No. 11 Ocean House Watch Hill, RI

Built in 1868 on a windswept bluff, the Victorian hotel is looking grand again thanks to a major overhaul. Croquet lawns nod to old-world glamour, while rooms and suites have modern bathrooms and custom-made furnishings. The verandah, with an outdoor terrace overlooking a private white-sand beach, makes the perfect spot to idle away an afternoon.

Room to Book: Grand Deluxe Room 301 for its blue-tiled fireplace, freestanding bathtub with ocean views, and private terrace.

Insider Tip: Consider a visit in the off-season—moody skies, long walks on the empty beach, and cozy treatments at the hotel spa make for easy romance.