Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or family fun by the sea, Newport, Rhode Island, offers a little something for everyone. As a New Englander who has spent years working with properties in the area, I have never come across a spot quite like Newport. The picturesque ocean views, bustling harbor, and Gilded Age architecture are perfect for a one-of-a-kind New England experience.
I reached out to a couple of my contacts in the area to get some inside scoop on two of the city’s top luxury resorts. I hope with their insights, you’ll feel ready to create an unforgettable New England experience of your own at one of these luxurious Newport locations.
The Brenton Hotel: Waterfront Elegance
Nestled directly on Newport’s storied waterfront, everything about the Brenton Hotel evokes the style and comfort of staying on a lavish yacht. From its understated decor and floor-to-ceiling windows to its panoramic views of the harbor and historic cityscape, this hotel offers a truly authentic, upscale New England experience.
Evenings at the Brenton are magical, with the hotel’s private 36-foot Hinckley Picnic Boat, the Brenton One, docked steps from the hotel and waiting to whisk you away for an intimate sunset sail around the Newport harbor. The Brenton also hosts a tailgate party every Saturday through September 2022, where guests attending the Newport International Polo Series can enjoy specialty cocktails, charcuteries, and lively conversation.
The hotel’s environmentally sensitive green rooftop offers unparalleled views of the bustling harbor. You can relax and socialize with cozy lounge seating, crackling fire pits, leisure games, and a bespoke menu of beverages and cocktails. The rooftop also features a new six-hole putting green, perfectly designed for golfers who want to improve their game off the course.
For health-minded guests, the hotel’s two Peloton bikes can be delivered to the roof for al fresco spin classes amongst matchless views. Local wellness expert Allison Schumann also offers complimentary yoga classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
For an upscale getaway filled with New England charm and plenty of amenities, look no further than the Brenton Hotel.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk: Gilded Age Glamour
Summertime brings an exciting collaboration with Ca’del Bosco wines, where guests can enjoy live music every Sunday in the hotel’s lush wine garden.
As you make your way through the Chanler’s main gates, you may feel you’re arriving at a grand private residence instead of a hotel.
You wouldn’t be far off: the Chanler at Cliff Walk was built as a summer residence in 1873 at the height of Newport’s Gilded Age. Everything about the property reflects Gilded Age elegance, from the manicured gardens to each of the hotel’s 20 exquisitely decorated rooms.
And as the only luxury hotel on Newport’s famed Cliff Walk, guests are just steps away from the many confectioners adorning this coastal trail. Also available this summer is a new sweet experience at the Gelateria, a cliffside ice cream pop-up featuring a rotating selection of gelato flavors from a European-inspired vintage cart.
Guests with an aptitude for history can explore the Gilded Age mansions adorning Bellvue Avenue, which are within walking distance of the hotel’s entrance. When the summer nights begin to chill, the outdoor terrace at The Cafe is encapsulated and heated for guests to enjoy an al fresco experience under a sky full of stars.
Culinary enthusiasts will delight in the Chanler’s signature Forbes Five-Star restaurant, Cara. Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski lets the food take center stage, creating new avant-garde dishes daily to highlight ingredients harvested at their peak (most of which are plucked directly from the property’s gardens).
Two blind-tasting menus are offered nightly, with guest preferences considered for a custom-tailored menu. The culinary team thoughtfully presents a view into the creative process behind each dish, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the experience, ask questions, and even learn new cooking techniques. Paired with wine from the restaurant’s extensive beverage list, which has received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, dinner at Cara is sure to be a night you won’t soon forget.
The Chanler blends luxury boutique amenities and service with breathtaking ocean views and a glimpse into Newport’s glamorous past for a perfectly unique New England getaway.
Newport’s luxury resorts have something to offer travelers during every season, but summertime in this bustling coastal community is truly a magical experience. If you explore Newport this summer, I’d love to hear how you enjoyed your stay. If you’d rather plan for fall or winter, this gem of a city offers can’t-miss adventures and cozy getaways for you to celebrate the changing seasons, New England-style.