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Rhode Island waterfront inns offer cozy comforts and lots of luxuries

If your idea of a getaway at an inn includes mental pictures of gorgeous beaches, shoreline, sailboats, and distant islands, you are probably ripe for a stay the delightful waterfront inns of Rhode Island. Many inns are clustered along the beaches of Narragansett Bay, and in the historic Colonial-era neighborhoods of Newport and Providence, both packed with cultural attractions.

Rhode Island inns extend their hospitality to romantic couples, families with kids, wedding and celebration groups, and people traveling with pets. Newport inns will put you close to historic mansions, fantastic dining all along the harbor, interesting wharves packed with cool shops, and lots of museums, music, and live entertainment in an intimate, walkable old city. Indoors, they charm visitors with antique furnishings, continental breakfast, and romantic views.

Inns on or near the mainland beaches of Misquamicut and Westerly and Watch Hill are on the threshold of vast, sandy beaches and traditional summer beach fun, along with luxury spas for adults in the family. The nearby attractions of Mystic, Connecticut, and the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos are a short drive from southern Rhode Island, offering great dining and entertainment.

25 Spray Rock Road Westerly, RI, 02891 Phone: 877-394-8902

Classic inn honors its New England roots with warmth and style

Quintessentially New England, inspired by classic Cape Cod style, the Weekapaug Inn has been welcoming guests since the turn of the 20th century. Perched on a peninsula between two salt ponds, the Atlantic in the distance, the inn offers spectacular water views from its spacious, luxurious rooms and suites, fine locally sourced dining and a slate of activities from boat tours and beachcombing to bocce on the lawn and yoga. Rooms decorated in soothing palettes with custom furnishings, feathertop beds and local art on the walls have windows that open up to fresh breezes. Common areas let guests lounge by a roaring fire or take their cocktails out on porches and patios. Evenings feature sunsets, good conversation and s’mores by the firepits.

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38-44 Bay Street Watch Hill, RI, 02891 Phone: 877-394-8903

Hilltop inn, with seaside views, known for its hospitality and modern comforts

It’s no wonder that movie stars and millionaires, from Henry Ford to Clark Gable, flocked to the Watch Hill Inn, with its hillside perch 25 feet above the sea and its reputation for impeccable hospitality. Today, the inn honors its history with a continued attention to detail while adding contemporary comfort, from chic, spacious suites looking out over the bay to in-suite spa and dining services and access to nearby sister inns’ amenities, including spas, pools, fine and casual dining and recreational activities from sailing and paddleboarding along private beaches to nature cruises and fitness centers. In nearby Watch Hill, guests can visit a lighthouse and museum, twirl on a “free-flying” carousel, or stop by galleries and boutiques.

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Newport inn perfectly situated near Cliff Walk, in heart of historic district

A prestigious AAA Four-Diamond inn, named by Buzzfeed Travel as one of the world’s most amazing bed and breakfasts, the Cliffside Inn has never rested on its laurels. Situated in the heart of Newport’s easy-to-explore historic district, just steps from the jaw-dropping vistas of the famous Cliff Walk, the inn offers guests the choice of 16 impeccably appointed rooms and suites, decorated with a mix of period fixtures, antiques and the work of local artists. Each room in the stately Victorian mansion has a fireplace and luxurious spa bathroom. Well maybe for the fabulous multi-course breakfast or the afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.  

113 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI, 02882 Phone: 401-783-4704

Cozy seaside comforts with historic touches

This gracious, seaside Victorian Inn with sprawling veranda is out of an earlier time. Here and now these assets offer a special lodging experience. A landmark since the early 1900’s, the Inn provides comforts and amenities to compliment the breathtaking setting. 31-cozy rooms feature hardwood floors, private baths, air conditioning, some with private decks and fireplace facades. The restaurant is open in season and serves seafood and Italian cuisine and will cater your wedding or special function. Outdoor activities abound along the coastline from beachcombing, shell collecting and deep-sea fishing, to kayaking and sailing. A short stroll away there are 60 restaurants and one of a kind boutiques and antique shops. A quiet rocking chair beckons in the warm sunlight.

75 Mill Street Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-849-9500 Toll-Free: 800-392-1316

A cozy, historic seaside stay

This National Historic Landmark building is now a small luxury hotel with 23 guest suites one block from lively Thames Street and waterfront shops and restaurants in Newport’s Historic Hill neighborhood. The all-suite accommodations feature original beams and exposed brick walls and a rooftop patio with harbor views. All suites combine contemporary design and technology with historic charm and offer down feather beds with 400-thread-count linens, free wireless internet, luxurious marble bathrooms with rainfall and high pressure shower, plush bathrobes, mini-bar and fridge, and complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon tea. Suites may also include balconies, living rooms, and gas fireplaces. Complementing its service and hospitality, the Inn is a member of the “Green" Hotels Association.