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Spring/ Summer 2020

MARKING A MILESTONE

Interview with the Royces: Ocean House Turns 10

c e l e b r at i n g

TEN YEARS of excellence

WALKING TOURS

Discover Local Sights & Nature Trails

FINE DINING

Inn at Hastings Park Opens Artistry on the Green

NEW RESORT

The Preserve Joins OHM Collection


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SPRING/SUMMER 2020

CONTENTS 16 Welcome Letter 18 Social Network

Look back on a decade of fun at Ocean House, plus check out our signature events from the past season.

27 Insider

The people who make your resort experience special share their own memorable vacations and travel tips. by Elizabeth Hole

33 Journeys

When planning unique getaways, our staff members like to stay at luxurious Relais & Châteaux properties. Here are three to explore. b y Ki m Ka v i n

39 Traveler

Eat, shop and experience all that Watch Hill and neighboring towns have to offer. There’s a little something for everybody. by Joey Macari

53 Walking Shoes

72 Magical Moments

56 Marking a Milestone

76 Family Fun

See the local sights and sounds by foot. by Owen McDonald

A decade since its renaissance, the Ocean House owners reflect on the resort's past and look to the future. by Judy Ostrow

62 Watch Hill at War

Discover local history from a storytelling sailor. by Captain Jack Spratt

66 Dining Al Fresco

Savor the view with two culinary experiences that come with a breeze. by Elizabeth Keyser

70 Bon Appétit

Artistry on the Green brings fine dining to Inn at Hastings Park. by E l i z a b e t h Ke y s e r

Two distinct weddings reflect coastal elegance. by Jamie Marshall

Weekapaug Inn has become a tradition for return visitors. b y Ki m Ka v i n

80 The Great Outdoors OHM Collection welcomes The Preserve Club and Residences at Boulder Hills for the sporting life experience. by Owen McDonald

84 The Spring & Summer Annual

Mark your calendar with our events and experiences.

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Ocean House cover photography by CHIP RIEGEL Weekapaug Inn cover photography by ELIZABETH LADUCA

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WELCOME

Daniel Hostettler and wife Katie, joined by children Anna-Katrina and William, holding a gift recognizing his 10 years of leadership at Ocean House.

10 Years, 20 Stars and New Adventures

Dear Friends, We made it through winter and couldn’t be more elated to begin a new spring and summer season across our properties. The usual anticipation of a sun-soaked summer on the Rhode Island coast is heightened by team pride, upcoming milestones and the exciting expansion of our beloved collection of hotels. This year we’re proud to announce that Weekapaug Inn has achieved Five-Star status from Forbes Travel Guide, which, when paired with Ocean House—with its Five-Star hotel, Five-Star OH! Spa and Five-Star COAST fine dining restaurant—brings the “star count” for the OHM Collection to 20 in 2020! We thank Forbes for the honors and especially thank our teams for their endless hard work and dedication. This June, Ocean House will celebrate 10 years since reconstruction and reopening as a world-class destination. In this issue you can read special reflections on the past decade from those who lived it, and revisit the exciting guest experiences and developments that marked the years since 2010. The year 2020 is also a time of growth, with the addition of The Preserve to our portfolio of properties, each offering something unparalleled. In the case of The Preserve, the sporting life is close at hand in Richmond, Rhode Island, where 3,500 acres of experiential outdoor adventures await guests and offer a variety of accommodations and activities—golf, fishing, tennis, zip line, sporting clays, snowmobiling and much more—with exceptional dining to open soon. Get a special look at The Preserve in this edition, as well as the most unique experiences and stories from our hotels and guests—from a chronicle of the families who return year after year, to magical wedding celebrations and the debut of culinary endeavors, with Artistry on the Green bringing new flavors to the greater Boston area when it launches this summer at the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Massachusetts. Please enjoy the latest issue, and I look forward to welcoming you as our guest in the season ahead. Yours in hospitality,

principals

Ocean House Hotel Partners

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

art director Garvin Burke

production director Kerri Rak

design assistant Taylor Stroili

contributing writers Kim Kavin Elizabeth Keyser Joey Macari Jamie Marshall Owen McDonald Judy Ostrow Jack Spratt

contributing photographers

Kyle Norton, Chip Riegel, Andy Ryan, Reinhard Sokol

president/publisher Jonathan W. Moffly

vice president/editorial + design Amy Vischio

vice president/treasurer Elena Moffly

account executives

Gabriella Mays & Ellyn Weitzman

Daniel A. Hostettler President & Group Managing Director, Ocean House Management Collection and President, Relais & Châteaux North America— United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean To book reservations for our properties: OCEAN HOUSE: 855-678-0364; oceanhouseri.com; 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, RI 02891 WEEKAPAUG INN: 855-679-2995, weekapauginn.com; 25 Spray Rock Road, Westerly, RI 02891 INN AT HASTINGS PARK: 781-301-6660; innathastingspark.com; 2027 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421

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THE WAY I TRAVEL

The people who make your resort experience special share their own memorable vacations and travel tips

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on my own. My mother is a close second, though.

Lauren DiStefano

Group Meetings and Special Events Manager, Ocean House Name some memorable events from your job… I am honored to have been a part of many milestones, including the Ocean House Beach Polo Classic, two Relais & Châteaux conferences and the Independence Day Beach Ball. No matter how much planning I do, I believe there is a sense of magic when it comes to the events here—it’s indescribable. Describe a favorite vacation… Key West and The Florida Keys. I lived in Florida for two years and a part of me misses it dearly. It was a mix of the people, weather, scenery, food, live music, sunsets and history that made it so rejuvenating. Type of food you crave most when traveling? Anything local and authentic. I really savored the mojitos

and conch fritters in Key West. They just don’t taste the same outside of south Florida! What’s the craziest place you’ve discovered by chance? Printer’s Alley in Nashville. I had no idea it even existed, and I happened to be staying at a hotel within a few hundred feet. I fell in love with music all over again there. Where are you headed on your next trip? I'm thinking about traveling back to California (I’d like to take my mom to San Diego), St. Kitts & Nevis or the Bahamas. I just finished a book about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and their time in the islands, which left me intrigued. Best travel companion? Myself—I really enjoy traveling

What types of souvenirs do you like to find? I tend to buy books as souvenirs. One of my most treasured possessions is a copy of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which I bought as a teenager in San Francisco at City Lights Bookstore, one of the first establishments to support the Beatniks. When I traveled to Everglades National Park, I purchased Gladesman: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers; when I ventured to the Galapagos Islands, I bought My Father’s Island. You wrote the book A Sense of Place: The History of Ocean House. What’s a notable historic tidbit? One of my favorite facts is the use of photogrammetric mapping. Prior to the hotel being demolished, pictures were taken of the interiors and from there, special, one-of-a-kind tools were commissioned to recreate the columns and molding as seen in the lobby. This technique is commonly used by archeologists at dig sites.

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Authentic mojitos are a go-to cocktail.

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Printer's Alley in Nashville was a new discovery.

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DiStefano finds Key West "rejuvenating."

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A cherished novel from a San Francisco trip

Any other books planned? This summer, A Sense of Purpose: A History of Weekapaug Inn will be out, which I am excited about. What’s the one place that tops your travel bucket list? Durban, South Africa. My mother’s family is from South Africa, specifically Durban. One day, my brother, mother and I look forward to going and experiencing a place we’ve heard so much about.

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For vacation, DiStefano packs sunscreen, earbuds, sunglasses and a baseball hat. She also brings her trusty writing journal and reading materials.

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Cummings always packs a jersey from his favorite team.

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Cummings prefers to pack lightly, but he always takes a comfortable pullover, an iPad, earbuds for music, the latest issue of Art Culinaire and a doughnut neck pillow to sleep on the plane. Plus, he never forgets his  Manchester United jersey.

Scott Cummings Executive Chef, Inn at Hastings Park

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Junior Mints are the junk food of choice.

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Trekking across New Zealand is on the bucket list.

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For the trip home, Elton John is on the travel playlist.

Have you seen Manchester United play recently? I went to London for my birthday and got to see my favorite team play! I also enjoyed some proper fish ‘n’ chips and had dinner at The Fat Duck.

What is your role as Executive Chef? Making sure consistency, flavor and plating are as close to perfect as possible on a daily basis, as well as mentoring, teaching and pushing my team to be the best.

Type of food you crave most when traveling? Fine dining and street food. Fine dining for inspiration and street food for its roots.

You have the kind of job foodies fantasize about. How did you choose your line of work? I worked in kitchens at a very young age; however, I wanted to be an artist. I loved painting and drawing. My mother told me I needed to do something I could apply that skill set to and cooking seemed to be a perfect fit. What’s your travel-related guilty pleasure? Laying out on the beach all day!   Best travel companion? My wife is the best travel companion. We go everywhere together.

Tell us about the inn’s new fine dining restaurant, Artistry on the Green. It’s comfortable and not pretentious—the kind of place guests will want to come back to time and time again. The food is mainly seafood based, and we’re focused on quality, simplicity and using fresh ingredients from nearby farms. The seasonal menu will change four times a year, while the dishes vary periodically. What are your best tips for managing jet lag? Vitamin C and plenty of water.

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Do you prefer tourist destinations or out-of-way, local haunts? I always like to visit art museums and major monuments, as I love old architecture. I am willing to slip out of the way to enjoy a view as well. What cities do you have listed in your weather and world clock apps? San Sebastian, Copenhagen, Chicago, Budapest, London and Auckland.   What’s the craziest place you’ve discovered by chance? A pre-prohibition speakeasy in Chicago. We used one of the tunnels bootleggers once had as an entrance.   Favorite Relais & Châteaux property? Meadowood Napa Valley is my favorite.   Name your must-listens for a long trip. Deftones’ "Passenger” signifies the start, Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World” to relax and Elton John on the way home to ease the pain. What do you like to do during your vacation? My wife and I prefer to be busy sightseeing and eating. I also love a day to just relax at the hotel.   Describe a favorite vacation.  We took a Christmas cruise down the Danube River and visited five countries in 12 days. It was amazing, first class all the way with choices of unique activities every day, one being a visit to an old salt mine in Salzburg. What’s the one place that tops your travel bucket list? New Zealand! I want to do the trek from one coast to the other!

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Who’s your favorite travel companion? My three-year-old son Harry. We’ve been traveling together since he was six-weeks old, so he is a good traveler now. It’s fun to see the travel experience through his eyes and how much joy he gets out of the little parts I take for granted.

Catie Mustacato

Guest Relations Manager, Weekapaug Inn

Tell us about your job… I get to spend a lot of time talking to guests and members of the Inn, and that’s really the best part of my job. It’s great to get to know people so that I can make their stay or experience with us more enjoyable. What led you to a career in the hotel industry? After graduating from college, I worked at hotels while I was figuring out my next step. I was living in New Orleans at the time and found that I really enjoyed hospitality. It was a great city to learn the industry. Left:

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Where are you headed on your next trip? New Orleans. I’m going to visit friends who still live down there, since I recently moved away. What’s your travel-related guilty pleasure? Stopping to buy snacks like M&M's for the plane ride. What food do you crave most when traveling? I love bagels for breakfast, but it can be hard to find a good bagel in every destination. Describe a favorite vacation. I took a girls’ trip with mom to Grand Cayman a few years ago. It was my first visit to the Caribbean and our first trip of this kind alone. The destination was really beautiful and we were able to relax and have a good time, while also enjoying the snorkeling and boating activities on the island.

What are Harry’s must-have travel items? Sour gummy bears. It’s an essential part of the travel experience! He also likes to bring a blanket, his T-Rex Cuddle Pal, some coloring books, crayons and a handful of toys. Since you’re in the industry, what do you look for in a hotel or resort? Like most travelers, this depends on why I am visiting. If it’s for pleasure and relaxation, then I’m looking for a more luxurious resort to enjoy the location and have everything I need. If I'm traveling for business or to visit something specific, then location and ease of getting in and out is my biggest focus. Favorite Relais & Châteaux property? Ocean House. The proximity to the beach and amazing views from the property— coupled with impeccable service—make it truly unique. Do you have any go-to travel apps or special tips? I don’t really have a favorite app, but I find the best travel deals on third-party sites like Expedia or Hotel Tonight. Then I usually go to the hotel or airline directly and book through them. What’s the one place that tops your travel bucket list? I really love the ocean and its wildlife, so my ultimate bucket list trip would be to visit Guadalupe Island. I’d like to see the massive great white sharks that live there.

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While on vacation, Mustacato craves bagels for breakfast.

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Snorkeling and boating were the highlights of a recent Caribbean vacation.

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Mustacato is planning a trip to New Orleans, where she started her career.

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M&M's are a favorite junk food when traveling.

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An iPad is a must for plane rides.

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When planning unique getaways, our staff members like to stay at luxurious Relais & Châteaux properties. Here are three to explore.

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The name Jose Cuervo is synonymous with tequila. Whether it’s Black Medallion, Especial Silver, Platino or another style, the tequila that comes from this Mexican distillery is renowned as some of the best the world has ever known. And the entire enterprise started more than 250 years ago near the presentday town of Tequila, which welcomes guests from the Hotel Solar de las Animas Resort. In 1758, Spain’s king gave José Antonio de Cuervo y Valdés the right to plant agave for producing tequila. By the 1800s, barrels were arriving in the United States, and in the 1940s, housewives from Buffalo to Burbank were sipping margaritas made with White Cuervo. The region where Tequila is made became officially designated (like Champagne or Chianti) in the 1970s, and today, Jose Cuervo remains the top tequila maker in the world. A tour of the brand’s traditional La Rojeña Factory is just one of the experiences guests can have while

staying at Hotel Solar de las Animas Resort, where the Sky Bar offers views of Tequila Volcano as well as tastings of various tequila varieties. In the on-site La Antigua Casona Restaurant, chef Eduardo Marin sometimes uses tequila as an ingredient, along with other regional flavors for dishes such as tamales, chistorra hojaldrada and more. Hotel amenities include a sauna, swimming pool and spa treatments. For those who love to shop, there’s the Dora B. store, whose profits help women and children suffering from violence. Purchases fund workshops and occupational therapy sessions such as candlemaking (a form of calming therapy to fight depression); painting (to change mood through colors); massage therapy (to stimulate endorphins); baking cookies (to experience pleasant tastes); and music therapy (to instill peace and happiness). The store’s jewelry and gifts can be packed away as souvenirs, along with keepsake bottles of tequila.

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This resort is in a town called Tequila. It’s in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, less than 40 miles from Guadalajara.

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The National Festival of Tequila is held in November and December. A Tequila Queen is crowned, and there are parades, fireworks and more.

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Red volcanic soil around Tequila makes the region ideal for growing the blue agave plant, which is used to make the liquor tequila.

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Left: Cuisine is contemporary Mexican and global. Top: The courtyard pool Center: La Antigua Casona Restaurant Bottom: Tequila town square

In the Tequila region of Mexico, it’s believed that more than 300 million blue agave plants are harvested each year.

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The Jose Cuervo Express train line offers a food-pairing experience that includes a tour of La Rojeña Factory, founded in 1812.

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Sonoma County has become as well known for wine as Napa County, and is home to the popular Russian River Valley region.

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Shopping enthusiasts can find antiques, books, shoes, glassware, toys, boutique clothing, handcrafted jewelry and more in Healdsburg.

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The Russian River may be best known for its nearby vineyards, but it also offers kayaking and canoeing, as well as swimming.

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Healdsburg is home to the Hand Fan Museum, with a small but memorable jewel box of a permanent collection.

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CALIFORNIA Single Thread Farms The restaurant at California’s Single Thread Farms is an eatery mixed into the fabric and life of a farm and inn. Chef Kyle Connaughton, alongside his wife, farmer Katina Connaughton, have created a farm-to-table gourmet experience that plays off Kyle’s background cooking at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and with French chef Michel Bras at Toya Japon. Their farm is home to heirloom fruit orchards, olive trees, beehives, chicken coops and a cattle paddock, and supplies vegetables, herbs, eggs and more to the restaurant’s kitchen. Some of the vegetable varieties growing here include savoy cabbage, white cauliflower and onions negi (a type of scallion). Red tatsoi mustard is among the offerings that spring to life in the greenhouse, while perennial herbs and flowers bloom to decorate plates, tables and more. The dishes created from these ingredients can be both simple and gourmet, such as a warm porridge of Sonoma grains served with fig jam and amazake. And the service at the on-site restaurant is

second to none. With just 55 seats, the dining room has all-custom furniture, including tables made with inlaid brass. The lighting is reportedly designed to change more than a half-dozen times every night, both as the meal progresses and in keeping with the season’s time of sunset. All around the farm are vines of cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel and chardonnay, giving the couple an appreciation of tastes that has led their wine, beer and spirits menu grow to 70 pages long. All the world’s regions are represented, with pairings and cellar reserve bottles available as well. The inn itself has guest rooms with 14-foot ceilings and a master suite that’s 700 square feet with a private balcony and exposed brick fireplace. Private in-room dining is an option, with the donabe hot pot technique that comes from Japan. Beer lovers may want to book a stay during winter. On December 2, Single Thread hosts its annual anniversary dinner. Each year brings a new brew created in collaboration with the Russian River Brewing Company.

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Around the corner and down the hill you’ll find the venerable Olympia Tea Room. The genuine article, right in the center of it all. The place is painted pink; the walls are covered in eccentric paintings. A century’s worth of patrons have scuffed the creaking mahogany booths. Everything seems beautiful here and has for a very long time.

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356 Speedster reproductions available to guests who want to cruise around Maui. Arctic blue, flame red and classic silver versions are on hand, with six- to-12-hour rentals allowing for leisurely drives and coastal cruising. Back at the hotel, the restaurant focuses on seasonal, regional ingredients. Dishes can range from kalua pork croquettes to truffle risotto and steamed local fish. Private dining is available beneath a canopy of mango and avocado trees, and would-be chefs can enjoy a four-course cooking and wine-tasting experience. For more active guests, there’s everything from kiteboarding lessons to sunset sailing, and when downtime is needed, the poolside cabanas are a popular destination for cocktail hour. Voted one of the “Top 21 Most Romantic Hotels in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler in 2019, Hotel Wailea gives guests a reason to leave the kids at home.

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Wailea originally was a fishing village. When people moved closer to the mountains, they became known for growing sweet potatoes.

This photo and left: Chef Sato is known for his flavor fusions. Below: Open-air dining with a view

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While Maui is popular with tourists, two of Maui County’s islands—Kahoʻolawe and Molokini— remain uninhabited to this day.

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Three airports service Maui’s main island. Two are regional, while the Kahului Airport offers international flights.

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This photo: Sunset sailing is a popular excursion. Below, left: Couples can book in-suite massages. Below, right: Aerial yoga is suggested for “wellness warriors.”

The house vehicles at Hotel Wailea are all Tesla Model X, which can travel more than 325 miles on a single battery charge.

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Hotel Wailea is the only luxury adults-only resort in Hawaii. Activities include cruising the coast in a 1957 Porsche Speedster.

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Some things are best done without the kids in tow. And those things are the types of experiences that guests will find at the adults-only luxury resort Hotel Wailea on Maui. For starters, the hotel offers aerial yoga. Participants do yoga poses both fully and partially suspended in the air, with the help of a silk hammock. Classes range from beginner level to inversions, strengthening, lengthening and core. Participants can leave feeling “melted” or “worked,” depending on the level of exertion they choose. There’s also paddling in a Hawaiian outrigger canoe, with views of the coastline’s black lava outcroppings and white sand beaches. Traditional chants and the basics of celestial navigation are part of the fun, which includes a healthy workout in the warm sunshine and sea air. For those who prefer driving to paddling, Hotel Wailea makes 1957 Porsche


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Eat, shop and experience all that Watch Hill and neighboring towns have to offer. There’s a little something for everybody.

Tower, the remains of this 17th-century windmill have been the subject of archaeological speculation. Some historians believe the site is several centuries older, potentially of pre-Columbian origins. Touro Park, Newport, RI; newporttowermuseum.com

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Wickford Village

Founded in 1929, this seafront museum is a tribute to the “American maritime experience.” There’s a new exhibit and underwater research and education center as well, where visitors can see the ocean’s bottom in real time. 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT; mysticseaport.org

Whether you enjoy shopping along the New England harbor or visiting America’s oldest wooden lighthouse, the historic Wickford Village has something to offer every tourist. 55 Brown St., North Kingstown, RI;.histwick.org

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Above: Visitors learn history at the Mystic Seaport Museum.

CULTURE & HISTORY Historic Destinations Benefit Street’s “Mile of History”

Stroll by some of the oldest, most beautifully preserved colonial homes in America. Known for its historical significance, the street also has its share of haunts, and nightly ghost tours can be booked year-round. Benefit St., Providence, RI; visitrhodeisland.com

Narragansett Towers

In its heyday, the Narragansett Towers served as a casino and entertainment pier during the latter 19th century. Today, the Towers are just as lively, with a full calendar of musical acts, dance performances and special events. 35 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI; thetowersri.com

Newport Mansions

And you thought Gatsby had it good. Check out the glamorous Newport mansions, an opulent screenshot of how the wealthy lived during the 19th

and 20th centuries. Tours available all year. Newport, RI; newportmansions.org

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1970, this wildlife sanctuary offers some of the best hiking trails and wildlife observation platforms in the state. Explore grasslands, wetlands, over 250 species of birds, aquatic life and more. 50 Bend Rd., Charlestown, RI; fws.gov

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This Westerly mansion was built in 1734 and was occupied for several generations until 1972. Today, the mansion serves as a museum and antique store, hosting historical lectures and seasonal boutiques throughout the year. 124 Granite St., Westerly, RI; babcocksmithhouse.org

Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Tribally owned and operated since 1998, this museum is dedicated to the history and preservation of indigenous people and their representation in today’s society. The Pequot Museum is also home to a fine art market and research facility. 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT; pequotmuseum.org

This flagship museum has served the arts community in Mystic for 100 years, and its four galleries embody the same creative spirit as the key figures on display. 9 Water St., Mystic, CT; mysticmuseumofart.org

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Tomaquag Indian Museum

This is Rhode Island’s first and only museum dedicated to indigenous peoples and their culture. The organization holds a variety of tours, events and exhibitions, including a display of antique artifacts. 390 Summit Rd., Exeter, RI; tomaquagmuseum.org

Watch Hill Lighthouse & Museum

Since 1745, the Watch Hill Lighthouse has marked the eastern entrance to Fishers Island Sound and guided sailors safely to shore. Having weathered several natural disasters, the lighthouse remains a nautical beacon and is open for tours and events throughout the year. 14 Lighthouse Rd., Westerly, RI; watchhilllighthousekeepers. org

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Chorus of Westerly

The Chorus of Westerly is one of the leading orchestral and music performing arts centers in Rhode Island. They’ve performed major works and lesser-known pieces for the community and beyond for over 60 years. Wilcox Park, Westerly, RI; chorusofwesterly.org

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

This theatre company has produced seminal works of musical theatre and plays since 1964. Known as the “Launchpad of American Theater,” the center was awarded the Regional Theatre Tony twice. 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford, CT; theoneill.org

Goodspeed Opera House

Since opening in 1963, this majestic opera house in East Haddam and second stage in Chester, comprising Goodspeed’s campus, has produced over 250 musicals,

comfortable, inviting setting. 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, RI; weekapauginn.com

70 world premieres and exported an amazing 21 productions to Broadway. 6 Main St., East Haddam, CT; goodspeed.org

Bridge

The secret to success for this raw bar and modern restaurant: everything on the menu is incorporated seasonally. On top of stellar seafood selections, it has great vegan and gluten-free options. 37 Main St., Westerly, RI; bridgeri.com

Granite Theatre

Known as “Westerly’s Destination for Comedy,” this theatre in a restored 19th century church puts on eight musicals, plays and comedy specials per year. One Granite St., Westerly, RI, granitetheatre.com

Salt Marsh Opera

From romantic comedies to larger-than-life tragedies, the Salt Marsh Opera has lifted up classical music operettas in its Stonington home base, as well as in outdoor summer productions: Opera in the Park, Music at the Lighthouse and Broadway on the Lawn. 65 Cutler Street, Stonington, CT; saltmarshopera.org

Theatre By The Sea

Set in an early 20th-century barn, Billy Hanney’s Theatre By The Sea is known for its big and exciting musical repertoire. This summer,

Below: Avondale Arts includes gallery space and OMO Jewels.

Above: “Napatree Watch Hill” by Robert Moore, Lily Pad Gallery

productions include Funny Girl, Footloose and Kinky Boots. 364 Cards Pond Rd., Wakefield, RI; theatrebythesea.com

Art Avondale Arts & OMO Jewels

Avondale Arts offers classes like painting, computer visual arts and needlecraft, as well as special lectures and art openings for all ages. Located in the gallery space, OMO Jewels features one-of-a-kind gifts, clothing and jewelry handcrafted by artisans. 95 Watch Hill Rd., Westerly, RI; avondalearts.com

The Charlestown Gallery

Dedicated to the exhibition of fine contemporary art, this gallery is one of the best places in Rhode Island to catch striking new works. Home or office consultations are also offered. 5000 South County Trail, Charlestown RI; charlestowngalleryri.com

Lily Pad Gallery

For over 30 years, owner and founder, Wivi-Anne Weber, Ph.D, has dedicated her business to helping people find the finest quality realism,

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naturalism, impressionism and abstract works of art for their home and beyond. 1 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; lilypadgallery.com

FOOD & BEVERAGE Casual Upscale Bouchard Restaurant & Inn

Nestled along Thames Street by the wharf, this French dining experience offers artfully inspired dishes and an extensive wine list. For the refined palate, try the Deux Grandes Côtelettes de Carré d’Agneau: double chops of rack of lamb with herbs and a rosemary red wine reduction sauce with a hint of curry. 505 Thames St., Newport, RI; bouchardnewport.com

Above: Lobster roll from Bridge

COAST

Recognized by CNN Traveler as one of the “World’s Best Waterfront Restaurants,” COAST is the only New England restaurant with that honor. This sophisticated eatery offers prix-fixe four-course dishes as well as a wine and culinary center for wine and cooking classes. 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, RI; oceanhouseri.com

The Brasserie

Weekapaug Inn’s culinary endeavor has been the talk and taste of the town since opening in 2019. The Brasserie is a French and European-inspired restaurant that serves up fresh seafood, meat and the finest local ingredients in a

Above: COAST serves fresh, local seafood.

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Above: Olympia Tea Room is more than 100 years old.

Engine Room

Engine Room is known for “beer, burgers and bourbon,” but that doesn’t mean you can’t find other drool-worthy items on the menu. Located in an old marine engine building, this restaurant offers big salads, chicken and fish sandwiches along with a bustling happy hour. 14 Holmes St., Mystic, CT; engineroomct.com

Essex Clipper Dinner Train

All aboard! Experience a 2 1/2 hour, dine-andride-along journey through the Connecticut River towns, perfect for all seasons. A four-course meal is served in a beautifully restored 1920’s Pullman dinner car, great for date-night, family-fun and more. essexsteamtrain.com

little more wine and dine? Try the award-winning Olympia Tea Room, which is over 100 years old. Customers love the historic Olympia for its extensive wine menu, simple-yet-elegant dishes and waterfront views. 74 Bay St., Watch Hill, olympiatearoom.com

The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn

This farm-to-table restaurant serves up locally grown, seasonal dishes inside the Weekapaug Inn. Try the parsnip ravioli with mascarpone, sautéed kale, roast mushrooms, housemade pancetta, cured egg yolk in a parmesan broth or a refined, summer classic: lobster fricassee. 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, RI; weekapauginn.com

Latitude 41° Restaurant

Once you’re done exploring all the museum has to offer, head over to its premiere dining place, located on the shore of the Mystic River. Gather in one of the scenic main rooms, enjoy the laid-back Shipyard Tavern and sample some New American cuisine. 105 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT; coastalgourmetct.com/ latitude41

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South County gets a major boost from its eclectic cuisine, like the fine dining experience at Spain of Narragansett. Sangria and paella are a must for firsttimers, but for the frequent visitor, something more sophisticated like the Coruñesa—a veal dish sautéed with portabella mushrooms in a cognac sauce—is a must. 1144 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI; spainri. com

Stoneacre Brasserie

Obviously this upscale, Newport eatery needs to be applauded for its homey, neighborhood feel and dinner options, but its brunch menu should be equally admired. From freshly baked goods to a score of savory, breakfast items like quiche and truffle egg toast, Stoneacre nails French fare. 28 Washington Sq., Newport, RI; stoneacrebrasserie.com

Italian Bravo Bravo

There’s nothing quite like the taste and bite of freshly made pasta. Luckily for Mystic, there’s a local spot for diners who crave a taste of Italy. Try Bravo Bravo’s signature pappardelle bolognese paired with a sbagliato cocktail, a popular Italian staple. 20 East Main St., Mystic, CT; bravobravoct.com

Mamma Luisa Ristorante Italiano

Above: The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn serves a seasonal menu.

Italian food like Mama used to make. Newport may be known for its seafood, but this Bolognainspired restaurant is equally mouthwatering. You can never go wrong with the spaghetti carbonara:

spaghetti with pancetta, eggs, pecorino cheese, a touch of cream and black pepper. 673 Thames St., Newport, RI; mammaluisa.com

Mango’s Wood Fired Pizza Co.

Stefan Ambrosch opened Mango’s with his brother, Ben Hall, in 2009 after perfecting the craft under the head chef at Al Forno in Providence. Since then, locals have come back time and time again for Mango’s signature thin crust pieces. When you’re done with dinner, make sure to head across the street for a sweet treat at Mango’s Ice Cream. 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; mangospizza.com

Pizzeria Longo

Using only locally sourced, fresh ingredients, this pizzeria and osteria knows that sharing is caring. Take two Italian favorites, a chicken cutlet and broccoli rabe, and you’ve got the chicken and rabe: a dish topped with shaved parmigiano, EVOO and a side of risotto. 84 High St., Westerly, RI; 12 Canal St., Westerly, RI; pizzerialongo.com

Japanese Johnny’s Peking Tokyo

Spice things up on your next date night. This fine, Asian fusion restaurant has a massive sushi list sure to dazzle. Everything is beautifully plated and presented by professional chefs and accommodating servers. 12 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; johnnysushibar.com

Koi Japanese Cuisine

With can’t-beat lunch deals and a relaxed atmosphere, Koi is the place for the perfect sushi dining

experience. We hear the Banana Roll (fried banana with spicy tuna on top) is a must-try. 65 High St., Westerly, RI; koijapaneserestaurantri. com

Samurai Noodle Bar & Grill

Haven’t you heard? Ramen is all the rage. Get your noodle on with all the fixings like tonkatsu and spicy miso ramen, and make sure to check out the Asian BBQ and beer taps. 27 West Main St., Mystic, CT; samurainoodlemystic.com

Mexican Amigo’s Taqueria & Tequila

This extensive Mexican menu is a dream for locals who like things their way. Amigo’s offers 17 different meats, fish and vegan substitutes for tacos, including guajillo pineapple marinated pork, chorizo, tempeh and tofu— and for the more adventurous eater, beef tongue. 2 Canal St., Westerly, RI; amigosri.com

Milagro Café

Milagro’s colorful interior matches the vibrant cocktails and dishes. The hibiscus margarita is a sweet-and-sour crowd pleaser, while the chiles rellenos have just enough kick to take it to the next level. 142 Water St., Stonington, CT; milagrocafe142.com

Perro Salado

Flights of tequila, a balanced menu and a team of expert chefs and mixologists have transformed this former 18th-century maritime home into a bold, popular eatery located in the heart of Bowen’s Wharf. 19 Charles St., Newport, RI; perrosalado.com

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The Candy Box

Adjacent to the historic Flying Carousel attraction, this candy store carries delectable, homemade chocolates, hard candies and childhood favorites. 14 Fort Rd., Watch Hill, RI; candyboxwatchhill.com

Hauser Chocolatier

Indulge in quality truffles and assorted chocolates, expertly created for over 60 years. This chocolate store also carries wedding and corporate gifts. 59 Tom Harvey Rd., Westerly, RI; hauserchocolates.com

Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream

Back in the 1800s, Mystic Drawbridge sold popular favorites like Mystic Mud, Mystic Turtle and Seaport Salty Swirl. Today, this homemade ice cream shop sells unique flavors like Lemon Chocolate Kiss and Chocolate Mint Oreo, as well as shakes, smoothies, soda fountain floats and more. 2 West Main St., Mystic, CT; mysticdrawbridgeicecream. com

Sift Bake Shop

Above: Dave’s Coffee is a local staple.

Dave’s Coffee

Dave’s Coffee is so good you’ll want to buy a bag of grounds or syrup to bring home. Try a smooth pour over one of their signature lattes made with high-quality blends and flavors. 341 S Main St., Providence, RI; 5193 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI; davescoffee.com

Deviant Donuts

These uniquely crafted donuts are sure to please the whole family. Served at Vault Coffee Roasters in Olde Mystick Village, the unicorn donut and other seasonal selections do not disappointment. 27 Coogan Blvd., Building 7B, Mystic, CT; deviantdonuts.com

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Want in on a sweet secret? This French patisserie and bake shop not only sources its fine ingredients from local farmers, but it is also dedicated to educating and training future pastry chefs in the community. 5 Water St., Mystic, CT; siftbakeshopmystic.com

Seafood 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille

This charming, harborside tavern boasts fresh-offthe-boat seafood in a prime location. During the warmer months, guests dine al fresco and enjoy chilled seafood, premier steaks and top-shelf wine and liquor. 22 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; 22bowens.com

Coast Guard House

Picture this: You’re sitting on an outdoor patio with 180-degree views of Narragansett Bay, sampling from a fresh anchor platter filled with oysters, littlenecks and shrimp. Followed by a feast of land or sea to end your night, you clink your wine glass to a summer that never ends. Sold yet? 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI; thecoastguardhouse. com

Dog Watch Café

This waterfront café is a great place to take family after a well-deserved beach day. Known for its jolly dog logo, this fun eatery serves

Below: Coast Guard House boasts Narragansett Bay views.

New England cuisine and kid-friendly options. 194 Water St., Stonington, CT; dogwatchcafe.com

Matunuck Oyster Bar

Committed to harvesting locally sourced produce and wild-caught seafood, this oyster bar’s menu is as fresh as it gets. Matunuck also offers oyster farm tours, so you can learn about the dedication and craft behind your meal. 629 Succotash Rd., S Kingstown, RI; rhodyoysters.com

The Mooring

With patio and interior views of the harbor, the Mooring is one of the finest, most scenic seafood spots in town. Its award-winning wine list and refined menu options like the angus sirloin can be upgraded to a surf-and-turf dinner for the best of both worlds. 1 Sayers Wharf, Newport, RI; mooringrestaurant.com

Oyster Club

The success of Oyster Club is simple. All produce is picked fresh, while the seafood and meat are caught locally and raised ethically. Meaning? It’s good. The upstairs Treehouse is not to be missed in summer months, and don’t forget to check out the sister restaurant, Engine Room, and Grass & Bone Butcher Shop. 13 Water St., Mystic, CT; oysterclubct.com

Red 36

It’s the season to cherish “Summer Fridays.” What better place to hang with friends than at Red 36, a waterfront eatery with a delicious American menu and stellar beer, wine and cocktail list? 2 Washington St., Mystic, CT; red36ct.com

The Sea Goose

Have a fish frenzy? Look no further than The Sea Goose. Its menu is dedicated to seafood, offering an array of shellfish and fish plates with an eclectic twist. For something new, try the lobster BLT. 265 Post Road., Westerly, RI; theseagoose.com

S&P Oyster Co.

New England seafood here is prepared with South American accents. We recommend the seafood paella with monkfish, shrimp, mussels, Spanish chorizo and bomba rice. 1 Holmes St., Mystic, CT; sp-oyster.com

Vineyards & Breweries Beer’d Brewing Company

Based out of the American Velvet Mill, Beer’d Brewing Company is an innovative craft brewery known for experimental, small-batch brews. Its tried and true ales, like 8 Days a Week, are available on draft and in cans, but its seasonal flavors and whimsical concoctions are not to be missed. 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, CT; beerdbrewing.com

Barley Head Brewery

This nanobrewery brews most of its beer with local barley from Rooster Malt, Thrall Family Malt or Valley Malt as well as locally grown Connecticut hops. You can rent the space or attend one of the brewery’s many fun events. They even have a book club. 12 Water St., Mystic, CT; barleyheadbrewery.com

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in New England. Indulge in a wine tasting tour with a selection of cheese, charcuterie and elevated non-alcoholic beverages to enhance your experience. 74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT; jedwardswinery.com

Grey Sail Brewing

Langworthy Farm Winery

Inspired by the whimsical image of a sailboat’s glistening reflection, Grey Sail took their awardwinning ales out to sea in 2011. Each beer has its own unique description, like the “Flying Jenny,” perfect for kayaking, old-school IPA fans and day drinking. 63 Canal St., Westerly, RI; greysailbrewing.com

Built on the historic 19thcentury homesite of Governor Samuel Ward, Langworthy holds fun events like Oysters on the Deck on the patio overlooking scenic groves. The winery also serves as a bed and breakfast. 308 Shore Rd., Westerly, RI; langworthyfarm.com

Saltwater Farm Vineyards Saltwater holds its reputation as an award-winning winery with a standout curation of estate-based wines. Built in an old WWII hangar, the vineyard also traces its roots to agrarian lands forged in the 17th century. 349 Elm St., Stonington, CT; saltwaterfarmvineyard.com

Above: IPA fans flock to Grey Sail Brewing.

Jonathan Edwards Winery

Take a trip to Napa, or, even better, visit Jonathan Edward’s winery for a taste of California grapes right here Below: The grape vines at Jonathan Edwards Winery

With rotating taps weekly, each ale at this brewery uses seasonal flavors to keep it fresh and vibrant. One of its flagship ales, Rise, uses citrusy aromas and subtle hop spice for an all-around refreshing and tangy ale. 1174 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, RI; whalers.com

SHOPPING Book Barn

Your summer reading list just got a whole lot bigger. With a collection of over 500,000 books, Book Barn welcomes you to curl up with your favorite read, next to one of their roaming, friendly cats in the tranquil gardens. Main Barn, 41 West Main St., Niantic, CT; bookbarnniantic.com

Cahill & Company

Channel your adventurous spirit at this purveyor of locally made goods and apparel for the outdoors. Started by a husband and wife duo, they refer to their curated selection as “Great Gear for Good Times!” 2 High St., Westerly, RI; cahillandcori.com

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Above: Tasting Room at Saltwater Farm Vineyards

Stonington Vineyards

Located in Connecticut Wine Country, this winery offers dry whites, full bodied Chardonnay and earthy Cabernets. Book a group wine tasting or experience one of the live music or art events throughout the year. 523 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, CT; stoningtonvineyards.com

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Clad In

When it opened 25 years ago, Clad In’s focus was to showcase each customer’s personality through clothing and accessories. The store has kept its promise to empower women by encouraging them to create their own style from the countless brands it offers. 32 Friendship St., Westerly, Ri; 152 Water St., Stonington, CT; 497 Angell St., Providence, RI; cladin.com

Farmaesthetics

Featured in Vogue, Time and InStyle, to name a few, Farmaesthetics is a sustainable beauty brand that incorporates farm-grown ingredients into skincare products. Browse according to your specific skin type and concerns, and watch what 100% natural can do for your skin. 144 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI; farmaesthetics.com

CoCo & LaLa

This mommy-and-me boutique carries kids and adult clothing and accessories that are bright, beachy and bold. 103 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI, Instagram: @ cocoandlalawatchhill

Elizabeth McKay

This high-end brand elevates elegant yet simple dresses, skirts, blouses and more made from fine-quality fabrics to create a feminine and sophisticated look for all seasons. 101 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; emckay.com

Above: Sustainable products from Farmaesthetics

Galapagos Boutique

Invest in a pair of shoes or statement jewelry that will last a lifetime at this luxury boutique. 5193 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI; galapagosboutique.com

From the perfect-fitting jeans to CBD products and statement pieces, this retailer offers a custom shopping experience for those with an eye on trends and a taste for fashion. 1 Canal St., Westerly, RI; christinaltd.com

Christina Stankard Jewelry

Owner Christina Stankard began her career as a painter. Her pieces reflect the same patience and creativity in each gemstone she handpicks and forms into elegant necklaces,

Above: A summer look from Galapagos Boutique

Grand & Water Above: Unique pieces from Christina Stankard Jewelry

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Gray Goose Cookery

Impress your dinner guests with state-of-the-art cookware, small appliances, cutlery and gourmet foods from Gray Goose Cookery. Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; graygoosecookery.com

Highpoint Home

Whether it’s a flashy Moroccan pouf or vintage lucite chair, this home décor store has all you need to repurpose and restyle your home. Interior design consultations are also available. 6 Fort Hill Rd., Watch Hill, RI; highpointhomedecor.com

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Kiel James Patrick

Inspired by the Ocean State, this classic brand takes pride in its high-end, New England fashion line. The latest designs—the Bermuda Shirt, Cabana Dress and Pearl Knot bracelet—are timeless pieces you’ll want to wear for the next boat outing, tee time or ladies’ lunch. 3 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; kieljamespatrick.com

Lilly Pulitzer

Every woman should have that essential Lilly piece. Buy yours now at the spiffy location down by the Wharf. Shop new patterns, on-sale items and posh accessories for a more colorful you. 471 Thames St., Newport, RI; 31 Bay St., Westerly, RI; lillypulitzer.com

This colorful boutique carries high-quality fabrics and fashionable clothing items designed on-site and catered to your unique style and taste. 105 Water St., Stonington, CT; stoningtonboroughct. com

Saltzman’s Watches

The Saltzman family has been catering to Rhode Islanders’ watch needs for over 70 years. They offer services for all makes, models and parts, including batteries, straps, crystals, complete overhauls and restoration, resealing for water resistance, dial refinishing and more. 117 Swinburne Row, Newport, RI; saltzmanswatches.com

Above: Italian shoes pair well with Marc Allen’s custom clothing.

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These Mystic and Westerly bookstores cater to the bibliophile in all of us. Check out bestsellers, paperbacks, audiobooks and get involved with their book clubs and events. Locally sourced coffee at the Westerly location is not-to-be-missed. 10 Canal St., Westerly, RI; 53 West Main St., Mystic, CT; banksquarebooks.com

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This record store has remained the cornerstone of vintage LPs, CDs and more for more than 30 years. Browse over 2,000 classic rock, blues, folk and jazz records; ranging from an extensive Beatles collection to Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones boxed sets and more. 10 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, CT; mysticdisclp.com

For preppy New England wear, perfect for lounging beachside from dawn till dusk, this classic American brand is made for you. Shop men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and more. 124 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; jmclaughlin.com

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stylists ready to create the perfect outfit for you. 117 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; 381 Thames St., Newport, RI; 11 Cottrell St., Mystic, CT; rochellesboutique.com

Savoy Bookshop & Café

Marc Allen knows men’s fashion. Check out the Italian-inspired collection of custom and tailor-made shirts, trousers, suits and more to add some luxury to your wardrobe. 142 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI; marcalleninc.com

Hungry Palette

Handcrafted at her home studio in Florida, Jessica Noelle uses her inspiration of art history, nature and timeless jewelry to make the perfect accessories from high-quality gemstones, metals and diamonds.

Mermaid Kisses, you’ll want to stock up on summerinspired soaps and scents for your home for all seasons. Shop bath bombs, scrubs, perfumes and even pet products. 22 East Main St., Mystic, CT; mainstsoap.com

Above: The latest collection from Lilly Pulitzer

Main Street Soap Emporium

With names like Endless Summer, Sea Spray and

Soap and Water

This boutique carries some of the finest fragrances, smelling soaps and body products from around the globe. Shop Nest Fragrances, Molten Brown, Jonathan Adler Home Essentials and more. 16 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; soapandwaternewport. com

Style Newport

Shop for jewelry with a nautical twist at Style Newport. Be sure to check out the bracelets for men and women with signal flags in various patterns and colors. 306 Thames St., Newport, RI; stylenewport.com

The Velvet Mill

The historic Velvet Mill is home to Beer’d Brewing Company, an art gallery, fitness studio and several boutiques and eateries. Art and fitness classes and healing services are also offered in this 19th-century former textile factory. 22 Bayview Ave., Stonington, CT; americanvelvetmill.com

Toci

Shop casual and upscale cashmere, linen, prima cotton and silk pieces at this fine sweater boutique. Each piece is designed with a feminine, modern flare that’s perfect for any occasion. 18 Franklin St., Newport, RI; thisistoci.com

Rochelle’s Boutique

Rochelle’s caters to college-age fashion and trendsetting looks. Shop USA made bestsellers ranging from tops, accessories, pants and outerwear, with personal

Sea Bags

The bags and totes sold at this retail store are repurposed from old sails, making this nautical accessory a perfect staple for every ocean lover. 36 West Main St., Mystic, CT; seabags.com

Above: Rochelle’s Boutique is known for on-trend fashion.

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selling antiques and art pieces for more than two decades. They also offer redesigning and staging services to help you feng shui your home. 135 Water St., Stonington, CT; grandandwater.com


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Adventureland Family Fun Park

There’s more than just the mainstay beach to cool down this summer. Beat the heat on the bumper boats, feel the wind in your hair on the Extreme Big Air Jumper or go-karts, then, cool off with an ice cream cone at the Carousel Pavilion to end the perfect day. 112 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett, RI; adventurelandri.com

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

The nature center has more than just owls to hoot and holler about. This year, the nature center received a multi-year grant toward Coogan Farm that will allow the organization to grow and restore some of its property and programs. Learn about summer camps, exhibits and year-round attractions. 109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, CT; dpnc.org

The Dinosaur Place

Down for a roaring good time? Go back in time with 40 life-sized dinosaurs on display, a Jurassic Moon Bounce and a T-Rex maze. Make sure to bring your swimsuit for fun in New England’s largest Splashpad. 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT; dinosaurplace.wpengine. com

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory

This 19th-century farmyard becomes a bustling international bazaar and antique store during the summer months. Passionate about eco-friendly products, the owners recently opened WICK-ed Candle Co. on

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the premises, which makes soy-wax and non-toxic scents to cozy up your home. 4820 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI; fantasticumbrellafactory. com

Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory

For the little astronaut in your life, Frosty Drew does not disappoint with its observatories, science center and sky theatre. 61 Park Ln., Charlestown, RI; frostydrew.org

Mystic Aquarium

Dive into all the fun Mystic Aquarium has to offer. With thousands—yes thousands— of aquatic animals on-site for viewing and amazing encounters, from the popular penguin exhibit to the beluga whales, you’ll want to “sea” it yourself. 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; mysticaquarium.org

Roger Williams Park Zoo

This historic zoo is committed to empowering guests to join them in conserving wildlife and wild places. Visit several endangered and exotic species, like the moon bear, green anaconda and African elephant. Then learn how ou can help conservation efforts in your community and beyond. 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI; rwpzoo.org

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Newport Folk Festival

River Glow

Held at Fort Adams State Park, America’s premiere folk-music festival has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, Roger Waters and Patti Smith. This year, to be held July 31-August 2, is sure to be no exception. Fort Adams State Park; Newport, RI; newportfolk.org

Gather August 1st for this annual Westerly tradition, where spectators enjoy a dazzling bonfire display lighting up the Pawcatuck River. The annual event also features fire jugglers, live music, face painting, food vendors and more. Donahue Park, Westerly, RI; oceanchamber.org

Stonington Farmers Market

Newport Jazz Festival

Sailfest New London

Sail with Captain Jack Spratt on his classic wooden gaff sailboat, and enjoy the spectacular views and history of Rhode Island’s coast. Perfect for a romantic date, anniversary, engagement or family outing, Sail Trim Again is available for a half or full day’s charter. sail-trim-again.com

This summer market, which has locally produced, organic foods and prepared offerings, is held on the town docks every Saturday morning from May through October. Every vendor is CT-grown certified. Stonington, CT; Facebook: stonington-village-farmersmarket

Terra Firma Farm

Seeking to educate and inspire children, this community farm offers camps and multiple ways to learn about farm life. After a lesson on sustainability, treat your children to a glass of organic chocolate milk at The Creamery. 564 Norwich-Westerly Rd., N. Stonington, CT; terrafirmafarm.org

EVENTS Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival

Sample over a dozen different types of oysters from multiple restaurants right on the wharf from Saturday, May 16 to Sunday, May 17. Opening night party on Friday, May 15. Tickets can be purchased in advance for specific hour slots; event features live music, beverages and a lively shopping scene. 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; bowenswharf.com

Considered by many to be the “granddaddy of all music festivals,” this popular event is held at Fort Adams State Park the weekend following the Folk Festival—this year to be held August 7-9. Blankets, standard-sized coolers and lawn chairs are encouraged; bring cash for the beer and wine garden. Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI; newportjazz. org

Newport Polo

Established in 1876, America’s first polo club invites teams from the U.S. and around the world to compete during its summer season. Stay to enjoy the après-match gatherings and mark your calendar for the annual International Polo Charity Ball at Rosecliff mansion on Aug. 7. nptpolo.com

Rhode Island International Film Festival

Film buffs will appreciate a break from the sun and sand by attending screenings and talks with globally recognized filmmakers. This is the largest public film festival in New England, to be held August 4-9, and a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. Various screenings take place across the state. film-festival.org

Sailfest returns to Waterfront Park July 10-12. Marvel at ships docked in the water while shopping over 200 street vendors, enjoying carnival rides and taking in a fireworks display. 5 Waterfront Park, New London, CT; sailfest.org

Summer Pops

The world-renowned Chorus of Westerly and Pops Festival Orchestra will entertain a lawn of hundreds with performances of classic and modern works. This free event, on June 20. Wilcox Park, Westerly, RI; chorusofwesterly.org

Taste of Mystic

All your favorite participating Mystic restaurants gather in one place starting June 7 to share some yummy eats. The weekend-long event will also feature live bands and a beer garden. Olde Mystick Village; 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT; tasteofmystic.com

Waterfire

This public art showcase features nearly 100 bonfires along three separate river passageways in the heart of downtown. Hosted on multiple evenings, the spectacle begins around sunset and lasts to about midnight. 475 Valley St., Providence, RI; waterfire.org

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See the local sights and sounds by foot at three different properties

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WEEKAPAUG INN for gleefully jumping into puddles like a child, or for stalking beaches and dazzling estuaries surrounding the inn—until you’re ready for a signature cocktail by the firepit. Bullinger knows these environs better than anyone. His favorite Weekapaug walks are in languid summer. “This is a very special place to watch sunsets,” Bullinger says. “As the light fades, you see three lighthouses flashing their warnings: Block Island

north light, Montauk and Watch Hill. Mornings are also a very popular time for walkers and joggers, and a lovely time to be out and about. The air is fresh and still a little cool, and the light is like a painter's dream. The day is full of promise.” The dunes and ocean vistas here have been inspiring guests since the early 20th century and this rocky shoreline has lost none of its raw beauty. East of the inn (plan for a 20-minute drive)is

B Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, where hikers amble on “gentle trails through native grasslands, rolling woodlands and then down to a large coastal pond and barrier beach,” Bullinger says. His personal favorite walk? That would be the spectacular C Napatree Point. Located less than eight miles from the inn, Napatree Point Conservation Area sits on 86 acres and is a popular destination for hiking, bird

watching and exploring. “The thing I love the most about a May or June walk down ‘Naps’ is when we spot American Oystercatchers [seabirds],” Bullinger says. “With graphic plumage and huge orange bills, they are a fine reward for the effort of getting there.” Bullinger also loves the spring and summer walks for kids and families in the tide pools and salt marshes.

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Seaside Saunter OCEAN HOUSE Spring through fall, nothing compares with a glass of Veuve Clicquot at A Secret Garden at Ocean House, followed by a stroll through not-so-secret gardens under the stars right on the property. Yes, even in those shoes. The hotel itself begins to twinkle as you meander throughout and find yourself minutes later almost anywhere on the 13acre seaside fantasy. An Ocean House walk is often a refined affair, possibly in formal wear, and a sense of grace that radiates from the place itself. Rose bushes and vivid hydrangea line the croquet court and pathway to the 650-foot private whitesand beach laid out beneath the main house. The property has a history of conservancy, with local vegetation and indigenous wildlife absolutely thriving in spring and summer. If something more strenuous is to your liking, beach hikes at Ocean House can be a fun workout, with brambles, soft sand and the brine of Block Island Sound to power you along. Beach runs at dawn are legendary, as is the ocean-view breakfast afterwards on The Verandah. Talk about perfect. Guests walk into Watch Hill for an ice cream and the fun gift shops when the weather’s just so—it’s five minutes downhill and seven minutes back—though they may end up at the nearby B Watch Hill Merry-Go-Round, or “home of flying horses since 1883,” as they say in these parts. If you’re feeling ambitious, head into Westerly and take time for a seafood stop at the historic C Olympia Tea Room.

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walkable center with tony shops of every description. When it comes to great nature walks, General Manager Christine Smith sends her guests to Minute Man National Historic Park, just a few minutes from the inn by car. Once inside the park, stop by the B Minute Man Visitor Center to get your bearings and start exploring. You will find similar terrain a few miles

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Dr. Samuel Prescott escaped during Revere’s arrest just up the road. It goes on like this all along the beautifully wooded “Battle Road” through Minute Man Park. Upon returning, guests at the inn adore the warm and wonderful Town Meeting Bistro for the unreal Roasted Wild Orachai King Salmon, a glass of Pinot…and perhaps some talk of sedition.

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uilt just after the Civil War, Ocean House has welcomed an elite and discerning clientele in every era since it first opened its doors. It survived nineteenth century financial panics as well as the Great Depression, and it even weathered the Hurricane of 1938, which devastated much of southwest coastal Rhode Island. But by 2003, when it was offered for sale, it was an historic icon desperately in need of rescue. After it quickly changed hands twice, with reports that the second buyer intended to raze the old resort and replace it with building lots for large private houses, longtime local residents Chuck and Deborah Royce took notice. The Royces had already begun to exercise their passion for preservation in Westerly—a town with several coastal villages, where they had spent every summer for years. The pair bought a small shop that sells sweets and sandwiches—near Weekapaug and not far from Ocean House—and leased it back to the shopkeepers so as to preserve a place much loved by the local community. Chuck recognized that tearing down Ocean House to build a development of new houses would forever change the feel and character of the Watch Hill community, in which the venerable resort had played a central role for more than a century. Deborah Royce remembers the condition of

the old grande dame as the couple considered its purchase. “Parts of the original structure had no real foundation,” Deborah recalls. “They were built on sand, and sinking.” As they were to discover after buying Ocean House, the Royces' challenges to preserve it would be much larger than they had imagined. “Our first strategy had been to restore it,” notes Chuck, “but it became apparent on close inspection that saving it would mean rebuilding from the ground up.” After many meetings and conversations with preservationists and the local community, as well as architects and engineers, a decision was made, and local approval granted: after salvaging and storing every possible piece of the old structure that could be saved or restored, the resort would be taken down and then rebuilt in a meticulous process that ultimately stretched over nearly six years.

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All parties to the project insisted on the restoration of the property’s most beloved elements, among them a magnificent front portico, an expansive lobby with a massive central stone fireplace, and long porches and terraces with sweeping views. As winners of an intense competition, the Connecticut-based firm of Centerbrook Architects and Planning took on the monumental task of replicating a

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Daniel hired a colleague, Antonia Korosec, who had worked with him when he managed a high-end Texas resort; she took on

A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE Ocean House closed its doors in 2003, and the heirs of Louis D. Miller sold it to Girouard & Associates. In 2005, the Royces and Bluff Avenue LLC acquired the resort and started the demolition process. Reconstruction began in 2007 and Ocean House reopened in 2010.

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responsibility as Assistant Managing Director and Director of Rooms. As they recruited staff for the soon-to-open resort, the management team interviewed 3,000 job hunters over three days in March of 2010. Just before the official opening, the staff hired for this “startup” luxury destination donned their yellow Ocean House shirts and caps, and walked through the door of the restored and now-sparkling resort, ready for guests. In a time when the general economy was just beginning to recover, they could hardly have anticipated what came next. “Ocean House found its stride early,” Chuck recalls. While some buyers had backed out of pre-construction deposits when the recession hit, selling out the hotel’s condominiums did not take long. As for the hotel’s first summer season, it exceeded all expectations, averaging hundreds of meals a day in its food and beverage venues and running past 90 percent occupancy of the hotel’s rooms and suites. After that first summer, employment opportunities expanded dramatically; currently 500 staff serve Ocean House guests in high-season summer months, and about half that number are on duty during the rest of the year. Since opening day, repeat guests have become a big part of the resort’s ongoing popularity. Chuck attributes the success of the venture to a number of its distinctions: it’s the only independently owned oceanfront resort between New Jersey and Boston, and no grand

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★ Ocean House launches its charity, the Ocean House Fund for Charitable Giving, to raise money for local families and children in need.

★ COAST is named a AAA Four Diamondrated restaurant.

★ OHM Design Group, consisting of Ocean House professionals, launches as a full-service luxury design authority.

★ Fondue Village, a ski gondola dining concept, opens on the Ocean House lawn for the 2019-2020 season.

★ Ocean House receives Triple Five-Star award from Forbes Travel Guide. The hotel, COAST restaurant and OH! Spa each earn Five Stars.

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wonderful food and a long, long list of amenities, the Royces and the resort management and staff work to keep Ocean House fresh; return guests can be sure that they will discover something new each time they visit, in addition to enjoying all their favorite activities. As the end of its first decade of operation approaches this year, all the key players are still in place: Daniel Hostettler continues to lead the management team as President and Group Director of the Ocean House Management Collection (OHM); Antonia Korosec now serves as General Manager of Ocean House. With the growth of its reputation and resounding accolades in the hospitality community,

the team continues to expand its capacity to embrace new opportunities, helping other independent resort owners create extraordinary, site-specific experiences for their own clienteles. Says Korosec, who returned to Ocean House after spending several years as innkeeper at its sister resort, the Weekapaug Inn: “What excites me about this place is our guests and our team members. We are our own little community here, and what keeps me here, and keeps me inspired, is that we really have created an Ocean House family.” Chuck Royce, with a hint of much-deserved pride in his voice, agrees. “There is just no place like it, anywhere.”


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by CAPTAIN JACK SPRATT

Watch Hill at War

Discover local history from a storytelling sailor

“Is Watch Hill quiet?” asked J.C. Kebabian, of the weekly social broadsheet Watch Hill Life, in July 1902: “Everyone is complaining about the noise that is being made at all times... Boys in Blue carry on their drills, shaking windows and disturbing the early morning slumbers of the rest-seeking summer rite... Ten days ago the eight-inch guns were fired in practice, shaking Watch Hill... Three searching lights are in place at the fort, one of them was tested on the evening of the Fourth, startling a good many... with its flash.” The cottagers were shocked four years earlier when the government, without notification, acquired 98.1+/- acres for $5,600 and erected Fort Mansfield; and exasperated that Napatree Point would become “... a link of the chain which Uncle Sam was so suddenly roused into tightening about the eastern coasts by the dangers which seemed to threaten our shores a year ago” (referring to the Spanish American War, April 21 - August 13, 1898). Fort Mansfield was the northern anchor in a series of five artillery installations at the eastern entrances to Long Island Sound, known as the “outer line,” intended to defend the ports of Long Island, Connecticut and New York City. Watch Hill Life reported in July, 1899: “At the elbow of the long arm which reaches out in sweeping curves from the bathing beach, holding under its protection our beautiful

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“Arrived Watch Hill by steamer yesterday. Terrifying morning here at the Ocean House, woke to cannon fire and the windows shaking. Much excitement. See you Thursday, Your Ethel” Postcard: July, 1902 postmark Little Narraganset Bay, tall derricks may be seen from Watch Hill, with heaps of stone and mounds of earth...”

Construction of the Fort Village

Beachcombers halfway out on Napatree

were halted at a barbed wire fence by guards. The fort village, built by the Curtis Co. of New Britain, CT, included 18 buildings. One hundred Italian immigrants of every trade (paid two dollars a day) lived on-site in a tent city. Steam-driven cranes filled the skyline like ships’ masts, a 50-foot-wide quay

Above: Historic postcard of Block Island Ferry

PHOTOGRAPHY: BLOCK ISLAND FERRY AND FORT MANSFIELD: COURTESY OF SPRATT COLLECTION; OCEAN HOUSE 1938: SEASIDE TOPICS

Locals React to Fort Mansfield


protected by a jetty graced the western side of the point. Men, munitions, stone, horses, equipment, supplies and potable water landed from headquarters at Fort Trumbull, New London, CT. Construction included beach sand bulldozed to build roads and fill the marshland; unsuccessful wells drilled to depths of 300 feet; glacial boulders dug out to conceal and protect the batteries; and a sea wall built. The site boasted barracks for 100 men, officers’ and stewards’ quarters, guardhouse, administration building, hospital, quartermaster, storehouse, bake house, stable, coal shed, oil house, ordinance storehouse, and lavatory. Frank D. Holbrook supervised the gun emplacements: two 8-inch rifles on disappearing mounts; two 5-inch rapid fire guns on pintle mounts; and two 5-inch wire wound guns on solid mounts. A 45-foot steam launch, Mansfield, was commissioned for $5,570. There were fire control bases at the lighthouse and Sandy Point, and a signal station at the lighthouse. By July 15, 1902, the post was garrisoned by the full 88th Coast Artillery Company of 109 soldiers. Cannon fire, marching soldiers, bands playing and search lights replaced the exclusivity and tranquility that was Watch Hill. Fort construction laid waste to the dunes, beach roses and marsh.

Great Hurricane of New England

Thirty six years later, on the morning of September 21, 1938, Lillian Tetlow and Jack Kinney walked the length of Napatree: past the Beach Club; the shingle cottages, with their little sea walls and docks jutting out on the bayside of the barrier beach; alone but for two men clamming on the flats. At approximately 2:00 p.m. it started to pour, the wind and mounting waves threatening. Turning back at the northern tip of Sandy Point, the couple was 1.7 miles from Napatree Point, another 1.5 miles from town, surrounded on three sides by a turbulent sea in the worst hurricane to hit New England in over 123 years. Jack, holding Lilly and struggling against the blinding sand and salty spume-filled wind and breaking seas, sought shelter in the abandoned fort. Never in the memory of Captain Ellery Thompson, Master of the dragger Lady

Eleanor, was there such a storm! In Stonington, CT, the Portuguese fishermen, who called these monsters “Furacao,” were confident the yellow noon sky forecasted an autumn nor’easter. From 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., the barrier beaches of Napatree-Sandy Point were obliterated. With no warning, towering combers tore apart the shoreline; where cottages, dune grass and pine trees once stood, breachways created two islands. Attacking at a King Tide, the 40-foot combers mounted a 10-to-15-foot tidal surge. Out at Lighthouse Point the Lighthouse and Life-Saving Station were pounded by waves destroying the seawall, throwing five-ton Westerly-quarried granite blocks 50 feet, carving a 30-foot gap of

raging sea between the buildings and making Lighthouse Point an island. Horizontal rain and sand-driven winds in excess of 120 miles per hour added to the misery. Witnesses described the wind shifting direction suddenly, followed by two mountainous walls of water. Of the estimated 42 people on the "Naps," 15 were lost; 39 cottages were swept off foundations. Survivors floated across the bay on wreckage. The Yacht Club, bathing pavilion and bath houses were gone, the roofs of the grand Gilded Age Ocean House and the Plimpton blown off. Forsaken and maligned after the 1907 war games as “a useless fort, having a fatal flaw”; 36 years after the 88th Coast Artillery Company made camp; 10 years after the Napatree Fort property was auctioned off to a local syndicate for $365,000 to prevent a subdivision of 674 cottage sites on Sandy Point; and seven years after Washington Trust Bank foreclosed on the mortgage, the remnants of Fort Mansfield engaged its greatest adversary. It was not the mimic wars of ’02 or ‘07 but a war against the Great New England Hurricane.

Left: In 1938, the hurricane damaged the Ocean House roof Right: Fort Mansfield in 1902

Seeking Refuge in the Fortress

Lilly, Jack and the two baymen huddled together terrified, screaming over the deafening roar of the Furacao in the pitchblack of the magazine room of Battery Wooster, treading water. Would the antiquated earthen works and neglected concrete walls stand the bombardment? The parados shuddered but shouldered the mountainous waves; flooded by torrential rain, blasted by the cataclysmic winds, Fort Mansfield heroically held ground. Jack, Lillian and the two men were saved: The fort was tested and proved worthy.

Napatree Point Today

Today, Napatree is a protected and quiet conservation area. If you walk out to the bluff you can barely make out the remnants of the fort; it is slowly crumbling as roots and erosion weaken its once mighty walls. To experience Watch Hill history by sea, book a private charter with Captain Jack at oceanhouseri.com.

Captain Jack Spratt Captain Jack, Master and Captain of sailing vessel TRIM AGAIN and Motor yacht ENCORE, is a Watch Hill resident, fire department member and has sailed these waters for 35 years. Known for historical talks at Ocean House and Mystic Seaport Museum, he’s written three books on area history. Look for his talks at OH on Mondays and Thursdays during summer.

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CUISINE

by ELIZABETH KEYSER

photography by CHIP RIEGEL

Dining Al Fresco Savor the view with two culinary experiences that come with a breeze

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rom a private pavilion at Weekapaug Inn to a kitchen-on-wheels that roams along the East Coast, these scenic dining options

offer a little kitsch and a lot of flavor.

Pondhouse

Last summer, a tree house popped up on the shore of Quonochontaug Pond. It’s called the Pondhouse, for its expansive view of pond and sky. Like the tree houses of youth, it’s exclusive. Only four at a time can enjoy this fresh-air, interactive, coastal dining experience at the Weekapaug Inn. This summer the Pondhouse returns, with a refined-rustic, three-course menu for brunch and dinner, paired with world-class Louis Roederer champagnes. (See sidebar.) The experience begins in Weekapaug’s Garden Room, where a server greets guests with glasses of Roederer Estate brut, Anderson Valley, and escorts them across the lawn to a sheltered spot surrounded by evergreens and native grasses. There, the driftwood-silver Pondhouse, with posts and railings built of branches and limbs, enchants guests. A few steps up to the Pondhouse’s perch, the view expands. Blue, sparkling water fills the horizon, where the enormous sky continues. By day, clammers harvest oysters from the pond’s shallow water. Purple martins chirp and call. At night, stars and moon light the sky. A magical

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Above: The table has a built-in grill, so guests can cook some of their own food during the meal.


breeze rolls across the water. (Shawls are available for chilly evenings.) Beneath a wrought-iron chandelier, a custom-built table is set with white Simon Pearce plates. The table has a built-in grill, which plays a central role in the meal. Here’s the fun part: guests get to grill their own food. (Aprons are offered.) The meal begins with oysters, right from the pond. “Quonnie Rocks” are part of Pondhouse story and menu. Captain Mark, Weekapaug Inn’s Naturalist, greets Pondhouse guests, and talks about Weekapaug’s commitment to keeping the pond clean. Oysters filter 50 gallons of water a day, so the quality of the water is paramount. The Inn planted native species along the shore of the pond. Beach plum, blueberries, rugosa roses and golden

Above: Pondhouse offers a scenic view from the open-air pavilion, serving up to four people.

Above: Diners can choose from a Pond-to-Plate or Pastureto-Plate entrée. Left: The chef sources all food locally.

rod provide nourishment for birds, beneficial insects, and protect the pond from run-off. A tray of glistening fresh oysters on the half shell comes with options. They can be placed on the grill for a couple minutes, till their juices simmer. Then they can be dressed with one of four sauces. For warm oysters, guests select from roast garlic and Meyer lemon butter or bacon-chile tamarind sauce. For cold oysters, there’s classic mignonette made with Roederer champagne or contemporary passion-jalapeno cocktail sauce. They’re all tempting. Even purists who like Quonnie Rocks raw with a squirt of lemon, reveling in the oysters’ fresh, sea water minerality, will want to dip spoons into these special sauces. For the entrée, diners choose from Pond-toPlate and Pasture-to-Plate selections. Seafood, chicken, pork and lamb are sourced locally. Rhode Island lobster tail from Narragansett Bay and big sea scallops pulled from the Atlantic by fishermen out of Stonington, CT, are favorites. Chef Devin marinates the scallops in herb-and lemon-grass-infused champagne, before threading them on long, hand-forged skewers. The fun continues as guests tend to their grilling. Delicious smells rise as lobster, scallops and chicken cook on the grill. Sides for the table include breads to warm and dip in olive oil infused with herbs from Weekapaug’s garden. Fresh, local vegetables shine as sides for the table. They include elevated grilled corn succotash, charred runner beans, baby potato salad and green salad. For dessert, strawberries, marinated in champagne and basil, wait to be spooned over the shortcakes, as guests lightly toast them. They dip spoons into a bowl of fluffy, white chocolate whipped cream, for a final, luxurious dollop on a new old-fashioned dessert. Afterwards, guests are invited to linger in Adirondack chairs on the lawn, join a nature walk, or star and planet-gaze with Captain Mark. But before leaving the Pondhouse, there’s a parting gift—a packaged treat baked by the chef, offering a sweet reminder of an effervescent experience. The Pondhouse serves daily brunch and two dinner services. Reservations are required.

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CHAMPAGNE PAIRING

Two pairings of Louis Roederer champagnes are offered with each course, Premier and Cristal. Each glass pairs with the luminous, sparkling settling and joyful Pondhouse cuisine. Weekapaug Inn chose Roederer’s legendary champagnes because they’re gown biodynamically, fitting the Inn’s commitment to sustainability. Roederer’s portfolio allows Pondhouse guests to explore styles, from fruit-driven Californian sparklers like the Roederer Estate brut to the red berry flavors and fresh finish of a 2009 bubbly rosé, to the elegance and complexity of Cristal. Pondhouse’s server can answer questions about Roederer’s old vines of chardonnay and pinot noir, grown in chalky soils, carefully tended without herbicides, and discuss vintage versus non-vintage, percentages of chardonnay to pinot noir, and aging. Guests can sip and discover for themselves the qualities of minerality, soft bubbles, crisp texture, notes of fruit, almonds and flowers. They lean back in their chairs, breathe the magical air and lift a glass to the fresh, radiance of the wine and view. Cristal, a vintage wine, is known for a balance of silky texture, fruit and minerals. Its history as a luxury product for Russian Czars and rap stars comes down to earth at Pondhouse. While a bottle goes for about $300, four guests can enjoy the Crystal pairing and Pondhouse’s threecourse meal for $800.—EK

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Right: The food truck can create passed hors d'oeuvres for special events. Below: Lobster rolls are served hot or cold.

Off the Menu

The ocean-blue food truck with a map of Rhode Island is on the move this summer, bringing Ocean House’s coastal cuisine to public and private events. Off the Menu will return to the Newport Jazz Festival, Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn movie nights, and cater more culinary experiences for weddings—welcome receptions, rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours, after-parties—and corporate events, both on and off resort properties. Off the Menu is more than a typical food truck. The 26-foot, full kitchen-on-wheels is staffed by Ocean House’s culinary team. That gives OTM great flexibility. “The culinary team can create anything,” says Timothy Meyers, Food Forager & Director of Culinary Education. The truck can be casual, or go upscale with passed appetizers and cocktails, wine or beer. In summer, lobster rolls rule. OTM offers Ocean House’s hot or cold lobster rolls. The hot version has chunks of claw and tail bathed in lobster-infused butter, piled into a buttertoasted brioche bun. The bun’s golden layer of toasted sweetness gives way to the soft buttery

bun, and into buttery lobster bliss. The cold lobster roll piles lobster salad, tender chunks of lobster, lightened with crème fraiche, brightened with lemon zest, into a buttery toasted brioche bun. Last year at Ocean House, the cold out-sold hot by a smidge. Other favorites from OTM’s Off the Boat menu are fried shrimp po boys, flank steak sandwiches and open-face avocado toast. And chowder, of course. Ocean House’s refined version of classic creamy clam chowder has fresh local clams, finely minced bacon, celery and potatoes. Fries, tossed with Old Bay or truffle oil, are always a hit. Tacos are popular for relaxed, festive gatherings. OTM offers corn or flour tortillas with roast suckling pig, marinated flank steak or shrimp. Traditional and signature toppings include mango and jicama slaw, salsa fresco with avocado, and red chimichurri. For dessert, a favorite is OTM’s ice cream sandwiches. The playful PB&J sandwiches strawberry ice cream between two peanut butter cookies. For information about upcoming events or to book OTM, visit offthemenuri.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY: PASSED APPETIZERS BY ELIZABETH LADU CA; ALL OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHIP RIEGEL

Above: Off the Menu makes appearances at all the resorts.


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Artistry on the Green Brings Fine Dining to the Inn at Hastings Park

Left: The inn's two restaurants are located inside the main house.

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he best restaurants tell a story, a story of place, of land, water and sky, of culture and craftsmanship. Artistry on the Green, the new fine dining restaurant opening in late spring at Inn at Hastings Park, does more than that. Here the fruits of land and sea are crafted into a series of exquisite moments. Reflecting Henry David Thoreau's philosophy in Wild Fruits, Artistry incorporates ingredients of the season. "Our diet, like that of the birds, must answer to the season,” he wrote. If Thoreau’s birds were to eat a meal cooked for…no, not a king, (you

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know how our people felt about that)…but for us, lovers of food and experiences, it would be Artistry on the Green. The inn’s cozy library is the place where the pleasures of the table unfold for two hours. Dinner at Artistry is about relaxed luxury. Everyone on staff—chef, cooks, servers, managers—is devoted to making guests comfortable. The chef creates two five-course tasting menus (with a few extras). One menu is vegetarian, a star on the fine dining scene. It’s fitting too since Concord was home to an early vegetarian, philosopher Bronson Alcott, father

Above: Like this fish entrée from Town Meeting Bistro, Chef Scott will bring the same elegance to Artistry on the Green.

of Louisa May Alcott. But what Chef Scott Cummings can do with the humble carrot would have stunned (and no doubt delighted) the Alcott family. Orange, red and yellow carrots are transformed into imaginative expressions of carrot, roasted whole and paired with glistening carrot gelée, carrot crumble, carrot “ash” and carrot juice. The Alcotts never ate this well, so raise a glass to them. A wine pairing is offered. Thoreau would have approved. “God made yeast, as well as dough, and loves fermentation just as dearly as he loves vegetation,” he wrote. The chef’s tasting menu is carefully paired with wines chosen by the chef and sommelier. Artistry on the Green uses the highest quality local ingredients. Refined simplicity is the style. Grounded in classic technique, the chef makes ingredients shine with a few contemporary twists that surprise but don’t confuse. Edible garnishes call out the beauty


“A tasting menu has to make sense as it progresses through the evening. Each part has to work together. The care I put into each dish, our attention to detail and consistency are unrivaled.” —SCOTT CUMMINGS Executive Chef, Inn at Hastings Park

of a red-veined chard seedling or the delicacy of fennel fronds. Many of the herbs and edible flowers come from the chef’s garden at the inn. Take the understated French classic radis beurre, which subdues radish’s peppery flavor with butter. At Artistry, the chef might infuse a rich local butter with Kaffir lime, and plate a just-harvested radish with charcoal salt, a black finishing salt with an earthy flavor. The meal often starts with three daily canapés, enchanting little bites, like the radish and butter, or a savory madeleine. Another canapé could be Maine sea urchin, wrapped in thinly sliced apple infused with lime-mint mojito syrup, garnished with a blue starflower. Mini loaves of “everything” potato bread, topped with poppy and sesame seeds, might be served with ramp butter one night. Guest are offered choices of a glistening salad that treats each leaf, vegetable and flower like a jewel, or a soup. In summer the soup could be a leek velouté with a trace of sweet sauternes, garnished with black truffles and toasted hazelnuts. A lobster course is on the menu in summer. Butter-poached lobster tail could be served with compressed melon and garnished with Johnny jump ups. Choices continue with striped bass from Martha’s Vineyard and sea scallops fished off the Atlantic coast. Poultry, beef and lamb come from local farms. Dessert returns guests to the land where Thoreau foraged for strawberries. Fields of wild huckleberries, cousins of blueberries, symbolized freedom and independence for the naturalist. He extolled the melon patches, which farmers hid among the frilly foliage of carrots. “In dog days we come near to sustaining our lives on watermelon alone,” he wrote. Chef Scott's desserts are playful. The classic combination of strawberries and rhubarb

could emerge from the kitchen as rhubarb panna cotta with strawberry marmalade, toasted meringue and a citrus counterpoint. Artistry’s hospitality continues after dinner as a beautiful handcrafted box is set upon the table. Servers open it to reveal mignardises, irresistible house-made chocolates, some with creamy centers flavored with critusy yuzu or floral Early Grey. There’s even a gourmet take on a chocolate-covered cherry. The take away? The tasting menu at Artistry is a fine dining experience to remember, and return to again and again. The attention to detail, consistency and pure deliciousness, as the courses progress through the evening, and the pairing of the wine to food, create a symphony conducted by an excellent chef. The other take-away? A parting gift, a wrapped treat from the chef, to say thank you for dining at Artistry. What is it? A delectable surprise. Reservations are required.

Above: Town Meeting's dining room has a warm, casual ambience. Below: Duo of mini lobster rolls

TOWN MEETING

The inn’s other dining option is a successful new concept called Town Meeting Bistro. This generous dining room space launched a menu of traditional bistro fare last year, with a focus on New England flavors. Chef Scott and his team serve up local, seasonal cuisine to hotel guests and Bostonians alike. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Town Meeting is a bright and inviting setting for Saturday afternoon tea, a delectable champagne brunch on Sundays and plays host to holiday dining experiences and special wine dinners all year round. The restaurant has become a community favorite for its atmosphere and inventive cuisine—from the chef's New England clam chowder to entrées like rabbit ragout—and close relationships with local farmers, putting the bounty of the New England countryside on tables every day. For reservations or to learn about holiday dining and special events, visit innathastingspark.com.

Left: Entrance to Artistry on the Green

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SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Magical Moments by JAMIE MARSHALL

Summers in Watch Hill, resort vacations and childhood memories inspire two weddings that reflect coastal elegance

Left: A fireworks display at Ocean House topped off the reception. Right: The couple enjoys a view of the pond at Weekapaug Inn.

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or both couples, time spent at the resorts evokes fond memories of seaside summers. Family trips to Watch Hill left a nostalgic impression on Alison Karp, who, along with Charles Brown, chose Ocean House as their wedding venue. Similarly, Lisa Ault and James Farrar selected the Weekapaug Inn not only for its natural beauty and water backdrop, but for a sentimental connection to the bride's childhood. By honoring the past and adding unique touches, these couples created signature celebrations for The Big Day. Truly letting the sparks fly, both weddings ended in a dazzling display of fireworks.

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ALISON KARP & CHARLES BROWN

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s a child growing up in Connecticut, Alison spent many summer weekends in Watch Hill with her family. “The Ocean House was such a staple there,” she recalls. So it was only natural that it ended up at the top of the shortlist, when it came time to choosing a destination for the couple’s October wedding. “Charles is definitely not a beach person,” she adds. “So it’s even more ironic, as he fell in love with the venue.” Once they met with Alexandra Denniston, Special Events and Wedding Planner at Ocean House, all the pieces quickly fell into place. “I didn’t know my vision at first,” Alison says. “But I knew I wanted a simple color scheme with lots of flowers. Alexandra helped bring it together in the perfect way.” The overall look was simple

Below: Flowers were a key element of the design scheme, which was classic and clean with blush and navy accents.

photography by CARRIE DRAGHI

but elegant with a soft palette of pink, peach, white and cream and navy accents. “Alison wanted a classic, clean look and she wanted to bring in pops of color,” says Denniston. “That’s where the blush and navy came in. She was all about the flowers, from start to finish.” Festivities kicked off Friday with a rehearsal dinner at the Watch Hill Conservancy, followed by a welcome reception for nearly 200 guests. The next day, the ceremony started at 4 p.m. on the East Lawn, marked by a dramatic archway and lush floral-edged aisle. After a group photo, guests made their way to the Seaside Terrace for cocktails, followed by a tented reception orchestrated by Ryan Designs and florist Ruth Loiseau. Tall centerpieces of garden roses graced each white-linen covered table, and a

floral wall with the couple’s monogram served as a photo area. Even tent poles were wrapped in floral finery. “The designs were even better than I imagined,” says Alison. The couple shared their first dance—“Latch” by Sam Smith—before sitting down for dinner and toasts. One of the highlights was a dessert and candy bar. “Neither of us are cake people,” says Alison. A brilliant fireworks display capped off the night. On Sunday, the couple invited everyone to the Seaside Ballroom for brunch. Each guest received a candle in a monogrammed box as a parting gift. “It was so helpful to have somebody who can make recommendations, and the vendors were fantastic,” says Alison. “Alexandra and the Ocean House put together all these little details so perfectly.”

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LISA AULT & JAMES FARRAR

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isa and James met in New York City four years ago and the connection was immediate. “We quickly fell in love over our common interests,” she says. “Sports, guacamole, traveling and food.” When it came time to plan their fall nuptials, Lisa thought of the Weekapaug Inn, where she had spent many happy times throughout her childhood. The inn’s size and setting were part of the appeal. “The only thing I was really confident about was that I wanted the wedding to have a water backdrop,” she says. The couple enlisted Ocean House’s Alexandra Denniston to help refine their vision and plan the celebration. “They wanted coastal elegance and luxury, but also to have it feel homey,” Denniston says. “They were focused on bringing in the natural beauty of the property.”

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Above: Elegant yet relaxed, the festivities included s'mores, fireworks and a food truck.

photography by ELIZABETH LADUCA

Denniston came up with a plan that met all expectations—and then some. “For the welcome reception on Friday I really wanted to do s’mores by the firepit,” says Lisa. “But it was raining so they improvised last minute, and we did them by the fireplace in the Sea Room Bar.” On Saturday, the ceremony was held on the Guest Lawn, where an arch with a soft tumble of greens and flowers framed the panoramic water view. After the cocktail hour, where guests enjoyed duck tacos, pulled pork pockets and chilled pea soup shooters, the action moved to the tent, a collaboration between Ryan Designs and Stoneblossom Florals. The interior evoked the romantic feel of the beachside setting: country chandeliers were draped with greenery; tables were topped with pink and white florals; and pops of blue were sprinkled throughout.

The couple had fun with the menu, especially dessert: In addition to the lemon and raspberry filled wedding cake, a dessert bar featured Key lime tarts (a nod to James’ favorite bakery in Florida, where he grew up) and vegan brownies. The band had everyone up and dancing, “even people you wouldn’t expect,” says Lisa. There was a brief lull for fireworks, and then everyone danced some more. The Ocean House food truck, Off the Menu, provided an afterparty pick-me-up of tacos, ice cream sandwiches and locally produced Yacht Club Soda. The next day, guests gathered in the Great Egret suite to say goodbye. “It was the perfect wedding for us,” says Lisa. “It really represented who we are. I didn’t have to think about a single thing, because Ali and her team had everything done. I didn’t have a worry in my brain. I got to be in the moment and just enjoy.”


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he first time Lisa and Brian Margulies booked a stay at the Weekapaug Inn, their son was 9 years old, and they didn’t know what to expect. They made the trip from their home in Chatham, New Jersey, and decided to book for just a few days. A full week seemed like way too much of a commitment with a child that age, especially since they usually visit resorts once and then never return again. They weren’t sure if the inn would be as family friendly as they’d heard. Today, their son Alex is 16 years old, and

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Weekapaug Inn has become a tradition for return visitors

they’ve been annual visitors for seven years straight. They now stay at the Weekapaug Inn for a week at a time, and have started vacationing there not only during the summers, but also for winter getaways. “We were just blown away,” Lisa says. “You know it’s going to be elegant and upscale, but it was all of that plus family-friendly, and that’s really unusual. It’s a lovely inn where kids feel at home. There was just ease, ease of everything.” That’s exactly how the Weekapaug Inn staff wants guests with children to feel. Mark

Below, left: The Margulies family during a trip in August 2013 Opposite page: Children are encouraged to try outdoor activities like fish netting, crabbing, kayaking and flying kites.

Bullinger, the inn’s resident naturalist and director of recreation, says the idea is to provide options for families to enjoy together, as well as activities that kids can do on their own as they grow, learn and return. “There are many families that come back year after year,” Bullinger says. “I get to see the kids that were newborn babies, maybe now they’re 5 or 6 years old. We’ve had several cases where couples got married at the inn, and now they’re coming back with kids who are 2 or 3.” When kids are really small, he says, they like to explore the property and the salt pond with their parents. Adirondack chairs and blankets can put younger families in the heart of the beautiful setting, with big, sweeping views of the water. As the kids get a little older, they tend to try fish netting and crabbing, Bullinger says. The staff takes a 4-foot-tall, 20-foot-long net into the water with a person on each end, and scoops everything into the water column. Then they bring it all back to the beach, and the older kids can pick out the minnows, crabs and more, for safekeeping inside the inn’s aquarium tank. “The older kids are really hands on, and the little kids love to look on,” he says. “It’s great.” When organizing crabbing for kids, the staff uses the time-tested method of tying chicken drumsticks on the end of strings. Dangling the bait off a bridge usually gets the crabs’ attention. Once the kids try an activity like that—or spend time on any of the boats, kayaks or other


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“There are many families that come back year after year. I get to see the kids that were newborn babies, maybe now they’re 5 or 6 years old. We’ve had several cases where couples got married at the inn, and now they’re coming back with kids who are 2 or 3.” —MARK BULLINGER Naturalist & Director of Recreation, Weekapaug Inn

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toys to be had down at the boathouse—they come running back for more, year after year, Bullinger says. “There are some families with kids who, while the parents are still checking in, they’re taking off to get to the boathouse and see the activities,” he says. “They’re ready for their fun week.” Lisa says that description fits her son Alex perfectly. When he was small, he enjoyed playing with the inn’s remote-controlled model boats, but as he got older, he wanted to be down at the boathouse and beach, playing on kayaks and sailboats, and netting for fish. “At first, we were asking if it was okay for him to just go, but we feel really comfortable now,” she says. “He’s fine. We can see where he is, running around, and the staff are very on the ball. If they see a kid, they’ll chat and engage to make sure everything is okay.” Bullinger says that as kids get older, their comfort level with all the options increases. When they’re young, they may only want to be out kayaking with mom and dad, but by the time they’re 8 or 9 years old, most kids want to be kayaking or paddleboarding on their own. They want to make and fly kites, and even learn about the stars by looking through the inn’s telescope. It’s the kind of good old-fashioned fun that seems to be giving way more and more these days to electronic devices, social media and screens. Many parents, Bullinger says, are like Lisa and Brian Margulies: They want to see their kids out in the fresh air instead of obsessed with technology. They come back to the inn year after year, in large part, to have that experience. “A lot of kids are arriving with their cellphones in hand, and the first day they’re kind of glued to them,” Bullinger says. “By the second day, they’re leaving them behind, going off and doing these fun things that parents appreciate. They’re crabbing. They’re fishing. They’re boating. They’re flying kites. We’re giving their parents a way to pry the cellphones out of their hands. The kids are doing something out in the fresh air, and they’re having fun. We have fun stuff for everybody. The property works really well for families.”

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Left and below: Guests can borrow fishing poles and sailboats to explore the pond and ocean.


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DESTINATIONS

by OWEN McDONALD

the Great Outdoors OHM Collection welcomes The Preserve for the sporting life experience

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eep within expansive woods near the hip coastal town of Westerly, Rhode Island, pheasant dart about in high grass, deer sip from silvery streams, and one can feel the rhythms and cycles of nature murmuring. There’s an impulse to stop time and preserve the sense of place here. Thanks to a sequence of happy events, that’s precisely what’s happening. First, Paul

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Mihailides, the respected developer on whose award-winning golf courses you’ve probably played, combined Disneyesque resort instincts with keen insights on family fun, creating a playground for aficionados of the sporting life on 3,500 arboreal acres not far from the sea. He calls it The Preserve Club and Residences at Boulder Hills, and it’s among the most thrilling things to happen in New England

Above: Anglers can choose from 10 fly fishing ponds.

luxury hospitality. The new experiential resort community in Richmond, Rhode Island, is a paradise of sporting recreations— championship 18-hole golf course, fishing ponds generously stocked with trout and bass, exceptional tennis, forest ziplining, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, a comprehensive sport shooting experience— and four seasons of outdoor fun.


Above: Canoeing is a favorite family activity. Left: The Preserve is an upland bird hunting destination.

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Below: Hiking is one of many active options; Highly trained equestrians offer lessons and trail rides.

It’s a visionary place in one other way. The Preserve has formed a new partnership with Ocean House Management (OHM), being situated just “…21 minutes door-to-door,” from Ocean House itself, says OHM President and Managing Director Daniel Hostettler. The admired hotelier is debuting a new hotel—The Hilltop Lodge—that OHM is operating inside The Preserve. It is everything that Ocean House guests have come to expect, with 18 lavish guestrooms, a heavenly spa, magnificent outdoor pool and European brasserie-style restaurant serving perfect local preparations. All is as it should be at an OHM property—only larger. Hostettler is also delighted that Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn guests can now choose the sport of these woods for a day and return to those properties, or enjoy “glamping” on The Preserve in upscale yurts, overnighting in a real Hobbit house, or thinking small in a luxurious take on the “tiny house.” Picture the time of your life in a forest fantasy—with room service.

Preserved for Generations

A lifestyle arose over many years around sport shooting that blends European tradition with American spirit and a splendid sartorial flair. Shooting pastimes are a specialty of The Preserve. And as Mihailides methodically creates a resort oasis in the forests of southern Rhode Island for today’s traveler, he’s also thinking about sustaining it all for the future. "I built The Preserve as a legacy, as something that can be enjoyed for generations,” Mihailides said. “Preserve members can pass down their membership to loved ones, who will always have a place to come for wonderful experiences that will be lovingly preserved for them.”

Never the Same Experience

The new alliance with Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn—both a quick jaunt down the road from The Preserve—is a source of pride for Mihailides. His guests will likewise be able to enjoy the amenities at the new sister properties. “While The Preserve uniquely offers 3,500 acres of adventure and tranquility

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Top: Guests can stay in a Hobbit Hillside home. Bottom: Fine dining at the main restaurant; One of 19 shooting pavilions

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with something for everyone outdoors, the Ocean House offers a stunning private ocean beach,” he said. “Together we truly are the best of land and sea.” “If you spend just 15 minutes on that property, you immediately realize that there’s nothing else like it on the east coast of the United States,” said Hostettler, conjuring names of great sporting resorts like The Greenbrier and Palmetto Bluff. “You’ll be able to visit The Preserve a dozen times and never have the same experience twice.” Unless you want to. It is a preserve, after all. Foodies who travel are already chattering about out-of-this-world spa and fitness facilities at The Preserve, and the dining of course. While all of that is just a minute in any direction in this surprising place, people come here for things like the world-class equestrian program, the climbing walls, hiking and canoeing, and the exhilaration of an ideal natural setting. Representing a new gold standard in luxury escapes in the northeast (or frankly anywhere), The Preserve—with hospitality by Ocean House—is an adventure in the sporting life.

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“If you spend just 15 minutes on that property, you immediately realize that there’s nothing else like it on the east coast of the United States.”


REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITIES

OWN A PIECE OF THE PRESERVE

Above: A rendering of the property's Hilltop Lodge hotel Left: Upscale yurt designed for "glamping"

Whether you seek a condominium high atop a hill, a chic townhouse, an efficient "tiny home" or an impressive Mountain Modern single-family house, unique options await those who wish to own a home at The Preserve. Homes are designed in diverse configurations and built across a variety of magnificent natural settings in many sizes. Choose to live in the Uplands near creeks and rivers, enjoying ultimate privacy; or join a close-knit neighborhood. Each home is an expression of the naturally adventurous lifestyle of The Preserve. Owners appreciate the requisite Preserve Membership, which unlocks the full potential of the property, from private dining in the Club House to access to member-only amenities and activities. Visitors and non-owners can choose from a variety of Preserve membership packages as well. For more information on owning at The Preserve, contact Randi Medici at 401-539-4653 or randi@thepreserveri.com.

Below: The 18-hole golf course was designed by award-winning architect Robert McNeil.

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Designer Cozy Cabins Each model maximizes the space for luxurious living

Signature Residences Available in five models ranging from 1,800 to 4,000+ square feet

Townhomes On The Green Features open floor plans with two to four bedrooms

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SOCIAL CALENDAR SPRING & SUMMER ANNUAL

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THE SPRING & SUMMER ANNUAL Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn feature a full calendar of events, gatherings and experiences for the spring and summer, designed to create lifelong memories

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WINE & CULINARY ARTS Having a Ball! Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn hosted a meeting and masquerade gala for Relais & Châteaux. Gathered here are the International Board of Directors, celebrating the first time the annual event has taken place in the United States.

For the budding wine expert and the food aficionado alike, Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn offer foodie and wine events. This yearround series offers 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 icecold 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 During this event, shucking instruction will be offered and oyster appetizers will be 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, 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 Ocean House hosts an exclusive wine event once a month. 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 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.

In the Kitchen Culinary Education Series On select Saturdays, 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.

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.

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

Movie Nights 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.

Movie & Pizza on the Beach Build your own pizza and enjoy a contemporary family film beachside. Movies shown are produced by Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox Animation.

Signature Events Our most talked-about musical and culinary affairs, these 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.

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 their work. Guests are

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

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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The OH! Spa, a Forbes five-star destination and recipient of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award, forages ingredients from the ocean and land for treatments at this seaside sanctuary. This is the place for rejuvenation, wellness or just a well-deserved day of pampering.

CELEBRATIONS & HOLIDAYS

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

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In the Kitchen: Spring Lamb

Join our culinary experts as they showcase easy at-home preparations of different cuts of tender lamb. 3 p.m.; $65/person*

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From Vine to Wine: Riesling From Around the World Have you ever wondered about the differences among Riesling wines? Learn all about this Rhine region grape with our Group Director of Wines. 11 a.m.; $65/person*

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

Children’s Easter Tea in Ballroom: Ariel & Prince Eric Enjoy a lovely proper tea in our ballroom, with an assortment of mini sandwiches, petit fours and a performance from special guests that will delight your little ones. 2:30 p.m.; $55/adult*, $35/child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Easter Brunch in the Ballroom The Ballroom fills with family and friends (and the Easter Bunny!) as you feast on an impressive, holiday-inspired brunch buffet featuring all of the traditional favorites. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; $85/adult*, $45/child ages 4–12*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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10th Annual Easter Egg Roll & Hunt Hop over to Ocean House for the annual Easter Egg Roll and Hunt! The East Lawn buzzes with excitement as

Children meet their favorite storybook characters at the Easter Tea.

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children race to the finish line, collecting treasures and treats along the way. 10 a.m.; $15 donation for outside guests

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Easter in COAST

Enjoy an unforgettable four-course meal in COAST on Easter Sunday. Our chef and his talented team deliver a delectable culinary experience, while expansive views of the Atlantic set the backdrop for this spectacular meal. 12 to 4:00 p.m.; $125/ person*, optional wine pairing $95/person*

17 APRIL ART ADVENTURES

Artisan in Residence: Artisan Reception Meet Wood Sculptor, Mark Perry, who is a self-taught sculpture manufacturer and lives here in Westerly, Rhode Island. 5 p.m.; Complimentary, including wine and cheese

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Artisan in Residence: Wood Design & Sculpture Workshop We invite adult students to create a custom wooden sculpture with the guidance of Mark Perry using a carving gauge and mallet. At the end of this workshop, you’ll have a treasured keepsake perfect for any home décor. 9 a.m.; $145/person*

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Cabaret Series


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In the Kitchen: Wild Mushrooms

Join our culinary experts, who have foraged up some delicious wild mushrooms and will show you how to prepare them in a variety of simple recipes. 3 p.m.; $65/person*

An annual Easter egg hunt takes place at both properties.

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From Vine to Wine: Rosé in May Learn about the process behind creating the oldest known type of wine—the delightfully sweet and tart rosé—with our Group Director of Wine for an afternoon tasting of rosé wines. 11 a.m.; $65/person*

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Artisan in Residence: Meet & Greet Enjoy a chance to speak with Mark Perry, learn more about his craft and view some of his distinguished pieces. 9 a.m.; Complimentary, including coffee, tea and pastries EGGS BY ©9DREAMSTUDIO - STOCK.ADOBE.COM; MUSHROOMS BY ©SHISHIGA - STOCK.ADOBE.COM

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Artisan in Residence: Up Close & Personal Lecture Join Mark Perry in our Drawing Room as he has puts on a live demonstration of his sculpting techniques. He’ll also share his journey from his self–taught beginnings to becoming a distinguished sculptor featured in some of the most prestigious shows. 2 p.m.;

Complimentary, including wine and cheese

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In the Cellar: Italian Night

Join our culinary team as they teach you how to make simple Italian dinners and pair it with a selection of special wines from the Old Country. 3 p.m.; $65/person*

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Movie Night: Pollyanna

Children’s Mother’s Day Tea Featuring Rapunzel & Flynn Celebrate Mother’s Day with a whimsical tea party hosted by Ocean House, Rapunzel and Flynn. The interactive affair, complete with a

performance, is a special way to celebrate mom and make lasting memories for all to enjoy. 2:30 p.m.; $55/ adult*, $35/child ages 4-12*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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inspired Five-Star cuisine and world-class service make this the perfect place to honor someone special. 12 to 4 p.m.; $125/person*, optional wine pairing $95/person*

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Farm & Vine Dinner

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

Mother’s Day Brunch in the Ballroom Make Ocean House the setting of your Mother’s Day celebration, where she will be pampered with warm hospitality, stunning views and spectacular cuisine. Choose from an incredible buffet, expertly crafted for the occasion by our talented culinary experts. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; $85/ person*, $45/child ages 4-12*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Mother’s Day in COAST Make Ocean House the setting of a memorable Mother’s Day celebration. Long views over the Atlantic,

Enjoy a perfect spring night at Ocean House, with a wine reception featuring wines from Volpaia winery followed by a multicourse dinner in COAST. Join Top Chef Season 10 winner, author, TV host and Executive Chef Kristen Kish and Ms. Federica Mascheroni Stianti of Volpaia Wines for a special evening. 7 p.m.; $135/person*

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In The Kitchen: Rhode Island Oysters In this fan favorite class, our culinary experts will discuss oyster culture from growing conditions to ‘merroir’ to classic mignonette and modern variations in our Center for Wine & Culinary Arts. 3 p.m.; $65 person*

Learn to prepare recipes with wild mushrooms.

Discover a luxurious viewing experience in Ocean House’s Screening Room. Enjoy this film in the comfort of our plush theater seating, along with freshly popped popcorn, gelato and bitesized candy. 6 p.m.; $15/ person*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Enjoy a variety of music, including Standards, Blues, Jazz and Latin rhythms with a dash of comedy. 8 p.m.; $15 per member/hotel guest, $20 per non-member/ non-hotel guest*

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Movie Night: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Discover a luxurious viewing experience in Ocean House’s Screening Room. Enjoy this film in the comfort of our plush theater seating, along with freshly popped popcorn, gelato and bitesized candy. 6 p.m.; $15/person*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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From Vine to Wine: Rosés Around the World Enjoy a tasting of different styles of rosé wine in our Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, along with pairings that feature some of the first produce of spring! 3 p.m.; $65/person*

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In The Kitchen: Rhode Island Oysters In this fan favorite class, our culinary experts will discuss oyster culture from growing conditions to ‘merroir’ to classic mignonette and modern variations. 3 p.m.; $65/person*

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Farm & Vine Dinner

It’s almost summer, but we still get that crispy springtime produce we all love so much. Come enjoy a night at Ocean House with a featured farm and vine dinner, served with innovative wines from Walt and Hall. 7 p.m.; $135/person*

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Guests are treated to an Independence Day fireworks display.

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Pedicures & Prosecco

Celebrate the summer with a glass of bubbly and a lovely, relaxing Express Pedicure at Ocean House’s five-star OH! Spa. 5 p.m.; $60 person*

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Vine to Wine: Chardonnay from Around the World

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In The Cellar: Seasonal Produce & Local Wines

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Movie Night: The Absent-Minded Professor

Discover a luxurious viewing experience in Ocean House’s Screening Room. Enjoy this film in the comfort of our plush theater seating, along with freshly popped popcorn, gelato and bitesized candy.

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Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Settle into a lounge chair with classic BBQ fare and watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Iron Man

From New England to New Zealand, taste for yourself the subtle changes in Chardonnay flavors with guidance from our Group Director of Wines. 11 a.m.; $65/person*

Learn about the best produce for the spring/ summer season and taste a variety of wines made by some of our neighbors. Who knew New England had so much to offer? 3 p.m.; $65/person*

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Pedicures & Prosecco is a summer favorite.

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American Songbook with Marion Markham

Enjoy a variety of music, including Standards, Blues, Jazz and Latin rhythms with a dash of comedy. 8 p.m.; $15 per member/hotel guest*, $20 per non-member/ non-hotel guest*

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Movies & Pizza on the Beach: Toy Story 4

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Build your own pizza and settle into a lounge chair to watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

Signature Events: Independence Day Beach Ball

Celebrate the birth of our nation in style at Ocean House’s Annual Independence Day Beach Ball, featuring an incredible buffet-style menu, live music and dancing with the ocean as the backdrop. A traditional New England Lobster Boil is the star attraction, offering the best of fresh summertime seafood, inspired sides and innovative barbecue fare, and of course a colorful fireworks display over the Atlantic. 7 p.m.; $170/adult*, $140/ person age 5-20*, $65/ children 5-11, complimentary for children 4 and younger

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Movies & BBQ on the Beach: The Incredible Hulk

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Settle into a lounge chair with classic BBQ fare

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American Songbook with Marion Markham

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Movies & Pizza on the Beach: Frozen II Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Build your own pizza and settle into a lounge chair to watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7:00 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Pedicures & Prosecco

Celebrate the summer with a glass of bubbly and a lovely, relaxing Express Pedicure at Ocean House’s five-star OH! Spa. 5 p.m.; $60 person*

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Lobster Boil & BBQ

LOBSTER BOIL BY CHIP RIEGEL

Come celebrate the beautiful summer night with family and friends at a traditional New England Lobster Boil. Discover the joy in enjoying the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare and great music from our steel drum band. 6 p.m.; $115/person*, $65/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

11 JULY WINE & CULINARY ARTS

From Vine to Wine: Old World vs. New World Pinot Noir Join our Director of Wine Education to learn the background of Old World Pinot Noir and the differences between New World and Old World. 11 a.m.; $65 person*

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Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Iron Man 2

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Settle into a lounge chair with classic BBQ fare and watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Movies & Pizza on the Beach: The Secret Life of Pets 2

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Build your own pizza and settle into a lounge chair to watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

their newly published books, and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. Featured authors: Kimberly Belle (July 15) and Kristin Harmel (July 29). 5 p.m.; $25/person, includes the featured author’s book.

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Lobster Boil & BBQ

Come celebrate the beautiful summer night with family and friends at a traditional New England Lobster Boil. Discover the joy in enjoying the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare and great music from our steel drum band. 6 p.m.; $115/person*, $65/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Thor

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Settle into a lounge chair with classic BBQ fare and watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Movies & Pizza on the Beach: Malificent: Mistress of Evil Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Build your own pizza and settle into a lounge chair to watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

6 p.m.; $115/person*, $65/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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From Vine to Wine: Wines from the Rhone Valley

Join our Director of Wine Education for an exploration of some exceptional wines from France’s Rhone Valley. 11 a.m.; $65 person*

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Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Captain America: The First Avenger

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Pedicures & Prosecco

Celebrate the summer with a glass of bubbly and a lovely, relaxing Express Pedicure at Ocean House’s five-star OH! Spa. 5 p.m.; $60 person*

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

Lobster Boil & BBQ

Come celebrate the beautiful summer night with family and friends at a traditional New England Lobster Boil. Discover the joy in enjoying the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare and great music from our steel drum band.

Summer nights are filled with lobster boils and barbecues.

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Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Settle into a lounge chair with classic BBQ fare and watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Movies & Pizza on the Beach: Abominable

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Build your own pizza and settle into a lounge chair to watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

Summer Author Series

Join us for an evening with local authors discussing

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Lobster Boil & BBQ

Come celebrate the beautiful summer night with family and friends at a traditional New England Lobster Boil. Discover the joy in enjoying the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare and great music from our steel drum band. 6 p.m.; $115/person*, $65/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Signature Event: Alpine Family Carnival with Von Trapp Brewing & Hopler Wines

In honor of Swiss Independence Day, Ocean House invites you to this family affair dedicated to celebrating sweet summertime and the delights of Alpine Europe. Enjoy food, entertainment, classic carnival games, face painting and plenty of surprises. This spirited soirée is a fun way to spend Sunday evening with the family. 6:30 p.m.; $65/adult*, $35/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Iron Man 3

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Settle into a lounge chair with classic BBQ fare and watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Movies & Pizza on the Beach: Angry Birds 2

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Build your own pizza and settle into a lounge chair to watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Pedicures & Prosecco

Celebrate the summer with a glass of bubbly and a lovely, relaxing Express Pedicure at Ocean House’s five-star OH! Spa. 5 p.m.; $60 person*

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

Lobster Boil & BBQ

Come celebrate the beautiful summer night with family and friends at a traditional New England Lobster Boil. Discover the joy in enjoying

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summer night with family and friends at a traditional New England Lobster Boil. Discover the joy in enjoying the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare and great music from our steel drum band. 6 to 9 p.m.; $115/person*, $65/child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

Guests can take in many musical performances.

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the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare and great music from our steel drum band. 6 p.m.; $115/person*, $65/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

8 AUGUST WINE & CULINARY ARTS

From Vine to Wine: Loire Valley Wines Join our Director of Wine Education and learn about the different wines that come from Central France’s remarkable Loire Valley. 11 a.m.; $65 person*

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

Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Thor: The Dark World

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Settle into a lounge chair with classic BBQ fare and watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Movies & Pizza on the Beach: Onward Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Build your own pizza and settle into a lounge chair to watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

12 & 19 AUGUST M U S I C & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

Summer Author Series

Join us for an evening with local authors discussing their newly published books, and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. Featured authors: Kristy Woodson (August 12) and Gunilla Norris (August 19). 5 p.m.; $25/person, includes the featured author’s book.

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

Lobster Boil & BBQ

Come celebrate the beautiful

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

American Songbook with Marion Markham

Enjoy a variety of music, including Standards, Blues, Jazz and Latin rhythms with a dash of comedy. 8 p.m. show; $15/member/ hotel guest*, $20/nonmember/non-hotel guest*

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

Lobster Boil & BBQ Come celebrate the beautiful summer night with family and friends at a traditional New England Lobster Boil. Discover the joy in enjoying the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare and great music from our steel drum band. 6 p.m.; $115/person*, $65/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Settle into a lounge chair with classic BBQ fare and watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad

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

Movies & Pizza on the Beach: Ugly Dolls Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Build your own pizza and settle into a lounge chair to watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

22 AUGUST WINE & CULINARY ARTS

From Vine to Wine: White Wines of Italy Join our Director of Wine Education for an exploration of some exceptional white wines from the world’s largest producer of wine: Italy! 11 a.m.; $65 person*

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

Pedicures & Prosecco

Princess Pampering

Celebrate the summer with a glass of bubbly and a lovely, relaxing Express Pedicure at Ocean House’s five-star OH! Spa. 5 p.m.; $60 person*

Kids can enjoy pampering in the OH! Spa and get a special Disney Princess look, just in time for the Dinner & Disney event at Ocean House. 4 p.m.; $55/person, including Princess-inspired look with makeup & tiara

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

Lobster Boil & BBQ

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New England Lobster Boil. Discover the joy in enjoying the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare and great music from our steel drum band. 6 p.m.; $115/person*, $65/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Come celebrate the beautiful summer night with family and friends at a traditional

Dinner & Disney

Ocean House invites you and your family to “Be Our

New England Lobster Boils are a signature event.

Guest” for the magic of Disney. Create memories with your children and grandchildren during this beloved family-friendly event, which features a delicious buffet dinner and live musical performances from favorite Disney characters. 6 p.m.; $70/adult*, $40/child age 4 to 12*, $15/child age 3 and under

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

Movies & BBQ on the Beach: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Enjoy dinner and a show on Ocean House’s private beach. Settle into a lounge chair with classic BBQ fare and watch a contemporary family film. Inspired salad options, desserts and a cash bar will also be available. 7:00 p.m.; $52/adult*, $26/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Lobster Boil & BBQ

Come celebrate the beautiful summer night with family and friends at a traditional New England Lobster Boil. Discover the joy in enjoying the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare and great music from our steel drum band. 6 p.m.; $115/person*, $65/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Movie Night: The Parent Trap

Discover a luxurious viewing

experience in Ocean House’s Screening Room. Enjoy this film in the comfort of our plush theater seating, along with freshly popped popcorn, gelato and bite-sized candy. 6 p.m.; $15/person*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Signature Event: Cabaret on the Lawn with Steve Palumbo Summer isn’t over yet— not until Frank Sinatra sings! Celebrate Labor Day weekend and the end of summer with a lively performance and an elegant dinner buffet under the stars. Our last Signature Event of the season on the South Lawn, this send-off to summer is not to be missed! 7 p.m.; $125/person*

5 SEPTEMBER WINE & CULINARY ARTS

From Vine to Wine: Wines of Napa Valley Join our Director of Wine Education for an exploration of some exceptional wines from the famed Napa Valley of California. 11 a.m.; $65 person*

10 SEPTEMBER WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Farm & Vine Dinner

Join Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Barbara Lynch for a special evening, with wines from Talisman Winery. Enjoy a wine reception in the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, followed by a multicourse dinner in COAST. 7 p.m.; $135/person*

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12 SEPTEMBER WINE & CULINARY ARTS

In the Kitchen: Pickles, Preserves, Jams & Jellies

Join us in the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts as our culinary experts teach how to extend the season and save the fresh produce and ingredients you love. 3 p.m.; $65 person*

26 SEPTEMBER WINE & CULINARY ARTS

In The Cellar: Food & Wine Pairing 101

Join our culinary and wine experts to learn the basics behind choosing the right glass of wine to go with your meal, and start taking your meals to the next level 3 p.m.; $65 person*

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

Movie Night: Swiss Family Robinson Discover a luxurious viewing experience in Ocean House’s Screening Room. Enjoy this film in the comfort of our plush theater seating, along with freshly popped popcorn, gelato and bite-sized candy. 6 p.m.; $15/person*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

3 OCTOBER WINE & CULINARY ARTS

From Vine to Wine: Local Wines Join our Director of Wine Education for an exploration of some exceptional wines from right here in New England. 11 a.m.; $65 person*

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Sunday Family Pasta Night

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

Easter Egg Hunt

Hop over to Weekapaug Inn for our first-ever Easter Egg Hunt! Weekapaug Inn and the Guest Lawn will be buzzing with excitement as children race to the finish line, collecting treasures and treats along the way. Any children who find a Golden Egg will receive a special prize! Complimentary for Overnight Guests, $15 Donation for Day Guests

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

Easter in The Restaurant This Easter escape to Weekapaug Inn, where melodies of songbirds and panoramic views of Quonochontaug Pond complement a threecourse holiday menu that highlights the freshest local ingredients. Enjoy a

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24 MAY

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Supermoon Viewing Event Settle in with a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy the view from the beautiful Weekapaug Inn. Our special telescopes and our Naturalist’s knowledge of the night sky enhance the experience. 8 p.m.; Complimentary

5 APRIL Cozy up with us at the Inn on Sunday evenings and enjoy a three-course familystyle menu featuring our fresh handmade pastas, raviolis and risottos. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Starts at $30 or $40/adult*, 50% off for kids 9–12, Free 2 course from kid’s menu (8 and under)

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Trustom Pond Refuge Birding Walk spectacular Easter familystyle menu sure to delight your entire party. 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. $74/adult, optional $50 wine pairing, $37/ child (4–12 years old), complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Sunday Family Pasta Night

Cozy up with us at the Inn on Sunday evenings and enjoy a three-course family-style menu featuring our fresh handmade pastas, raviolis and risottos. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Starts at $30 or $40/adult*, 50% off for Kids 9–12, Free 2 course from kid’s menu (8 and under)

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Champagne & Oysters

Enjoy oysters on the half shell alongside hand-picked wine pairings (plus shucking instruction for those interested)! Our Naturalist will also be on hand to

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discuss the natural history of the native oyster. 5:30 p.m.; $60/person*

26 APRIL WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Sunday Family Pasta Night

Cozy up with us at the Inn on Sunday evenings and enjoy a three-course familystyle menu featuring our fresh handmade pastas, raviolis and risottos. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Starts at $30 or $40/adult*, 50% off for kids 9–12, free 2 course from kid’s menu (8 and under)

3 MAY WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Sunday Family Pasta Night

Cozy up with us at the Inn on Sunday evenings and enjoy a three-course familystyle menu featuring our fresh handmade pastas, raviolis and risottos. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Starts at $30 or $40/adult*, 50% off for Kids 9–12, Free 2 course from kid’s menu (8 and under)

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. 9 a.m.; $20/person*

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

Mother’s Day in The Restaurant Enchant mom with the scenery of Weekapaug Inn as she enjoys the three-course, family style menu showcasing regional ingredients and Chef Devin Bozkaya’s own creative flair. After your meal, find an Adirondack chair on our back lawn to enjoy uninterrupted views of Quonnie Pond with a glass of wine or a mug of tea in hand. 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; $74/ adult with optional $50 wine pairing*, $37/child ages 4–12, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Kite Fly – Inn

Our annual Fly-Inn will feature kite demonstrations, and beautiful multicolor kites will fly high in the great blue yonder. Enjoy a cookout, lawn games and live music for a memorable start to the summer season! 1 p.m.; $15/person*

5 JUNE N AT U R A L I S T

Weekend of the Spawning Moon Outfitted with lamps and boots, guided by the Naturalist and the full moon, you’ll venture across the shallows of the Pond to witness the unusual creatures glide across the sandy shallows for their ancient ritual. 5 p.m.; $20/hotel guest, $40/non-hotel guest*

7 JUNE N AT U R A L I S T

Napatree Point Oyster Catchers Napatree Point, a mile-long ribbon of sand and dune, runs west from Watch Hill toward Fisher’s Island. Join us on a historical 3-hour tour of this remarkable site. 9 a.m.; $20/person*

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Beach Bar & Hors d’Oeuvres Take a motorboat shuttle to a beautiful remote beach on Quonochontaug Pond, where you will enjoy a beach bar and hors d’oeuvres. 5 p.m.; $40/person* (21+ years)

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Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

A Weekapaug Inn tradition! Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with additional main courses, clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire. Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

3 JULY N AT U R A L I S T

Full Moon Paddle

There’s nothing quite like the light of a full moon glittering across Quonochontaug Pond. The Weekapaug Inn Naturalist leads a nighttime pond excursion, lit by moonlight and finished with a champagne toast on the beach. 7:30 p.m.; $30 per hotel guests and members, $45/ non–hotel guest*

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

Signature Events: Independence Day Family Carnival and Clambake with Fireworks WEEKAPAUG INN BY TIM MARTIN

Enjoy this charming familyfriendly carnival event with a New England-inspired lobster boil and clambake. Complete with carnival games, s’mores, live music and spectacular fireworks to close out the night. 7 p.m.; $135/adult*, $70/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

Brewmaster’s Dinner with Von Trapp Brewing

A Weekapaug Inn tradition! Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with additional main courses, clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire. Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

Join us for an evening with Sam von Trapp, proprietor of von Trapp Brewing and member of the family that inspired the iconic film The Sound of Music (Sam is Maria von Trapp’s grandson). This very special evening includes a beer reception, stories from Sam, a casual, threecourse, family-style meal, with every course expertly paired with beers from von Trapp Brewing. 6:30 p.m. $49/person* (21+ years)

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

Oktoberfest at the Weekapaug Inn

Willkommen to Oktoberfest at Weekapaug! Experience an evening en plein air with authentic German cuisine, Oktoberfest lawn games and live music by the Schwarze Schafe German Band. 6 p.m.; $65/adult*, $25/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

Families gather for the Independence Day celebration.

16 JULY WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

A Weekapaug Inn tradition! Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with additional main courses,

clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire. Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Oktoberfest at the Weekapaug Inn

Willkommen to Oktoberfest at Weekapaug! Experience an evening en plein air with authentic German cuisine, Oktoberfest lawn games and live music by the Schwarze Schafe German Band. 6 p.m.; $65/adult*, $25/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

17 JULY N AT U R A L I S T

Saturn and Jupiter Viewing On this night, Jupiter and Saturn will be at their closest points to Earth and will be at their biggest and brightest! Expect to see these mysterious giants while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. 9 p.m.; Complimentary

23 JULY WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with additional main courses, clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire. Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Oktoberfest at the Weekapaug Inn

Willkommen to Oktoberfest at Weekapaug! Experience an evening en plein air with authentic German cuisine, Oktoberfest lawn games and live music by the Schwarze Schafe German Band. 6 p.m.; $65/adult*, $25/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

30 JULY WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

A Weekapaug Inn tradition! Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with additional main courses, clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire. Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Oktoberfest at the Weekapaug Inn

Willkommen to Oktoberfest at Weekapaug! Experience an evening en plein air with authentic German cuisine, Oktoberfest lawn games and live music by the Schwarze Schafe German Band. 6 p.m.; $65/adult*, $25/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Princess Pampering

Enjoy a day of pampering like the Disney Princesses, just in time for the Dinner & Disney event at Weekapaug Inn. 4 p.m.; $55/person, including Princess-inspired look, makeup and tiara The Lobster Boil & BBQ features endless lobster and a buffet.

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

Cabaret & Dinner with Dot Reiser

Enjoy the musical stylings of Dot Reiser for a live show, “The Paintbox.” Dot Reiser is a singer-songwriter from Westerly, RI, whose songwriting style never settles down. Enjoy this colorful evening! 6:30 p.m.; $95/person*

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Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

A Weekapaug Inn tradition! Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with additional main courses, clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire. Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Oktoberfest at the Weekapaug Inn

Willkommen to Oktoberfest at Weekapaug! Experience an evening en plein air with

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authentic German cuisine, Oktoberfest lawn games and live music by the Schwarze Schafe German Band. 6 p.m.; $65/adult*, $25/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

13 AUGUST WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with additional main courses, clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire. Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Oktoberfest at the Weekapaug Inn

Willkommen to Oktoberfest at Weekapaug! Experience an evening en plein air with authentic German cuisine, Oktoberfest lawn games and live music by the Schwarze Schafe German Band. 6 p.m.; $65/adult*, $25/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Dinner & Disney

Weekapaug Inn invites you and your family to enjoy a magical night of Disney. Share childhood memories with your children and grandchildren during this beloved family-friendly event. Enjoy a live musical performance of your favorite Disney songs by the characters themselves. 6 p.m. $70/adult*, $40/child ages 4—12*, $15 children age 3 & under*

20 AUGUST N AT U R A L I S T

Beach Bar & Hors d’Oeuvres Take a motorboat shuttle to a beautiful remote beach on Quonochontaug Pond, where a beach bar and hors d’oeuvres await. There are few better ways to begin a great summer evening. 5 p.m.; $40/person* (21+ years)

20 AUGUST WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

A Weekapaug Inn tradition! Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with

additional main courses, clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire. Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Willkommen to Oktoberfest at Weekapaug! Experience an evening en plein air with authentic German cuisine, Oktoberfest lawn games and live music by the Schwarze Schafe German Band. 6 p.m.; $65/adult*, $25/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Oktoberfest at the Weekapaug Inn

Willkommen to Oktoberfest at Weekapaug! Experience an evening en plein air with authentic German cuisine, Oktoberfest lawn games and live music by the Schwarze Schafe German Band. 6 p.m.; $65/adult*, $25/ child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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

Sinatra Songs on the Pond

Michael Dutra always delights, with classic songs from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Cozy up on The Lawn and enjoy a selection of petit desserts as Michael plays tribute to two renowned icons. 8 p.m.; $45/adult*, $20/child ages 4-12*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

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Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

A Weekapaug Inn tradition! Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with additional main courses, clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire.

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

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Oktoberfest at the Weekapaug Inn

3 SEPTEMBER WINE & CULINARY ARTS

Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Guest Lawn

The final lobster boil of the season! Enjoy endless lobster and a bountiful buffet laden with additional main courses, clams, chowder, salads and kid favorites. Followed by s’mores by the fire. Quite a Night! 6 p.m.; $90/adult*, $45/child*, complimentary for children 3 and younger

1 OCTOBER N AT U R A L I S T

Harvest Moon Paddle There are few better places to see the Harvest Moon than from the Inn. Paddle from our dock to greet this famous moon from a remote stretch of beach, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and paddle home under the moon’s silvery light. 5 p.m.; $30/hotel guest*, $40/ non-hotel guest*

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