While Cristoforo Colombo first landed on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, the holiday is now celebrated on the second Monday every October, and that's when Cape Cod pretty much slows down.
Part of Cape Cod is still visited by tourists after Columbus Day, especially Chatham, Hyannis and Provincetown, but most of the rest of the Cape is passed up since our biggest attraction is our endless miles of sandy beaches.
So each year around that time my wife and I look for other New England vacation areas which are more year-round in nature to visit, and this Fall we chose nearby Mystic Connecticut and Newport Rhode Island.
Both properties are part of the Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of America. Many if not most inns don't have what it takes to pass the inspections of this exclusive group. The qualifying process includes a guarantee to the traveling public that a Select Registry inn is in a class of its own. While a recent Internet directory identified over 20,000 country inns and B&Bs in the United States and Canada, only a select few are members of the Select Registry.
This year when we decided to take a few days off Cape Cod after a busy tourist season, we started our four-day sojourn with two nights at the Steamboat Inn where we were treated like royalty including great service and even sherry and cookies in the evening.
This is a great B&B and one of the Select Registry of Distinguished Inns of America.. We could not have asked for a better location right on the water and in the middle of down town Mystic where all the shops are still open and you will have the choice of a dozen great restaurants within walking distance of the inn.
The Steamboat Inn clearly has the monopoly for "centrally located- on the water" appeal in all of Eastern Connecticut. Our room had a wood burning fireplace that we used many times, a jacuzzi tub, a very comfortable canopy bed, and a lovely view of the river.
We would recommend it to anyone interested in a great place on the water in southeastern Connecticut. It is a few blocks from the famous Mystic Seaport and a mile from the Mystic Aquarium. And nearby are two casino, Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun.
Cliffside Inn, Newport RI, is ranked #1 of 102 Newport B&B and Inns listed in TripAdvisor. As one reviewer states, “Cliffside Sets the Standard!”.
From beginning to end the Cliffside Inn provides guests with a delightful and memorable stay. The exceptional service echoes the proprietors many years of experience in the hospitality industry. Of the countless B&B's we have stayed at, this is one the finest, with an attention to detail that can only be described as over-the-top.
The Inn has just been completely remodeled, and they did an amazing job combining historic charm with all the modern conveniences. Innkeepers, Nancy and Bill, take great pride in what they do. The delicious, cooked to order breakfasts, wine and hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour, a fire pit lit every evening for guests to enjoy, and homemade cookies delivered to your room before bedtime.