Ron and I try to travel as often as we can. We love to get away and just spend time with each other – quiet, alone time that just doesn’t happen as often as we would like with the phone calls, e-mails and to-do lists that distract us at home.
Usually we will travel to a location and mark it off of our list, with a few exceptions that have a special place in our hearts (Reynolds, Costa Rica, Montauk). We expected this out of Rhode Island – let’s go see it, and then we’ll be on to the next.
We could not have been more wrong. From the moment we landed, Rhode Island had us and was never letting go.
We arrived at The Chanler, known as America’s Most Romantic Hotel. It lived up to it’s name with the small and quaint atmosphere and the stunning view. Oh the views. The boutique hotel is located on Newport’s Cliff Walk, a three and a half mile path along the shoreline. It was one of those places that stops you – not to take a photo, because at that moment you’ve forgotten all about capturing the view for others to see, (you’re still too busy trying to soak it all in for yourself) but just to stare. Stare and let the ocean’s mist touch your face and the North Eastern breeze raise the goosebumps on your skin.
Walking past The Chanler on the Cliff Walk will make you instantly envious, because no hotel can compare. The seaside villas marked with blue doors are our room of choice, with a private garden and hot tub. Matching blue bikes are available to take around town, or the courteous staff is also available with a hotel chauffeur.
At The Chanler, we recommend Banana Pancakes for breakfast, a Lobster Roll for lunch (the chef’s specially prepared Lobster BLT is shown below), and the She Crab Soup, more Lobster, and the table side Flambé for dessert. Their Spiced Pear champagne is quite tasty upon arrival.
The back patio was my spot while we were visiting. To hear the waves crash on the cliffs and to watch the surfers below was complete heaven for us. We never wanted to move. An evening by the fire pit with a French Pear Martini is highly encouraged.
Outside of The Chanler, Newport has so much to offer. We took a ride down Ocean Drive, and visited the many stately mansions. Our favorite was Rosecliff, which set the scene for the movie The Great Gatsby. To be on those front steps was truly amazing. So much marble and high hedges. All of the heart eyes.
We also wandered out for a few meals.
Diego’s is a local Mexican restaurant with great margaritas and churros. We stopped in the Wharf Pub across the way and the “All Hail the Saints” is featured below in the coupe glass.
Other ‘Must Eat’s’ include the Castle Hill Inn and their Watermelon and Steak Salad, Calamari, and of course, more Lobster Rolls. Make sure to walk down to their lighthouse. The views at the peak of they property are incredible.
Other yum yum’s:
Lobster Mac and Cheese and the Beef Wellington – White Horse Tavern (America’s Oldest Tavern, and George Washington ate here!)
Snowball in Hell – Clarke Cooke House
Oysters for days (cutest little all white raw bar) – Midtown Oyster Bar
Best on the water – The Mooring
Our trip was scheduled to last three days. But those first three days were SO good, that we canceled our return flight, and didn’t book another one for another three days. And that return flight would be after an Uber ride and a two day stay in Boston. We explored the city, took a boat ride in our friend’s small town of Scituate, and never wanted to leave. We questioned canceling another return flight, but knew that it hand to end sometime. And we still need to move out of my mother’s house after being there for over a month. (Sorry mom, we really hate moving).
A huge thank you to Scott and The Chanler family for making us feel so welcome. We absolutely fell in LOVE with Rhode Island and there is no doubt that we will be back soon. We miss it already.
So much love and lobster,
Paula and Ron