Cliffside Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

A romantic escape set in the historic, seaside town of Newport, The Cliffside Inn is a couple’s ideal luxurious destination with the comforts and senses of home. The Inn also serves as a perfect getaway for small groups,, families, and friends. This was my husband’s first visit to Newport and my second. The last time I explored Newport was nine years ago while on a holiday bus trip from Hartford, CT where I visited several of the mansions during the holidays. I had longed to come back for several years and was delighted that I had the opportunity to stay for the weekend.

We arrived to The Cliffside Inn late on Friday night. We were so pleased with the communication with the staff prior to our arrival, regarding where we could pick up our key and where to park. My husband and I stayed in The Carriage House, which has its own private entrance, its own parking space, and is just steps away from the main house.

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Catching Up with Chef Carolyn at Mill House Inn

The Mill House Inn in East Hampton is one of my favorite spots in the Hamptons for an overnight stay and the best breakfast you could ever imagine. New at Mill House Inn this summer includes a variety of refreshing iced beverages, homemade ice pops, juices, and more. Recently, I caught up with Executive Chef Carolyn Stec to learn more about the menu additions and what’s new a the Inn.

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North Fork Guest House

Centrally located in North Fork’s tranquil wine region in Cutchogue, North Fork Guest House was opened by Alane Kelly and Daniel King Memorial Day Weekend of 2015. This modern and chic B&B, originally constructed in 1921, is just steps away from nearby vineyards and boutique shops, including Bedell Cellars. Once I stepped inside, I felt very welcome and instantly came to admire the contemporary design and peaceful, right-at-home furnishings. The dining room, where breakfast is served family style, is very open with a modern appeal, with plenty of natural light streaming through. The smell of fresh scones from the kitchen gave me that warm feeling of home in the country.

The guest house boasts three rooms with luxury amenities. Each has a Stearns and Foster pillow top mattress, 500-700 thread count sheets, a private bathroom with Turkish towels and eco-friendly toiletries that include shower gel, shampoo, and lotions in Mason jars. Unique to the guest house is there are no televisions in the rooms. This is an opportunity to remove yourself from technology, even if it is only for a couple of days. Take a walk, visit the beach, and explore all of the bounties the North Fork has to offer.

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The Baker House 1650

Set on East Hampton’s Historic Main Street and steps away from the Village is The Baker House 1650. The Baker House evokes a comforting English countryside vibe and offers a rich history of the East Hampton Village. Even if you are a local, I highly suggest dropping by for a visit. The property in and of itself is breathtaking; I could see myself just pausing to meditate in the mid afternoon, taking in the fresh air and peaceful ambiance of the garden and lush trees, away from the quintessential Hamptons summer scene.

According to their website, the architecture of the Baker House is described as a “17th century Cotswold-inspired masterpiece.” The manor is reminiscent of a dream. Plus, the location cannot be beat. You are within a ten minute walking distance to the heart of East Hampton Village’s shopping and dining district. Once you step inside, you will notice that every detail is well attended to and distinctive, from the cozy fireplaces and floral arrangements, to the luxurious bedding amenities. It was no surprise that the soundtrack to Downton Abbey was playing softly in the background during breakfast. If the Crawley Family from Downton Abbey owned a summer home in the Hamptons, this would be it.

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The Graybarn Cottage of Mill House Inn

The Graybarn Cottage is a private rental home owned and operated by The Mill House Inn in East Hampton. Available to rent for the weekend (night minimums may vary throughout the year), for the week or the season. The cottage offers a perfect escape for large families, groups of friends, and or wedding parties and is available for up to eight adult guests or twelve guests in total including children. The home features three bedrooms in the main house with a loft, and a one bedroom guesthouse, two of the bedrooms are master suites with fireplaces, soaking tubs and steam showers. During the warmer months, you can relax poolside at their 40′ heated gunite pool.

Though I cannot reveal the location of the cottage as its address is revealed upon booking, it is within walking distance to the beach and to the Village of East Hampton. It offers seclusion and convenience with housekeeping twice daily and a personal assistant that will advise you of how you can make the most out of your Hamptons stay. They will help you with everything from dining recommendations and reservations to points of interest.
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