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CONTENTS 12 Welcome Letter

37 Traveler

Check out all the buzzworthy events held at our resorts over the past season.

There's so much to explore in the area. Find endless options for sightseeing, shopping, dining and entertainment. by Joey Macari

25 Insider

51 Scenic Route

16 Social Network

The experts who make our properties a distinct destination share travel tips and memorable getaways. by Elizabeth Hole

31 Journeys

Experience the Hostettler family's Alpine adventure at luxurious Relais & Châteaux ski resorts. b y Ki m Ka v i n

Take the wheel and set your course with driving tours from each OHM Collection hotel. by Owen McDonald

54 Signature Style

OHM Design Group launches to bring resort ambience to local clients. Take a peek at their latest transformations. by Judy Ostrow

60 Fondue Express

Our pop-up gondola dining concept expands to a Swiss-style village. b y E l i z a b e t h Ke y s e r

64 'Tis the Season

With Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn as your festive backdrop, a magical holiday is guaranteed. by Malia McKinnon Frame

70 Learning Experience Fall and winter programs inspire and rejuvenate everything from the skin to the soul. b y Ki m Ka v i n

74 Boston Luxe

The Inn at Hastings Park joins OHM Collection. by Owen McDonald

80 The Fall & Winter Annual

Make the most of your visit with our full calendar of events, gatherings and experiences.

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WELCOME

photography by REINHARD SOKOL

principals

Ocean House Hotel Partners

Daniel Hostettler and his children William and Anna-Katrina

Celebrate Joy A bright new season brings fresh experiences

president + group managing director Daniel A. Hostettler

group publisher/sales director  Karen Kelly-Micka

editorial director Ben Tomek

creative director Amy Vischio

editor

Elizabeth Hole

Dear Friends, The stretch from early fall through the new year is a time of great celebration. First, we celebrate another successful summer with our guests, thanks to the hard work of our team of managers and associates. Then we celebrate the richness of fall colors and the traditions that come with autumn, followed by the joyous festivities of the Christmas season. In this issue of the magazine, we’re pleased to offer a behind-the-scenes look at how we prepare for our spectacular Twelve Days of Christmas and Season by the Sea programming at Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn, from our themes, décor, special event planning and more. We also take a look at and celebrate new experiences that will take us well into 2020 and beyond, like the expansion of the Fondue Express gondola private dining experience into an exciting Fondue Village, and the expansion of the Ocean House Management Collection to include the Inn at Hastings Park, the Boston area’s only Relais & Châteaux property, just minutes from the city. Plus, we take a special look at the work of our OHM Design Group, which brings the signature Ocean House design aesthetic to life across each of our properties, and now to private homes and businesses as well. We celebrate all of these things this season, and are thrilled to share them with you. I look forward to welcoming you as our guest in the very near future. Yours in hospitality,

art director Garvin Burke

production director Kerri Rak

design assistant Taylor Stroili

contributing writers Malia McKinnon Frame Kim Kavin Elizabeth Keyser Joey Macari Owen McDonald Judy Ostrow

contributing photographers

Chip Riegel, Andy Ryan, Reinhard Sokol

president/publisher Jonathan W. Moffly

vice president/editorial + design Amy Vischio

vice president/treasurer Elena Moffly

Daniel A. Hostettler President & Group Managing Director, Ocean House Management Collection and President, Relais & Châteaux North America— United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean

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Resident Curator and Director of Art Education, Ocean House What art projects are you working on at Ocean House? I just created a self-guided art tour. It’s a 30-minute tour, enlightening guests about our collection of over 250 original paintings and illustrations throughout Ocean House. I also run our Artisan in Residence programs, where people can view artists in action. Every four months, we change out and rehang a new show in the hotel living room and hallway, and I assist with the show as well as sales of these paintings. In addition, I teach Cork and Canvas painting events for guests. Where's a unique destination to see art? Key West, Florida. It’s funky, fun and colorful—like the people. Ideal place to set up an easel and paint? Under a palm tree. That means I am far, far away.

Favorite Relais & Châteaux property? Huka Lodge, New Zealand. The Queen of England likes it there, too! It’s absolutely stunning. Any tips for managing jet lag? Change your watch to the time of your destination and start living that time on the plane. Go to bed early or stay up late to start off on the local schedule. Do you prefer to visit tourist destinations or out-ofthe-way, local haunts? Out of the way all day. The thrill of finding secret pathways to local cuisine is like finding a hidden treasure. Most interesting place you’ve discovered by chance? Serafina—a private farm and restaurant perched on a cliff on the Amalfi Coast, Italy. It is run and owned by a single family. They make their own olive oil, dried meats, cheese,

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Lisa Szaro

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Who’s your favorite travel companion? My husband Mark Szaro. I drag him off to destinations he would not choose, but he always ends up thanking me— except for descending 1,600 stairs to the beach in Amalfi. (Yes, we counted!) We took the taxi home. Most unexpected place you found great art? In the mountains of Belize. There was a family creating jewelry out of a tree nut. I bought a nut ring.

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Room with a view at Huka Lodge, in the North Island of New Zealand. A visit to the South Island is next on Szaro's travel wish list.

Never Leaves Home Without...

Since Szaro likes seaside spots, she packs a Turkish towel, sunscreen and bathing suits. On the plane, she wears warm socks and flips through magazines.

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"Good friends and good wine" enhance the vacation experience.

Best non-tropical vacation? Saas-Fee in Switzerland was amazing. I went with a group of fellow ski instructors for a week. We laughed and skied and danced with very little sleep. That was my 50th birthday present to myself. When were you a ski instructor? From 2007 to 2015. I taught skiing, because I had to drive my son there. He quit after two years, but I kept on going. It’s great exercise and nice to get fresh air in the winter! Do you have any go-to travel apps? Hopper for flights, WhatsApp for free messaging, TripIt for sharing itineraries, Zomato for dining and Free WiFi Finder for just that. A sensational travel experience always includes… Good friends and good wine. It sounds boring, but it’s true!

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Key West, FL, is a suggested art destination.

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Under a palm tree is the preferred painting spot.

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Do you have any go-to travel apps? None. I usually ask locals for advice instead of my phone. Would you rather relax or be active on a trip? I’ve been accused of not knowing how to relax. To me, a vacation is an opportunity to discover, experience and explore in an effort to become better at my job.

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The classic white V-neck tee is packed for every locale.

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Exploring Japan is on the vacation bucket list.

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Besides a trusty T-shirt, Voskuil is sure to bring his travel pillow, passport and iPad loaded up with magazines and books. He recommends traveling with plenty of cash, which allows for experiences off the beaten path.

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Big Macs are a guilty pleasure.

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Travel itineraries revolve around a MotoGP race.

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Voskuil likes to travel "old-school" with cash.

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Matt Voskuil

Executive Chef, Ocean House Ideal travel destination for wonderful food and wine? This is a difficult one. If I have to pick one, I’m going to say France. All of it. Other favorites include Spain, Italy, New York City and Chicago.

Favorite Relais & Châteaux property? Ocean House, of course. I would like to visit L’Auberge Carmel, play golf at Pebble Beach and drive Laguna Seca racing track.

As Executive Chef, what are your responsibilities? Simply put, I lead the culinary team of Ocean House. Menu development, operational logistics, staffing and training are all within my purview.

What destination tops your travel bucket list? Japan. I have a strong appreciation for the Japanese sense of pride that permeates every aspect of the culture. From cuisine to craftsmanship and engineering, I bet I could spend weeks there and never get bored. They also like to have fun.

Most interesting place you’ve discovered by chance? I took a road trip from Marseille to Lyon, while avoiding the highway. The route led through some beautiful French countryside, and I stumbled upon a marketplace in a small village called Apt. The cheese, sausage, woodwork and clothing were all special and made for a very memorable afternoon.

As a child, what sparked your interest in cooking? I know this sounds awful, but my mother was not a good cook. The kitchen was this mysterious place with lots of cool things to experiment with and make. It was the first place for me to build things from scratch.

Best places you’ve gone on vacation? South Korea in 1994 and France in 2000. I reflect on those two trips often, because they were taken before the smartphone put the world at our fingertips. My sense of genuine “discovery” on vacations hasn’t been the same since. Memorable Midwestern dish? Growing up in Delavan, Wisconsin, we would hunt pheasants. One of my favorite preparations was to make sausage with the legs, stuff it in the breast and then wrap that with bacon. Served with wild rice and vegetables, it was a family favorite! A sensational travel experience always includes… A MotoGP (motorcycle Grand Prix) race and at least two outstanding dining experiences. Noteworthy gourmet meals? Guilty pleasure food? Dining at Paul Bocuse, Joël Robuchon, The French Laundry and Alinea have provided me snapshots of excellence expressed by generations of chefs. While each experience is remarkably different, they're all tangible expressions of artistry and teamwork. I also love Big Macs.

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Assistant General Manager/Director of Food and Beverage, Inn at Hastings Park What are your responsibilities at the Inn? The fun part about my job is that no day is the same. I do a lot of things not included in my job title. My day-to-day includes: making sure the guests are happy and have everything they need, overseeing all staff in the dining room and bar, and working closely with the Executive Chef. I also do office work, staff training, order all beverages items and update menus. First restaurant job? I started in the industry at 17 as a server in a small café, which was started in 1921. It is in my blood, and I have loved it ever since. Perfect meal? My grandma’s homemade spaghetti and meatballs. I would pair it with an Italian Montepulciano wine.

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A sensational travel experience always includes… A day of getting “lost” in the culture with no plans attached. Favorite Relais & Châteaux property? Sonora Resort, British Columbia. When you travel, what’s your guilty pleasure? A 90-minute essential oil massage. What destination tops your travel bucket list? Hiking in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. Some good friends recommended it to me. You hike through small villages and stay the night. It sounds like paradise to me!

Food you crave when traveling? Fresh green vegetables and a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Haim is on the travel playlist, along with Andy McKee and classic rock.

Where’s your hometown and the coolest thing to see there? Brigham City, UT. The Golden Spike National Historical Park. Most interesting place you’ve discovered by chance? Great Missenden, England was very memorable. It’s the hometown of Roald Dahl. I had no idea his books were created from experiences in this town. Best place you’ve gone on vacation? The Inca Trail tour with Inkaterra. My three friends and I were escorted by a group of 10 people that cooked and set up camp for us along the trail. The guides were very knowledgeable, and the food was amazing. The landscape changed around every corner. To top it off, they had wild llamas that you could pose with for selfies.

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Sonora Resort, British Columbia, is a must-visit.

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Grandma's spaghetti and meatballs are a homemade hit.

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Who’s your favorite travel companion? My good friend Holly from the UK. She is very adventurous and will hike any mountain with me, eat new foods and loves staying in luxury properties.

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The Hostettler family shares their ultimate ski adventure

Above: The Post’s Kaiser Suite features a fireplace and Zuger Valley views. Above, right: Dining in the gondola at Spa Hotel Jagdhof was a highlight for the family. Below: Hostettler on the slopes with son, William, and his daughter Anna-Katrina.

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hen Daniel Hostettler dreams about vacations, he dreams about visiting hotels. And as president of Relais & Châteaux North America, responsible for 90 properties from the U.S. to the Caribbean, he has the ability to make those visions come true—even if they extend beyond his own area of influence. “What I dreamed of was seeing some of the best Austrian five-star, superluxury ski resorts in that

famous Austrian Alps ski range,” he says, “and getting my kids on skis for the very first time.” Hostettler used his travel connections to plan an ultimate vacation for his family, including his 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. He wanted the trip to hearken back to the early days when Relais & Châteaux was founded. In 1954, when the fellowship of individually owned hotels and restaurants was created, there were far fewer than the 600 or so properties today. “Relais & Châteaux started as seven hotels that were on the road from Paris to the French Riviera, back when you got there by driving,” he says. “Each hotel had fine food in common, and each property would send their guests down

the line to the next hotel, and then you’d turn around and go back.” They called it “La Route de Bonheur,” which means “the route of happiness.” Today, Relais & Châteaux still offers routes in various countries, suggesting how vacationers can bounce from one place to the next. “I thought, what better way for me to do this?” Hostettler says, adding that drive time was a key factor in choosing the route. “I wanted to have the kids in the car for no more than three hours at a stretch, and I wanted to be in these iconic locations.”

Hotel Post Lech The first stop on the journey was the Hotel Post Lech in Arlberg—best known as “Post.” The Moosbrugger

family has been operating Post since 1937. Today’s proprietors are Sandra and Florian Moosbrugger, who personally greet every guest in the lobby. “Each hotel we visited is owned and managed by a family. You’re getting what everybody is looking for now: an authentic, sense-of-place experience,” Hostettler says. “These families are taking turns every night walking the dining room. It’s like bed-and-breakfasts at the upper, upper level of luxury. To meet the families that run these places, that was a lot of fun.” Post Lech was atop Hostettler’s list because it has stube, or parlors, used as individual dining rooms. There are about five tables in each room serving traditional Austrian cuisine. “Each room has a distinct feel,” he says. “They’re all serving the same menu, but one feels contemporary and modern. We ate in the one with wood walls and ceilings, which was very traditional. You can choose your ambience. We had lamb with raspberry sauce. It was a lot of fun.”

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DESTINATIONS Left: The Top Mountain Spa encourages a wellness holiday; Each of the three luxury apartments sleeps four. Below: High-altitude skiing comes with panoramic views.

Next on Hostettler’s list was Top Hotel Hochgurgl, located at an altitude of more than 7,000 feet, at the summit of the Austrian Alps. “This is the most amazing place,” he says. “You are driving up and up and up, and that’s after you’ve started two hours up the mountain. This five-star hotel is in the middle of nowhere in these snowy mountains. Then you get all the way to the top, and it’s been there for decades. It’s a convenient ski-in, ski-out hotel, and that’s where the kids learned to ski.” Guests can walk out the

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property’s front door, snap on their skis and take off down the slopes—some of which are challenging even for longtime fans of the sport. “Most people don’t think about teaching their kids to ski on this triple black diamond mountainside, but we hired an instructor, and they were great about it,” he says. “They put the kids’ skis on the back of a snowmobile and took them to a flat part, like a bunny slope. The kids were gone for three hours while we sat in the bar. They had the time of their lives.”

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Left, center: Tradition blends with culinary innovation. Left: The indoor pool beckons swimmers and spa goers; A sunny terrace provides slopeside dining.

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Above: Tyrol’s Stubai Valley is a four-season destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Spa Hotel Jagdhof The third and final hotel on the family’s “Route de Bonheur” was Spa Hotel Jagdhof, which is home to antique farmhouse furniture and historical photographs of the region. At this hotel, Hostettler didn’t just take it all in; he also figured out a way to bring some of it back home to the United States. “The draw for me was this very cool pop-up, where they took a ski gondola and turned it into a four-seat restaurant. You can have dinner in the gondola, sitting in the back of the hotel’s lawn,” he says. The experience so impressed him that he recreated it stateside. He and the Ocean House team found a four-person ski gondola that someone in Vermont was selling on eBay. They

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bought it, gutted it, painted it, installed new windows, added heat, and put it on the front lawn next to the Ocean House Christmas tree, serving fondue inside three times a day. “It was the smallest Swiss restaurant in the smallest state in America,” he says. The idea was so successful in Rhode Island that during his trip to Austria, he decided to expand the concept. “We bought two more gondolas in Austria, and they each seat eight people,” he says. “They’re in the shop being outfitted right now. This winter, we’re going to put them around a firepit and call it Fondue Village.”

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Right: Gondola dining inspired Fondue Village at Ocean House.

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Stubaital is a valley in Tyrol, Austria, situated within the Stubai Alps. There are four ski areas that offer everything from snowboarding to toboggans, and there’s the Stubai Glacier for visitors to experience. “It’s where we spent the most amount of time, because we wanted to explore the entire area,” Hostettler says. “We rode up to the top of the glacier. To get to the top, we had to change gondolas three times, at each station. You’d probably be an hour skiing down without having to stand in a lift line.” Hostettler finds the scenery in this part of Austria as breathtaking as any that he saw throughout the Austrian Alps. “The glacier was packed with snow still, because it was the end of March, and on the second night, it started snowing,” he says. “The hotel is in the valley at the bottom of the glacier, and it’s magical. It’s everything you think of as a quintessential Alpine experience: the chalet houses, the wood, the fireplaces burning, and yet every one of these hotels has a spectacular, modern spa and cuisine from Michelin-star chefs. It was absolutely amazing.”

Above: Glacier skiing is a big draw for visitors.

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Wickford Village

This coastal village has the largest preservation of colonial and federal homes, America’s oldest wooden lighthouse and...a 14thcentury Icelandic rune? Pop into antique shops, dine on local cuisine and enjoy holiday events like December’s Festival of Lights in this wonderfully interesting New England town. 55 Brown St., North Kingstown, RI; Instagram: @ilovewickfordvillage

Museums

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CULTURE & HISTORY Historic Destinations Benefit Street’s “Mile of History” Infamously known as the “most haunted street in Rhode Island,” this stretch of quaint colonial houses, museums and boutique shops is a perfectly eerie Spooktober destination. Benefit St., Providence, RI; visitrhodeisland.com

Narragansett Towers

The exquisite view from this seaside lookout is a must-see in warm and cold months. The historic 19th-century structure, formerly the Narragansett Pier Casino, hosts private and public parties, entertainers and weddings. 35 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI; thetowersri.com

Newport Mansions

Live life like the rich and famous—if only just for an afternoon. Tours of the grand mansions are held year-round in both

docent-led and audio form. From grandiose Breakers mansion, built by Vanderbilt, to the simplicity of the Hunter House, prepare to be transported back in time to a more genteel way of living. Newport, RI; newportmansions.org

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Babcock-Smith Museum

Erected in the mid-18th century, this historic Westerly home, known for its contribution to the granite industry, hosts a holiday boutique bash and other history-related events throughout the year. 124 Granite St., Westerly, RI; babcocksmithhouse.org

at the more than 300,000-square-foot museum complex. 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT; pequotmuseum.org

Mystic Museum of Art

American Impressionist painter Charles H. Davis established an artists’ colony in Mystic in the early 1900s, and his efforts are proudly shown in this exhibition space and museum. The museum showcases Davis’ work, along with other artists who painted in Mystic. 9 Water St., Mystic, CT; mysticmuseumofart.org

Mystic Seaport Museum

This museum in Mystic is truly out of this world. Apart from the nautical nuances, guests can also stargaze at the planetarium. Check out the new exhibit, “Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea,” which details Steven Callahan’s incredible journey and rescue efforts. 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT; mysticseaport.org

Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Learn about the lives of the Pequot Native Americans who once occupied this region’s rich history. Explore its lifelike dioramas, authentic artifacts, video and film programs and cultural traditions on display

Tomaquag Indian Museum

Discover an incredible collection of indigenous artifacts at this iconic museum. The first and

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somewhat challenging, floor plan once caused a panel from the original pre-Broadway set of Annie to blow away into the Connecticut River? This unique theater also has a second venue, the Norma Terris Theatre, in nearby Chester. 6 Main St., East Haddam, CT; goodspeed.org

A former 19th-century church, this marble theatre will be showing The Hollow by Agatha Christie, Man of La Mancha and A Christmas Carol this season, which is sure to be a fun family activity for the holidays. One Granite St., Westerly, RI; granitetheatre.com

Above: “Brooklyn Bridge” by Peter Arguimbau, Lily Pad Gallery

only museum of its kind in Rhode Island, the Tomaquag Museum engages its guests to broaden their knowledge and understanding on Native American culture through its educational services and events. 390 Summit Rd., Exeter, RI; tomaquagmuseum.org

want to listen to an awardwinning, globally recognized choir just around the corner, the Chorus of Westerly’s Christmas Pops event is the place to hear angelic, uplifting holidays tunes. Wilcox Park, Westerly, RI; chorusofwesterly.org

Theater & Music

You may know the Goodspeed Opera House as “Home of the American Musical,” but did you know that its unique, and

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Curtain’s up on this legendary theater located in Waterford. This theater has been churning out Broadway favorites like Avenue Q, Fences and In the Heights since 1964 and also offers undergraduate teaching programs year-round. 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford, CT; theoneill.org

Chorus of Westerly

Sure, Christmas carols are fun to sing around the family living room piano, but if you

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Salt Marsh Opera

This opera house is proving that the art form is alive and well with their award-winning operatic performances of classics and new works from around the globe. This October, they will present Pagliacci. 65 Cutler Street, Stonington, CT; saltmarshopera.org

Art Avondale Arts

This boutique store in seaside Watch Hill is your go-to spot for domestic and hobbyist essentials. Take a watercolor

Below: OMO Jewels & Gifts on display at Avondale Arts

The Brasserie Above: The Brasserie at Weekapaug Inn features fresh, local ingredients.

class and attend a trunk show for all your artistic needs. 95 Watch Hill Rd., Westerly, RI; avondalearts.com

The Weekapaug Inn’s latest culinary endeavor offers a warm and inviting setting where diners can enjoy French classics and European-inspired dishes. Think French onion soup, tuna Niçoise, duck leg confit, coq au vin and bouillabaisse. 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, RI; weekapauginn.com

The Charlestown Gallery

Rhode Island’s home for fine contemporary American art, this gallery showcases up to 40 regional artists as well as photography, sculpture and jewelry exhibitions open to the public. 5000 S. County Trail, Charlestown RI; charlestowngalleryri.com

Lily Pad Gallery

This newly renovated gallery places an importance on full-time painters with a passionate, creative vision and even offers studio instruction classes like painting from life for the budding painters of tomorrow. 1 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; lilypadgallery.com

FOOD & BEVERAGE Casual Upscale Bouchard Restaurant & Inn

Located inside an idyllic Newport inn, this French restaurant serves up

Above: The Bridge menu offers seasonal items sourced locally.

Bridge

Nestled along the Pawcatuck is this “Rhody” mainstay. Sample from their fresh raw bar, while cozied up in front of one of their two fireplaces, and then enjoy a hearty, or even healthy meal with friends. We hear the clinking of wine glasses already. 37 Main St., Westerly, RI; bridgeri.com

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fine French cuisine for sophisticated palates. Try the filet de bœuf “en Tranche” with a classic red-wine demi-glace sauce and end on a sweet note with mousse au chocolate en “Gâteau.” 505 Thames St., Newport, RI; bouchardnewport.com


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Built over 250 years ago, the inn has welcomed travelers far and wide to enjoy a little bit of Mystic with a delicious meal inside its cozy, New England décor. Enjoy its classic pub fare and free entertainment from artists around the area. 32 Water St., Mystic, CT; danielpacker.com

Cara

Boasting New England dishes with a French twist, this new, fine dining experience in Newport is located at The Chanler—an upscale hotel positioned at the entrance of the Cliff Walk. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar with a breathtaking view of the ocean, and then transition inside to enjoy an elegant three-course, prix-fixe menu or a six-course tasting. 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI; thechanler. com/cara-restaurant

Chair 5

Named after one of Narragansett Town Beaches’ hottest gathering spots, this eatery’s ocean-inspired

one reviewer noted, Spain of Narragansett is “a bit of Europe in Rhode Island,” and a must-visit in the Ocean State. 1144 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI; spainri.com

dishes are all locally sourced. The bistro, located inside the Break Hotel, is known for its prime location to the water and beach-town aesthetic. 1208 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI; thebreakhotel.com

COAST

Inside the iconic Ocean House, COAST received the Five Diamond Award from AAA National, an exclusive honor given to the most esteemed restaurants in the nation. The menu at COAST consistently changes to fit the favor profile and freshness of its ingredients each season. 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, RI; oceanhouseri.com

Engine Room

Decorated industrial style with wood paneling, this rustic restaurant has perfected the art of beers, bourbon and burgers. Engine Room features 16 beers on tap, the area’s largest bourbon selection and a hearty American menu with the most creative burgers in Mystic. 14 Holmes St., Mystic, CT; engineroomct.com

Below: COAST at Ocean House changes its menu selections daily.

Above: Essex Station has seasonal train rides and dining experiences.

The Essex Clipper Dinner Train

All aboard the most scenic dining experience you’ll ever have. Hop on a restored 1920s Pullman diner locomotive, while chowing down on a four-course meal. Take in the views of the Connecticut River Valley and listen to the chugga-chugga of a weekend well spent. 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, CT; essexsteamtrain.com

Overlooking Quonochontaug Pond in Westerly, The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn creates an immersive Rhode Island flavor experience with quintessential New England views. We suggest going in the colder months, when a wood-burning fireplace and fall vegetable risotto will soothe the soul. 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, RI; weekapauginn.com

Latitude 41° Restaurant

This seafood haven located on the Mystic River shores is best highlighted by its fresh catch options, artisanal flatbreads, classic lobster and clam chowder, and its mantra: “A whole new degree in dining.” Pop over to the new Shipyard Tavern before or after dining for delicious, hand-crafted beers and ales. 105 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT; coastalgourmetct.com/ latitude41

Olympia Tea Room

For over 100 years, this iconic, family-owned restaurant has been known for its Rhode Island fare and nostalgic décor. Something Olympia can also humble brag about is its celebrity clientele. Taylor Swift dined here often when she lived a block up by East Beach. 74 Bay St., Watch Hill; olympiatearoom.com

Spain of Narragansett

Since 1987, Chef Salvador has served authentic Spanish cuisine paired best with an extensive wine list. As

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The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn

Northern Italian cuisine at this staple restaurant, in operation since 1992. From its homemade ricotta and spinach gnocchi with marinara and arugula to the veal scaloppini with artichokes, capers, white wine and lemon, you’ll be making Italian kissing gestures from antipasti to dolci. 673 Thames St., Newport, RI; mammaluisa.com

Mango’s Wood Fired Pizza Co.

Brothers Stefan Ambrosch and Ben Hall set up shop in Olde Mystic Village in 2009 and have been serving wood-fired pizza ever since. To further entice the community with its fresh recipes and authentic fare, Mango’s recently moved across the street and opened Mango’s Ice Cream at its original location. 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; mangospizza.com

Pizzeria Longo

Above: The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn serves fireside cocktails.

Italian Bravo Bravo

No guilt here. Indulge in some of Mystic’s best pasta dishes, such as pappardelle Bolognese and cacio e pepe, offered at Bravo Bravo, an authentic Italian dining experience located near the best shops, boutiques and services in town. 19 East Main St., Mystic, CT; bravobravoct.com

Mamma Luisa Ristorante Italiano

Tired of Newport seafood? Mangia on genuine,

We may not be as cool as Tony Soprano, but we can sure eat like him at Pizzeria Longo, an Italian gastropub in Westerly. Since 2015, this eatery has served up Italian soul food with options like chicken and rabe, stuffed peppers, and, of course, coal-fired pizza done 20 different ways. 84 High St., Westerly, RI; pizzerialongo.com

Japanese Johnny’s Peking Tokyo

The sprawling, Japanese and Chinese menu at Johnny’s is a must-try in Mystic. Feel free to go for something classic like General Tso’s Chicken, but we highly recommend sampling from their specials or sushi menu. Johnny’s handmade special rolls are both delicious and pretty to look at, which almost makes it a shame to eat…almost.

PHOTOGRAPHY: COAST AND THE RESTAURANT AT WEEKAPAU G INN BY CHIP RIEGEL; ESSEX STEAM TRAIN BY MEGAN GAGNON

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Dave’s Coffee Above: Dave’s Coffee merchandise is a popular item for fans of the hand-roasted coffee house.

12 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; johnnysushibar.com

classic margarita. 2 Canal St., Westerly, RI; amigosri.com

Koi Japanese Cuisine

Milagro Café

If you close your eyes, you can almost feel the ambience of a Zen garden filled with colorful fish inside Koi Japanese in Westerly. Or, you can just feast your eyes and gorge on fresh appetizers, hibachi and sushi. Either works. 65 High St., Westerly, RI; koijapaneserestaurantri. com

Samurai Noodle Bar & Grill

Haven’t you heard? Ramen is all the rage. Feast like the warrior you are at this new, authentic Japanese spot located in downtown Mystic. If noodles aren’t your thing, chow down on Asian BBQ sure to sizzle your taste buds. 27 West Main St., Mystic, CT; Facebook: samurainoodlemystic.com

Mexican Amigo’s Taqueria & Tequila

Boasting authentic Mexican food, an upbeat nightlife and fun cocktail offerings, Amigo’s is the place to be for girls’ night, guys’ night or a mix of both your amigos! Dine on savory fajitas, chimichangas and wash it all down with a

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Milagro Café is not just a place you can get your Mexican street corn and tacos. It’s an innovative eatery with exciting twists on classic staples. Instead of a margarita, go for the spicy shaved ice version. Instead of a Baja taco, get a little adventurous and order the whole branzino fish served on top of habanero coleslaw. 142 Water St., Stonington, CT; milagrocafect.com

Perro Salado

Set in a restored 18th-century naval home, Perro Salado has made waves across Newport with its inspired Mexican cuisine. New England fare with a twist, the eatery serves everything from Caesar salad with jalapeno bacon and cotija cheese to lobster tacos. It’s Newport, just a little more caliente. 19 Charles St., Newport, RI; perrosalado.com

Refreshments The Candy Box

Adjacent to America’s oldest carousel, the Flying Horse, The Candy Box sells a variety of homemade soft and hard candies, chocolates and

The amazing thing about coffee? It doesn’t have a season. Enjoy an iced or hot cup of Dave’s houseroasted coffee in a charming colonial setting in nearby Charlestown, only 15 minutes from Ocean House. Locals say this a great spot for college students and busy professionals to work or take some time to relax. 5193 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI; davescoffee.com

Deviant Donuts

Don’t let the name fool you. These decadent treats are handcrafted inside Vault Coffee Roasters in Olde Mystic Village. From the PB+J donut to the Instagram-able Game of Thrones-inspired creation, they are all delicious,

7B, Mystic, CT; Instagram: @deviantdonuts

Hauser Chocolatier

Savor the richness of these homemade truffles and assorted chocolates and candies, made in-house every day. Good news for travelers: They will ship to you. 59 Tom Harvey Rd., Westerly, RI; hauserchocolates.com

Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream

but donut forget that sometimes simple is best, like a plain glazed option. 27 Coogan Blvd., Building

22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille

Situated on Bowen’s Wharf, 22 Bowen’s surf and turf menu is a refined dining experience for all seasons. Make sure you check out the three-course Chef Tasting menus, Sunday through Thursdays, for a taste of global cuisine right on the bay. 22 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; 22bowens.com

Carrying on the Mystic tradition of the early 1800s, this ice cream store hand mixes every batch of the sweet treat, with flavors like Kona coffee, Vermont maple nut and Southern peach. They also make soda floats, shakes and fresh-fruit smoothies. 2 West Main St., Mystic, CT; mysticdrawbridge icecream.com

Root, A Vegan Juice Bar & Eatery

Herbivores rejoice! Newport’s newest spot for vegan fare just opened up this year. Dive into one of their bowls filled with veggies, quinoa or rice and all the toppings you can muster, like avocado, vegan tzatziki and kimchi, or slurp down a juice or smoothie while you’re on the go. 6 Broadway St., Newport, RI; rootonbroadway.com

Sift Bake Shop

Above: Deviant Donuts’ indulgent maple and bacon confection

Seafood

This French bakery employs a little TLC into everything they bake daily. From savory items like quiches and ham & cheese croissants, to assorted macarons and cookies, there’s a little something for everybody. 5 Water St., Mystic, CT; siftbakeshopmystic.com

Above: Champagne pairs well with the raw bar menu at Coast Guard House.

Coast Guard House

The restaurant’s mantra, “sea food, sea friends, sea view,” could not more accurately describe this historic restaurant. Located in a former U.S. Coast Guard station, this stone eatery has welcomed diners from all over with its fresh, eclectic menu consisting of traditional New England staples and its superb dining area. 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI; thecoastguardhouse.com

PHOTOGRAPHY: DAVE’S COFFEE BY DAVID LANNING JR.; DEVIANT DONUTS CONTRIBUTED; COAST GUARD HOUSE CONTRIBUTED

more. The fudge is made in an old-fashioned copper kettle with fresh ingredients. We highly suggest the chocolate-covered potato chips—a salty, sweet option off the beaten path. 14 Fort Rd., Watch Hill, RI; Instagram: @candyboxwatchhill


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Dog Watch Café

This local haunt has good taste, and we’re not just talking about the delicious food. The Café also sells Good Dog merchandise and apparel. From hoodies to dog collars, you’ll never fur-get this experience. 194 Water St., Stonington, CT; dogwatchcafe.com

Matunuck Oyster Bar

Everything on the menu is farm-to-table and pond-to-plate. In other words, you can’t get any fresher than this restaurant on Potter’s Pond. Take a tour of the Oyster Farm to see how trappers harvest shellfish, clams and steamers, then enjoy the fruits of their labor on the waterfront patio. 629 Succotash Rd., S. Kingstown, RI; rhodyoysters.com

The Mooring

The Mooring was just named one of “100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants” in the county by OpenTable. Built in the original New York Yacht Club building, you can watch the boats (and plates) pass by course after course while it’s still warm outside.

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1 Sayers Wharf, Newport, RI; mooringrestaurant.com

Oyster Club

From the same creative team that built the Engine Room and Grass & Bone butcher shop from the ground up, Oyster Club has earned a reputation as one of the country’s best oyster bars. Its constantly changing menu takes produce from nearby Stone Acres Farm and local fisherman, making it as local as the loyal patrons. 13 Water St., Mystic, CT; oysterclubct.com

Red 36

This seaport spot may attract the summer crowds with its seafood-focused menu, but the colder fall and winter months really show its staying power. After a picturesque meal in the indoor dining area, take one of their winter cocktails, like the Mexican Mule, outside and feel the heat of both the tequila and the roaring fireplace. 2 Washington St., Mystic, CT; red36ct.com

The Sea Goose

We think seafood is best served chilled, as in, eaten

Barley Head Brewery

Jonathan Edwards Winery

Cottrell Brewing Company

Langworthy Farm Winery

The ale brewed at Barley Head is as local as it gets. Most ingredients are sourced locally—some even come from the brewer’s own garden! We suggest going on the second Thursday of each month during the Art Series, so you can view new artists’ work on the brewery walls. 12 Water St., Mystic, CT; barleyheadbrewery.com

Above: Jonathan Edwards is a Napa-style winery in a New England setting.

during the cold season. Warm your bones with the Sea Goose’s seafood stew, a hearty meal with lobster, Jonah crab, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels with potatoes, carrots and roasted fennel in a rich saffron tomato broth. 265 Post Road., Westerly, RI; theseagoose.com

S&P Oyster Co. Chef Cobena cooks with a zest for life. His dishes, each crafted with a South American kick, are a uniquely inspired take on traditional, Mystic seafood. Cooked with only the freshest ingredients, we suggest the paella paired with a crisp glass of white. S&P also offers vegan and gluten-free menus. 1 Holmes St., Mystic, CT; sp-oyster.com

Flagship Ale and other brews—flows once more. 63 Canal St., Westerly, RI; greysailbrewing.com

In the mood for some laughs and drafts? Head over to this brewing company, started in 1997, for some comedy and in-house brews on the first Friday of every month for Comedy Six Pack. 100 Mechanic St., Pawcatuck, CT; cottrellbrewing.com

Grey Sail Brewing

The building that now occupies this nationally recognized beer company has a history with grain. It was a macaroni factory in the 20s and nearly a century later, the grain—used to make their award-winning

Boasting “New England charm, Napa style,” this vineyard sits on 20 acres of grape fields, expertly crushed and fermented to create a bicoastal wine experience unlike any other in the Northeast. The winery also hosts weddings, private parties and concerts. 74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT; jedwardswinery.com

Built on the historic 1875 property of former Rhode Island Governor Samuel Ward, Langworthy is totally worthy of a visit. Pop in during one of its special events like the Special Wine Flight on Oct. 12th and 13th or the Harvest Soup Fest on Nov. 9th and 10th. 308 Shore Rd., Westerly, RI; langworthyfarm.com

Stonington Vineyards

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This vineyard hosts an annual Harvest Festival in September, featuring live bands, artisans, wine tastings and food trucks for just $25 in advance. We recommend Yoga in the Tasting Room on Monday evenings, because you deserve a glass of wine (or two) after a killer workout. 523 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, CT; stoningtonvineyards.com

Beer’d Brewing Company

Saltwater Farm Vineyards

This microbrewery is hop(s) in…get it? The tasting room is open to the public on certain hours of the week, where guests can savor a complimentary tasting of each of the available beers

Below: Grey Sail Brewing has been making craft beer since 2011.

Named one of the “Top 50 Most Romantic Venues in the U.S.” by Brides magazine, this vineyard is all about making memories. Guests will never forget the crisp taste of its award-winning

PHOTOGRAPHY: JONATHAN EDWARDS WINERY BY BUZZ MEDIA COMPANY; GREY SAIL BREWING CONTRIBUTED

that day. Try a seasonal favorite and take home a pint before you head out. 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, CT; beerdbrewing.com


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CoCo & LaLa

Summer goes by way too fast. Luckily for you, you can rep summer all-year-round with CoCo & LaLa’s nauticalthemed clothing and accessories for mommy and baby. Plus, their Instagram is just adorable. 103 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; Instagram: @cocoandlalawatchhill

Whaler’s Brewery

Whaler’s Pale Ale was voted the “Best Pale Ale in the U.S.” at the World Beer Awards two years in a row. Yes... World. Beer. Awards. If that doesn’t convince you to visit the brewery for flagship and rotating beers on tap, maybe this will: it’s dog-friendly. 1174 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, RI; whalers.com

SHOPPING Adore

It’s not every day you can pop into a store and purchase brackish bowties, WWII-era binoculars and Trudon candles, the oldest continuously made candle manufacturer in the world, all in one shop. This novelty boutique and design service has been the home for one-of-a-kind worldly goods since 2017. 26 West Main St., Mystic, CT; adore.world.com

BarreCoast Boutique + Studio

You may think you don’t know what you’re doing, but with apparel from BarreCoast’s boutique store, you’ll have everyone in the class fooled. Get fit and look good doing it. Merchants Square, 55 Beach St., Westerly, RI; barrecoast.com

Book Barn

A bookstore even the most stubborn kids will like—with complimentary coffee, baked goods and several friendly felines free-to-roam as you

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Curated

Above: Cahill & Company describes its merchandise as “consciously curated goods for the modern adventurer.”

This fine art and luxury goods store is the place to go to snag a rare, funky find that will have all your friends asking, “Where did you get that?” From unique paintings to chic handbags, you’ll wonder why you didn’t go to Curated sooner. 29 W. Main Street, Mystic, CT; curated.world

Elizabeth McKay browse? We’re sold. This is not your average usedbook seller/buyer. Main Barn, 41 West Main St., Niantic, CT; bookbarnniantic.com

Cahill & Company

There’s enough outdoors to go around in the Ocean State. Stock up on all your exploration needs at this new Westerly store dedicated to backpacks, accessories, apparel and other locally made goods that capture your adventurous spirit. 2 High St., Westerly, RI; cahillandcori.com

Christina Limited

Fast fashion who? For over 25 years, Christina Limited has been the place in Westerly for boho fashion finds and accessories that will become timeless keepsakes for decades to come. 1 Canal St., Westerly, RI; christinaltd.com

Christina Stankard Jewelry

The saying, “art imitates life,” could not be better suited for Christina Stankard, who started out as a painter before she began handcrafting statement jewelry pieces in her Brooklyn studio. Her store in Watch Hill is open May through Columbus Day, but you can also visit her Etsy shop. 100 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; christinastankard.com

Clad In

Besides being a boutique for high-end apparel, footwear and jewelry, Clad In doubles as an outlet and personal shopping service. Their team of fashion experts will steer you in the right direction for expressing your personal style. 32 Friendship St., Westerly, RI; 152 Water St., Stonington, CT; 497 Angell St., Providence, RI; cladin.com

If your fashion sense emulates the classic looks of a royal or Jackie O., this is your kind of fashion line. You’ll find sleek, sophisticated and trendy bottoms, tops, blazers and much more at this Watch Hill style staple. 101 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; emckay.com

Farmaesthetics

Coming from a family with seven generations of farming in her blood, it’s no surprise founder Brenda Brock created a line of natural, green skincare products from an organic farm stand in Rhode Island 20 years ago. Since then, she’s been promoting sustainable beauty with her brand and was featured in Time magazine’s “Green Style & Design 100: The People & Ideas Behind Today’s Most Influential Green Design.” 144 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI; farmaesthetics.com

Above: Highpoint Home carries an array of décor items and gifts.

Galapagos Boutique

Located in a rustic setting in nearby Charlestown, Galapagos promotes a casual chic style for both men and women. Shop for name brands and designer merchandise that will have you feeling your Sunday best every day of the week. 5193 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI; galapagosboutique.com

Grand & Water Antiques

Old stuff becoming new again is owner Deborah Norman’s forte, whose love of antiques goes back several decades. Alternatively, Deborah promotes redesigning rooms based on items you already own, through her decorating service REDESIGN. Her design help is perfect for holiday parties on the horizon. 135 Water St., Stonington, CT; grandandwater.com

Gray Goose Cookery

Maybe you’re not the best cook, but you’d like to be. Look no further than Gray Goose Cookery for all your home appliance needs to get you started. They carry colorful Le Creuset Dutch ovens and KitchenAid mixers and offer cooking classes to hone your skills in a small, hands-on setting. The store is also a popular

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wines or the idyllic farmland, which was once the site of a WWII-era airport. 349 Elm St., Stonington, CT; saltwaterfarmvineyard.com


place for wedding registries. Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; graygoosecookery.com

Highpoint Home

Interior designer Kaitlin Smith traded the grayscale, high-rise buildings of Manhattan for her native Rhode Island blue in 2012. Since then, she has reimagined accessories and décor with a colorful lens that make for perfect gifts and cherished home decorations. 6 Fort Hill Rd., Watch Hill, RI; highpointhomedecor.com

Hungry Palette

For over 50 years, this mainstay has excited the coast with beautifully handstitched garments, fabrics and rugs with an exotic flair. Each is uniquely inspired and will provide the right pop of color for any home. 105 Water St., Stonington, CT; stoningtonboroughct.com

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J McLaughlin

This clothing chain has become the unofficial dress code of Watch Hill and neighboring towns. With its sophisticated yet trendy dresses, jackets, pants and accessories, the classic American line is designed for all ages. 124 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; jmclaughlin.com

J. Noelle Fine Jewelry

Jessica Noelle, an experienced goldsmith, stone setter and jewelry designer, uses ancient techniques to create timeless rings, necklaces, bracelets and more. Her work has been featured in several issues of Vogue. 22 Bayview Ave., Suite 4C, Stonington, CT; jnoellejewelry.com

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Mystic Disc

Spiffy navy blazer? Check. Scallop Oxford shirt? Check. Nautical rope bracelet? Triple check. Put it all together, and we’ve got ourselves a true New Englander. Shop for beachy apparel and accessories right on the wharf. 3 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; kieljamespatrick.com

Opened in 1983, Mystic Disc has a longstanding reputation as Connecticut’s premiere record shop for vinyl and music jockeys. It was just named among the country’s “50 Best Record Stores” by Vinyl Me, Please magazine. 10 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, CT; mysticdisclp.com

Lilly Pulitzer at Anchored In Pink

Let’s face it…most of us spoil our dogs. Pup Stop, a spoilworthy boutique and natural dog treat “barkery,” just opened on Water Street. It’s stocked with dog collars, dog bowls and even some treats for owners, like coffee mugs and T-shirts featuring your fur-babies. 129 Water St., Stonington, CT; pupstopstonington.com

Your wardrobe is filled with signature print dresses, skirts and outerwear, but did you know Anchored In Pink also stocks Lilly’s new, sun-protective activewear line? Shop leggings, shorts, sports bras and more with the Luxletic line. 471 Thames St., Newport, RI; lillypulitzer.com

Main Street Soap Emporium

This soap and scrub boutique just released a new line of roll-on perfumes in the same scents you already know and love. For just $14, you can smell like Endless Summer, Coconut Bikini, Mermaid Kisses and Warm Sand, even as the season turns. 22 East Main St., Mystic, CT; mainstsoap.com

Marc Allen

Marc Allen is a fine clothier for men inspired by Southern Italian tradition. Each suit and stitch is carefully designed to appeal to its New England clientele, while simultaneously having a cosmopolitan look. They offer custom, handmade consultations so you can craft a suit that would make Don Draper jealous. 142 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI; marcalleninc.com

Pup Stop Boutique and Barkery

R.A. Georgetti & Co.

This fine jewelry, collectibles and gift store has been in operation since 1975. Shop adorable Disney figurines, leather goods, Byers’ Choice carolers, Wee Forest Folk miniatures and much more in this nostalgia shop. Olde Mystick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; georgetti.com

both the Westerly and Mystic locations. Savoy also hosts a book club, year-round events and a consignment program to support local authors. 10 Canal St., Westerly, RI; 53 W. Main St., Mystic, Ct; banksquarebooks.com

Sea Bags Rochelle’s Boutique

Rochelle LaRue Gallo, owner of all four boutique locations, opened her first store when she was just 19. Since then, she’s served the ever-changing, must-have fashion needs of her local patrons. With lines like Free People and BB Dakota, the store offers perfect statement pieces you can dress up or down. 117 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; 381 Thames St., Newport, RI; 11 Cottrell St., Mystic, CT; rochellesboutique.com

Savoy Bookshop & Café

Sip on a delicious kombucha or latte while browsing two floors of fiction, nonfiction, exclusive finds and more at

Made with recycled material from used sails, Sea Bags totes and handbags are a sustainable way to support the ocean you love so dearly. The bags come in a variety of nautical and special-edition prints, but you can also customize bags, guest books and accessories for weddings, special dates and more. 101 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; 36 West Main St., Mystic, CT; seabags.com

Soap and Water

You’ll find an exclusive array of fragrances, bath and body essentials, shaving kits, loungewear, Italian soaps and other giftware at this Newport mainstay. 16 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; soapandwaternewport.com

Above: Signature shopping bag from Rochelle’s Boutique Below: Savoy Bookshop & Café has locations in Westerly and Mystic.

Rhode Island Reef

With the positive effects of CBD all over the news and in your friends’ social pages, it’s time to reap the benefits yourself. The product line contains zero THC, aka, no psychoactive effects. Shop hemp salve, pain cream, dog treats and vape pens, plus apparel and more. 227 Spring St., Newport, RI; rhodeislandreef.com

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This local haunt is known for sterling silver, gold and leather jewelry, featuring signature anchor and mariner flag pendants to remind you of time well spent by the water. They also sell baseball hats, dog collars and décor. 306 Thames St., Newport, RI; stylenewport.com

Tiina Smith Jewelry and Isoude Boutique

This showroom contains bespoke fashion from Newport-based designer, Kate Brierley, and iconic jewelry from Tiina Smith. Browse Smith’s rare, vintage gemstone pieces and Brierley’s colorful, elegant attire at the new Watch Hill location. 114 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; tiinasmithjewelry.com; isoude.com

Toci

With fall in full swing, stock up on comfy cashmere, pima cotton, linen and silk sweaters, tunics, cardigans, shirts, joggers and scarves. Go for a layered look that conveys the airy, casual style you don in the warmer months. 18 Franklin St., Newport, RI; thisistoci.com

WH2O

Achieving a global design palate doesn’t mean you have to travel all over the world to get one. Shop local and go to WH20 for home décor, accessories and jewelry fit for the globetrotter you are. They opened another location, La Côte Mystic, over the summer. l92 Bay St., Westerly, RI; wh2ocollection.com; 16 W. Main St., Mystic, CT; Facebook: lacotemystic.com

FAMILY FUN B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill

This historic landmark started making cider in 1881 and remains the last steampowered cider mill in the U.S. Check out their farm stand for apple cider doughnuts, fresh produce, specialty breads, apple wines and more. Their season lasts from September to December. 129 North Stonington Rd., Old Mystic, CT; bfclydescidermill.com

The Velvet Mill

The Velvet Mill in Stonington is a glorious hodgepodge of shops, event showrooms, eateries and creative arts services. This gathering place for artists and craftspeople inspires community togetherness and is home to an awardwinning nanobrewery, Beer’d Brewing Co. 22 Bayview Ave., Stonington, CT; americanvelvetmill.com

The Dinosaur Place

Be the DINO-mite parent you are by taking your little ones to this dinosaur-themed playground in Montville. Fifty life-sized dinosaurs are on display throughout 1.5 miles of terrific hiking trails, plus a giant T-Rex playground, ice cream shop, maze and mini golf. You’ll have a roaring good time. 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT; naturesartvillage.com

Above: B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill has been making cider since 1881.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Come see these adorable babies and experience other aquatic encounters at Connecticut’s premiere maritime aquarium. 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; mysticaquarium.org

magical Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Brunches with Santa, to a themed New Year’s Eve Party for adults. 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, RI; oceanhouseri.com

Sail Trim Again

Watch your children’s eyes glisten as they spot Santa arrive by tugboat along the Mystic River for this nautical Christmas event. As part of the annual Holiday Lighted Boat parade, judges determine the most creative and festive crews. Mystic River Park, 10 Cottrell St., Mystic, CT; mysticchamber.org

ARRR-en’t you excited to sail with Captain Jack Spratt on his classic wooden catboat? Take out Trim Again or the wooden motor yacht, Encore, for private charters through November. sail-trim-again.com

This knick-knack store and café doubles as a petting zoo. The Factory has two goats, three emus and scores of chickens and ducks you can feed for a small fee. Also, there are many beautiful, perennial gardens on the property to delight you as you shop. 4820 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI; fantasticumbrellafactory. com

For kids who have their eyes to the sky, this is the place for them. Bring your little astronaut to the year-round observatory and sky theatre, which hosts stargazing nights, field studies and more. 61 Park Ln., Charlestown, RI; frostydrew.org

Mystic Aquarium

Seals are just water puppies.

Holiday Boat Parade

Washington Trust Ice Rink

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory

Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory

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of teaching the community how to preserve and protect the natural world. Visit the wildlife sanctuary, where several species of owls, hawks, turtles and bullfrogs roam its indoor and outdoor enclosures. Hit the hiking trails for a great family activity when the leaves are at their peak. 109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, CT; dpnc.org

Above: Sunset views with Sail Trim Again

Terra Firma Farm

This farm is not only a destination for delicious chocolate milk at The Creamery, but it’s also a place to learn about sustainable farming and eco-friendly practices the farm incorporates into day-to-day operations. 564 NorwichWesterly Rd., N. Stonington, CT; terrafirmafarm.com

HOLIDAY 12 Days of Christmas at Ocean House

Discover Ocean House’s “Season By The Sea.” Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, experience all the great festivities the resort offers—from their

Starting in November, skate along the 12,000-square-foot ice rink with family or friends. Afterwards, take a breather with some hot chocolate in the 200-seat arena. 61 Main St., Westerly, RI; oceancommunityymca.org

Christmas in Newport

The Christmas jingle Silver and Gold takes on a new meaning during this festive time of year in Newport. Visit the gilded mansions decorated with yuletide garlands and lights, and make sure to catch The Nutcracker at the romantic Rosecliff mansion. Newport, RI; newportmansions.org

Wickford Festival of Lights

A town tree lighting ceremony kicks off this four-day event, complete with hayrides with Santa, Ye Olde English Carolers, ice sculptures, and more in this seaside village. 55 Brown St., N. Kingstown, RI; Instagram: @ilovewickfordvillage

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Scenic Route Take the wheel and set your course with driving tours from each OHM Collection Hotel

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SIGHTS TO SEE Depending on “witch” route you take, guests may drive along I-95 or US-3 from the A Inn at Hasting Park, enjoying local landmarks— like the very hike-able B Middlesex Fells Reservation—en route to historic Salem.

We strongly recommend the C Salem Witch Museum and The Salem Witch Trials Memorial, for obvious reasons. And don’t forget to take a selfie with the Bewitched statue celebrating TV’s nosewiggling Samantha Stephens. The Peabody Essex Museum is a must-must

Salem is loaded with ultracool retail stores catering to modern-day witches and warlocks. Some popular haunts include Crow Haven Corner, Enchanted of Salem and D HausWitch Home + Healing. If fright is your objective there are also candlelight cemetery tours, authentic seances and a few all-too-convincing haunted house attractions...if you dare.

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Nautical Newport N EW P O RT, R H O D E I S L A N D ( Distance: Ocean House to Newport = about 35 miles one way )

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Soon after leaving A Ocean House, you pass Ninigret Pond and B National Wildlife Refuge sprawling to the east. The unspoiled eye candy of coastal nature continues for miles until Newport comes into view from the Claiborne Pell Bridge, majestically crossing Narragansett Bay. Once in town traffic gets a bit cumbersome, so we recommend valet parking if you can’t find a metered spot fast.

Newport is known as “The Classic Coast” with world-famous Bellevue Avenue and its Belle Epoch manors. Visiting Mansion Row and beholding the opulence of C The Breakers, Chateausur-Mer or any of the mansions here makes for a fascinating winter afternoon.

This is a pedestrian’s paradise (Condé Nast Traveler has called Newport “America’s Best Walking City”), so whether it’s Long Wharf Mall or the adorable shops along Thames Street, you’ll find everything from luxury brands to local knickknacks. For those seeking more than just a stroll, there is D Cliff Walk, a lovely three-mile seaside path for sightseeing along the rocky shoreline.

As a one-time whaling center, Newport is distinctly nautical. Fall visitors can catch the Halloween Howl Regatta on Narragansett Bay in late October, and there are numerous water tours of this historic city year-round. Don’t depart without stopping for a snack (even better a meal) at cozy E Castle Hill Inn, a sister Relais & Châteaux property with the best of everything Newport.


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SIGHTS TO SEE Savor the leisurely drive from A Weekapaug Inn to Mystic. A boater’s paradise from its vantage on the Mystic River near where it meets Fishers Island Sound, the historic town has reimagined itself as both a family and foodie destination. Mystic has become an epicenter for hyper-local, seed-to-table excellence. To find out what “hyper-local” tastes like, we suggest B Oyster Club, with its fierce authenticity and unforgettable signature dishes.

C Mystic Seaport is another brilliant way to spend part of a chilly afternoon. The Planetarium and Children’s Museum here are first-rate, and even grown-ups get a faraway look in their eyes upon boarding the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, docked as a permanent exhibit.

If under the sea is more to your liking, skip the Seaport and see marvelous D Mystic Aquarium. Encounters with beluga whales, sea lions, African penguins and other denizens of the deep are profound and fun. With a short drive back to the Inn, you’ll return in time for a beachside sunset.

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Signature Style OHM Design Group launches to bring resort ambience to local clients

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hile some aspects of a great destination never change— beautiful location and a distinct culture of hospitality—regular updates are also part of the mix. Guests of the Ocean House and its sister properties often remark on the regularly refreshed furnishings and color palettes, facets of the enhanced level of comfort and beauty that is a signature element. Although not everyone realizes it, much of this transformation occurs thanks to in-house design expertise. In his travels to other Relais & Châteaux properties and five-star resorts worldwide, Ocean House Management Collection (OHM) President and Group Managing Director Daniel

Opposite page, left: The Whitecaps Suite at OH has seaworthy touches and a private garden. Opposite page, right: Interior Designer Brittany Borghesi collaborates with Daniel Hostettler, OHM Design Group President and Managing Director. Above: Samples and inspiration for a new project.

Hostettler discovered years ago that many prestige destinations have in-house teams that function similarly to stand-alone design firms. As the collection of properties grew, the rationale for developing an OHM design arm became clear. “The idea of creating our new OHM Design Group began several years ago with a visit to Kiawah Island, where I met briefly with the in-house designer. His work included not only managing the redesign and refresh projects that were constantly in progress throughout the large resort, but also projects for private residences on the island,” Hostettler says. “Following this visit, I spent some time at Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Châteaux property in Tennessee, and discovered they also had full-time professionals on board. The team

there has developed their business to include projects throughout the country, inspired by the resort’s own unique design aesthetic.” As many aspects of hospitality management engage his personal love of architecture and design, Hostettler was intrigued by the idea of bringing these skills in-house at OHM. “We were being asked to design a couple of cottages in our collection, as well as some of the private residences,” he recalls. “This was about six years in, and I thought, I can do this with some help.” As it happened, the answer was no further than the front desk at Ocean House. Brittany Borghesi had been working at the Boston Design Center when she was offered a position as an interior designer for a Rhode Island construction firm. She pulled up stakes and moved, only to discover some alarming news.

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SUITE REDO East Beach Suite at Ocean House

The redesign of East Beach incorporates calming blue hues mixed in with grey, white and pops of green. Borghesi uses natural accents and reclaimed wood for a casual, beachy feel. The sophisticated palette and luxe interiors complement the stunning Atlantic Ocean views.

BEFORE Left: A custom upholstered headboard, tufted bench and white shutters define the space. The crystal pendant light adds glamour.

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Below: Plush fabrics, deep seating club chairs, geometric prints, cozy throw pillows and textures create an inviting element.

“Just before I was scheduled to start, the owner contacted me and said they had to hold off on hiring an in-house designer,” recalls Borghesi. “Frantically, I applied to every design firm within a 50-mile radius. No one seemed to be hiring. Then, while driving around Watch Hill, I saw the Ocean House for the first time. My heart just fluttered; it was stunning. “I thought to myself, they must have a design team and I went in. The front desk agent smiled and said, ‘Are you here for the career fair?’ This was all happening inside, unbeknownst to me. I went through the interview process, discovering that Ocean House did not have a design team. Daniel Hostettler told me he wasn’t sure that someone with a design degree could move forward in a career here, but there was a guest relations position available. Without hesitation I said yes; it just felt right.” “Between her arrival and the incoming projects, I felt her design training was just what we needed to bring that function in-house,” says Hostettler. The front desk position did not last long, as he saw that his new employee was more than just a quick study in the art of hospitality. With her design training, she would be a perfect fit to help with the decorating and renovation projects in his in-box. “Following Brittany’s arrival and our completion of the cottages and private residences, it’s been constant new things ever since,” says Hostettler. “We’ve added public spaces: an ice cream and candy store at Ocean House, called Below Deck; pop-up venues for winter at Ocean House and summer at the Inn’s Pondhouse; and The Brasserie, a new year-round dining space at Weekapaug Inn. We’ve done touch-ups at Watch Hill Inn, then a complete renovation of all the Ocean House hotel rooms two years ago. We’ve renovated the cottages and carriage house suites at Blantyre, and a soft renovation is in progress at Inn at Hastings Park—our newest property. Over time as the company has grown, and as Brittany has learned the OHM look and feel, she’s taken the lead.” Borghesi, who holds ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) credentials, adds, “We do it all. One of my favorite projects was the Fondue Express at Ocean House, a vintage ski gondola that is used similarly to après-ski spaces in Europe. It provides an intimate and


CHIC SHIFT Restaurant project in Mystic, CT

Leading a complete renovation from carriage house to fine dining establishment, the design team reimagined the space and built an upscale kitchen and restaurant.

Above: With a monochromatic color scheme and timeless wood furniture, the food becomes the restaurant's statement piece. Right: Sailor knots from Mystic serve as curtain tiebacks for a nautical nod. Baccarat crystal completes an elegant table setting.

DISTINCT DESIGN The Brasserie at Weekapaug Inn

To achieve a clear separation between side-by-side restaurants, OHM Design Group installed French doors and decorated The Brasserie with a casual, rustic feel. The room is completely unique, yet captures the resort's atmosphere of barefoot elegance.

BEFORE Right: The team removed wallpaper and painted the coffered ceiling. They also replaced carpet with wood floors and updated window treatments. Top right: Woven wool fabric gives the pillows an extra comfy feel; A new tablescape showcases Turgla dinnerware. Bottom right: Removing the tablecloths makes for a more relaxed dining experience.

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RETAIL REVAMP Below Deck at Ocean House

The appropriately named Below Deck was once a locker room with outdoor showers. Today, the candy shop serves up sugary treats and carries luxury swimwear, reading materials and other beach necessities.

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Sundries and sweets are on display, along with a mouthwatering menu, gelato flavors and jars of old-fashioned candy. It's not all about the kids— Mom and Dad can get a caffeine fix at Below Deck's espresso bar.

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Fondue Express at Ocean House A ski gondola was retired from the slopes of Stratton, Vermont and transformed into a tiny Swiss-inspired fondue restaurant.

Above: The gondola makeover started by rebuilding the bottom to repair holes and replacing the plexi glass. All the millwork and intricate detail was done by Timothy Adams Construction. After being painted Veuve Clicquot yellow, the gondola was decked out with a cushioned banquette, bistro table, red curtains, checked tablecloth, antler chandelier and a cuckoo clock.

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luxurious setting for dining and entertaining in winter. This was a brilliant idea from Mr. Hostettler, and we worked together to make the magic happen. Right now, we’re expanding the idea to a Fondue Village with two additional gondolas. Veuve Clicquot has partnered with us and it’s very special. “I am also redoing a two-bedroom suite that will be new to our rental pool. I’m excited about this project; the client has some whimsy and owns some beautiful antique pieces that will be repurposed in the suite.” Borghesi relishes the variety of projects and offers some of her go-to solutions for clients with specific needs. “Perennials is a fabric brand that I often use for upholstery in high-traffic areas; it’s beautiful, and great for rental projects— bulletproof, actually. We generally produce our custom furniture in North Carolina to meet a client’s specific requirements. We’ll often brainstorm furnishings, making a series of drawings so we can get the details just right.” Such small tweaks as built-in electric outlets for bedside tables, and dressers that double as mini-fridges are just two of the special orders she has handled. The constant reimagining of spaces and changes in décor has not gone unnoticed. “While we are contacted frequently by our own residence owners to make improvements and updates, we’ve recently noticed an increase in inquiries from Watch Hill residents and a number of our guests who admire our signature style,” says Hostettler. That interest from guests and members of the communities that surround OHM resorts has led to a more formal positioning of OHM Design Group. A website—www. ohmdesigngroup.com—was launched recently, to create a visual portfolio of completed projects that highlights the group’s capabilities. “We’re looking to the future with this introduction,” says Hostettler. “With Blackberry Farm as a model that precedes us, and now has six staff designers, we see the opportunity to incubate our in-house design creativity and versatility into a real business line for OHM.”


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FONDUE EXPRESS Gondola dining concept expands to a Swiss-style village

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he smallest restaurant in the smallest state is growing—and it’s now the smallest village. The Fondue Express, a ski gondola pop-up restaurant launched last winter, was so popular that two more gondolas have popped up on Ocean House’s North Lawn to create Fondue Village. Dining in a vintage ski gondola transformed into a cozy corner of Switzerland is a one-ofa-kind experience and culinary adventure. Painted glossy Veuve Clicquot yellow, the gondolas are set among evergreen trees decorated with little white lights. During the holidays, Ocean House’s beloved 35-foot Christmas tree makes it even more magical. The two larger ski gondolas once climbed the mountains of Austria. They seat four to six. The smaller one, which seats two to four, came from Vermont. They have been retrofit with intricate millwork lining the curved walls and ceilings. Each has a unique interior design and color scheme. Inside the smallest gondola, guests sit on a cozy cushioned banquet around a bistro table dressed in a red-and-white check tablecloth. Cheerful red curtains, hung from retrofit grab bars, frame views outside the large windows of festive evergreens. Blonde pine walls glow warmly, lit by a chandelier crafted from antler horns. A working cuckoo clock and painted wood cow add a lighthearted touch. Outside the gondolas, a fire pit is surrounded by Adirondack chairs and equipped with faux fur throws. Café lights are strung above. Fondue Village’s fixed menu was carefully devised by the culinary team with Daniel Hostettler, who serves as President and Group Managing Director for the Ocean House Management Collection. Hostettler’s Swiss heritage and travels inspired the venture. The seasonal menu is just what you want on a cold day—casual, homey and warming— executed and served to Ocean House’s five-star standards. Call it refined rustic.

To start, your personal server brings a snack of cured meats for the table to share. Slices of smoky Black Forest ham and air-dried beef known by its Italian name bresaola (bundnerfleish in Switzerland) are accompanied by pickled vegetables, sour-sweet carrots, cauliflower and pearl onions, and a bowl of cornichon. The first course is a choice of soup or salad. The hearty bowl of Swiss barley soup is smoky with bacon, and thick with exquisitely brunoised mirepoix of carrot, celery and onion. Potatoes are so precisely cut you could mistake them for the delightfully springy barley. The salad is mache, a winter green with a delicate flavor, dressed in champagne vinaigrette. Mache goes by many names, but none as cute as the Swiss “Nüsslisalat.” The main course offers three choices, and groups dining together must select the same one. It comes as no surprise that fondue is the favorite. The Ocean House chefs know the secret to making fondue’s smooth texture stay creamy throughout the course, as guests spear little boiled potatoes and cubes of farmhouse bread, and dip them into the luscious warm, melted blend of Swiss and Fontina cheeses, finished with a little kirsch. Raclette, which many guests might be unfamiliar with, is the other cheese choice. What’s raclette? Simply stated, it’s melted cheese. But not just any melted cheese. Raclette is a semi-soft cheese made from cow’s milk, and aged three to four months. Although the scent is pungent (which cheese-lovers take pleasure in), the flavor is mild, nutty and fruity. You can’t help but sigh when the waiter scrapes the

THE VEUVE CLICQUOT PAIRING!

The Veuve Clicquot Fondue Village is the winter expression of Ocean House’s Secret Garden. Ocean House sommelier Jonathan Feiler has created a pairing menu that explores the best of Veuve Clicquot’s Champagnes, including Classic Brut, Vintage Rosé and a “Rich” cocktail. No wonder most guests choose the pairing option! A seasonal cocktail crafted with Veuve Clicquot Rich, the brand’s Champagne that is created expressly for mixology, starts the evening. It’s likely there’ll be a VC Rich cocktail with cranberry and rosemary or star anise, cinnamon and local honey. Classic yellow label brut is poured with the first course. It’s fresh and crisp enough to stand up to the soup and not overpower the salad, whose champagne vinaigrette gets a splash of the Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne. Veuve Clicquot’s Vintage Rosé is poured with the main course. The richer body and fuller flavors complement the main courses. The experience is capped off with Etter kirsh, a traditional digestif that is distilled from cherries. The kirsch is presented with the main course, and then a second glass is enjoyed with the dessert of plum tart. —EK

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melted cheese over the potatoes. Veal bratwurst with onion sauce is the third choice, served with Swizterland’s greatest contribution to potatoes, rosti—a cake of shredded potatoes cooked until golden brown. Dessert is an open-faced plum tart. Red-purple plums are baked on top of golden almond custard. It’s a fresh and surprising light way to end the meal, especially when accompanied by Swiss schnapps (see sidebar). The plate of traditional Swiss Christmas cookies is irresistible. Guests leave with a parting gift, a little bag of Swiss milk chocolates. Outside the gondola, the fresh sea air is brisk, and the fire pit beckons.

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Top left: Mache greens are dressed in a Veuve Clicquot champagne vinaigrette. Above: The meal starts with a traditional Swiss meat plate. Left: Dessert is an open-faced plum tart baked on top of almond custard. Opposite page: The fondue is a delectable blend of Swiss and Fontina cheeses.


FONDUE FACTS The Ocean House chefs know the secret to making fondue’s smooth texture stay creamy throughout the course.

Is It Cold? No! The gondolas are cozy and warm. The floors are heated, and there are space heaters. Guests can borrow a Columbia titanium coat, which is warm, stylish and very slim—an advantage in the snug space. Another option is to bundle up in one of the gondola’s blankets. That said, dress warmly. Save the sandals for summer. Book Ahead? Seating is limited and Fondue Village is popular. Lunch is served Thursdays through Sundays at noon. Dinner is served Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The season runs until March 31, 2020. A Good Cause Fondue Village donates a portion of its proceeds to Ocean House’s Fund for Charitable Giving.

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DESIGN

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photography by CHIP RIEGEL

Left: Ocean House ornaments, available for sale at the resort shop, make the perfect holiday gift.

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rom Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn are spectacularly outfitted in the spirit of the season. How does the holiday transformation happen? “The design aesthetic is pretty organic,” explains Lauren DiStefano, Group Meetings and Special Events Manager of the Ocean House Management Collection. “It’s typically an idea session between our President and Managing Director, ownership and myself,” she explains. After an initial list of ideas is generated, the final idea is selected—last year it was Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole

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With Ocean House or Weekapaug Inn as your festive destination, a magical holiday is guaranteed

Christmas!—and vetted with Broadview Florist and Garden Center in Westerly, Rhode Island. This year, the themes include: A Charlie Brown Christmas at Ocean House and The Nutcracker at Weekapaug Inn. Both resorts also host special events, such as the annual Santa Brunches, which start December 1. Santa arrives at 10 a.m. and mingles with guests until 2 p.m., and reservations can be made through each property’s restaurant. “Christmas is all about the children,” adds DiStefano, “so we keep them in mind throughout the entire holiday design process.”


Top left: Glowing with multicolored lights, the Ocean House Christmas tree is a popular holiday tradition. Top right: A vintage sleigh is loaded with Santa's presents. Bottom left: Colorful "Seussian" details are a nod to the 2018 theme: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" Bottom right: Festive touches like fresh Amaryllis dress up the Weekapaug Inn common area.

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Left: HOLIDAY READY The Ocean House lobby, before and after its magical holiday transformation.

It’s Christmas! Let the special memories begin…

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Ocean House will be transformed into a winter wonderland. In keeping with this year’s Charlie Brown Christmas theme, “We’ll be looking to the movie and various comic strips to recreate some scenes of the classic story,” explains DiStefano. Different colored Christmas trees, themed music and cut-outs of the beloved characters are just some of the highlights. The Ocean House exterior will be adorned with a gorgeous oversized wreath, and the front drive balcony and railings wrapped with lush garland and holiday lights. One of the most special events is the tree lighting ceremony on the front lawn, which takes place the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving. “Our tree is always a few feet larger than the one at the White House,” notes DiStefano. Prior to the start of the tree lighting, a Christmas village is set up in the lower Ocean House parking lot where local vendors sell gifts like wreaths and garlands to outfit your home in the holiday spirit. Visitors can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and a Christmas cookie, while listening to traditional carols performed by a local caroling group. The tree lighting ceremony coincides with Santa’s official arrival into Watch Hill, as he makes his grand entrance atop a firetruck and helps light the Christmas tree.

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Below: MERRY AND BRIGHT 1. Whimsical décor plays up the Grinchrelated theme. 2. A cozy fire greets guests in the OH Bistro. 3. Cheerful wreaths are seen throughout the resort.

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A relaxed holiday vibe sets the tone f or the season “In years past, the Christmas décor at the Weekapaug Inn has been one of barefoot elegance, which is in keeping with the ambience of the resort,” explains DiStefano. The peaceful and comfortable setting of the Inn makes it a special place to celebrate the holidays. This year, the Christmas décor will be

inspired by The Nutcracker. Public spaces of the Inn will be transformed into a holiday haven that reflect various scenes of the beloved Christmas ballet. Ornaments on Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and other festive décor will be curated by Broadview Florist and Garden Center.

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SEASONS GREENINGS 1. An intimate table for two at The Weekapaug Restaurant is complete with a small arrangment of boxwoods and holiday berries. 2. Garlands and wooden pears are a welcome touch at the front desk. 3. Colorful floral arrangements appear throughout the inn.

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SANTA BEHIND THE SCENES One of the most exciting holiday offerings is visiting Santa’s guest room at the Ocean House. During December, families can reserve a 15-minute time slot to visit Santa in his private quarters. “We design Santa’s guest room as if he’s on a working vacation and getting his schedule ready so kids can see Christmas in

progress,” explains DiStefano. Mr. Claus’ room is decorated with Santa-themed pillows and blankets, a closet full of Santa suits, a workstation with maps, milk and cookies, and jars of carrots and oats for the reindeer. Now on its third year, this experience has become a treasured tradition. Book a time slot through oceanhouseevents.com.

COTTAGE INDUSTRY Guests can stay in an off-site home to accommodate large groups and families for the holidays. From top: Wickiup is walkable to the Ocean House beach; Echo Lodge is near Watch Hill village.

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osting a large group, or need a little more space for your family to gather during the holidays? OHM offers a selection of private off-site homes beautifully curated to accommodate up to 10 people and personalize your holiday experience. Each cottage has all the amenities of a five-star resort, and guests are eligible to attend Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn special events,

HOME AWAY FROM HOME At Santa’s Guest Room, visitors can catch a glimpse of Kris Kringle’s closet and slippers as well as his maps of the world. Kids can deliver letters for Santa in the mailbox outside his door.

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the resorts’ dining outlets and weekly resort activities, including culinary and wine classes as well as the annual Christmas tree lighting and Christmas Market on Saturday, November 30. Each cottage comes with a concierge to arrange custom experiences, whether you want to set up a Christmas tree or have Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner delivered right to your door. Call 401.584.7000 to reserve.

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Learning Experience Fall and winter programs at the Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn aim to inspire and rejuvenate everything from the skin to the soul

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utumn brings refreshing temperatures and a change of pace to the Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn, where culinary, wine, spa, art and outdoor offerings adapt to the calendar along with nature. “Late September and October are my two favorite times of the year,” says Mark Bullinger, resident Naturalist and Director of Recreation at Weekapaug Inn. “It’s absolutely beautiful here: sunny days with low humidity, the water is still warm so you can swim, temperatures might be in the low 60s and 70s, and the crowds are thinner. It’s just a great time of year.” Weekapaug Inn and Ocean House offer boat tours through October, with the occasional whale sighting off the coastline. Seals start to arrive in mid-October and stay through April, while birdwatchers can spot ducks and loons. “The thing I love about wintertime is that even when we do get pasted with a big snowstorm, the lower part of the beach is free of snow,” Bullinger says. “We can have guests skiing across the top of the beach, while others

are walking along the lower part of the beach, and they can talk to each other as they go. The sun is bouncing off the water, you’re taking layers off as you get going, and you’re having a great time.” Timothy Meyers, Director of Culinary Education and Food Forager, updates all the menus with seasonal ingredients as the weather changes, and he’s launched a series of 11 private classes that range from making sourdough pizza to tasting olive oils. His favorite is the modern crudo class, which instructs how to serve raw fish that’s not sushi. “You use hyper-seasonal ingredients and innovative plating designs,” he says. “They’re tartares and carpaccios, but with fish.” Another class he tailors for the changing seasons is his “Date Night Crash Course,” for preparing a meal that will impress any special dining companion. “I find that risotto is easy to cook, it’s romantic, and it doesn’t take all day in the kitchen,” he says. “The food is very seasonal, just like the food at the Ocean House—for

Opposite page, top: Learn how to serve raw fish in the crudo class; Our resident Naturalist leads expeditions on or off the beaten path. Opposite page, bottom: Boat tours are offered through October; Guests make their own wine blend during Wine Camp Weekend.

summer, I’d do a clam risotto, then maybe a corn risotto, and in the winter, maybe a celery and truffle risotto—but it’s all about how to make the broth and how to really cook the rice.” Pairing food with fine wine is on the agenda for fall and winter as well, according to Jonathan Feiler, Group Wine Director and Director of Wine Education. He arranges events with guests who can impart wisdom not only about the wines, but also about wine and food culture. “We’re focusing on women winemakers and women principals at wineries,” Feiler says. “On September 5, we had a wine dinner with Barbara Lynch, one of the most amazing female chefs of our generation in the region. She’s the chef and owner of Menton in Boston, as well as No. 9 Park and Sportello. We connected her with a winery called La Sirena, owned by Heidi Barrett, who used to co-own and make wine at Screaming Eagle—one of the top California cabernets.” Excited about the visiting luminaries, Feiler

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—MARK BULLINGER Naturalist and Director of Recreation, Weekapaug Inn

“We've launched 11 new classes that range from making sourdough pizza to tasting olive oils. My favorite is the modern crudo class.” — TIMOTHY MEYERS Director of Culinary Education and Food Forager, Ocean House

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90-minute treatment that includes exfoliation, a mineral-rich body wrap, and ginger oil to soothe aching muscles, followed by a massage with amber-infused oils to ease tension. “Starting in the fall, we always do our Wellness Wednesdays,” she says. “That includes a 60-minute restoration massage— with magnesium and arnica to massage target areas—and a 60-minute facial. We also have a workout workshop that day, and it can be anything from a core class to a demo to stretches. It really depends on the participants.” And for those whose minds are relaxed and open, Lisa Szaro, Resident Curator and Director of Art Education, has organized a series of Artisan in Residence programs from September through April. These artists offer workshops on Saturdays, teaching everything from harp building to wood carving to bookmaking. “Beginning in September, we have a jewelry artisan,” Szaro says. “She will be crafting sterling silver with gemstones to create pendants and earrings for our groups—it’s limited seating, only seven people. They learn how to create their own piece of jewelry. They participate with a hammer and an anvil.” During October, Szaro will change out the artwork in the lobby of the Ocean House, bringing in a mixture of marine and contemporary art from the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut. She’s also helping introduce an art audio tour, similar to the self-guided versions patrons can take at museums or botanical gardens. “You can give yourself a tour with over 250 pieces of original art from more than 20 different artists,” Szaro says. “We had Mrs. Royce, an owner of the Ocean House, record her own take on her art collection, why she and her husband chose each piece and invested in this collection. This is their private collection, and the recording really gives it a special touch.”

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“The thing I love about wintertime is that even when we do get pasted with a big snowstorm...we can have guests skiing across the top of the beach, while others are walking along the lower part of the beach.”

explains how it’s a family affair for the Napa Valley winemakers. “Heidi Barrett’s daughter, Remi, joined us. They’re kind of Napa Valley royalty, if you will. And Heidi is married to Bo Barrett, the owner of Chateau Montelena Winery. Chris Pine played him in the movie Bottle Shock. It was an epic evening.” Feiler organizes tastings that highlight wines in tune with the changing seasons, including a class about New York wines during harvest time in October. In November, he leads Wine Camp Weekend for about eight guests that runs Friday through Sunday. “We do a wine tasting on the property with some cheese and charcuterie, and then dinner is on their own,” he says. “Starting Saturday, they have breakfast and then we take them to a winery in Stonington, Connecticut, called Jonathan Edwards. We do a tour and then go into the vineyard and taste the various wines. The owner comes out and digs a big hole in the ground, so we can look at the soil component and how far down you go before the roots stop and spread. He talks about vineyard management and how the vine grows. Then we go back into the winery and talk about how wine is made on another amazing tour.” The Ocean House chef sends lunch for everyone to eat at the vineyard, and the group makes wine together. “Everybody gets to make their own,” Feiler says. “Once you have your blend, the winery will produce 13 bottles for the group. Twelve of them get labeled, and the 13th one, we number. At dinner that night at the Ocean House, we do a blind tasting with a group, and everybody gets to vote on what their favorite wine is. You get the bragging rights. That is one of my favorite days of the year.” Renee Gwaltney, Group Spa Director at the OH! Spa at Ocean House, enjoys helping guests achieve a feeling of wellness. The new offering at the spa is Harvest Dreams, a


Above left: Artist Ludwig Bemelmans' work is on display in the Ocean House lobby. Above right: Birdwatchers can spot ducks and loons at the resort. Below left: Wellness Wednesdays at The OH! Spa feature a facial, massage and special workout. Below right: Wine classes and tastings are in tune with the changing seasons.

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Boston Luxe Inn at Hastings Park joins OHM Collection

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adical things are known to happen in leafy Lexington, Massachusetts. The first shots fired in the American Revolution rang out on famous Lexington Battle Green, changing the world forever. Fast-forward 240 years, and a family-run hotel staged a more upscale uprising with its own rendition of “revolutionary hospitality.” That’s the story of hotel owner Trisha Pérez Kennealy and her beguiling Inn at Hastings Park, the first and only Relais & Châteaux hotel in greater Boston. In early 2019 the Inn joined the Ocean House Management (OHM) Collection in a masterstroke that still has the industry buzzing. This partnership allows Ms. Pérez Kennealy to fully realize her vision of the Inn, while pursuing passions for guest experience and exceptionally good food. “The combination of the Inn at Hastings Park and the OHM Collection is a dynamic association, and we are delighted to work with this extraordinary hotel," says Daniel Hostettler, President and Group Managing Director of Ocean House Management.

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"Our objective is to honor the history and style of the property, while delivering the highest level of service for guests seeking personalized experiences and great luxury."

Revolutionary Hospitality

Today, Lexington Battle Green is placid greenspace in tony exurbia. About 400 yards away sits Inn at Hastings Park, in a handsome New England setting. That proximity isn’t lost on the owners, who visualized it long before the award-winning creation became real. “Lexington played such a vibrant part in American history, and we’ve always loved the town,” says Pérez Kennealy. “I thought it only fitting for there to be a luxury inn here.” She submitted the winning proposal to renovate three historic structures built in the 1880s and bordered by a protected wetland. Zoning squabbles sent her back to the drawing board, but it was meant to be. Inn at Hastings Park took form, and what a form: it’s a vast Victorian compound with 22 gorgeous guest rooms and suites, all


Opposite page: Historic with a twist, the restaurant serves up farm-fresh New England fare. Above: The Inn's Main House is a restored Victorian home from the 1880s. Left: A luxurious living room suite in the Main House

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decorated in whimsical takes on Revolutionary War-era themes and chic Americana. Restored woodwork gleams throughout; tile fireplaces and ingenious design make it cozy; and a sun-kissed wraparound porch radiates New England charm. The OHM alliance has brought new perspectives, from inspired minibar curations that celebrate the region to a rethinking of common areas and dining. In this property where frequent guests don’t want things changed at all, even purists will be pleased by the new developments.

“Our objective is to honor the history and style of the property, while delivering the highest level of service for guests seeking personalized experiences and great luxury.”

New England Cornucopia

Upon opening in 2014, the Inn’s restaurant, Artistry on the Green, garnered rave reviews from guests and the food press for its seasonal menus and flawless ambience. It has been so successful, in fact, that Inn at Hastings Park is doubling down on dining. The generous dining room space formerly occupied by Artistry is a new bistro concept called Town Meeting. “I’ve always loved the idea that an inn is a place where people come together,” says Pérez Kennealy. “Town Meeting caters to that sense of community in dining.” Saturday afternoon tea and Sunday brunch in the space has become a favorite among guests and Bostonians alike. Now located in the Inn’s beautiful Living Room space, the reimagined Artistry on the Green offers a gourmet tasting menu. Greater Boston is asserting itself as a dining destination again, and Pérez Kennealy and OHM are clearly a big part of that. “People are looking for food experiences,” says Pérez Kennealy, “whether it be casual, everyday dining or higher forms of gastronomy.” Inn at Hastings Park participates in the regional food conversation in other impressive ways. Pérez Kennealy chairs the board of advisors for the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She also celebrates local cuisine, spotlighting the bounty of nearby farms at frequently sold-out Farm + Vine dinners at the Inn. Recent dinners featured Lexington’s own Wilson Farm as well as Codman Community Farms in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

—DANIEL HOSTETTLER President and Group Managing Director of Ocean House Management

Top row, left to right: Style galore at the modern bar area; The Isaac Mulliken House is one of three renovated structures; An inviting spot in the Isaac Mulliken House Bottom row, left to right: Cuisine follows a farm-to-table philosophy; Each of the 22 guest rooms and suites has a unique décor; Town Meeting Bistro offers a seasonal, local menu

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Blazing Autumn & Winter Wonders

Above: Barn Suite guests have a semi-private entrance. Below: The suite's bathroom boasts a soaking tub and rain shower.

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It doesn’t get any better than fall foliage season in Massachusetts. Inn at Hastings Park is ideally located for leaf-peeping in places like Walden Pond State Reservation in neighboring Concord, MA. The Inn gets into the spirit of Halloween in a big way, then decks its halls spectacularly for the year-end holidays. There’s a robust calendar of events for the fall and winter, including champagne dinners as well as high teas with special themes, like a Sleepy Hollow Children’s Halloween Tea at the end of October. Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinners at the Inn are also beloved new traditions, where history and modernity coexist. It’s an exciting time for Inn at Hastings Park, and not just because of the new dining options. “Partnering with OHM Collection has given my team access to wonderful training and talent,” Perez Kennealy says, singing the praises of her new GM, Christine Smith, who has been a rising star at Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn for several years. “Christine understands the level of service we’re trying to achieve, and she has a warmth that resonates with guests.” Making Smith her first-in-command is also consistent with OHM’s motivation to support women in hospitality, as Ms. Smith’s appointment places a female general manager at each of its properties. “Christine brings a wealth of luxury hospitality experience combined with a sensibility that is perfect for this property and the community,” says Hostettler, “and through her appointment and with the refinements the team is bringing to the hotel, the Inn at Hastings Park will expand its reputation as a luxurious experience in a quintessential New England setting, unlike anything else in the Boston area.”


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WINE & CULINARY ARTS

For the budding wine expert and the food aficionado alike, Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn offer foodie and wine events. These yearround series offer an inside look at the farm-to-table philosophy with hands-on culinary opportunities, farm-fresh wine and beer dinners, and wine education seminars.

Brewmaster’s Dinner At Weekapaug Inn, you can enjoy New England’s bounty in season, plus ice cold beer pairings, during an immersive culinary experience. The series highlights a different local brewery at each event. Family-style courses are expertly paired with a delicious craft beer.

Champagne & Oysters

THE FALL & WINTER ANNUAL

Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn feature a full calendar of events, gatherings and experiences for the fall and winter, all designed to create lifelong memories for our guests

During this event, shucking instruction will be offered and oyster appetizers will be served paired with wines. The Naturalist will also be on hand to go over the natural and human history of the native oyster.

Farm & Vine Dinner Series Using fresh, seasonal ingredients from a local farm, notable chefs from across the country join forces with the Ocean House culinary team to craft exquisite three-course meals that are carefully paired with

wines from distinguished wineries around the world.

From Vine to Wine Series Twice a month, Ocean House hosts an exclusive wine event. Engage with the Director of Wine Education to discuss the chosen topic and sample a selection of wines during this Saturday seminar.

In the Cellar Series

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

There are a variety of programs offered for guests at our resorts. Classic films are screened in the Screening Room, colorful cabaret performances are put on in the Drawing Room, and love songs can be heard on the Pond where guests sit under the moonlight.

Join our Food Forager and Sommelier to explore the symphonic world of food and beverage. Find out why certain combinations complement each other so well.

Cabaret Series

In the Kitchen Culinary Education Series

Come one, come all! Find your seat in the Ocean House Screening Room and enjoy the show with freshly popped popcorn and sweet treats from Below Deck.

On select Saturdays each month, join the Ocean House Food Forager for this series. Work hands-on with members of the culinary team in the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts as you master the art of the soufflé, preserve the flavors of the season, and much more. Take home an Ocean House apron and recipes from your class.

Wine Camp Weekend With the Ocean House Director of Wine and Sommelier as your guide, take part in this hands-on seasonal experience that includes tastings, an exclusive tour of a nearby winery during harvest and an opportunity to craft your own unique blend.

Experience a musical evening filled with drama and song as a variety of talented performers take the stage.

Movie Nights

Author Series Meet local authors, who will share anecdotes about their newly published memoirs and novels. Books will be available for purchase.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

These programs encompass art education and lectures, guided tours and exhibits with a little wine sipping mixed in. On select weekends, through the Artisan in Residence Program, we invite talented local artists to showcase

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NATURALIST

Explore nature’s wonders with expert guidance from Weekapaug Inn’s resident naturalist. Comb the beach for treasures, identify native creatures in the salt pond or take in the beauty of a full moon with new friends. Whatever the season, the Inn offers a variety of programs and events to discover the natural beauty of our surroundings.

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From Vine to Wine: Tour of the Pacific Northwest Take your taste buds on a tour of Pacific Northwest’s finest wines at our Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, led by our Director of Wine Education. 11 a.m.; $65*/person

Allow our team to take care of the details for any holiday. Join us for celebrations large and small—from Thanksgiving and Christmas to New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day— and enjoy inspired cuisine, five-star service and good old-fashioned fun!

12 OCT. ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Book Making Workshop Students will create three personalized books. Lara will demonstrate how to create one folded book and two sewn books. 9 to 11:30 a.m.; $65*/person

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CELEBRATIONS & HOLIDAYS

educator Lara Henderson. Lara crafts beautiful hand-sewn books and shares her love of design with others. 5 to 6 p.m.; complimentary

Artisan in Residence: Lara Henderson Artisan Reception Meet book artist, printmaker, designer and

In the Kitchen: Brats & Beers

It’s that time of year! Celebrate the delicious combinations that bring to mind the fun of Oktoberfest with lessons in the kitchen and special beer pairings to

kick October off right! 3 p.m.; $65*/person

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ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Meet & Greet Lara Henderson

Enjoy the chance to speak with Lara about her hand-bound books, her experiences and her teaching career. Coffee, tea and baked goods will be available. 9 to 11 a.m.; complimentary

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Up Close & Personal: How Artists Make Art + Reception Take an inside look at how Lara perfected her skills in book making and learn about her other talents as a printmaker, designer and educator. 2 to 4 p.m.; complimentary

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From Vine to Wine: Wines of New York The Empire State has much to offer, including a grand selection of wines that are sure to please everyone. Join us for this expertly guided wine tasting. 11 a.m.; $65*/person

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In the Cellar: New England Cheeses & Beer, Liquor & Wine Join our Director of Culinary Education and Director of Wine Education in the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts to explore the symphonic world of food and beverages of New England. Learn about irresistible flavor combinations of spirits and seasonally composed dishes. 5 p.m.; $65*/person

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Movie Night: Dumbo

Enjoy a luxurious viewing experience in Ocean House’s Screening Room, with plush theater seating, freshly popped popcorn, gelato and bite-sized candy. 6 p.m.; $15*/person

Signature Events Our most talked-about musical and culinary affairs as well as special events are not to be missed! Enjoy gourmet cuisine, musical entertainment and a spectacular setting at year-round events you’ll remember for years to come.

3 NOV. M U S I C & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

Author Series: Robert Curley

Beer pairings are part of the Brewmaster’s Dinner.

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Come enjoy an afternoon with Bob Curley, author of 100 Things to Do in Rhode Island Before You Die. Mr. Curley is a travel writer and guidebook author whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications

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their work. Guests are invited to interact with the artists, learn about their process and engage in creative activities.


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ARTIST ADVENTURES

Up Close & Personal: How Artists Make Art + Reception Jessica Meyrowitz will share her journey into the world of oversize knitting and her venture into Mindful Knitting Workshops, a new trend in the wellness community. 2 to 4 p.m.; complimentary

15-17 NOV. The Center for Wine & Culinary Arts offers multiple programs.

nationally. 3 p.m.; complimentary

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Farm + Vine Dinner: Women & Wine Series

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Ocean House welcomes Amy Traverso, cookbook author and senior food editor of Yankee magazine. Joining her is Lindy Novak of Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and winery. Enjoy a carefully curated multi-course dinner with expert wine pairings, and a complimentary subscription to Yankee magazine. 7 p.m.; $135*/person

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Artisan in Residence: Jessica Meyrowitz Artisan Reception Meet Jessica Meyrowitz, business owner and professional knitter. Learn how she creates her custom

hand-knit throws, blankets, pillows and more using oversized wool. 5 to 6 p.m.; complimentary

9 NOV. ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Knitting Workshop Enjoy an introductory workshop and create a custom keepsake. Jessica will guide students on how to create a beautiful knitted scarf with extralarge knitting needles using oversized wool. 9 a.m. to noon; $65*/person

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Artisan in Residence: Meet & Greet Jessica Meyrowitz Enjoy a chance to speak with Jessica about her knitted pieces and learn more about her craft. Coffee, tea and baked goods will be available. 9 to 11 a.m.; complimentary

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Wine Camp Weekend

Calling all wine aficionados! Join us for an exciting, hands-on experience, with a two-night stay at Ocean House, meals, welcome reception, tour and custom wine blending at the nearby Jonathan Edwards winery, and much more. Plus take home a case of your custom blend! Pricing starts at $1,850*

Culinary Arts to explore delicious holiday appetizers and beverages. Learn about irresistible flavor combinations of spirits and festive holiday dishes. 5 p.m.; $65*/person

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Movie Night: Aladdin

Enjoy a luxurious viewing experience in Ocean House’s Screening Room, with plush theater seating, freshly popped popcorn, gelato and bite-sized candy. 6 p.m.; $15*/person

28 NOV. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I D AY S

Thanksgiving Buffet in the Ballroom Gather in the ballroom with those who mean the most to you to feast on a buffet of traditional holiday favorites and delicious treats, expertly prepared by the Ocean House culinary team. Seatings available 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; $85*/adult, $45*/child ages 4 to 12, children ages 3 and under are complimentary

16 NOV. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

In the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Dinner Overwhelmed on Turkey Day year after year? The Ocean House Food Forager will help you navigate your way to creating an elegant meal using simple techniques. 3 p.m.; $65*/person

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In the Cellar: Holiday Appetizers & Beverages

Join our Director of Culinary Education and Director of Wine Education in the Center for Wine &

At Wine Camp Weekend, you make your own custom blend.

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Thanksgiving Day in COAST

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Dinner with Santa

Traditional Thanksgiving flavors are artistically reimagined for this five-star, multi-course culinary experience handcrafted by the COAST culinary team. Seatings available 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; $125*/person, optional wine pairing available for $95*/person

Following Ocean House’s Annual Tree Lighting, join Santa in the ballroom for a buffet dinner filled with seasonal favorites and treats. 6 p.m.; $65*/adult, $35*/children ages 4 to 12, children age 3 and under are complimentary

29 NOV.

1 DEC.

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“Be Our Guest” for Ocean House’s signature high tea, with whimsical charm and favorite characters from the beloved Disney film. Mini sandwiches and petit fours are sure to delight the young and young at heart. 3 p.m.; $55*/adult, $35*/child ages 4 to 12, children ages 3 and under are complimentary

Santa joins us for Sunday Brunch, which includes a delicious buffet, a la carte items, live music and unlimited sparkling wine and mimosas, all while visiting with the big man himself between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Seating available 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $79*/adult, $30*/child ages 6 to 12, children age 5 and under are complimentary

Children’s Tea with Beauty and the Beast

30 NOV. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Village The lighting of the Ocean House Christmas tree is an annual tradition that marks the beginning of the holiday season in Watch Hill. Join the carolers as they perform holiday classics, and watch Santa make his big entrance! Enjoy treats from Off the Menu food truck and stroll through the Christmas Village for gift ideas. We ask that guests bring a new toy for our toy drive. 4 p.m. Christmas Village opens;

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House for some rest and relaxation. Children and their families are invited for special one-on-one meet & greets in his guestroom. Spots available between 5 and 8 p.m.; $40*/child for a 10-minute visit

8 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Brunch with Santa

Santa joins us for Sunday Brunch, which includes a delicious buffet, a la carte items, live music and unlimited sparkling wine and mimosas, all while visiting with the big man himself between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Seating available 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $79*/ adult, $30*/child ages 6 to 12, children age 5 and under are complimentary

From Vine to Wine: Bubbly Wines No special occasion needed to enjoy sparkling wine! Pop open a bottle with us and learn the process of making bubbly with our Director of Wine Education. 11 a.m.; $65*/person

7 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

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leading up to Christmas, Santa checks into Ocean House for some rest and relaxation. Children and their families are invited for special one-on-one meet & greets in his guestroom. Spots available between 5 and 8 p.m.; $40*/child for a 10-minute visit

8 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Children’s Christmas Tea Enjoy a proper tea in the ballroom with some very special guests: penguins from Mystic Aquarium! 3 p.m.; $65*/adult, $40*/child 4 to 12, children ages 3 and under are complimentary

8 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Santa Checks Into Ocean House In the midst of all the magic

13 DEC. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Gingerbread House Workshop

Master the art of creating a gingerbread house with the Ocean House pastry chef and others from the culinary team. 5:30 p.m.; $65*/adult, $40*/child age 4 to 11

8 DEC.

14 DEC.

M U S I C & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

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Movie Night: The Nutcracker & The Four Realms

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Brunch with Santa is an annual holiday highlight.

Enjoy a luxurious viewing experience in Ocean House’s Screening Room, with plush theater seating, freshly popped popcorn, gelato and bite-sized candy. 6 p.m.; $15*/person

12 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Gingerbread Village Competition Local high school culinary students compete to craft the best gingerbread creations. Explore the delightful gingerbread village they create. 6 p.m.; complimentary

Please note: Prices do not include tax, gratuity or any service charges.

Children’s Christmas Party Enjoy an afternoon of holiday activities, crafts, stories, light refreshments and pictures with Santa! We ask that children bring an unwrapped toy for our toy drive. 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.; $25*/adult

14 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Santa Checks Into Ocean House In the midst of all the magic leading up to Christmas, Santa checks into Ocean House for some rest and relaxation. Children and their families are invited for special one-on-one meet

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15 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Brunch with Santa

Santa joins us for Sunday Brunch, which includes a delicious buffet, a la carte items, live music and unlimited sparkling wine and mimosas, all while visiting with the big man himself between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Seating available 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $79*/adult, $30*/child ages 6 to 12, children age 5 and under are complimentary

15 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Children’s Christmas Tea Enjoy an afternoon of holiday-inspired cheer with family and friends over a proper tea in the ballroom, featuring Anna and Elsa from Frozen. 3 p.m.; $55*/ adult, $35*/child 4 to 12, children 3 and under are complimentary

16 DEC.

18 DEC.

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WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Ornament Making Workshop Join us for a new addition to our Twelve Days of Christmas programming, with a special ornament making class. Enjoy crafting ornaments to give as gifts or for your own Christmas tree. 6 p.m.; $25*/person

17 DEC. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Cocktails & Canapés

Impress your guests after learning how to make the best holiday appetizers and cocktails, with guidance from Ocean House’s culinary experts. 5 p.m.; $45*/person

Cookie & Cupcake Decorating Class

20 DEC.

21 DEC.

C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

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Christmas in Song

There’s nothing as sweet as a Christmas treat. Ocean House invites you to learn from our pastry chef on how to make cookies and treats extra irresistible with a selection of icings, candies and toppings. 3:30 p.m.; $45*/adult, $30*/child ages 4 to 11

Carolers, storytelling, Christmas bells and festive cheer fill the Watch Hill Chapel during this beloved community event. And don’t miss the cookies, cocoa and fireworks! We ask that guests bring an unwrapped toy for our toy drive. 5 p.m.; complimentary

19 DEC.

20 DEC.

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A Very Veuve Christmas: Veuve Clicquot Champagne Flight Tasting Take a festive tour through the bubbly world of Veuve Clicquot Champagne in our Center for Wine & Culinary Arts. 5:30 p.m.; $50*/person

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Christmas Cabaret Dinner Join us in celebrating the holidays with an intimate seasonally inspired performance by Scott Dreier, accompanied by pianist Andy Langham. 6:30 p.m.; $65*/ adult, $35*/child 4 to 12

Christmas bells capture the joyous spirit of the season.

Under the expert guidance of our Director of Culinary Education, learn how to prepare a traditional ItalianAmerican Feast of Fishes holiday dinner. 5 p.m.; $75*/ person

21 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Santa Checks Into Ocean House In the midst of all the magic leading up to Christmas, Santa checks into Ocean House for some rest and relaxation. Children and their families are invited for special one-on-one meet & greets in his guestroom. Spots available between 5 and 8 p.m.; $40*/child for a 10-minute visit

21 DEC. M U S I C & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

Christmas Cabaret Concert Enjoy a complimentary cocktail and holiday dessert display while celebrating the holidays with seasonal tunes performed by Scott Dreier and pianist Andy Langham. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., performance begins at 8 p.m.; $30*/adult, $15*/child

15 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Santa Checks Into the Ocean House In the midst of all the magic leading up to Christmas, Santa checks into Ocean House for some rest and relaxation. Children and their families are invited for special one-on-one meet & greets in his guestroom. Spots available between 5 and 8 p.m.; $40*/child for a 10-minute visit

Feast of Fishes: Workshop

22 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Brunch with Santa

Santa joins us for Sunday Brunch, which includes a delicious buffet, a la carte items, live music and unlimited sparkling wine and mimosas, all while visiting with the big man

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ARTIST ADVENTURES

Cork & Canvas

Join our Director of Art Education for an afternoon of artistic expression, with paints, brushes and canvas provided to guests for the creation of their own beautiful painting. Wine and cheese enhance this relaxing special event. 3 p.m.; $35*/ person

guidance from our master culinary team. 5 p.m.; $35*/person

24 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Christmas Eve “Feast of Fishes” Dinner at COAST The holiday magic always peaks on Christmas Eve. Enjoy a spectacular fourcourse dinner, inspired by the Feast of the Fishes tradition, with optional wine pairing. Seatings available 5:30 to 8 p.m.; $125*/person, optional wine pairing available for $95*/person

25 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Christmas Day Brunch in Bistro

22 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Santa Checks Into the Ocean House In the midst of all the magic leading up to Christmas, Santa checks into Ocean House for some rest and relaxation. Children and their families are invited for special one-on-one meet & greets in his guestroom. Spots available between 5 and 8 p.m.; $40*/child for a 10-minute visit

23 DEC. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Yule Log Workshop Master the art of frosting and decorating a Yule log with

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The day we’ve all been waiting for is here! Celebrate with Christmas brunch in the Bistro with delicious food, live music and unlimited festive drinks—a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Seatings available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $68*/adult, $25*/child ages 4 to 12, children 3 and under are complimentary

31 DEC.

11 JAN.

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New Year’s Eve Gala Celebrate the end of 2019 and the arrival of 2020 with our Havana nightsthemed celebration, with live entertainment, sumptuous food stations, cocktails and a midnight toast. We ask that this event be enjoyed by guests 21 and older. 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $165*/person

1 JAN. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

New Year’s Day Brunch in Bistro Let 2019 be filled with joy and good fortune! Welcome the new year with a delicious brunch. Seatings available 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $68*/ adult, $25*/child ages 4 to 12, children 3 and under are complimentary

ARTIST ADVENTURES

From Vine to Wine: Sparkling Wines of the World

Artisan in Residence: Ceramic Bowl Workshop

There are as many varieties of sparkling wine as there are bubbles in a bottle! Pop open a bottle with us and learn about some of our favorites with our Director of Wine Education. 11 a.m.; $65*/person

Enjoy an interactive workshop where students will create a beautiful ceramic piece, using simple building techniques. 9 to 11 a.m.; $85/person

17 JAN.

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ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Jillian Barber Artisan Reception Meet Jillian Barber and discover why mythical portraits and imaginary creatures are enduring themes in her ceramic masks, sculptures and jardinières. 5 to 6 p.m.; complimentary

Guests ring in the New Year with a midnight toast.

25 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Christmas Day at COAST An exquisite four-course dinner at COAST caps off this special day of celebration. Seatings available 6 to 9 p.m.; $125*/person, optional wine pairing available for $95*/person

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18 JAN. In the Cellar: Hearty Red Wines from Around the World and One-Pot Stews Cozy up in our Center for Wine & Culinary Arts to explore a variety of warming red wines and deliciously hearty fare with our food and beverage team. 11 a.m.; $65*/person

19 JAN.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Meet & Greet Jillian Barber Enjoy a chance to speak with Jillian, learn more about how she started making ceramic sculptures and enjoy a gallery of her pieces. Coffee, tea and baked goods will be available. 9 to 11 a.m.; complimentary

19 JAN.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

Up Close & Personal: How Artists Make Art + Reception Jillian Barber will talk about her life-long fascination with mask making and share stories behind the many masks she’s made, including several self portraits. 2 to 4 p.m.; complimentary

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himself between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Seating available 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $79*/adult, $30*/child ages 6 to 12, children age 5 and under are complimentary


FALL & WINTER ANNUAL perfect for the most romantic day of the year. Harpist Faith Leitner provides the evening’s melodies. We ask that this event be enjoyed by guests 8 and older. Seatings available 5:30 to 9 p.m.; $125*/person, optional wine pairing available for $95*/ person

15 FEB.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Floral Design Workshop

22 FEB. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

In the Kitchen: Cooking with Cheese: More Than a Cheese Plate Learn how to up your cheese plate game by creating (and tasting!) a spread your friends and family will find the highlight of the party. 3 p.m.; $65

Adult students will learn how to build impressive floral designs, creating an eye-catching display in celebration of Valentine’s Day weekend or for any occasion. 9 to 11 a.m.; $85/ person

15 FEB.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

For a romantic touch, COAST will have a harpist play during Valentine’s Day dinner.

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25 JAN. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

In the Kitchen: Super Bowl Spread

Get ready for the big game with lessons on making crowd-pleasing dishes perfect for serving at your own Super Bowl party! 3 p.m.; $65*/person

1 FEB. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

In the Kitchen: Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Who doesn’t love exploring all the ways to enjoy

chocolate? Work with our culinary experts to create sweet treats to take home. 3 p.m.; $65/person

8 FEB. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

From Vine to Wine: Food & Wine Pairing 101 It’s great fun discovering what wines really bring certain flavors to life. Spend time with our Director of Wine Education and learn the basics of pairing food and wine. 3 p.m.; $65*/person

14 FEB.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Amy Potter Artisan Reception

Meet floral designer and business owner, Amy Potter, and discover how floral arrangements have become her lifelong passion. 5 to 6 p.m.; complimentary

14 FEB. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Valentine’s Day in COAST Let COAST set the mood with a tempting menu

Artisan in Residence: Meet & Greet Amy Potter

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Enjoy a change to speak with Amy about how her creativity became the heart of her business. Enjoy a gallery show of her colorful floral designs. Coffee, tea and baked goods will be available. 9 to 11 a.m.; complimentary

15 FEB.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

Up Close & Personal: How Artists Make Art + Reception

Nothing says “Fat Tuesday” like great food and great drink. Taste some delicious Mardi Gras dishes and cocktails with our Director of Culinary Education and Director of Wine Education. 3 p.m.; $65*/ person

7 MAR. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Take an inside look at how Amy creates her spirited designs for every occasion from weddings to birthdays, and learn about her business which celebrates love and helps keep people connected. 2 to 4 p.m.; complimentary

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In the Kitchen: Brunch Crafting 101 What are some dishes to make a truly show-stopping brunch for your family and friends? Find out from our Director of Culinary Education in our Center for Wine & Culinary Arts. 3 p.m.; $65/person

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some of his pieces. Coffee, tea and baked goods will be available. 9 to 11 a.m.; complimentary

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From Vine to Wine: Sangiovese 101 Learn all about this red Italian wine grape variety through a special tasting with our Director of Wine Education. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $65*/person

23 MAR.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

Dr. Waring shares his journey of becoming a harp builder. Learn more about his love of music and musical instrument manufacturing, his teaching roles and experience as Connecticut State Troubadour. 2 to 4 p.m.; complimentary

20-23 MAR. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Wine Camp Weekend

Calling all wine aficionados! Join us for an exciting, hands-on experience, with a two-night stay at Ocean House, meals, welcome reception, tour and custom wine blending at the nearby Jonathan Edwards winery, and much more. Plus take home a case of your custom blend! Pricing starts at $1,850*

28 MAR. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

In the Cellar: French Classics

Get transported to France, if only for a day. Join our Director of Culinary Education and Director of Wine Education for a special tour through favorite foods and drink! 3 p.m.; $65*person

21 MAR.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Dennis Waring Artisan Reception Meet Dr. Dennis Waring, founder of Waring Music, ethnomusicologist, educator, author, instrument maker, collector and performer. 5 to 6 p.m.; complimentary

Learn about French wines during an In the Cellar class.

21 MAR. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

In the Kitchen: Pickles, Preserves, Jams & Jellies

Taste your way through some delightful foods and learn simple processes for making pickles and delicious jarred goods at home. 3 p.m.; $65*/person

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22 MAR.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Harp Building Workshop Learn to build your own 19 string folk harp! Spend the day creating a special wooden harp keepsake, made from Vermont maple hardwood and other materials. 9 to 11:30 a.m. to

assemble and glue; 1 to 4 p.m. to string and tune; $245*/person

23 MAR.

ARTIST ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Meet & Greet Dennis Waring Enjoy a chance to speak with Dr. Waring, learn more about his craft, and interact with

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19 OCT. N AT U R A L I S T

Rhode Island Off the Beaten Track Explore the mills, dramatic rock formations, lighthouses, lovely communities and beautiful beaches of the southern shoreline during a four-hour tour with the Weekapaug Inn Naturalist. Lunch provided. 2 to 6 p.m.;

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Up Close & Personal: How Artists Make Art + Reception


FALL & WINTER ANNUAL $60*/guest, $75*/non-hotel guest

24 OCT. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Brewmaster’s Dinner

Join us for a casual, threecourse, family-style meal, where each course is expertly paired with the brewer’s choice of beer. This month, we are featuring select beers from Berkshire Brewing Company. 6:30 p.m.; $49*/adult 21+ years

off the back lawn for seals on the rocks. 1 to 5 p.m.; $15* guest, $25* non-hotel guest

child age 4-12, children ages 3 and under are complimentary

11 NOV.

29 NOV.

N AT U R A L I S T

Transit of Mercury Event You don’t have to be an astronomer to enjoy the beauty of our solar system! A transit of Mercury across the Sun takes place when the planet Mercury passes directly between the Sun and a superior planet. Experience this celestial event with us here at the Inn. 10 a.m.; complimentary

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Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

Cozy up indoors and join us in creating a beautiful centerpiece to adorn your holiday table. This two-hour, hands-on workshop includes all materials necessary to craft a work of art. 10 a.m.; $65*/person

7 DEC.

15 DEC.

N AT U R A L I S T

C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Birding Trip to Sachuest Point

Brunch with Santa

Mark the Naturalist leads a van outing to the renowned U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge where participants can experience an up-close view of ducks and a bevy of other waterfowl and seals. Includes a box lunch. For ages 16 and older. 1 to 5:30 p.m.; $40*/hotel guest, $60*/non-hotel guest

Spend a Sunday at the Inn, filled with holiday cheer! Join us with friends and family to enjoy a delicious brunch, with Santa on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seatings available 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $62*/ adult, $25*/child, children 3 and under are complimentary

16 NOV. N AT U R A L I S T

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Trustom Pond Birding Walk

26 OCT. WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Champagne & Oysters

Enjoy oyster appetizers alongside hand-picked sparkling wine pairings, and discuss why certain wines pair well with these delectable mollusks. Our Naturalist will also be on hand to discuss the natural and human history of the native oyster. 5:30 p.m.; $60*/person

1-2 NOV. N AT U R A L I S T

Seal Days

As the days shorten and the temperatures drop, harbor seals return to the lagoon for winter. Ride aboard the Inn’s skiff as you scout the waters

Follow along as the Weekapaug Inn Naturalist leads you through Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge and helps identify some of the feathered creatures that call Rhode Island home. 10 a.m.; $20*/ person

28 NOV. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Thanksgiving Day Family-Style Dinner at the Restaurant A family-style, three-course dinner is a wonderful way to celebrate a holiday meant to be share with loved ones. Take pleasure in a meal created by the Weekapaug Inn culinary team and indulge in a mix of traditional favorites and creative interpretations of classics. Seating available 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; $74*/adult, optional wine pairing $50*/person, $37*/

The Restaurant considers every meal a celebration.

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Christmas Dinner at The Restaurant The countdown is over. Christmas is finally here! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a multicourse meal. Seatings available 4:30 to 8 p.m.; $75*/adult, optional wine pairing available for $50*/person, $35*/child ages 4-12, children 3 and under are complimentary

a.m. entertainment; $125*/person

1 JAN. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

New Year’s Day Brunch at The Restaurant This is the perfect occasion to toast to health and happiness with loved ones and good friends. A tasty brunch is expertly crafted by our award-winning culinary team. Seatings available 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $62*/adult, $25*/child, children 3 and under are complimentary

21 JAN. N AT U R A L I S T

Supermoon Total Eclipse Viewing Party Experience the magic of the night sky with us at Weekapaug Inn. Settle in with a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy the view from the beautiful Weekapaug Inn. 6:15 p.m.; complimentary

14 FEB. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Restaurant

31 DEC. For Valentine’s Day, The Restaurant will serve a four-course tasting menu.

22 DEC. C E L E B R AT I O N S & H O L I DAY S

Brunch with Santa

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Feast of the Fishes Christmas Eve Dinner A tradition of ItalianAmerican families, the

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New Year’s Eve Celebration Come together to bid 2019 farewell and welcome 2020 at the Inn. Enjoy a five-course tasting menu in The Restaurant, followed by dancing and music in the SeaRoom to celebrate! Includes a champagne toast at midnight. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 to 8:30 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30

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Steal away with your sweetheart to Weekapaug Inn and delight in the most romantic day of the year and a spectacular four-course tasting menu. Seatings available 5:30 to 9 p.m.; $65*/person, optional $50*/person wine pairing

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Feast of the Fishes is now a treasured Weekapaug Inn custom. Enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal featuring the area’s freshest seafood and produce served familystyle. Seatings available 5 to 8 p.m.; $68*/adult, optional wine pairing available for $50*/person, $34*/child ages 4-12, children 3 and under are complimentary


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