I stayed at the Tower House B&B for 2 nights recently (August 2013) with my wife and 3 children (22, 21, 14 y.o.). This was our second time around at Tower House, the first being about 3 years ago.
The proprietor and hostess, Mary Beth Kreger, has done simply a masterful job at creating the perfect New England coastal B&B. Built in 1885, Mary Beth and her husband have painstakingly restored the Inn to its Victorian charm, with a cozy first floor parlor, a large sitting area, and a spacious dining room (all furnished with Victorian-era antiques), all overlooking the beautiful gardens and lawn. There is a large covered front porch that welcomes you, and a small back deck on which Mary Beth serves complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks and munchies from 5-6 pm each evening.
On our first stay a few years ago the beds were uncomfortable. But this time they were perfect. Our family had a 2-room suite that was perfect for a family of 5. There were air conditioners in both rooms, negating the summer heat & humidity.
Mary Beth is the consummate B&B host. She has a warm, soft, cheerful and casual demeanor, and she is ready to strike up a conversation on just about anything. She and her husband Chris whip up the most delicious breakfasts each morning, including various iterations of eggs, breakfast meats, fresh steel cut oatmeal, homemade french toast, and assorted fresh fruits, breads & pastries. A coffee service is set out on the landing of the second floor early each morning, along with various newspapers. For an additional fee she will prepare box lunches to take with you. She will also chauffeur you to the nearby beaches, if needed.
The Inn is on a quiet residential street but is walking distance to the famous Narragansett sea wall and walkway, overlooking the ocean. It's just a bit too far to walk to the beach, however. Newport is 20 minutes away, the Block Island ferry is 15 minutes, and some of the best beaches in New England are only minutes away. For the kids, nearby attractions (right in town) include mini golf, go carts, a small carousel and similar amusements, and plenty of ice cream places! And, of course, you are surrounded by some of the best seafood restaurants around.
If you're looking for a quintessential coastal New England B&B, you will be challenged to find one better than Tower House and Mary Beth's hospitality.