Cliffside Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

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.

We were greeted with homemade Fondelé cookies on our bedside table and the fireplace lit. The gas fireplace is controlled with a remote and will time out automatically or can be shut off anytime. The Victorian style carriage house features a sliding barn door to large marble bath. The bath features a 2 person whirlpool tub, and a spa shower. I never take baths at home and it was so soothing to take a bath with soothing bath salts upon arrival.

Breakfast is served daily 8-10am. Breakfast is very generous at Cliffside Inn, and it will certainly fill you up for a long day of exploring the town and surrounding areas. Breakfasts rotate between and a sweet and savory theme, and there is always an option for eggs any style as a substitute. In addition to the breakfast plate, there is a selection of freshly baked muffins, scones, fruit, yogurt, granola, juice, coffee, and tea. Seating for breakfast is at two group tables inside the Victorian Parlor, and during the warmer months, you may sit on the veranda at your own table. The coffee served is their French-press Legendary Blend which you must experience for yourself! It is brewed locally by Custom House Coffee. Coffee and tea service begins in the morning in the library at 7am.

For our first morning, our breakfast dish was:

  • Crispy Cheddar and Parmesan Cheese and Chive Waffle with poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise sauce served with a kale and slow baked tomato garnish, olive oil basil and Italian herbs with a side of crispy bacon.

and for the second morning, we were served:

  • Caramelized Pear and Mascarpone stuffed French Toast with sausage and a kiwi blackberry garnish. We also enjoyed chocolate chip scones and sour cream strawberry muffins.

We adored each hearty breakfast, my favorite was the cheese and chive waffle and the chocolate chip scones.

In the evening beginning at 5pm, hor d’oeuvres, wine, tea, and non-alcholic beverage are served in the parlor. The appetizers rotate frequently and included a cheese, leek, and asparagus tart, cheese and olive plate, chicken salad with raisins on a crostini, roasted tomato and mozzarella pizza, dried fruit, and chocolate covered almonds. We spent our first evening sipping wine, tea and enjoying a small plate just an hour before dinner.

The Inn is just steps away from Newport’s famous Cliff Walk. We started our Saturday morning with a brisk walk while taking in the sea air. During the day we visited three Newport Mansions: The Breakers, The Elms, and The Marble House. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and you are now able to take photos (without flash) inside. After each tour, we strolled around the properties and then finished the day with dinner in town. We chose the Winter Passport special, which cost $30 per person.

To learn more about the innkeepers and owners, Bill Bagwill and Nancy Stafford, please click here. A special thank you to the staff and owners for providing superior accommodations and a most memorable stay. The Inn is open year round, and closed for two weeks in the winter.

This stay was graciously organized by the Distinctive Inns of New England. // 401-566-9285


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