Unique summer rentals, close to home


Mae West once said, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

As a luxury waterfront rental specialist, helping folks "do it right" is my profession. Lucky me—especially at this time of year when Rhode Island summer rental activity heats up. If you're looking for a cool place to spend a vacation, I have lots of ideas in all price ranges, but here are a few of the more unusual offerings:

The Nantucket Lightship

Just imagine yourself on the deck of this amazing vessel sipping champagne while the setting sun paints the harbor an indescribable shade of pink. The lights on the bridge are twinkling, the temperature's about 75, and mmm, mmmm, mmmm, life is good.

The Nantucket Lightship was a floating lighthouse stationed off the coast of Nantucket to warn ships of the treacherous Nantucket Shoals. Her brilliant beacon was the first light seen by approaching transatlantic ships and the last one sighted upon their departure. Today it's a stunning pleasure craft available for rent. With 6,000 square feet of cherry and mahogany-clad interior, 5 elegant staterooms with ensuite baths and a 2,000 square foot deck, it's the perfect place for a dockside party or a quiet retreat

The Windmill at Hammersmith Farm

If history, romance and location strike a chord with you, then The Windmill might be right up your alley.  Step back into the magical era of JKF and Camelot at the Windmill at Hammersmith Farm. This iconic landmark occupies a huge grassy waterfront space near Fort Adams park.  In the 1960s it was a part of the Auchincloss' estate which served as President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy's summer White House. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis spent many happy summers here as a child, and the structure is just as charming today as it was during that time. The views are spectacular across the Bay toward Jamestown to the west, Newport Harbor  to the north and the open ocean to the south.

Beacon Rock, Newport, RI

Beacon Rock was once home to renowned sculptor, Felix deWeldon creator of the iconic Iwo Jima monument. Designed by McKim, Mead and White, the 22,000 square foot home has over 2,000 feet of water frontage on Brenton Cove. Set high on rocky promontory, the imposing structure offers the most commanding harbor view of any Newport residence. There are six large bedrooms, three smaller ones, ten full baths and one half bath. A pool at the tip of the peninsula offers unparalleled views of the Newport Bridge. A deep-water dock, 50' sail boat, with 16' tender can be included.

Laurie Hewitt specializes in luxury waterfront and water view rentals and sales. She has some of the finest estate and mansion vacation rental listings in town and a long, list of satisfied clients. For more information on these and other vacation listings, contact Laurie at 401/662-5946.


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