Castle Hill Inn

Our general rule of thumb for Map & Menu is to write only about the things Meredith and I truly enjoy, so it’s rare to find anything but praise in our stories, but when I say that our stay at the Castle Hill Inn was amazing, I earnestly mean just that – simply fantastic, without a single thing to change before our next stay… which if we have our way will be for a much greater amount of time, in the very near future. Continue reading Castle Hill Inn


When researching where we should go for dinner while we were in Newport, I needed to look no further than the new england book our dear friend Chelsey gave us when we launched Map & Menu earlier this year. This was going to be a very special dinner for Michael & I, as he had just accepted a job with his dream (!) company, Automattic, the company who manages WordPress! We thought that a celebration dinner in Newport would make the trip even more special, and Fluke turned out to be the perfect setting for our festive meal! We … Continue reading Fluke

Mill Street Inn

I came across the website for Mill Street Inn a few years ago while reading the Design*Sponge city guide on Newport. The hotel clearly made an impression, and years later, while booking accommodations for our trip to Newport during one of the busiest weekends of the year in Newport (the America’s Cup was in town!), I was able to get a room at this charming inn, a former 19th century mill. We loved every single aspect of our stay at Mill Street Inn – the juxtaposition of old & new throughout the building, the minimalist/modern feel of the room & … Continue reading Mill Street Inn

Flo’s Clam Shack

There’s something hard to beat about a good local seafood establishment. Nothing over the top and standoff-ish – just an old fixed menu on the wall, some paper plates, a few picnic tables, and some delicious food. Flo’s Clam Shack in Middletown, RI is one of those places with all the history and heritage a good seafood shack should have, and on our way into Newport, Meredith and I dropped in to see what all the hubbub was about. Plain and simple, the answer is in the clams. Fresh (so fresh the sign on the wall barely makes apologies for … Continue reading Flo’s Clam Shack