A grand seaside inn

 Newport's Castle Hill Inn is set on 40 meticulously maintained acres atop its own private peninsula, offering unparalleled access to the magnificent sights and sounds of Narragansett Bay. Its focal point is a stately, beautifully appointed 19th-century mansion — initially the summer residence of noted Harvard marine biologist Alexander Agassiz — which houses nine of Castle Hill Inn's 35 guest rooms, as well as its four dining rooms, where the hotel's fine culinary creations are served.

The mansion opens up to an expansive lawn lined with Adirondack chairs, inviting ocean lovers to soak in the impressive view while enjoying food and cocktails alfresco. Weather permitting, The Lawn is available from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

Elsewhere on the grounds, you will find the remainder of the inn's guest rooms, spread out among the property, allowing you to pick your pleasure when it comes to accommodations: the Beach Houses and Cottages, which offer immediacy to Castle Hill Inn's private beach, or the Harbor Houses and the Chalet, which are ideal for those seeking a more intimate setting.

Wherever you choose to stay at Castle Hill Inn, you will have access to all of its amenities, ranging from sweet to swanky: bikes for cruising, a walking trail to the Castle Hill Lighthouse, a gourmet breakfast each morning (everything from a frittata with potato, asparagus, arugula, onions and goat cheese to pancakes suzette with Grand Marnier syrup, toasted pecans, citrus and tarragon), afternoon high tea, free high-speed Internet, room service and sunset sails during the summer months.

Whether you're visiting Castle Hill Inn for a romantic getaway, a special event or simply to enjoy the historically rich hotel — guests have included everyone from Grace Kelly to Thornton Wilder — you are sure to find its relaxed yet sophisticated setting a breath of fresh saltwater air.

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