On a tree-lined street near Newport’s historical harbor, the Inns of Newport paint a charming picture of what New England was like centuries ago. The Victorian-themed Cleveland House stands on one side of Clarke Street, and The Clarkeston Inn stands on the other. The latter, which was built in the early 18th century, has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Clarkeston was extensively restored in 1993 to preserve its rich colonial history. Throughout the inn, you’ll find antique furnishings and burnished hardwood floors. Guest rooms pay tribute to important figures from Newport’s past. A brick fireplace warms sunny Room Seven, which is accented with white-wicker furniture and romantic, floral-print pillows. Room Five’s centerpiece is a period four-poster bed. A portrait of George Washington hangs on the wall and navy and ivory drapes flank the window.
The vibe is strictly Victorian at The Cleveland House. Each of the 12 rooms is elegantly appointed with vintage furniture and lacy accents, while some rooms have a jacuzzi tub. The Clarkeston Inn and The Cleveland House both serve breakfast in the morning (not included with this Groupon).
Newport, Rhode Island: Chic Coastal Town Filled with Gilded Age Mansions
Around the turn of the 20th century, Newport became home base for several affluent American families, who had elaborate mansions built along Bellevue Avenue. Guided tours illuminate the architecture, interior design, and social history of 11 landmark properties. Inspired by 16th-century Parisian palaces, The Breakers—a 70-room palazzo—was the summer home of the Vanderbilt family. Built in 1893, it remains Newport's preeminent symbol of the Gilded Age. Nearby, classic revival gardens dotted with fountains and marble pavilions beguile onlookers at The Elms, which once belonged to a Pennsylvania coal magnate.
Another Newport mansion houses The National Museum of American Illustration—the largest collection of American Imagist works in the world. In addition to rotating exhibits of original prints and photographic materials, the galleries boast milestone pieces by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish. Significant memorabilia and vintage artifacts, such as Rockwell's first paint box and Parrish's stippling paintbrushes, are also on display.