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Rhode Island Best Lodging 2010

Rhode Island Best Lodging 2010
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by in May 2010

Best Rooms With a View
ROSE FARM INN, Block Island
If you can’t see the sea from your room, you can definitely see meadows and wildflowers, possibly the deer or pheasant that roam the 20 acres of this former farm. Bike rentals onsite. Rates: from $139 May 8-June 18, from $179 June 19-Sept. 7, including continental breakfast. Roslyn Road. 401-466-2034; rosefarminn.com

Best Add-On Amenities
TOWER HOUSE B&B, Narragansett
Need a picnic lunch? A babysitter for the kids? A clambake or BBQ in the backyard? Just ask the innkeepers at this 1885 Victorian cottage, and they’ll make it happen. Rate includes beach shuttle, towels, toys, and chairs. 46 Earles Court. 401-783-3787; towerhousebandb.com

Best In-Town Deal
DOLCE VILLA, Providence
This three-story (no elevator) European-style hotel sits smack in the middle of the Italian neighborhood of Federal Hill, dense with restaurants, markets, bakeries, and wine shops.63 DePasquale Square. 401-383-7031; dolcevillari.com

Best Urban Luxury
EDGEWOOD MANOR, Providence
There’s the setting: a three-story Greek Revival mansion and a restored Shingle-style Victorian house, both furnished with antiques. There’s the atmosphere: afternoon tea in the library, breakfasts in the elegant dining rooms. And there are the add-ons: wood-burning fireplaces, and Jacuzzi tubs. Rates: from $129, including full breakfast. 232 Norwood Ave. 401-781-0099; providence-lodging.com

Best In-Season Rate
EAST BAY BED & BREAKFAST, Jamestown
Walking distance to the village and the Newport ferry; handsome rooms with fine linens and private baths; and a satisfying breakfast, with homemade pastries and seasonal fruit. All for low midweek summer rates. Rates: from $110, including full breakfast. 14 Union St. 401-423-0330; eastbaybnb.com

Best for Pets
EDITH PEARL BED & BREAKFAST, Little Compton
Human accommodations are quite fine, too, in this restored 1840s house, but canine hosts Oreo and Cressa also welcome dog friends, providing beds, bowls, and toys. Extra fees for dogsitting. Rates: from $175, including full breakfast. 250 West Main Road. 401-592-0053; edithpearl.com

Best Farm-Fresh Breakfast
CROSSWINDS, Wickford
Eggs from the farm’s chickens, berries from the garden, pancakes by innkeeper Hope Ryan, with her mother’s secret maple syrup sauce. All this in an 1850 farmhouse–but also private baths and air-conditioning. Rates: from $125, including full breakfast. 800 Boston Neck Road. 401-339-7813; crosswindsbnb.com

Best Step Back in Time
WOODY HILL BED & BREAKFAST, Westerly
A restored Colonial, with an 18th-century keeping room where innkeeper Ellen Madison hosts open-hearth cooking workshops. Period antiques and views of the gardens and beautifully landscaped in-ground pool. Rates: from $150, including continental breakfast. 149 South Woody Hill Road. 401-322-0452; woodyhill.com

Best B&B Hospitality
ARMISTEAD COTTAGE, Newport
Lounge on the spacious porch, or stroll to the Bellevue mansions or Cliff Walk. Victorian antiques and stained glass adorn guestrooms. Co-owner Romana Zawarti prepares gourmet breakfasts and gives guided tours of her “carrot museum,” a collection ranging from Christmas-tree lights to root-veggie action figures. Rates: from$119 May and October, from $139 June-Sept., including full breakfast. 55 Hunter Ave. 401-848-7123; armisteadcottage.com

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