The roaring 20s were good to Rhode Island. Flappers, dancers, and of course, those Newport mansions. But as the world roared around R.I., one little hotel was just being born. The Hotel Viking opened in May 1926 and today holds a significant place in New England history.
If you need a break from the madness of Manhattan and want a little affordable luxury on your green getaway, make way for the Viking. Just over two hours from New York and accessible by train, the grand historic hotel and its surrounding ‘city by the sea’ is a perfect place to spend a romantic winter weekend—for a steal. Start with a walk on Bellevue Avenue, where designer boutiques and restaurants offer a quaint, but elegant note to the tony town.
Notable in Newport:
No matter what time of year you visit Newport, there’s always something to see. Bundle up and head to Bowen’s Wharf along the water, where the yachts are docked at the harbor. Indulge in a mid-afternoon champagne cocktail or Narragansett Beer at 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille; or have a bowl of New England Clam Chowder at the Black Pearl. Get your heart racing at the sight of Newport mansions draped in lavish holiday decor. Christmas takes place at The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House. Each mansion is open daily at 10:00 a.m. and the last tour is at 4:00 p.m. (Hint: Arrive early for the first so you’re not rushed. The mansions are filled with hidden gems that are only seen by those who choose to take a closer look.)
Nothing says ‘escape’ like a Thai massage in your private suite. The Hotel Viking offers spa services for all bodies and budgets, and many can be custom-designed to your needs. Spend a day (or at least a few hours) at SpaTerre, relaxing in a seaweed bath, getting a salt scrub, and breathing in the scents of jasmine and lavender during your candle-lit massage.
This is one of those hotels where room service is a must, if only for an aperitif. With the help of a cozy fire, the rooms ooze sensuality. So slip on a robe and choose from one of the 150 bottles of wine. After an afternoon touring the grandiose Cliff Walk, begin or end a beautiful night in Newport by enjoying the little pleasures in life. Really, who needs a mansion?
How to get there: If you have a boat, sail to Newport. Otherwise, you can take the Bonanza bus to Providence from Port Authority or an Amtrak train from Penn Station. Once in Providence, you can hop bus number 60 run by RIPTA from Kennedy Plaza towards Newport. Get off after about 1h10m ride at the last stop at Newport Gateway Center at 23 America’s Cup Avenue. For more details on Newport, visit gonewport.com.
November to March, standard rates start at $99, suites $295. To learn more about special hotel packages and events around Newport, visit the website below.
(Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI, 401.847.3300, hotelviking.com)