February 27, 2004
The rooms are lovely and cosy, some with decorative fireplaces. Some rooms have four poster beds; one has a small private deck.
The Durfee House also has something rare for Newport--in a town full of over-the-top romantic-weekend B&B's with queen or king beds only, there's a twin-bedded room here, decorated in cheerful yellow with Chinoiserie accessories and furniture (the pagoda beds are pretty wild), a view of the harbor, and a funky "split" bathroom, with the sink and toilet in a former closet to the left of the fireplace, and a shower built in to the closet on the right.
In fact, all of the rooms have brand-spanking new private baths with a shower.
Breakfast is yummy and is served in several courses, beginning with fresh fruit and a homemade quick bread, and moving on to the main course. The french toast made with Portuguese Sweet Bread is especially good.
If you're hungry in the afternoon, there are tea and coffee and homemade cookies or brownies in the parlor.
Check the website for specials. The winter special is particularly good--it includes two nights' lodging and breakfasts, plus two vouchers per person for some of Newport's sights--including the famous mansions.
The owners, Michael and Heather, are friendly and helpful. Ask Michael to show you the album of pictures from when the house was being restored--it's really interesting.
From journal Newport, Rhode Island