Check-in: The Chanler at Cliff Walk

- Farah Khan, Kiwi Collection.

Originally built in the 1860s as a summertime retreat for New York Congressman John Chanler, The Chanler at Cliff Walk is now a charming host for discerning travelers who want a glimpse of Newport’s Golden Age while surrounded by luxury.

This elegant and beautifully restored property sits on the cliffs of Aquidneck Island and is the ideal starting point to explore Newport’s idyllic Cliff Walk—designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1975, it stretches 3.5 miles through beautiful nature and some of the country’s finest architecture. The Chanler is the only hotel located on the walk. As a major port city in the 18th century, Newport is now home to the country’s largest collection of original colonial buildings including the summer houses of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, as well as the storied Vanderbilt Mansions that were built between 1870 and 1920.

Visitors come for the cozy and romantic atmosphere that comes with a property of just 20 rooms, but they stay for the stunning views and the hotel’s restaurant The Spiced Pear, which offers a great dining experience and a must-have pear soufflé. My visit was filled with charm and breathtaking scenery, but I’m told a trip during the winter holidays is even more rewarding as The Chanler, along with all its neighbors, is dressed to the nines with lights and festive decorations that reflect the magical spirit of this oceanside town.

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