Haute Spots: The Chanler at Cliff Walk

In Newport, the mansions here all about glitz and glamour from another time period that continue to glisten their gilded glows. The 19th century, European style property known as The Chanler at Cliff Walk is certainly one of the most impressionable. Built by New York Congressman John Winthrop Chanler, the waterfront historic home sits prominently at the start of the Cliff Walk (the only hotel located along the beautiful walk). The quintessential property offers everything you need for a weekend escape from Boston – luxurious period designed rooms (some with their own private sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi), complimentary car service throughout Newport and a restaurant that resembles dining in a French chateau, all located about an hour and a half from Boston.

The Chanler at Cliff WalkPhoto Credit: The Chanler at Cliff Walk

From the moment you drive up, you know you have arrived somewhere special. Whether you come here for a quick weekend getaway to relax and unwind or are planning a romantic escape, The Chanler is sure to provide a memorable stay. The check in process starts with a glass of champagne as the valet attendant whisks your car away and then you are personally shown to your room.

The Chanler at Cliff WalkPhoto Credit: The Chanler at Cliff Walk

We recommend a stay in the Martha’s Vineyard oceanfront villa perched high atop the Atlantic Ocean with an oceanfront deck offering a front row view to beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Sit outside and enjoy an early morning coffee or if it’s a chilly New England start, relax inside by the gas fireplace. The spacious room has a massive king size four-poster canopy bed with adjacent bathroom that is worth a mention, not only for its heated floors and separate TV, but also for its enormous sunken shower with eight shower heads (rainfall, massage, you name it, it’s here) and double Jacuzzi bathtub.

Chanler Martha's Vineyard SuitePhoto Credit: The Chanler at Cliff Walk

One of the best surprises awaits you as you head downstairs from your suite to relax in your own garden courtyard or unwind in your private sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi tucked away underneath the deck, which provides shelter so you can enjoy even on rainy or snowy days like we did. It doesn’t get much better than this.

The Chanler Spiced PearPhoto Credit: The Chanler at Cliff Walk

For dinner, we recommend booking a reservation at the elegant Spiced Pear (the only restaurant located along the Cliff Walk). Our server, Cole, was friendly and attentive and made our dining experience a memorable one. Here, you can enjoy a sampling of Blue Point oysters, perfectly seared sirloins and delicately prepared halibut all while enjoying a gorgeous oceanfront view.

The Chanler is located at 117 Memorial Boulevard in Newport, Rhode Island.