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Rhode Island may be a tiny state, but it packs a lot of punch with things to do, whether you’re looking for beauty, romance, or relaxation. You might be surprised to learn that this state has 400 miles of coastline, and even the inland parts have their own unique character and charm. It’s known as the Ocean State because the waters have always driven life in Rhode Island. There are many historic sites to learn about here, and it’s easy to get to – just three hours from New York City and an hour from Boston.
Here are some of the most beautiful Rhode Island hotels, resorts, and B&Bs to help you plan your next New England vacation.
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Newport is the top vacation destination in Rhode Island, and there are lots of great accommodation picks here. It’s known as the sailing capital of the world and home to some of the most famous Gilded Age mansions. One of the best places to stay while you visit Newport is Chanler at Cliff Walk. This hotel embraces the elegance of the Gilded Age and offers warm hospitality that defines the city. You’ll find distinctive rooms here that are decorated in various period styles, as well as a complimentary house car service, free Wi-Fi, and an on-site restaurant.
The Break is a chic boutique hotel in Narragansett with a 1960s-inspired design and rooms filled with color. Many of the rooms have views of the ocean, and there is a guest lounge, heated pool, and on-site restaurant. Make sure to spend some time at the rooftop bar and snack lounge with incredible ocean views. This is a place to stay to really embrace the spirit of beach life and the retro surf vibe of the town. When you stay here, it’s easy to live the beach life with kayaking, fishing, surfing, and swimming. Narragansett Town Beach offers some of the very best surfing in all of New England.
Another great place to stay in Rhode Island is Ocean House in Watch Hill. The original hotel welcomed luxury guests in the early 1900s but became beyond repair and was rebuilt in 2004. Today there are chic guestrooms and suites that overlook Block Island Sound, the hotel features turn-of-the-20th-century décor. All of the hotel’s original windows are in place and thousands of artifacts still decorate the space. But there are also plenty of high-tech touches in these rooms, including iPod docking stations and in-room iPads. To enjoy the coastal charm of Rhode Island while staying here, spend some time on the croquet lawn, shuffleboard court, gardens, putting green, and private 650-foot white-sand beach.
The 1661 Inn is a family-run boutique inn that has stylish rooms and suites. It’s surrounded by pristine beaches, towering cliffs, rolling hills, and fresh ponds of Block Island. Many of the rooms at the inn have ocean views and decks. You can also choose to stay at the Nicholas Ball Cottage, Dewey Cottage, Guest House, Dodge Cottage, Mitchell Cottage, or Anchor House. The 1661 Inn has a champagne buffet breakfast, or guests can dine at The Oar for American fare overlooking the Great Salt Pond and the Narragansett Inn for traditional New England fare. The New Shoreham area is most popular in the summer months because of exciting events like fishing tournaments, sailboat races, beach concerts, and the Fourth of July celebration.
For a luxury beachfront hotel with panoramic views, look no further than the Newport Beach Hotel and Suites. This seaside resort has historic charm and a contemporary vibe with an indoor pool, hot tubs, a spa, fire pits, and a fitness center. There are lots of great restaurants and bars nearby. Personal trainers and yoga and Pilates instructors are available if you want to stay active on your vacation. And when you stay at this Middletown hotel, you’re just a quick walk from the famous Cliff Walk and a mile from downtown Newport.
Castle Hill Inn is located on 40 acres where New England vacationers can enjoy the beach, the lawn, and views of the harbor. The Dining Room at Castle Hill is a Forbes Four Star restaurant. Expect to find local seafood from Aquidneck Island, artisan cheeses, and seasonal produce on the menu. The Lawn, meanwhile, offers al fresco dining with lots of fresh seafood dishes, lovely views, and live music for Sunday brunch. The Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetics is the onsite spa that was founded by the daughter of a seventh-generation farming family. Book a “green” skincare treatment or a massage to make the most of your vacation time here.
Providence is a wonderful place to visit because there are so many top-notch restaurants, an exciting arts scene, and a lovely Riverwalk. A top hotel in Providence, the Christopher G. Dodge House is a bed & breakfast inn that’s been around since 1858. It’s located in a three-story historic brick mansion that was converted into a luxury B&B. When you stay here, you’ll be within walking distance to downtown Providence, the AMTRAK station, the convention center, and Providence Place Mall. You’ll also only be about a 10-minutes walk from the events, entertainment, and canals of Water Fire.
When you stay at Island Manor Resort, you can choose a studio or a one-bedroom suite that has a fully-equipped kitchen. Or take your meals outside and enjoy the barbecue grills and picnic tables. There’s a playground for the kids, open-air bike racks, and a lounge with movies, books, and board games. Irons and ironing boards, blenders, lobster pots, and lobster crackers, clam rakes, fishing rods, and beach chairs are all available from the front desk.
Pleasant View Inn is located on seven miles of sandy beach near the Atlantic Ocean and near lots of shops, restaurants, and popular attractions. For example, Watch Hill, the Block Island Ferry Service, and Mystic, Connecticut are close by. Meanwhile, Misquamicut State Beach is right outside the hotel, and you can reach the Watch Hill Lighthouse is only a few minutes away by car. When you stay here, you can choose between a king, queen or double beds, and most of the guestrooms have an ocean or pool view. The Kitchen at the Pleasant View Inn has a full oceanfront dining service for all three meals.
A quaint B&B in Newport to stay at is the Francis Malbone House Inn, which is located along the downtown harbor front. This historic inn was built in 1760 as a private residence for Colonel Francis Malbone, and it has a long history that you can learn about when you stay here. The present owners opened the building as an inn in 1989 with nine rooms. Then in 1996, an expansion allowed the inn to have 18 guestrooms. This award-winning B&B has multiple rooms to pick from, including king and queen rooms with working fireplaces and master suites in a separate colonial home. You’ll also enjoy private garden patios and double Jacuzzis here. A multi-course breakfast is provided each morning in the lush courtyard or fireside in the dining room. Afternoon tea is served for guests along with sweet bakery goodies.