Weekend Travel Guide: Isle of Wight
A perfect escape for a long weekend, the Isle of Wight is perched just off of the UK's southern coast. Sweet streets and gorgeous sunsets beckon to travelers looking for luxury hideaways or cozy B&Bs.
How to Get to the Isle of Wight
The most direct way is to take the Red Funnel Ferry from Southampton across to East Cowes. I was staying in Cowes, so I walked through town to get to the floating bridge to cross over.
Where to Stay & What to See on the Isle of Wight
I booked myself a little room at the Caledon Guest House B&B is family owned by Mark and Andrea who are very sweet and made sure I was completely comfortable (and emailed me everything I needed to know about check-in well in advance). The Guest House features free Wi-Fi, stunning views down to the beach front and the quaint little town of Cowes as well as prime sunset viewing, anytime-access with a front door key and a delicious home-cooked full English breakfast in the mornings in their sunny dining room. I booked myself a one-bedroom just for the night, which was very easy through their website. The walk up from the floating bridge is a pleasant one and is the same route back into town and beach access.
For the price I paid (£41, approximately $83), the room was quite small, but that may be in part due to the fact that I’m used to the over-the-top sizes of North America! Given that I am a young traveler, I would have preferred a hostel on the island, however I couldn’t find anything else in my budget range. I am thoroughly satisfied with my experience at the guest house!
I spent most of my time just walking, and drinking in all the gorgeous views from the Parade. This place is especially idyllic at sunset.