Rhode Island is a small, New England state that is boarded by the Atlantic Ocean. It makes for a perfect summer holiday, with all of the coastal towns that are eager to share their history and heritage with tourists and guests. Rhode Island is mainly flat, and doesn’t offer many mountainous or forested areas. However, there are plenty of beaches and coastal towns and cities.
There are plenty of islands off the coast as well located in the bay. Couples who are searching for a summer vacation will enjoy Rhode Island during the warmer months. The humid continental climate means that Rhode Island has warm summers and cool winters.
While suitable for year-round getaways, the coastal cities mean that Rhode Island is especially suited for that perfect, summer hideaway. The colonial history of Rhode Island also means that there are plenty of historic hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts for couples to choose from. The hardest thing will be to pick which one.
Let’s have a look at the best romantic (weekend) getaways in Rhode Island:
1. Point Pleasant Inn
This beautiful, picturesque inn is settled on Bristol Harbor, surrounded by Narragansett Bay. Point Pleasant Inn is a historical mansion from 1938, and there are 25 acres of lawns and gardens. Point Pleasant Inn is perfect for couples who want to enjoy the quiet serenity of Rhode Island. There are seven rooms at Point Pleasant Inn, with views of the garden, or of Bristol Harbor.
Guests are treated to a full breakfast buffet every morning on a terrace that overlooks the nearby Narragansett Bay. On the property, Point Pleasant Inn has a sauna for relaxing, as well as bike paths, a fitness center, and a game room. When it’s time to explore the nearby area, Bristol Harbor is only a 30-minute drive to Newport, where all kinds of New England activities await.
2. Ocean House
Ocean House strives to give guests a throwback experience to the golden days of New England. Located in Watch Hill, the beachfront property of the Ocean House makes it the perfect summertime escape for couples looking to spend a weekend alone. There are 49 different guest rooms and 19 suites that are settled on the bluff that overlooks the Block Island Sound. Each room has custom, wooden furniture along with modern amenities.
Ocean House offers some of the best farm-to-table meals, with both casual and fine dining options for couples who are on the go, as well as those seeking a romantic dinner for two. Along with the area attractions of Watch Hill art museums, antique shops, and lighthouse tours, Ocean House also offers activities directly at the resort, include a wine and culinary class.
3. Weekapaug Inn
This renovated property was originally built in 1899, but now offers guests luxury accommodations while still having a connection to the history it represents. The Weekapaug Inn is located on the shoreline of Rhode Island, and it overlooks both the Quonochontaug Pond as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Each room at the Inn is unique in its decor, offering guests a different experience with each visit. Couple will really enjoy a quiet suite with a view of the pond.
Weekapaug Inn has an onsite restaurant that offers both the guests and the public to explore the delicious, New England cuisine, along with pizza and lemonade for a more casual experience. Weekapaug Inn also offers activities such as wine tasting, or nature outings with a resident Naturalist. During the summer, guests can also kayak and boat out on the pond, or just enjoy the quiet excitement of bird watching.
4. Christopher Dodge House
Located just a short distance from downtown Providence, the Christopher Dodge house is centrally located for all the couples who love to be near all the excitement of a new place. This bed and breakfast is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a three-story brick mansion. Couples will have their pick of standard, superior or prime rooms. The more spacious rooms even come with a fireplace for those cozy nights.
Along with a hot breakfast and continental breakfast each morning for guests, the Christopher Dodge house also offers an array of snacks, treats and drinks throughout various areas of the building. Christopher Dodge House is just a short walk from downtown Providence, where there are plenty of restaurants, shops and entertainment to be had. Couples can also check out a romantic Gondola ride along the Providence river.
5. Eden Manor
This Victoria estate was built in 1840, and is located near Newport and is settled on 5 acres of quiet property. The Edgen Manor is perfect for couples who want to get away from busy city life and retreat to the quiet, New England countryside. There are 14 different guest rooms, and each are open and spacious, with high ceilings and modern amenities to make your stay as luxurious as possible.
Historic Newport is close by, which means that guests will be able to enjoy nearby restaurants that offer all the best New England cuisine. Eden Manor is close to all of Rhode Island’s best beaches, and the property itself offers miles upon miles of bike and hiking trails. This property is excellent for a honeymoon getaway, or just a quiet weekend away from the rest of the world.
6. The Providence Biltmore
Located in the heart of downtown Providence, the Providence Biltmore is a hotel that has made itself a landmark on the city that offers both comfort as well as history. It’s the perfect location for couples who long to be in the center of everything, with beautiful, spacious guest rooms and suites that offer views of the stunning cityscape. These home-away-from-home rooms will make sure each guest gets the most out of their stay.
The Providence Biltmore offers dining venues onsite: McCormick & Schmick’s, which will serve guests the most delicious seafood and steak dinners. Couples looking for a romantic dinner, or even private room service, will be pleased here. This hotel also offers the online onsite spa in the entire city of Providence, and couples will really get the most out of this luxury retreat and all of the offered therapies.
7. The Newport Beach Hotel
Located in Newport, the Newport Beach Hotel is a luxury, beachfront property that offers a unique, panoramic view of the surrounding waters. The Newport Beach Hotel offers two different accommodation styles: rooms at the Historic hotel, or the Suites building. For couples who are looking to stretch their legs and stay in style, the suites building offers stunning, 1,500 square foot accommodations as well as living and dining room areas.
Flo’s Clam Shack is right next door to the Newport Beach Hotel, and it offers casual dining with New England favorites like fresh and locally sourced seafood. Newport offers an array of activities for couples to enjoy together, such as a romantic tour through the Newport Vineyards, or a walk along the picturesque shore.
8. Edgewood Manor
The Edgewood Manor is a bed and breakfast located in Providence, and it is a Greek Revival Mansion built in 1905, but renovated to offer guests a luxurious stay. Edgewood Manor offers nine different rooms, each with a historic decor that will put guests back into the golden ages that this manor was built in. Each room has period piece antiques, as well as fine art and stain-glass, and a decor unique to each room.
Breakfast is served every morning, and guests will have a choice to eat in either the dining room, or outside on the patio to enjoy the surrounding grounds. Dietary accommodations can be met upon request. Providence has so much to offer couples who are looking for both excitement and a romantic time, with the Edgewood Manor being within quick traveling distance of many local attractions, such as the Roger Williams Park and Zoo, and Gondola rides through the river.
9. The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Nestled along the historic Cliff Walk in Newport rests the Chanler, a hotel that has been renovated out of the very first mansion that was built upon Cliff Walk. The hotel is surrounding by beautiful gardens and even more beautiful views that overlook that water. The Chanler offers 20 unique guest rooms that offer couples stunning views right from their hotel room of the nearby ocean.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be found at the Chanler at Cliff Walk. The onsite restaurant, the Spiced Pear, offers dinner specialties, while the Veranda has breakfast and lunch menus that serve traditional New England favorites. Along with complimentary yoga classes at the Chanler, guests will have all of Newport at their fingertips, from the Vineyards to Newport Polo matches. Not to mention, the historic Cliff Walk that the hotel is located on.
10. The Break Hotel
This boutique hotel in Narragansett is the only one in the area, and it’s perfect for couples who are looking for something a little smaller and more private, while also looking for a modern flair in style. The Break has a retro-chic surf style, and offers 16 different rooms, each with its own style. Couples can take their pick of ocean view balcony rooms, or even a suite that offers a view of the stunning sunset. Either way, this beachfront boutique hotel is sure to meet any couple’s needs.
The Break Hotel offers a guest breakfast that has a unique array of choices, such as roasted portobello and sausage frittata, and strawberry lemon and basil salad. Along with breakfast, the Break Hotel also offers bistro dining for lunch and dinner. For couples who are seeking a quiet relaxation, the onsite Spa offers a wide array of luxury treatments to rejuvenate you before or after all the fun that can be had around the nearby area.
11. Grace Vanderbilt
This historic, boutique hotel is located just a few minutes from Newport’s beautiful waterfront. This luxury hotel has 33 different guest rooms and suites that will give couples the privacy that they’re looking for, as well as all of the luxury amenities of a big chain hotel. There are one or two-bedroom suites, as well as Loft and Captain suites that offer couples spacious room and extra amenities.
There are four different dining venues for couples to choose from when they stay at the Grace Vanderbilt, from the Vanderbilt Grill to a rooftop deck that serves cocktail favorites. Guests who stay at the Grace Vanderbilt will enjoy both that secluded, getaway feeling while being within minutes reach of all that Newport has to offer, from all of Newport’s famous beaches to a wine tasting tour at the Newport Vineyards.
12. The Attwater
This colorful, nautical themed hotel is located in Newport, and it’s a beautiful, boutique getaway. Couples will love this distinctive escape, as it offers plenty of choices without being overly crowded. There are 17 different rooms that are spread between the main hotel and the Urban Beach House just across the street. This beautiful hotel has a modern theme that pops, along with all of the luxury amenities you could ask for.
Breakfast is served every morning, with delicious plates of homemade baked goods, egg dishes, fresh fruits and breakfast salads. Along with all of the fun that Newport itself has to offer, guests at the Attwater will enjoy access to the onsite Spa, with therapies that are available either at the spa room, or brought right to the guest’s room or suite. Couples will even be able to enjoy a relaxing couples massage in the privacy of their room.
13. Gurney’s Resort
Looking for an island getaway without all the hassle of traveling to an island? Gurney’s Resort has you covered. This resort is located on Goat Island, surrounded by Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Couples who are seeking all the seclusion that a private island has to offer will adore staying at Gurney’s Resort. There are guest rooms and suites to accommodate any couple’s needs, from water view suites to rooms with balconies.
Scarpetta is the onsite restaurant, and it boasts Manhattan cuisine with a New England touch. There are signature and seasonal dishes that include fresh and local seafood. Gurney’s Resort also offers a marina where guests can enjoy sunset cruises, sailing lessons, and even watersports like kayaking and standup paddleboards.
14. Sea Breeze Inn
Located in Middletown, the Sea Breeze Inn is both family owned and run. This boutique hotel is perfect for couples looking for a quiet slice of New England life, while still being conveniently located just a few minutes away from downtown Newport. The Sea Breeze Inn offers 16 different rooms that have all been professional designed, with suites that overlook both the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Pond.
Breakfast is served complimentary at the Sea Breeze Inn’s onsite full-service cafe, which also serves lunch during the afternoons daily for an added price. The location just minutes away from downtown Newport makes the Sea Breeze Inn the perfect location for couples who want a quiet escape after a full day of fun and adventure around Newport’s beaches, harbors, shops and restaurants.
This oceanside resort overlooks the Narragansett Bay, and is located in Newport, just minutes away from all the exciting things going on in the downtown area. Oceancliff offers a variety of room choices, from one bedroom or two-bedroom suites with full kitchenette, dining area and even a Jacuzzi tub for couples who are looking to enjoy a little alone time together. For those chilly, New England evenings, there’s even a gas fireplace in most of the rooms.
Each room comes with a full-sized kitchenette with fridge, two-burner cook tops and other appliances, so guest will be able to have whatever meal they want, anytime they want. The proximity to downtown Newport also allows for an array of restaurants to choose from. At the resort, Oceancliff offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from downtown Newport, as well as games, books and free movie rentals for a nice night in.