Luxurious Romance in Rhode Island: The Top Ten Romantic Bed and Breakfasts
Tucked away between Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean, the state of Rhode Island is a little state that is often overlooked. Yet for those in the know, Rhode Island is a state steeped in New England history, boasting miles of coastline and quaint islands a ferry ride away. New England tradition and hospitality is preserved in the award-winning B&Bs that dot the picturesque towns of the Rhode Island shore. While some of the more famous inns are in the harbor town of Newport, others can be found close by on neighboring islands.
The rooms at The Wynstone are painstakingly designed to recreate the sumptuous wealth and decadence of the mansions of Newport’s Gilded Age. With marble bathrooms and featherbeds, a guest might be tempted to linger inside, but the inn is located on Newport’s Historic Hill and only a block from the waterfront, so don’t miss antique row and some of the best restaurants around.
AAA Four Diamond
The town of Newport boasts many fine inns: The Cliffside Inn is one of the more famous. Built in 1876 by Maryland governor, Thomas Swan in the style of a Second Empire Victorian, this mansion has been featured in more magazines and guides than can be mentioned here and its standing as one of the finest New England inns goes without saying. Be sure to try the internationally acclaimed high tea for a special treat.
Explore Newport from the John Easton House, which offers elegant Victorian accommodations for considerably less than the inns housed in the mansions up the hill. Enjoy a daily three-course breakfast served on china and crystal.
Traditional New England
Spacious guest rooms furnished with period pieces await you at Victorian Ladies Inn. Also located in Newport, this inn offers gracious hospitality and lovely gardens at less extravagant rates. It has been voted Best Bed and Breakfast seven times by Newport Life!
Yet another lovely inn, the Bayberry Inn of Newport is a Spanish Victorian mansion located in Newport’s downtown historic district. Bayberry Inn features a gorgeous parlor dripping with period chandeliers, which is perfect for special events.
An hour’s ferry ride south from mainland, Block Island is perfect for a luxurious romantic escape. The Blue Dory Inn is walking distance to the famous Crescent Beach and offers rooms with an ocean view. Let yourself be lulled into relaxation by the sound of the waves after a day of cycling along the shore.
If you are ready for complete indulgence, look no further. Point Pleasant Inn and Resort is the ultimate in oceanside luxury. Housed in a 33-room English country manor on Poppasquash Point outside of Bristol, this inn is not so much a place to stay as a destination in itself. An all-inclusive plan gives you access to amenities around the clock; including a self-service complimentary bar, an in-ground swimming pool, tennis courts, not to mention kayaks for the more adventurous.
Romance Abounds in Newport
Named one of iLoveInns.com Top 10 Romantic Inns for 2008, Hydrangea House offers impeccable service, elegant furnishings, rich warm colors and luxurious fabrics. The inn is well-known for its exceptional breakfast served in the formal dining room, complete with four-foot candelabras and crystal chandelier. Innkeepers Grant Edmondson and Dennis Blair are available to make sure your every need is met and your visit to Newport perfect.
The Colonial style at the Historic Jacob Hill Inn is elegant and inviting. Situated on a 50-acre country estate in Greater Providence, the Historic Jacob Hill Inn is a perfect home base for exploring the attractions of Providence, although it is also a wonderful retreat. It has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for seven consecutive years.
Last, but not least, the Francis Malbone House on the harbor front caters to your every whim with five star diamond award-winning services. Enjoy your central location in the historic waterfront, complimentary gourmet breakfasts, and private baths with Jacuzzis. This inn is the oldest of our featured inns in Newport, having been built for shipping merchant Colonel Francis Malbone in 1760.
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