Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Originally called the George Champlin Mason House, Newport’s Architect’s Inn was originally constructed in 1873 as the private home of George C. Mason. Mason was a famous Newport mansion architect, and his beautiful twenty-two room Victorian mansion is located just off Bellevue Avenue in an area known as “Top of the Hill”. It is located directly in the center in Newport, making it a convienent walk to all the attractions and beaches. This fabulous Swiss Chalet Stick Style Victorian is 99% furnished with period antiques, and each room is well appointed in a different style. All rooms have king or queen beds with a couple of rooms with two beds. The bathrooms vary with some with whirlpool soaking tubs or two person showers. (Shower bidet is available in some rooms.) Second floor rooms have real working fireplaces and canopy beds. Third floor rooms have electric fireplaces and are more economically priced for those on a budget. All rooms have TV, VCR or DVD, Air conditioning, space heaters, free local calls, WiFi, Movie Library, Restaurant Library, shampoo, lotion and conditioner from Gilchrist & Soames. We serve a large gourmet breakfast on our verandah overlooking our gardens in the summertime, and inside by the cozy fireplace in the winter. We use completely organic food in the summertime, and if you have any special dietary needs, just let us know – we can accommodate most requests with advance notice. Architect’s Inn has free off-street parking which is hard to find in Newport. We’re a close 3-block walk to everything – walk to the beach, great shopping, fine dining, the waterfront, museums and more. We also offer special packages, which can include champagne, wine, in-room massages, homemade chocolate, mansion tickets and more. If you want to provide a little surprise for your loved one in your room, we can provide wine or champagne, roses, chocolates, massages, and much more upon request, for an additional fee. We also provide complimentary concierge services, beach chairs and towels, and afternoon refreshments for our guests. Coming soon is a full high tea in the afternoon. We also own the Inn Bliss too if you are struggling to find availability. We are the only gay owned, operated and owner occupied Inns in Rhode Island. There may be other Inns in Newport, but no one takes care of the GLBT community like the Architect’s Inn. Please support the community.