Shelter Harbor Inn
A classic New England inn with white clapboards, blue shutters, and carefully tended gardens

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Set far back from Route 1 in Westerly, Rhode Island, the white clapboards and blue shutters of Shelter Harbor Inn -- a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the city -- are framed by carefully tended gardens. Guest rooms are comfortable and unpretentious; when days are warm and nights are chill, reserve a room with a spacious private deck and a wood-burning fireplace. After delicious dinners of crab-salmon cakes, flounder with capers and roast tomatoes, and peach-blueberry crisp, simmer in the inn's rooftop hot tub. Work up a morning appetite with a walk on the serene mile-long Weekapaug beach, a short drive away. Nearby you'll find the Victorian-era village of Watch Hill, with its imposing mansions; neighboring Stonington offers handsomely restored Colonial homes and the Old Lighthouse Museum. Easy day trips include Mystic Seaport, Foxwood Casino, Mohegan Sun, Newport, and Block Island.

Shelter Harbor Inn (doubles from $96; 800-468-8883).