I booked the Ocean House in Watch Hill Rhode Island for a family getaway this past Father’s Day weekend and was pleasantly surprised at how fabulous it was. If you are looking for a quiet weekend away in the idyllic, quaint and very preppy Watch Hill section of Westerly, Rhode Island — I highly recommend the Ocean House. We took our three children, made the two-hour drive from Greenwich, CT and stayed Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and it was just the right amount of everything. After checking in, we were given a family scavenger hunt to do with the kids around the hotel, which kept us busy for almost an hour. It was foggy outside, so we weren’t running to the beach and my kids quite enjoyed it! It was a nice way to walk around the hotel and familiarize ourselves with it upon arrival while keeping the kids entertained. We had a family dinner Friday night at the Weekapaug Inn, which is a sister property to the Ocean House (also a Relais et Chateaux property) that opened in 1899. The local farm-to-table food was exquisite and the setting was also pretty.
Saturday we drove around Watch Hill, parked and walked around town (you can walk from the Ocean House as well), took our children on the old-fashioned carousel there, walked out to the lighthouse, had ice-cream, browsed the shops and then returned for hours on the beautiful beach. Saturday night our kids had an early dinner and then my husband and I enjoyed a delicious tasting later that night at the Seasons restaurant, which was perfection.
The hotel is truly an old-school New England seaside resort and the first and only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel in Rhode Island. The Royce family of Greenwich was very instrumental in taking over the resort and completely renovating it after it had fallen into disrepair due to age and use. It truly is a step back in time to a golden age of hotels. They have done such a fabulous job with the renovation! Thank goodness for people who take an interest in these grand dames of the East coast and bringing them back to their splendor! The hotel first opened in 1868 – just after the Civil War and during the 6-7 year renovation, over 5,000 pieces of the original hotel were saved and incorporated back during the renovation. What a project! The result was worth the wait. Here are my three kids headed down to the beach. The day turned out to be gorgeous!
Here is a view of the beach that I snapped from our terrace:
Having a little fun digging in the sand. By the way, the pretty white house up on the bluff in the background belongs to Taylor Swift.
Here it is up close – it’s stunning!
The Ocean House croquet lawn at dusk. I snapped this photo as we were sitting on the veranda:
My son having a little putting green fun.
The Ocean House is beautiful and perfect for a quiet, elegant weekend getaway! Check it out! ~Melissa Hawks