Originally built as a woodworking shop in the early 1800s, reconstructed as a brick front mill in 1890, and refreshed in cozy-chic boutique style this spring, the Mill Street Inn hosted our family for a weekend in the small New England seaside village of Newport, Rhode Island. Once a summertime destination where Gilded Age titans of the Astor and Vanderbilt variety constructed elaborate mansions with walls of platinum, today's Newport offers historic tours, tennis tournaments, polo matches, shopping and seafood of unrivaled quality. Over 200 years later and after a recent extensive renovation, the Mill Street Inn is a boutique luxury hotel nestled in the center of town that strikes the perfect balance between classic seaside prep and modern industrial flare.
We arrived with dusk departing the main thoroughfare running between Manhattan and Newport like many a summertime resident from centuries past. Summers in New England are slow to warm. Though it was well into spring when we visited, the sea side chill clung to the mist as we strolled the cobblestone streets illuminated by the moon's reflection on the ocean. Eventually, we retired to our duplex suite and were greeted by a sweet treat from Ma's Donuts.
Up early the next morning, we ambled over to Rosecliff Mansion and relived the best moments of our wedding held there nearly two years ago to the day. Setting out on an adventure we took Charlie and Eliot to frolic in the protected cove at Gooseberry Beach, which is unofficially dog friendly from Labor Day through Memorial Day. During the summer season beach-goers can take a welcome break from hot dogs and nachos to sample from a selection of organic and vegetarian fare at its Gooseberry Cafe. Later that evening we opted for the always significant seafood spread at The Mooring Restaurant and plotted our summer's return for more lobsters at Kempenaar's Clambake Club.
After strolling through town each day it was always a warm welcome coming back to the Mill Street Inn, especially for our canine companions Charlie and Eliot. It’s really the kind of hotel I prefer: boutique in size, in the midst of town, historic importance to the location, modern renovations for comfort and exceptional hospitality complete with a daily breakfast of local delights and afternoon tea. If you find yourself in Newport with dogs, the Mill Street Inn is our crowd's favorite for Best in Show.