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In late August 2006 my girlfriend and I headed to Newport.
I did all my research online -neither of us had been prior.
I found this B&B online. It was pricey but well worth it. Great amentities and right near the wharf area. When we checked in we laughed at the thought we would actually come back each afternoon for "tea"... well tea was all sorts of teas - iced tea, lemonade etc.. and the most amazing cakes and desserts. Breakfast is included which you can enjoy from the fantastic courtyard. Stay in the newer wing, at has the charm with modern luxuries. I can not say enough about the staff. They perfectly timed champagne, strawberries and roses for me back at the room on the big night.
Since we were staying for 4 days I bought a membership to the society. The society runs most the mansions and membership gets you into an unlimited number of mansions. We likely would have been fine with one of the packages. We enjoyed Rosecliff and The Elms the most.
This is a seperately run mansion with "life" tours.. Actors are decorated in period clothing and never get out of character. We went to a Murder Mystrey tour it was fun and involved dancing with the actors. It was surprisingly fun.
The Inn itself is away from everything. The property has a beautiful lighthouse... where I popped the question. It was a fog night and out of the blue (while still on my knee) a boat with 100 or so people witnessed us and screamed and waved. Dinner was very good.
A romantic smaller boat we took that left from the wharf. It held roughly 16 people. The guide was very funny.
This is a casual dining place in the heart of Newport. It was nice.