The difference between a location on- or off-season reminds me of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. While the same core structures exist, the experience is so different as to be unrecognizable. And for many tourist hotbeds, the only time I visit them is when they are at their population ebb. This came to mind yesterday.
We headed to Newport with friends to lend a hand in retrieving some items from the boats.
We had some errands to do and some time to do them, so we headed over the bridge to Newport. First stop was Newport Shipyard.
Our second stop was the relatively empty downtown Newport.
Next were New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court...
...Castle Hill Inn...
We stopped for lunch, not at the more obvious Scales & Shells or Red Parrot, but at the slightly more obscure The Chanler.
The Chanler has been well honored since it re-opened in 2001. Even during the full season, the experience is personal, more akin to a bed and breakfast than a sprawling hotel such as Ocean House. Lunch, in contrast to a full stay, is relatively reasonable, still intimate, yet feels grand and the quality of food is high.
While my tastes run simpler, everything was inviting, including the very friendly staff.
It is also the only hotel on the famous Cliff Walk, which provides a nice walk after lunch.
|We were assured that no stick figures were actually harmed in the creation of this sign.|
Heading back to finish up, the premise that many tourist locations are best off-season had only been strengthened.
It was a very cold day with a biting wind which made the long ride home actually sound appealing.
But we did pause to appreciate the eerie yet soothing sounds of the wind in the rigging.