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The Chanler at Cliff Walk – Vendor Spotlight

The beautiful views that graced the cover of our 2018 issue is from none other than The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This iconic Newport Hotel is rich with history, breathtaking architecture, and exquisite cuisine that leaves every guest enamored…

Photography by: Justin & Mary Marantz

1. How did The Chanler come to be?

The story of The Chanler begins in 1870, when New York Congressman, John Winthrop Chanler started construction on the “cottage” that would one day become The Chanler at Cliff Walk. Completed in 1873 for the steep sum of $30,000, the mansion was built as a summertime retreat for Chanler and his wife Margaret Astor Ward, great granddaughter of the distinguished businessman and millionaire John Jacob Astor. From the time it left ownership of The Chanler family until the 1940s, the building went through many incarnations, yet was still primarily referred to as Cliff Lawn. The story of our hotel starts with the purchase of the property in 2000 by John and Jean Shufelt. They envisioned creating a luxury hotel and restaurant experience that had not been seen in New England. The project took three years to complete and in 2003, The Chanler at The Cliff Walk officially opened to the public. The Chanler is now owned and operated by John Shufelt’s daughter, Lani Shufelt. Lani emphasizes guest interaction as the distinguishing factor of The Chanler. Their hospitality is consistently awarded with numerous accolades by travel professionals in recent years. A combination of genuine hospitality and bespoke amenities has refreshed the experience for its future guests to appreciate.    

2. Can the entire hotel (including accommodations) be rented out for events?

Yes, the entire hotel including accommodations can be rented out for weddings/events. The Chanler has hosted numerous buyouts throughout its history.

3. Has The Chanler won any awards? 

The Chanler has had the honor of winning many awards throughout its existence. Most recently, in 2018, The Chanler was awarded a Gold badge by U.S. News & World Report which signifies The Chanler as one of the “Best Hotels in the USA”. The Chanler was also awarded the 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor. This award is given to only the top 1% of hotels on TripAdvisor, according to their ranking. Finally, The Chanler was again nominated in the 2018 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Results with complete rankings will be announced in the August print issue.

4. Tell us about The Spiced Pear. What type of cuisine is served? How often does the menu change? Who is the Executive Chef? 

At The Spiced Pear, thoughtful cuisine offers an inventive interpretation of classic New England dishes and French influences. Our menu changes seasonally which allows us to incorporate the freshest and most local ingredients. The Executive Chef is Matt Voskuil, who recently joined our team in February for our re-opening after our brief annual winter closing.

Photography by: Justin & Mary Marantz

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk – Vendor Spotlight

The beautiful views that graced the cover of our 2018 issue is from none other than The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This iconic Newport Hotel is rich with history, breathtaking architecture, and exquisite cuisine that leaves every guest enamored… 1. How did The Chanler come to be? The story of The Chanler begins in 1870, […]

Captivating Beauty at The Chanler

Secret garden elegance meets refined vintage glamour for this styled shoot tucked away at The Chanler on the Newport Cliff Walk.

Rich with history, The Chanler embodies old world elegance with its opulent architecture and gilded décor. The back lawn with its vast ocean views was the perfect canvas for an elegant, garden-like display of floral extravagance. Forgoing the traditional rectangular trellis, Sayles Livingston and her team at Sayles Livingston Design covered a circular trellis in peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, sweet peas, hydrangea, lemon leaf, eucalyptus, and ferns creating a romantic setting for the ceremony site that overlooked the ocean. The soft, neutral palette allowed Beth Chapman of the White Dress by the Shore to style the bridal party in rich, jewel tones and sumptuous textures like fur a gold embossed bridal gown as a nod to the autumn season. The entrance to the back trellis was draped with stormy-gray linens laced with greenery evoking a secret garden-like vibe as you walked up the steps. Crystal chandeliers floated above a traditional wooden table that was draped with a shadow gray velvet runner topped with lush flora that cascaded down to the stone patio creating a look of effortless luxury.

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Captivating Beauty at The Chanler

Secret garden elegance meets refined vintage glamour for this styled shoot tucked away at The Chanler on the Newport Cliff Walk. Rich with history, The Chanler embodies old world elegance with its opulent architecture and gilded décor. The back lawn with its vast ocean views was the perfect canvas for an elegant, garden-like display of […]

Vendor Spotlight On: Hotel Viking

Vendor Spotlight is on Hotel Viking; a historic, luxury hotel located in scenic downtown Newport known for their impeccable service.

1.      How did your business come to be?  

The Hotel Viking was originally built by local mansion owners as well as the local community over 90 years ago to house their high- society summer guests who traveled from New York City to attend lavish parties at their magnificent homes, but had nowhere to sleep!   Over the years we have evolved into a beautiful, historic hotel which offers the perfect romantic, gilded-age backdrop for weddings and social events.

2.      What are the services you offer?  

We are a full service hotel offering fabulous event spaces for weddings and social events, including an on-site chapel, as well as an incredible spa, lounge and restaurant, rooftop bar, and indoor pool.  

3.      Where are you located and how far will you travel to provide your service?   

We are located in the heart of Newport, RI sometimes referred to as America’s “city by the sea”. We are conveniently located close to the Newport Harbor, beaches, shops, restaurants, bars, and the famous Newport Mansions.  

4.      How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?  

For high season weekend dates we recommend booking at least a year out but always call us to check if your wedding is within 12 months because we have a few open weekends left in 2017. 

5.      What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?  

Stay organized!  The more organized you are, the less stressful and more enjoyable the planning process will be.  Also, rely on the talented and experienced vendors you’ve selected for ideas and suggestions to make your day truly memorable.

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Vendor Spotlight On: Hotel Viking

Vendor Spotlight is on Hotel Viking; a historic, luxury hotel located in scenic downtown Newport known for their impeccable service. 1.      How did your business come to be?   The Hotel Viking was originally built by local mansion owners as well as the local community over 90 years ago to house their high- society summer […]

Sheer Opulence — Style Statements

Shimmering design elements combined with rich textures add glamour and opulence to any event.

Breathtaking diamond halo engagement ring from Long’s Jewelers is pure elegance.

Layered ball gown is a modern twist on an old favorite by Sareh Nouri at A Little Something White.

A gilded place setting from Rhode Island Rentals paired with lace linen and delicate blooms by Farrissey Floral Design romances the table at the Chapel Grille. Photographed by Sabrina Scolari.

Green tea wedding cake by Peppers Artful Catering is topped with a golden layer of buttercream.

Stunning gown custom designed by Candice Wu Couture features a fairytale-like train. Photographed by Sabrina Scolari.

Gold leather crown chair from Reserve Modern Event Rental adds luxury and style to any event lounge. Photographed by Lea St. Germain.

A simple invitation is dressed up with glistening script and an art deco inspired envelope from Papers. Photographed by Molly Lo Photography.

Gold flatware featuring a transparent handle filled with foiled confetti from the Luna Oro collection at Giardini Di Sole is perfect for a party.

Spectacular wedding cake inspired by luxurious strings of pearls and a feathered skirt. Artfully designed by Something Different Cake Couture.

Departing in style in a vintage sedan from Rockstar Limo. Photographed by Rebecca Arthurs at Rosecliff Mansion.

Liquid metallic bridesmaid gown by Amsale embodies sheer opulence. Available at A Little Something White.

Cascading orchids artfully crafted into a bouquet by Marc Hall Design is captivating. Photographed by Person + Killian.

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Sheer Opulence — Style Statements

Shimmering design elements combined with rich textures add glamour and opulence to any event. Breathtaking diamond halo engagement ring from Long’s Jewelers is pure elegance. Layered ball gown is a modern twist on an old favorite by Sareh Nouri at A Little Something White. A gilded place setting from Rhode Island Rentals paired with lace […]

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