About the innkeeper


As a Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) alumni, Paula James brings more than 25 years of an award-winning design and communications background into the world of luxurious hospitality. With the very same keen eye for detail and a genuine appreciation for meeting people from all walks of life, Paula has thrived in the hospitality sector with boundless enthusiasm.

Starting with our sister property, The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, Paula worked as Evening Hostess of The Spiced Pear, the hotel’s Forbes 4-star fine dining restaurant. From there, Paula went on to the prestigious Forbes 15-star hotel and resort at The Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI, as their first outside appointed concierge, before returning to The Chanler and La Farge Perry House as Innkeeper.

Paula was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and spent summers on Cape Cod and the Islands. She later chose Newport and Aquidneck Island to raise her two sons. By chance, Kay Street, where La Farge Perry House is located, was always a favorite drive of hers, known for its beautiful tree-lined street, magnificent residences and close proximity to town.

“To think that I am Innkeeper at La Farge Perry House, on the exact street I so long admired, is really a dream come true. It is a pleasure and honor to serve as steward for this fine estate. For those that knock on our historic doors, if only for one night or for several, we welcome you with open arms and a warm smile - to your home away from home.”