Requesting a custom picnic basket to bring on a day trip
The out-of-this-world breakfasts, featuring treats like banana-coconut bread
Taking a break to watch the world go by from a rocking chair on the porch
What To Know
Every room has a Jacuzzi tub, some big enough for two
Most rooms—but not all—have fireplaces
Free WiFi and off-street parking
Victorian manor turned boutique hotel in the heart of Newport's Historic District
A B&B for the smart set, this teensy Newport hotel has just seven rooms and the kind of intimate, personalized service that makes guests return again and again. With a central location, it’s a good spot for anyone in town for a festival or a summer holiday, although with most rooms designed for couples this is a better place for a romantic getaway than it is for a family vacation. The impeccably clean rooms were recently refreshed (and have none of the chintzy décor of a traditional B&B), so the hotel has a brand-new feel that belies its Victorian roots. Breakfast is a particular highlight, with guests raving about the baked goods and specialty coffee. Rooms are set up to enhance comfort: turn on the gas fireplace in the chilly evenings and cozy up with a bottle of champagne; or hop in the Jacuzzi tub and grab the Gilchrist & Soames products for an in-room spa experience.
In the Area
The Inn’s location, on a quiet street within walking distance of excellent restaurants and the town’s major landmarks including its sweeping and historic Gilded Mansions on Bellevue, is hard to beat. In good weather, a walk along the cliffs reveals the beauty of the shoreline; in bad weather, take yourself out for a seafood lunch at the Lobster Bar, where harbor views are fabulous even when it rains. The White Horse Tavern makes an elegant dinner spot—the building dates back to the 17th century but the menu of local fish, Rhode Island artisan cheeses, and cornmeal-crusted oysters is modern and ambitious. Newport also hosts a slew of interesting festivals each year. Check the calendar for dates for the Jazz and Folk Festivals, the Food and Wine Festival, and the Newport Boat Show.