Historic Inns near Newport Harbor
Located along a tree-lined street near Newport’s harbor, the Inns of Newport paint a charming picture of what New England was like in the old days. All four inns—The Clarkeston, The Cleveland House, Admiral Farragut Inn, and Melville House Inn—neighbor each other on the centrally located Clarke Street. The inns are part of the quaint Newport Historic District, where gas lamps light the streets and many clapboard buildings date back to the colonial era.
After selecting a room type, you will be placed at one of the four inns based on availability.
Built in the early 18th century, The Clarkeston was extensively restored in 1993 to update amenities while preserving aspects of the original construction—it’s now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Throughout the inn, you’ll find antique furnishings, burnished hardwood floors, and several four-poster beds. A brick fireplace warms sunny Room Seven, which is accented with white-wicker furniture and pastoral art. The Clarkeston also serves breakfast each morning (for an extra fee).
The Cleveland House
Across the street, the vibe is strictly Victorian at The Cleveland House. Each of the 12 rooms here is elegantly appointed with vintage furniture and lacy accents; some rooms have a hot tub. The Cleveland House’s daily breakfast is not included with this Groupon.
Admiral Farragut Inn
The Admiral Farragut Inn harks back to historic Newport. Each guest room is unique—some sport Shaker-style four-poster beds and imported English antiques; others feature colonial-style windows. In the morning, breakfast is served for an additional fee.
Melville House Inn
Further along down Clarke Street, a handful of quaint guest rooms make up the Melville House Inn, which dates back to 1750. The B&B is just a few blocks from the shops, restaurants, and nightlife on Thames Street. Breakfast is available each morning for an additional fee.
No matter which inn you stay at, you’ll check in at The Cleveland House at 27 Clarke Street.
Newport, Rhode Island: Harbor Town with World-Famous Mansions
Newport sits on Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Island, just 30 miles south of Providence and 70 miles south of Boston. With its picturesque cliffs running along the rocky coast, Newport understandably attracted America’s upper class at the turn of the 20th century. The prestigious Astor and Vanderbilt families joined other captains of industry in building their summer “cottages” here—sprawling estates that epitomized the Gilded Age. You can sign up for mansion tours at the The Elms, Marble House, and The Breakers, a 70-room Italianate palazzo commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1893.
Year-round, the Cliff Walk is one of the most popular activities in town. From sunrise to sunset you’ll find visitors strolling the 3.5-mile path, which runs between the beautiful Newport shoreline on one side and the spectacular mansions on the other. On nice days, you might see surfers catching waves on the ocean breakers.
The ocean is easily accessible from Newport’s western, eastern, and southern coastlines. It’s often referred to as “the Sailing Capital of the World,” and in the summertime, fishing boats fill the harbors and beachgoers flock to the shore. Easton’s Beach (or 1st Beach if you’re a local) sits near the Cliff Walk. A number of festivals are held in town, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Kite Festival.