Location, location, locationif thats your mantra when booking a romantic seaside getaway consider The Chanler at Cliff Walk, a 20-room luxury inn with an enviable position at the start of Newport, RIs stunning coastal walkway. And if you can escape to this historic city for a few nights before the summer sailing and social season kicks into gear you can enjoy superb service and amenities at affordable rates.
Just outside this oasis of calm lies scenic First Beach, where the surf is always up, and legendary 3.5-mile Cliff Walk, where you can join local dog walkers as you stroll past Gilded Age mansions built by Vanderbilts, Astors and Dukes. These include monumental 70-room The Breakers and tapestry filled Rough Point. (Note: Most of the walk is paved, but some sections are unpaved and others rocky so wear appropriate footwear.) Several of these mansions are open for toursand are definitely worth seeingso check Newport Mansions and Newport Restoration Foundation for details.
All that fresh ocean air will stoke your appetites and The Chanlers elegant Spiced Pear restaurant is the perfect spot to sate your hunger for innovative cuisine. Here, chef Thomas Duffy serves a contemporary menu using the freshest seasonal New England ingredientssuch as seared dayboat scallops and Maine lobster cassoulet. For a real treat, splurge on Duffys nine-course Gourmet Tasting Menu ($390 for two, including wine).
End your day with The Chanlers butler-drawn bath; just ask and a candlelit, rose-petal-strewn tub for two will await when you return to your room (nightly rates from $259, including breakfast, through June 30, or book the Culinary Duet package and get two nights accommodation, plus daily breakfast and a three-course dinner for two at Spiced Pair plus a three-course dinner for two at historic White Horse Tavern, from $944, May 14 to June 30).