La Farge Perry House in Newport, RI
Updated: Apr 29, 2019
When my best friend of 20 years told me she didn’t want to celebrate her birthday this year, I couldn’t take “no” for an answer. As a Mom of 2 toddlers, I knew it might be tricky to convince her to commit to a weekend away. But I also knew that if it worked out, it would be just the retreat that Jordan deserved.
Thankfully the stars aligned and I was able to bring Jordan along for a much anticipated stay at The La Farge Perry House in Newport, RI.
The city holds special meaning for both of us; Jordan and her husband were married there, and I’ve shared many special visits with friends and family over the years (including Jordan’s wedding). The most memorable of these was when I spent my birthday in the harbor beneath a full moon the summer that I sailed down the East Coast on my 27’ Pearson Renegade. If you haven't been to Newport before, it is a quintessential coastal New England city, filled with nautical charm and home to renowned sailing regattas.
We arrived in the coastal town just before our hotel check-in, so we decided to kick off our festivities immediately with lunch downtown. Much to our surprise it was the beginning of restaurant week in Newport! We enjoyed lunch at the Midtown Oyster Bar.
When we made it to the La Farge Perry House, it immediately felt like home away from home. It is one of the most comfortable, low key yet upscale Inns that I’ve visited. We were greeted by Paula, the InnKeeper, who is such a warm and friendly host. She was eager to share a tour of the property and answer any questions we had about the historic home. The details in each room were noticeably cared for and many have been restored to their former glory by the present owners, including a fireplace and a second floor banister which were both hidden behind walls at the time of purchase.
The house dates to 1853 and was owned shortly thereafter by the renowned painter, John La Farge. The Inn itself is named after him, and many of the guest rooms have been named in honor of his family members. Jordan and I were lucky enough to stay in the Oliver Perry Suite, which is finished in nautical decor meant to resemble a naval commodore's quarters.