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7 Breezy Romantic Getaways in Rhode Island

Posted by
Brittany Varano
February 07, 2023
Updated March 20, 2023

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Romantic getaways can be found in every corner of Rhode Island, both inland and along the coast, perfect for new lovers and well-seasoned couples.

Rhode Island may be small, but with approximately 400 miles of Atlantic coastline to explore, couples can treat themselves to days spent at sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, lighthouses, and more. Its seaside locale also means there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in some of the country’s freshest seafood, where you can nosh on clams, lobsters, oysters, and more.

And as one of the nation’s thirteen original colonies, the state is also home to many historic buildings and mansions that provide a glimpse of America’s Gilded Age. Plus, incredible state parks like Burlingame State Park & Campground, Lincoln Woods, and East Matunuck State Beach are perfect for active couples seeking quality time spent in nature.

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway to one of Rhode Island’s cities or along the coast, here’s some inspiration for the next time you need some extra romance in your life.

1. Sea Thistle

southern Rhode Island rental
Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: A coastal getaway with a hot tub in southern Rhode Island.

  • Location: Narragansett
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $350/night

Sea Thistle is a romantic waterfront cottage that boasts tasteful decor bathed in sunlight. This three-bedroom is located on an incredible half-acre lot on the Point Judith Salt Pond, and has fantastic amenities like a fireplace in the living room.

However, the real star of this vacation rental is the expansive waterfront deck. Furnished with a two-person sun lounger, a plush patio sofa, and a fire table, the deck is likely where you’ll spend most of your time.

Looking for more adventure in summer? Launch kayaks, indulge in a swim, or take out the provided boogie boards at the home’s private dock. After your dip, warm up in the outdoor shower, or better yet, treat yourself to a soak in the hot tub.

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2. Ocean House

ocean house rhode island
Photo: Stephen McFadden

Why you should stay: A five-star resort minutes from East Beach and Napatree Point Conservation Area.

  • Location: Watch Hill
  • Sleeps: 2-6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $455/night

The Ocean House is the place to go for classic New England pampering. This iconic hotel offers standard rooms, spacious suites, and private cottages to accommodate every need and preference. At booking, you can add the Bed and Breakfast package to indulge in a fresh start to your day.

The resort also features modern amenities like a pool, an on-site gym, and a center for wine and culinary arts. During your stay, take advantage of the numerous dining options in the area that serve everything from New England lobster boils to raw bar specialties, and more.

And for extra romance, book a couple’s massage or spa experience at the hotel’s Ocean & Harvest Spa.

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3. The Pacheco Suite

pacheco suite rhode island
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Why you should stay: An airy flat on the top floor of a red brick townhome along Providence’s iconic Athenaeum Row.

  • Location: Providence
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $299/night

The Pacheco Suite is a beautiful two-bedroom apartment in the historic neighborhood of College Hill, about a mile from downtown Providence.

The interior is filled with modern design and high-end touches like exposed red brick and radiant heating in the bathroom. A striking iron spiral staircase leads to the second bedroom, furnished with a queen bed and a skylight. Behind the apartment is a shared courtyard enclosed by stone walls where you can escape to your own secret garden.

Guest Mike shares, “The kitchen is a true chef’s kitchen. However, being walking distance (10 minutes) from downtown Providence, there are so many places to eat which help you decide not to cook.”

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4. OceanCliff Hotel & Resort

OceanCliff Hotel & Resort
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Why you should stay: A three-star resort housed in a beautiful mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay.

  • Location: Newport
  • Sleeps: 2-4+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $129/night

OceanCliff Hotel & Resort is a palatial hotel dating back to 1864 and features only 24 guestrooms, ensuring a quiet and intimate experience.

All rooms have tasteful decor and coffee makers, while upgrade options may feature Jacuzzi bathtubs, ocean views, and pull-out sofa beds. The hotel also offers unique, historic rooms with private bathrooms down the hall, as well as a four-bedroom cottage for those in need of more space.

Guests staying at the OceanCliff enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast every morning. Some of the best things to do in the area include setting sail, brewery and winery hopping, and of course, lounging at the beach.

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5. Oceanfront Beachhouse

romantic beach house rhode island
Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: A cozy two-bedroom beach house on Charlestown Beach.

  • Location: Charlestown
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $445/night

At the 777 beachhouse, couples are treated to their very own ocean escape, complete with private beach access and a sunny interior that’s warm and open.

From the living room, French doors open to one of the home’s elevated decks where you can catch sight of a salt pond and crashing ocean waves. In the summer, a pathway leads from the driveway to a strip of beach where you can swim and play to your heart’s content.

After a day filled with salt and sun, rinse off in the private outdoor shower right behind the home. For more fun, Charlestown is a quiet seaside destination where couples can relax, dine, and shop with little distraction. This vacation rental is so unique that it’s even been featured in The New York Times.

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6. The Chanler at Cliff Walk

The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Photo: The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Why you should stay: A glamorous boutique hotel nestled along Newport’s famed walking trail.

  • Location: Newport
  • Sleeps: 2-4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $475/night

Step back in time at The Chanler at Cliff Walk, a romantic five-star hotel housed in a luxurious 19th-century mansion.

In each room, guests are treated to exquisite interior design that’ll transport you to another time, and most boast heated bathroom floors, fireplaces, and a soaking tub. In addition, guests seeking extra romance can book a private, in-room aromatherapy bath package or request customized add-ons for arrival.

There are two fine dining options at the Chanler, as well as a cocktail lounge serving tasty libations and ocean views. During your stay, see more of Newport by strolling along the Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile walking trail where you can marvel at Gilded Age mansions and ocean views. Easton’s Beach is also within walking distance.

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7. Woodhaus Westerly

Woodhaus Westerly
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Why you should stay: A dog-friendly cabin where you can enjoy the best of wooded privacy and beach town fun.

  • Location: Westerly
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $289/night

For that classic cabin experience with modern convenience, the Woodhaus Westerly delivers. Inside this romantic Rhode Island vacation rental, you’ll find a cozy wood-burning stove and exposed timber beams strung with lights.

The cabin has an open floor plan with a lofted space to work and lounge. Couples will particularly appreciate the primary bedroom, with an en-suite bathroom that boasts dual rain shower heads.

An expansive three-acre yard shrouded in trees provides a nice quiet place to relax next to the bonfire. The Woodhaus is 15 minutes from downtown Westerly, where beaches, restaurants, and shopping await.

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Related read: The 9 Best Rhode Island Airbnbs for a Coastal Retreat

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