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Coastal Rhode Island offers lovely beachside and harborside accommodations, most of which serve up a bit of history as well as delicious cuisine. Here are a few of our favorites:
The exceedingly charming and delightfully remote Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Ocean House resort offers stunning beachside accommodations in a gorgeously restored gem built during the Gilded Age. Enjoy the hotel’s lovely wrap-around porch, its Five-Star Oh! Spa, and Seasons restaurant, a Four-Star establishment serving fine, farm-to-table cuisine (there’s even a local forager on staff). The Vanderbilt Grace boutique hotel, a tastefully restored 1909 Newport mansion, offers 33 guest rooms and suites featuring bright windows and subtle décor, as well as a spa and a fine dining restaurant, Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, which serves superb, classic New England dishes like clam chowder and smoked lobster. Along those same lines is Newport’s The Chanler at Cliff Walk, an elegant boutique hotel perched on Easton’s Beach that serves up picturesque ocean views and guest rooms individually decorated in various historical styles — English Tudor, Renaissance, Williamsburg. And last but not least, Forty 1 North’s LEED-registered accommodations sit in a unique location directly on the Newport Harbor, with guest rooms offering floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies overlooking the water. Dine among the yachts at The Grill, Forty 1 North’s dockside restaurant, which provides a raw bar and serves delicious grilled meats and seafood.