Newport Jet Lag Journal: Castle Hill
Some days are better than others. Some days are just the best. On the westernmost tip of Newport, Rhode Island, overlooking Narragansett Bay, stands the most absolutely elegant Relais & Châteaux hotel, Castle Hill Inn. I drool over this company of hotels and never once, never ever ever, have I stayed at one. At Castle Hill, guests in khaki and gingham spend early evening sprawled across the lawn in Adirondack chairs, admiring the sailboats and waiting for “magic hour.” Servers balance trays of cocktails as they walk down the hill, and the rosé tastes all the more delicious for the setting.
In the dining room, the three course prix-fixe seasonal menu was a sight to behold – check out these gorgeous dishes. Homemade ravioli stuffed with bright green puréed fava beans, a baby green salad of black mission figs with slices of burnt orange and toasted pecans, and oh my goodness, a butter poached Maine lobster with a side of….lobster lasagna, made with sixteen very thin layers that I ate piece by piece. For dessert, the chef went off the menu due to a last minute purchase of super ripe strawberries and created a beautiful strawberry shortcake.
Finally, with the grande finale of a neon pink sunset and a fireworks display over a glass of wine at the outdoor bar, this was the most perfect summer evening. Castle Hill Inn is located in Newport, RI. In summer, you can go sailing, sun on the rocks at Grace Kelly Beach, hike the Cliff Walk, and tour the dining room’s vegetable gardens. Apparently it shuts down in winter, so if you’re looking for a cold weather deal, keep on searching because this ain’t the place.