Debbie grew up literally in the Chanler’s backyard. When I first arrived in Newport in the early 60s, George Wien’s Newport Jazz Festival was at Freebody Park, just blocks away from the Cliff Walk Manor Hotel (pre-Chanler). Duke. Brubeck, Mingus and the Ray Charles Band were early stars at the Festival. Many of the jazz musicians hung out at the beaten-down Cliff Walk Manor on the Cliff Walk overlooking Easton’s Beach.
Last evening, as we were walking to Chanler for dinner, Debbie and I were reminiscing about our wonderful family days in her parents’ backyard, adjacent to the Chanler: clambakes, BBQs, whiffle ball and badminton; Matt and Becky selling lemonade on the Cliff Walk. Happy memories. Deb does yoga on the Chanler lawn on weekends. When Matt, our son, or E.J., our son-in-law, meet with clients of our family RIA Richard Young & Co., Ltd. in Newport, Chanler is often their first pick.
Chanler, with its blue-chip, convenient in-town location, is a great place for a summer holiday, a discreet meeting, a family reunion or wedding.
Debbie and I have known Maurice (seen with Matt and me in photos in the gallery below) since his first days at Chanler. Few other New England-based food and beverage industry personalities have the ability to create client bonds like Maurice does, a skill I admire and appreciate.
Traveling as much as we do has allowed us to come into contact with a wide variety of memorable individuals. I often wish we had a bigger firm so we could invite many of them to join our company—and worry later about what they would do. Maurice, of course, is at the top of my list.