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Rhode Island Best Lodging 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;

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;

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;

Best Urban Luxury
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;

Best In-Season Rate
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;

Best for Pets
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;

Best Farm-Fresh Breakfast
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;

Best Step Back in Time
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;

Best B&B Hospitality
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;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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