A strong contender for the top accommodation in Newport, this historic mansion and beach cottage compound is set on a 40-acre bluff overlooking Narragansett Bay. As a Relais & Châteaux property, guests can expect exquisite service and amenities at every turn. The mansion was the summer residence of famous marine biologist Alexander Agassiz and furnishings are splendid throughout, particularly the finely carved woodwork. The bathrooms are noteworthy, many with whirlpool tubs, soaking tubs, and steam showers. Near the main house, 26 free-standing houses are lined up along the beach. The "Beach Cottages" feature pristine white wood interiors and pastel accents. A very popular world-class restaurant is on site, where guests dine outside on the lawn from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, or more formally in the elegant dining room, with its wonderful waterfront views. The inn is only a short drive from the center of town, on a peninsula that represents the westernmost tip of Newport.
- Laura Reckford