and tourist destinations in town, from exciting restaurants in the downtown district to tours of beautiful Newport Mansions. We also offer fun getaway packages, including a romance package for couples. 

    Trying to figure out the perfect gift? Consider a gift certificate from Ivy Lodge! Give the gift of romance, relaxation, and a memorable vacation. Order yours now through our contact form!

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  • 20/06/2017 - theivylodge 8 Comments
    Site Launch

    Our new website is finally up. We’ve worked hard to get a beautiful new site ready and we’re proud to show it off. Thanks for reading our blog. We have lots of great blog posts in the works. Please check back or contact us now to find out how we can help you.

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