Ocean House Spring/Summer 2024

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Explore the resort’s cottages and suites


Reserve the entire Weekapaug Inn for your wedding weekend


Watch Hill Inn enhances the guest experience


Tips for exploring, shopping and dining

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12 Welcome Letter

14 Insider

Our hospitality experts share travel tips, memorable getaways and culinary news. by Elizabeth Hole and Elizabeth Keyser

19 Private Worlds Beckon

Explore the Cottage Collection and Signature Suites. by Owen McDonald

24 The Great Fire of 1916

A powerful October storm caused a devastating fire in Watch Hill. by Captain Jack Spratt

27 Local Guide

Unearth local gems and savor seaside flavors nearby and in neighboring towns. by Joey Macari and Chef Concierge Joe Witherell

44 Private Party Wedding couples and their guests enjoy exclusive access at Weekapaug Inn. by Tom Connor

46 Tranquil Setting

A couple celebrates in a sentimental place. by Tom Connor

48 Suite Offerings

Guest accommodations at Weekapaug Inn get a design update. by Tom Connor

50 Celebrating 125 Years

Since 1899, Weekapaug Inn has been a welcome getaway for guests to relax and enjoy nature.

52 Waterfront Gem

The 74-foot classic commuter yacht Aphrodite adds maritime star appeal to local waters. by Kim Kavin

54 Treat Yourself

Ocean & Harvest Spa expands wellness menu with relaxing and whimsical offerings. by Elizabeth Keyser

58 Warm Reception

New improvements enhance the experience at Watch Hill Inn. by Elizabeth Keyser

62 Summer Author Series

Writers discuss their latest books with author and Ocean House owner Deborah Goodrich Royce. by Elizabeth Hole

65 Making the Moments

When the word "staging" is part of the wedding vision, Ocean House brings ideas to life. by Kim Kavin

68 Social Calendar

Save the date for special events and gatherings planned for an unforgettable season.

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Dear Friends,

Winter has come and gone, and our dedicated hospitality teams are busy gearing up for another unforgettable spring and summer season. In the pages ahead, we will explore the many exceptional experiences that our Five-Star properties will offer when you join us.

For 125 years, Weekapaug Inn has been a special gathering spot for families, and weddings are among the most cherished events for the couples, their families, and our staff. At the Inn, it’s not just about your wedding day, but the entire wedding weekend, with a whole team—from planners to culinary masters— who are dedicated to making a full-property experience the wedding of your dreams. In this issue, we look at the special experiences and touches that make a Weekapaug wedding unlike any other. Plus, learn about the stunning new interiors of the Inn’s impressive Signature Suites, and take a look back at the last 125 years at this coastal haven.

If you’re looking for a particularly unique and luxurious stay in Watch Hill, the homes of the Ocean House Cottage Collection and Ocean House’s magnificent residential-style Signature Suites are the perfect choice. Here, we explore the exquisite private homes in our cottage rental program as well as the grand suites within the hotel, each offering its own individual blend of style and amenities, and special perks that only come with choosing these exceptional accommodations for your Ocean House vacation.

Whether your stay is at Watch Hill Inn, Weekapaug Inn or Ocean House, the Forbes Five-Star Ocean & Harvest Spa at Ocean House is yours to indulge in, offering 12,000-square-feet of pampering and a fun focus on wellness. In this issue, we look at some new and innovative treatments and wellness experiences that will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to embrace the season ahead.

Plus, take a cruise on Watch Hill’s waters aboard the elegant and historic motor yacht Aphrodite, read about the fresh lineup of authors who will join us as Ocean House owner and author, Deborah Goodrich Royce, continues her successful Author Series, learn about what’s new at Watch Hill Inn, and much more.

I hope your plans bring you to one of our properties in the months ahead; we look forward to welcoming you and creating unforgettable memories together.

Yours in hospitality,

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Two of our own hospitality experts share memorable getaways, travel tips and news about the resorts.

experience that is provided. Each dish is thoughtful and meticulously planned. The chefs put a lot of love into everything they create, and you can taste that. The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, the servers are well versed, and they can tell you the story and inspiration behind each dish.

Please tell us about your role as Executive

My role is to develop a pastry standard that exceeds expectations, and to train not only my pastry team, but everyone around me to see and share that same vision. As a brand, I also oversee the pastry program at Weekapaug Inn. We are a unique department in that we facilitate everything from banquets, weddings, custom cakes, bread, chocolate showpieces, ice cream and custom amenities to plating all the desserts across six different outlets.

What are your favorite ingredients to incorporate this season?

Tamarind, raw honey, 90% dark chocolate, persimmons, black cherry and Dulcey chocolate.

Jessica Quiet

When it comes to desserts, do you have a cooking philosophy  you can share?

Executive Pastry Chef at Ocean House Collection

Describe what makes the dining experience at Ocean House so special.

First and foremost, in addition to the pristine oceanfront location and elegant history, the immersive culinary

following inspirational chefs,

My theory is knowledge. To continue to grow in the kitchen, you need to do countless research and learn something new each day. This not only keeps you on top of what is trending globally, but also keeps the passion alive. By reading books, following inspirational chefs, even taking classes to better yourself as a chef helps keep the flame burning. Find what makes your personal style ‘you’ and build from that to stand out.

What are some new additions you’d like to incorporate for the season?

My goal is to put a lot of love into Below Deck—our gelato shop is open during the summer season. I would like to use this as an opportunity to showcase pastries as well, including some sweet grab-and-go treats!

Where is your hometown, and what’s the coolest thing to see there?

St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Dog Mountain is a really unique spot that was created by Artist Stephen Huneck

Persimmons are a favorite ingredient.

to celebrate dogs, in addition to having his studio there. It’s a fun spot to visit (especially the dog chapel).

Describe a favorite vacation. That’s a tough one! It would either be Las Vegas, Chicago or Portland, Maine. All had amazing food, phenomenal desserts,

and so much to do and see.

What is your travel-related guilty pleasure?

Cliché….but always finding the local pastry shops. Seeing what the town or city is known for and trying that. I’m just a foodie at heart, and it’s one of my favorite things when traveling!


Above: Quiet visits "The Bean" in Chicago. Right: Enjoying L.A. Burdick cookie in Boston Dark chocolate Pastry Chef. Describe what makes the
Above: Lighthouse in Portland, Maine


Pastry Chef Opens a Patisserie , Starts a Bread Program and Introduces Specialty Desserts

There’s a delicious smell wafting in the ocean air. Executive Pastry Chef Jessica Quiet has transformed Below Deck at Ocean House into a patisserie, a Europeanstyle pastry shop. The glass cases are filled with tempting desserts and the shelves are loaded with loaves of housemade breads. Gelato is still scooped—and now guests can watch the chef spin the base and blend in flavors.

Since joining Ocean House Collection in August 2023, the native Vermonter has been busy baking for Ocean House, Weekapaug Inn and Watch Hill Inn. Below Deck’s desserts reflect the from-scratch standards

Quiet believes in, along with her focus on seasonality, health, balanced flavors and contrasting textures. Donuts, éclairs, croissants and entremets, those beautiful individual layered cakes of sponge, mousses, crunchy wafers, glazes and ganache, will be among the bounty available for purchase.

Along with a new bread program, Chef Jessica creates seasonal desserts for all properties. She keeps an eye on allergens, diets and trends, preparing vegan and gluten-free desserts with antioxidant and vitamin-rich products like dark chocolate,

dark fruits and berries, citrus and sugar alternatives like raw honey, which has antibacterial properties.

“My secret ingredient is honey,” she says, “I especially love to smoke it for the desserts.” This season, she is using dark berry fruits, citrus and light florals such as hibiscus and violet. She infuses blackberries and a touch of juniper into cream to create a novel crème brulée. Her sugar profile is European, no sugar bombs, which is appreciated by the resorts’ well-traveled guests.

Chef Jessica likes her cuisine to be interactive. At Bistro, a caramelized sable (buttery French cookie) perches on the rim of the blackberry-juniper crème

brulée. Guests crack the sable in half and dip it into the silky custard and shattered caramelized sugar. Parker House rolls are served warm in a basket, and guests can pull them apart before pairing bites with “a journey” from savory Boursin to Vermont

maple butter. COAST’s five-star desserts feature Chef Jessica’s skills as a chocolatier and master of classic and contemporary techniques. She reveals how delicious vegan and gluten-free desserts can be, as she combines tamarind mousse, raw honeycomb toffee, cherry compote, and rich Valrhona chocolate into a work of edible art. Yes, soufflés are still available, but there’s always a selection of new things to try. She makes a set of seasonal desserts specifically for The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn, which changes its tasting menu monthly. Working with a Providence distillery, her next creation will be a whisky cake. At Théa’s, the beachside Mediterranean restaurant at Ocean House for guests and members only, Chef Jessica makes traditional Greek

Baklava (Siropiasta) with alternating layers of nuts and Barr Hill raw honeysoaked crispy phyllo dough. At the Mexican themed Dalia, Sous Chef Pilar Garza has taken the lead on creating authentic desserts including: Carlota de Limon, Cajeta Cheesecake, and a Mexican Spiced Chocolate Torte.

At events, her chocolate desserts are showpieces. For a Narnia-themed party, she crafted a Chocolate Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. She’s baking and decorating beautiful wedding cakes and teaching classes at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts (CWCA). Groups can take semi-private classes for four, and Chef Jessica is happy to share her love of desserts, teaching them “Anything they’ve always wanted to learn.”

Above: Custom wedding cake created by Chef Jessica Below, left to right: A decadent chocolate cake and sea-inspired cheesecake are two seasonal offerings.


Andrew Brooks

Please tell us about your role as Executive Chef at Weekapug Inn. As the Executive Chef, I conceptualize and oversee the culinary program at Weekapaug Inn. From fine dining tasting menus, hand tossed pizzas on the beach, to BBQs and lobster boils on the lawn, I am involved in every aspect of the food at the Inn. Additionally, I am responsible for maintaining our beautiful chef’s garden. From weeding and tilling to watering and harvesting, you will find me in the garden each summer morning.

What are your favorite ingredients to incorporate this season?

Spring brings excitement to our kitchen. After a long winter of root vegetables, I am excited for our favorite first-of-the-year produce to pop up. Fiddleheads, morels, garlic scapes, asparagus, rhubarb, green strawberry, nettles and so much more.

Executive Chef at Weekapaug Inn

Describe what makes the dining experience at Weekapaug Inn so special. The culinary program at the Inn is based on supporting local farmers and fisherman, and our cuisine does just that. Our always-rotating menu highlights what’s fresh in the moment.

When you have down time, what are your favorite things to do at the properties?

On my off-day, you will often find me in the water in front of the Inn digging clams. The Quonochontaug Pond is full of life, and I love staying true to Rhode Island roots and digging for quahogs in my off time. My dog Sophie loves to join me on my adventures.

Do you have any upcoming travel plans?

My wife Erinn and I are planning a trip to Manoir Hovey, a Relais & Châteaux Hotel in Quebec. About five-and-a-half hours from the Inn, it is a quick trip

across the border from where I grew up in Vermont. Quebec is beautiful, and the cuisine at Manoir Hovey looks phenomenal.

Finish this sentence:

A sensational travel experience always includes…

Food. In order to immerse yourself in another culture, you must experience their cuisine. When traveling I always find the most authentic and local cuisine offered in that area to truly understand where I am. Food is the basis of my travel.

Where is your hometown, and what’s the coolest thing to see there?

I grew up in Montpelier, Vermont. The true beauty of Vermont is found outside, so take a hike through Hubbard Park, or visit one of the many surrounding mountains. Downtown is full of shops and restaurants, so grab a slice of pizza at Positive Pie (my first restaurant job), but make sure you save room for a Bragg Farm Maple Crème.

Describe a favorite vacation. My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Northern California. For the first half of our trip, we stayed in an airstream outside of Muir Woods. We went on incredible hikes and explored San Francisco. We finished the trip touring through Napa and Sonoma, where we visited many incredible vineyards and had the opportunity to dine at The French Laundry. Touring the caves at Schramsberg Vineyards was a highlight, and their Blanc de Blanc has quickly become our special occasion favorite.

What is your travel-related guilty pleasure?

Light beer at the local dive bar. Caviar and Champagne pair great with a Miller Lite and a jukebox!

Right: On

Left: Dining at French Laundry with wife Erinn Below: Montpelier, Vermont, is Brooks' hometown. Above: Fiddleheads are on the menu, along with other local produce. days off, clamming at The Inn is a common activity. Right: Rhubard is an in-season favorite.

CULINARY JOURNEY Experience The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn

CHEF’S GARDEN // Local Bounty

Taking advantage of the chef’s garden he created three years ago at Weekapaug Inn, Executive Chef Andrew Brooks enjoys cultivating his own ingredients. “It’s truly a chef’s garden where I’m the one feeding, weeding, watering and harvesting,” he says. “It’s a great way to teach the culinary team about the importance of growing your own food.”

He focuses on vegetables and herbs that grow well in the garden and can be used in multiple recipes. “We’re going to have a lot of different bell peppers and eggplants, as well as tomatoes like San Marzano, heirlooms and Sungold, which are my favorite little treat.” For herbs, they grow basil, parsley, chives, oregano, rosemary and tarragon.

Blueberry bushes from the garden are used to sweeten up the breakfast menu too. “I like to put blueberry pancakes on the kid’s menu during that short season, and they love it,” he says. “Last year I also planted raspberry canes. They take a while to get established, but we’ll have raspberries in a couple years.”

Chef Andrew finds inspiration in the garden and looks forward to creating new recipes with the ingredients. “For me as a chef, to be able to come to work and tend a garden and cook the food from it, is a dream come true. There’s genuine care behind the food.”

Executive Chef Keeps it Fresh

Local ingredients offer a micro-seasonal taste of coastal flavors

At the Weekapaug Inn, Executive Chef Andrew Brooks believes the best ingredients speak for themselves. Taking guests on a “culinary journey through the micro-seasons of coastal New England,” he and his team focus on everything fresh and local.

“We start every dish with quality ingredients, and it is important to respect the integrity and flavor of each component,” says Chef Andrew. “My philosophy is to focus on proper technique, and the flavors will stand tall.”

At The Restaurant, the tasting menus change monthly to take advantage of local produce and seafood. “Spring starts with fiddleheads, garlic scapes and ramps,” says Chef Andrew. “It’s a four-course menu, but there are extra surprises, a multi-part amuse-bouche, a bread course with local butter and Maine sea salt, a

pre-dessert and a takeaway. It’s a beautiful experience, and we like to make it fun and surprising.”

Each meal is finished off with a signature dessert, and the sommelier offers a special wine pairing. “We have a new sommelier and executive pastry chef who are very talented,” he adds. “Chef Jessica is creating truly

What’s New at The Deck

seasonal desserts. In May, there will be strawberry and rhubarb, in June, blueberries, and in July peaches.”

“Although people dine here to celebrate milestones,” Chef Andrew explains, “The Restaurant’s approach to fine dining is approachable and relaxed. It’s also about the amazing ambience and the service.”

Overlooking the Pond at The Inn, dining on The Deck is available seasonally.

“Last summer we noticed that our guests enjoyed the lighter lunch menu of New England classics like chowder, fried calamari, lobster rolls and sandwiches, but at dinner they wanted a different menu with more substantial choices,” says Chef Andrew. “We’ve added local grilled steaks, chops, salmon and swordfish. It’s more of a bistro style menu, which you can enjoy sitting outside overlooking the beautiful pond.”

Above: Executive Chef Andrew Brooks in his chef's garden at The Inn. Above: Fresh scallops from The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn PHOTOGRAPHY: CHEF BY EVAN SUNG; FOOD BY KYLE NORTON

Private Worlds Beckon

Explore The Cottage Collection and Signature Suites

Serving as Director of Residence for Ocean House Cottages and Signature Suites, luxury hospitality expert César Arriaga specializes in creating flawless vacation experiences for discerning travelers. He is an expert in managing the rentals, matching his guests with the perfect spaces to unwind with friends and loved ones for an unforgettable stay.

Groups and families appreciate the extra space these properties afford, as well as the perks and convenience of the resort amenities. “As a guest in our cottages and suites, you enjoy the same access as our members,” says Arriaga.

On the following pages, Arriaga shares property updates and what guests can expect from the customized experience.

César Arriaga Director of Residence for Ocean House Cottages and Signature Suites
Above: Up Up & Away features seven bedrooms, a bunk room and an outdoor heated infinity pool. PHOTOGRAPHY: BY CHIP RIEGEL


Make yourself at home.” That sociable sentiment is now driving the most ambitious trend in luxury accommodations since the invention of room service.

A historic jewel atop a dreamy seaside promontory, there can be only so many rooms and suites within Ocean House itself. Given overwhelming demand for vacations here in a year when people seek real rejuvenation, the legendary escape began quietly making over select private homes in the immediate vicinity. It’s proving a smashing success with guests.

Offering everything available in the main hotel—and even a bit more—the growing collection of cottages is a hot ticket this spring and summer, as getaways take on a restorative quality, invigorating tired minds and uplifting spirits as only Watch Hill, Rhode Island, does. Inspired by the 20 Signature Suites inside the hotel, it’s all the rage in luxury leisure.


Each season, demand for Ocean House vacations grows. As a landmark property, this fabled Victorian overlooking the Atlantic can’t add new wings and adjacent structures. The beauty and tranquility of Watch Hill are precious resources, in spring and summer most of all.

For returning guests who expect nothing short of perfection, Ocean House Collection began working on private homes in Watch Hill—all just a walk from the main hotel— turning these into a network of exquisite lodgings. Think of each as its own Ocean House, but rendered on a more intimate scale, just for you and your companions.

Cesar Arriaga, Director of Residence for Ocean House Cottages and Signature Suites, points to the impeccable craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind elements found in the growing Cottage collection, noting that there’s something for every sensibility here. For 2024 one new cottage, The Oceanic , will be welcoming guests.

“The Cottages and Signature Suites are an utterly bespoke experience,” Arriaga says. With expertise in managing VIP services from check-in to departure, his rarified skillset is matched to his objective of helping Ocean House guests create unforgettable moments.

This page: The Oceanic is a restored, turn-ofthe-century cottage with a gourmet kitchen, modern pool, dining area and nine bedrooms. The property has nearly 11,000 square feet of space.




Those familiar with Ocean House know that the 60 accommodations in the main hotel feature a surpassing excellence from interior design, to furnishings, to unreal views.

For experiential travelers who come in groups or just want ultimate privacy, the cottages, a collection of unique homes a short walk from the main hotel, are being booked far in advance.

For absolute perfection, the Up Up & Away property is a prime example of the collection, offering nearly 10,000 square feet of ultimate comfort and seclusion, just down the way from the main hotel. With seven king bedrooms, a bunk room (kids instantly love it), plus eight full and two half-bathrooms, the interior is dreamily designed with huge airy spaces, a gourmet island kitchen, plus exquisite seating, dining and gaming areas inside.

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Top right four photos:

An entertaining haven, Up Up & Away has a formal dining room that seats 12 and a gracious living room with fireplace.
The Penthouse Suite features a private deck and outdoor kitchen. Indoors, there’s a living room with a spectacular view and spacious open kitchen.


Outside, the infinity pool and patio ensconced by towering flora combine into a kind of oasis as guests lose themselves exploring, swimming, dining, and kicking back. With dedicated cottage concierge service, anything you need or desire appears in a jiffy. From a burger and milkshake to a catered meal with white-glove service, it’s yours for the asking.

Arriaga explains that Ocean House Collection added two cottages in 2023 and will add more in 2024, although some details are being kept hush-hush for a high-season reveal.

“The beauty of our cottages is that they are amazing extensions of Ocean House,” he says. “Yes, you're staying in this multimillion-dollar house just down the road, but you have access to all privileges of the hotel.”


With spring and summer 2024 shaping up as a key season to put concerns of recent years behind us definitively, guests are clamoring for the 20 Signature Suites in the main hotel.

Arriaga notes that all of these distinctive suites are fit for the most demanding traveler, sharing details on two that he has a special love for: The Penthouse Suite and The Morgan Suite .

With expansive views and delightful spaces, The Penthouse Suite delivers on the promise of its name with 4,000 square feet of the most perfectly designed spaces available anywhere. From the elegant dining room with self-playing

piano to plush bedrooms, it’s literally “above it all.”

Meanwhile, the Morgan Suite is a two-floor nautical-themed fantasy filled with technical wonders like drop-down cameras in the kitchen to monitor the cooking process, to rooms of bookshelves evoking notions of the sea—or maybe a sea captain—enjoying the luxurious environs.

From a light-filled custom kitchen, grab a snack and clear your mind on the outdoor terrace. Bedrooms feature iPads that control everything from the cable to the illumination. The suite life, or a comfy cottage by the sea? Either way it’s the stay of a lifetime.

Above: There are subtly nautical textiles and accessories in every room. Left: The kitchen’s centerpiece is a hand-built Molteni range. Below, top: A local foundry created the fireplace surround. Below, bottom: A marine theme is suggested by the color palette. The Morgan Suite’s gorgeous wood trim is finished with gleaming layers of hand-applied varnish.
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The Great Fire of 1916

A powerful October storm caused devastating fire in Watch Hill

“It’s gone, it’s gone,” exclaimed Fire Chief Walter Nash, after staggering into the kitchen of his Napatree cottage, exhausted and heartbroken at the loss.

Watch Hill was quiet: the summer cottages, hotels, restaurants and shops boarded up for the winter. It was an unusually warm day for October. The weather forecast for October 18, 1916, called for a cold front to move through in the late afternoon, with temperatures dropping and gale-force winds out of the southeast.

Charles Fay had been associated with the new Watch Hill House for 11 years. Charlie wore many hats, the hotel’s liquor license was in his name, he served as manager, bouncer and caretaker. The hotel was his home.

As the sun was setting just after 5 p.m., Fay was headed to the post office on Bay Street under threatening skies, when he saw smoke and flames coming from the top floor of the east wing of the 150-room New Watch Hill House. His first thought was a lightning strike, recalling stories of the Atlantic House fire of 1872 caused by lightning.


Fay sprinted to the Chapel, ringing the church bell and calling in the emergency. Fire Chief Walter Nash, whose grandfather had built the

Above: Fully engulfed in flames, Watch Hill House was gone shortly after the storm began.

original Watch Hill House, responded with 10 Watch Hill firefighters in their Buick firetruck loaded with 2,000 feet of hose, nozzles and fittings. Captain Walter Davis and his men from the Coast Guard Station also came to fight the blaze, along with soldiers from Fort Mansfield. Firefighters quickly laid hose hooking into fire hydrants but struggled to contain the fire, because of the Hill’s low water pressure.

By the time the apparatus arrived, wind was blowing a strong gale (47 to 54 miles per hour) from the southeast, fanning the flames, and causing the fire to spread rapidly, fully engulfing the side and roof of the hotel. Nash, seeing the extent of the fire, called for mutual aid assistance from Westerly, Stonington, Pawcatuck and Mystic fire departments.

By 6 p.m., the New Watch Hill House was gone. Fifty-mile-an-hour winds pushed the flames down the hill to the Hastings cottage, while Mrs. Hastings, recovering from a stroke there, required rescue by firefighters. Julia Bush’s cottage went up in flames next.

By 7 p.m., the Colonial House (former Atlantic) was gone, the firestorm sweeping all

the way down the hill to the harbor, setting the Columbia House ablaze, flames and sparks soaring over the fishing fleet and the Coast Guard boat on the main dock, and then out into the bay for a quarter mile. The Guardsmen powered up their lifeboat, towing all vessels to safety. The fire was out of control; eerily through the flames came a flock of geese.


One hundred and fifty firefighters responded with aerial and hose apparatus, along with 3,000 feet of hose. Two engine streams and 10 hydrants’ streams were thrown. Mystic’s motor pumping engine drafting saltwater from the cove was the last line of defense defending the structures along Bay Street.

Nash now feared the worst, losing the whole village. Suddenly and miraculously, the storm— which started the conflagration—unleased a torrential downpour and extinguished the fire.

Charlie Fay, the Hastings, Julia Bush, the hotel proprietors, and the curiosity shop merchants lost everything. The total property loss was $250,000, equivalent to $7 million today. Eight firefighters were injured. While Mystic

responders Ernie Bliven and Luke McKone were refueling their pumper, petrol fumes exploded and set them on fire. Jumping into the harbor, they saved themselves, but suffered severe burns on the hands and face.


Times had changed from the heady days when Watch Hill was known as the Queen of Atlantic seaside hotel resorts. The new Watch Hill House and Colonial House owners decided not to rebuild. The impact low water pressure had in fighting the fire was immediately addressed, and the Mystic pumper’s effectiveness evaluated. Through the lobbying efforts of the women from the Watch Hill Improvement Society, a motor pumper was purchased, and the first fire station was built at Watch Hill.

Captain Jack Spratt Captain Jack, Master and Captain of sailing vessel TRIM AGAIN and motor yacht ENCORE, is a Watch Hill resident, retired Watch Hill firefighter and has sailed these waters for nearly 40 years. Jack operates historical sailing and motor yacht tours out of Watch Hill. He can be reached at 860.227.2339. This photo: Watch Hill House in ruins after the fire. Above: The owners decided not to rebuild Watch Hill House (top), but the Columbia House (bottom) was repaired.
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Historic Destinations


▶ See The Newport Mansions like never before with a private guided tour before the museum opens to the public, offered at 9 a.m. daily.

Benefit Street’s “Mile of History”

Explore historic Benefit Street, renowned for its impeccably preserved Colonial architecture, making it a standout in New England.

Don’t miss the Providence Athenaeum, where Edgar Allen Poe penned his works, or join a ghost tour along “Rhode Island’s most haunted street.”

Benefit St., Providence, RI; visitrhodeisland.com

Newport Mansions

Discover the summer havens of the wealthy elite at iconic estates like The Breakers and Marble House. These opulent retreats, steeped in Gilded Age grandeur, offer glimpses into the extravagant lifestyles of America’s captains of industry.

Newport, RI; newportmansions.org

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge

With over four miles of trails through coastal and

wetland habitats, visitors witness traces of the ancient ice sheet, seasonal changes in vernal pools and scenic views of Watchaug Pond— making it a haven for both nature lovers and history enthusiasts.

50 Bend Rd., Charlestown, RI; fws.gov

Wickford Village

Discover Wickford Village’s quaint charm alongside waterfront cafés, carriage rides along Main Street and boutique shopping. On select Fridays in spring and summer, the harbor dazzles with food, drinks and more, adding an extra layer of fun to your visit.

55 Brown St., North Kingstown, RI; histwick.org


Babcock-Smith Museum

Immerse yourself in the legacy of this notable residence, built in 1734, which hosted esteemed guests like Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. Experience the Colonial era, showcased through the mansion and Dr. Joshua Babcock’s history. Delve into the Industrial Revolution, depicted through the granite industry.

124 Granite St., Westerly, RI; babcocksmithhouse.org

Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Since 1998, the tribal-owned museum warmly invites visitors to experience the vibrant Pequot culture through life-sized dioramas and a 16th-century village.

Embrace the coastal vibe nearby and in neighboring towns. Unearth local gems, savor seaside flavors and live the season to the fullest.

Enjoy Pequot Trails walks, garden tours and film exploration offering seasonal cultural activities for all ages.

110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT; pequotmuseum.org

Mystic Museum of Art

Since 1913, this museum is a dynamic cultural hub with four galleries presenting rotating exhibitions and a permanent collection highlighting regional artists. Enjoy studio art classes covering diverse topics such as figure painting, seascapes and photography.

9 Water St., Mystic, CT; mysticmuseumofart.org

Mystic Seaport Museum

Founded in 1929, the museum preserves America’s

maritime history and is a leading research and education center. Situated in scenic Mystic, the museum boasts a recreated coastal village, shipyard and exhibits. You’ll find more than

500 historic watercraft— including the famed 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan.

75 Greenmanville Ave. Mystic, CT; mysticseaport.org

Tomaquag Indian Museum

The Tomaquag Indian Museum plans to relocate to a sprawling 18-acre campus owned by the University of Rhode Island this year.

Collaborating with partners like the Rhode Island School of Design, the museum

At Your Service

Joe Witherell

Chef Concierge at Ocean House

To enrich your stay, Chef Concierge

Joe Witherell shares some must-see destinations and expert advice. Look for his CONCIERGE TIPS about cuisine, culture, shopping, family fun and more.


honors indigenous cultures through exhibits and programs.

390A Summit Rd., Exeter, RI; tomaquagmuseum.org

Watch Hill Lighthouse & Museum

Since 1745, the Watch Hill Lighthouse has guided seafarers through turbulent waters starting from the French and Indian War. Explore historical artifacts and savor breathtaking views from the lantern room.

14 Lighthouse Rd., Westerly, RI; watchhilllighthousekeepers. org

Theater & Music

Chorus of Westerly

For over 60 years, the Chorus of Westerly, boasting a 190-voice chorus, has enthralled audiences with exceptional performances across New England and global landmarks like Westminster Abbey. Don’t miss their Summer Pops regional concert, drawing

25,000 attendees annually. Wilcox Park, Westerly, RI; chorusofwesterly.org

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Located in the bucolic seaside town of Waterford, this nonprofit theater company has been nurturing new works and emerging voices for the American stage since 1964. Experience neverbefore-seen productions in the birthplace of famed musicals such as Avenue Q and In the Heights 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford, CT; theoneill.org

Goodspeed Opera House

Situated along the picturesque Connecticut River, Goodspeed presents a diverse repertoire of original and classic musicals on its MainStage, earning acclaim as the “Home of the American Musical.” It is also the first regional theater in America to win two special Tony Awards.

6 Main St., East Haddam, CT; goodspeed.org

Granite Theatre

Nestled in a lovingly restored Greek Revival Church, this “little theatre with a big heart” presents a variety of entertainment, from Broadway plays to children’s shows and cabaret acts. Don’t miss The Drowsy Chaperone, running July 12 to August 4.

One Granite St., Westerly, RI; granitetheatre.com

Salt Marsh Opera

Envision a tapestry of heroes, villains, comedy and cliffhangers intertwined with splendid singing and music from beloved maestros at this famed opera house. Three outdoor events, Opera in the Park, Music at the Lighthouse and Broadway on the Lawn, illuminate the summer season—offering enchanting performances against a scenic backdrop. 65 Cutler Street, Stonington, CT; saltmarshopera.org

The Knickerbocker Music Center

Rock to the rhythm at The Knickerbocker Music Center, affectionately known as “The Knick.” Founded in 1993, this Westerly

destination continues the legacy of Westerly blues and beyond. 65 Cutler Street, Stonington, CT; saltmarshopera.org

Theatre By The Sea

Bill Hanney’s Theatre By The Sea earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Every summer, it entertains audiences with a vibrant lineup of four musicals, a children’s theater program and a captivating concert series.

364 Cards Pond Rd., Wakefield, RI; theatrebythesea.com

The United Theatre

A former vaudeville venue, The United Theatre is now a thriving cultural and arts center in Westerly. Locals and tourists alike come here for live performances, film screenings, lectures and community activities for all ages.

5 Canal St., Westerly, RI; unitedtheatre.org.


CONCIERGE TIP: Serious buyers should allow the concierge to arrange a private one-on-one viewing with the Managing Director at Lily Pad Gallery.

Avondale Arts

Brush up on your artistic skills at Avondale Arts. In addition to lectures, art exhibits and trunk shows, they offer painting classes, needlecrafts, horticulture design and more. Visit the Westerly gallery to appreciate beautiful art and water views. 95 Watch Hill Rd., Westerly, RI; avondalearts.com

Above: Peruse the gallery, hear a lecture or take a class at Avondale Arts. Above: The United Theatre is a cultural and arts center in Westerly. Below: Into the Wind by Michael Patterson, Lily Pad Gallery

The Charlestown Gallery

Discover a haven for Fine Contemporary American Art at this gallery, showcasing more than 200 pieces of art alongside designer jewelry and Persian rugs. Come see the diverse array of paintings and photography curated by owners Renee O’Gara and Dave “Gilly” Gilstein. 5000 S County Trail, Charlestown RI; charlestowngalleryri.com

J. Russell Jinishian Gallery

With celebrated owner J. Russell Jinishian at the helm, the gallery features more than 100 esteemed artists like Donald Demers, Christopher Blossom, John Stobart and Tim Thompson, displaying a rich collection of over 1,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ship models and scrimshaw.

152 Water St., Stonington, CT; jrusselljinishiangallery.com

Lily Pad Gallery

Set in historic Watch Hill, Lily Pad Gallery has showcased fine art for over 40 years.

Under the ownership of Alan Perlstein and Terry Hamann since 2021, it operates alongside Lily Pad West in Milwaukee, WI. Visit the gallery or make an appointment to discuss artistic needs for your home collection. Check out their exhibition at Ocean House through June 5. 1 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; lilypadgallery.com


Watch Hill & Westerly


▶ Chef Concierge Joe Witherell swears by the Cacio e Pepe fondue at The Café, a great appetizer to share with friends over cocktails

Casual Bar Pisco

Savor authentic fare at this fan-favored Peruvian restaurant. Try the delectable empanadas and braised short rib, and leave room for their traditional arroz con leche rice pudding. Don’t forget to order a classic pisco sour. 1 Railroad Ave., Westerly, RI; piscowesterly.com

The Bistro at Ocean House

Treat yourself to fresh, sustainable delights at The Bistro, located inside the scenic Ocean House. From local meats to seafood, savor brasserie classics in a casually chic setting. Don’t miss their Sunday Jazz Brunch—reservations are a must!

1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, RI; oceanhouseri.com

The Café

Experience the essence of good food and community at The Café in Westerly. Enjoy elevated classics in a welcoming atmosphere. Don’t miss the vibrant arts scene at their partner venue, The United Theatre.

3 Canal St., Westerly, RI; thecaferi.com


Built as a modern take on Westerly’s shipbuilding history, Cinder offers craft cocktails with a view of the Pawcatuck River. Delight in housemade naan tacos, vegetable bowls and a contemporary twist on BBQ. Using locally sourced ingredients, Cinder offers seasonal selections.

169 Main St., Westerly, RI; cinderrestaurant.com

The Cooked Goose

Just a short stroll from the beach, this cozy establishment has been serving loyal patrons for over

15 years. Owners Jennifer Gibson and Andrew Nathan infuse culinary prowess and hospitality with their expertcrafted menu of classics. 92 Watch Hill Rd., Westerly, RI; thecookedgoose.com

Ella’s Food & Drink

At Ella’s Food & Drink, savor upscale French and Asianfusion cuisine crafted with passion by Chef Jeannie Roland, a James Beardnominated chef who also bested Bobby Flay on the Food Network. “There is always something special!”

2 Tower Rd., Westerly, RI; ellasfinefoodanddrink.com

High Hope Tavern

For an atmosphere that’s high on hope and drinks that hit the spot, trot over to High Hope Tavern. This Westerly hotspot blends New England charm with roaring ‘20s vibes, turning out coastal cuisine and specialty cocktails.

18 High St., Westerly, RI; highhopetavern.com

Longo Ristorante & Pizzeria

Experience Longo Ristorante Pizzeria, where quality Italian cuisine meets the warmth of Sunday family dinners. Savor traditional fare like the North End pizza topped with sausage, broccoli rabe and mozzarella, or classic spaghetti carbonara. 84 High St., Westerly, RI; pizzerialongo.com

Nana’s Westerly

Step into Nana’s Westerly, where tradition meets innovation. Nana’s serves up organic delights—from bakery goods to pizzas and drinks— all crafted with care. It’s a cozy brunch haven, a pizza paradise, and a shoe store all rolled into one.

82 High St., Westerly, RI; nanasri.com

Above: The Bistro at Ocean House serves brasserie favorites with a New England twist. Below: After a meal at The Café, catch a show at The United Theatre.

Upscale COAST

Executive Chef Terence

Feury’s seafood expertise shines through at Ocean House, serving up dishes like halibut with caviar and Maine lobster paired with scallops. Land options include Vermont quail and Wagyu strip loin. Enjoy a prix-fixe fourcourse menu or upgrade to a five-course tasting journey, while relishing unbeatable views at one of the world’s best waterfront restaurants. 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, RI; oceanhouseri.com

Olympia Tea Room

This cherished familyowned establishment has flourished for more than a century—offering an idyllic dining escape with Euro-inspired ambience. Enhanced by locally sourced cuisine and a meticulously curated wine selection, it’s the perfect spot for summer sunsets— especially with

its inviting sidewalk seating. 74 Bay St., Watch Hill, olympiatearoom.com

The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn

Experience a warm and inviting culinary journey at The Restaurant, welcoming both hotel guests and locals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Savor fresh, flavorful dishes for breakfast and lunch, and

for dinner, don’t miss Chef Andrew’s innovative four-course tasting menu or his signature favorites.

25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, RI; weekapauginn.com


Koi Japanese Cuisine

Unwind at KOI Japanese Restaurant for the freshest sushi and sashimi around. With quality ingredients and no MSG, it’s the ultimate Japanese dining experience. Dive in for unbeatable hibachi lunch specials or unwind with dinner in a relaxed ambience.

65 High St., Westerly, RI; koijapaneserestaurantri. com


Amigo’s Taqueria & Tequila

At Amigo’s Taqueria & Tequila, enjoy homestyle Mexican dishes and specialty margaritas in a cozy, colorful setting. Nightlife thrives here, especially on karaoke nights. Gather friends for tacos and custom margaritas, and dive into the vibrant

atmosphere that never disappoints.

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

Surf Cantina

Inspired by vibrant Mexican flavors and vintage coastal charm, Surf Cantina is a lively spot for modern Mexican fusion with unbeatable vibes. Don’t miss sunset hours from 4-6 p.m., offering $2 tacos, Mexican flatbreads and flavorful cocktails. Bring your margarita over to the pool table for extra fun! 15 Canal St, Westerly, RI; surf-cantina.com

Mystic, Stonington & Beyond


Noah’s is known to have the very best and sweetest of Stonington’s famed sea scallops. The concierge’s favorite preparation is over their housemade fettucine with arugula and walnut pesto.


Engine Room

Embracing its namesake, The Engine Room occupies the meticulously restored Lathrop Marine Engine Building, offering a sought-after gastropub experience. Dive into New American comfort fare, highlighted by their signature burger, alongside a rotating beer and cocktail selection and stunning views of the Mystic River.

14 Holmes St., Mystic, CT; engineroomct.com

Mix Rooftop

With a touch of South Beach flair and New England charm, this rooftop bar and restaurant offers Happy Hour specials and crafty small plates that are sure to mix up your routine with added excitement.

5 Water St., Mystic, CT; mixmystic.com

Above: COAST at Ocean House offers five-star cuisine and water views. Above: The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn showcases coastal flavors. Below: Olympia Tea Room is a lively spot for bistro dining and enjoying the Watch Hill sunset. PHOTOGRAPHY: THE COAST BY CHIP RIEGEL; OLYMPIA TEA ROOM BY JOSH

Noah’s Restaurant

Noah’s Restaurant, situated in charming Stonington, delights diners with its inviting atmosphere, lively bar and “slow scratch” cooking ethos. With ever-evolving specials based on fresh ingredients, it’s where culinary dreams meet healthy appetites.

13 Water St., Stonington, CT; noahsfinefood.com

Destination Dining

Essex Clipper

Dinner Train

Embark on a top-notch dining adventure aboard a beautifully restored 1920s Pullman car, offering one of the finest culinary excursions on the East Coast. Delight in a four-course meal while traversing the picturesque landscapes of the Connecticut River. uniqueessexsteamtrain.com


Bravo Bravo

This tried-and-true seaside favorite features exquisite Italian cuisine, with housemade fresh pastas, signature entrees and delectable desserts. Don’t miss their renowned happy hour specials and sidewalk seating, perfect for soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Mystic during the summer season.

19 East Main St., Mystic, CT; bravobravoct.com

Mango’s Wood Fired Pizza Co.

Mango’s Wood-Fired Pizza Co., founded by local brothers Stefan Ambrosch and Ben Hall, has delighted Olde

Mystick Village with real Neapolitan pizza since 2016. Named “Southeastern CT’s Best” by Connecticut Magazine, customers come here for artisanal pies, salads, sandwiches

and the vast craft beer selection.

27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; mangospizza.com


Johnny’s Peking Tokyo

Discover Johnny’s Peking Tokyo, where Japanese fusion and Asian cuisine unite. Indulge in over two dozen specialty sushi rolls, like the Dinosaur Roll or savor non-sushi options like Pad Thai. Offering lunch, dinner and catering services, it’s your go-to for delicious Asian flavors.

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

Samurai Noodle Bar & Grill

Visit Samurai Noodle Bar & Grill in downtown Mystic for an exotic dining experience adorned with cherry blossoms. Tuck into authentic Japanese ramen noodle soup, Asian BBQ and sushi. Watch fresh noodles being made daily and choose from 18 beers on tap.

27 West Main St., Mystic, CT; samurainoodlemystic.com


Milagro Café

This cozy spot earns praise akin to West Coast favorites. Start off with housemade corn tortilla chips crisped to perfection. Tequila connoisseurs rejoice over the large tequila selection, and the tropical margarita is sensational. 142 Water S., Stonington, CT; milagrocafe142.com



▶ Matunuck Oyster Bar is infamously “booked solid” throughout the season, but our concierge team has insider access for VIP reservations.

▶ James Beard-nominated Shipwright’s Daughter offers innovative, sustainable cuisine and is a favorite of our Chef Concierge.


Coast Guard House

Perched on the shores of Narragansett Bay, Coast Guard House Restaurant, once a U.S. Coast Guard station, has been a culinary beacon since the 1940s.

Renowned for locally harvested seafood and a stellar wine selection, it offers unrivaled views and a stellar dining experience. 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI; thecoastguardhouse. com

Dog Watch Café

Experience a taste of maritime history at Dog Watch Café in charming Stonington Borough. Try fresh seafood like Watch Hill oysters and Stonington sea scallops, while enjoying harbor views. Be sure to unwind on the front terrace or dockside “Dog Pound” for unforgettable sunsets. 194 Water St., Stonington, CT; dogwatchcafe.com

Matunuck Oyster Bar

Perry Raso, the visionary behind Matunuck Oyster Bar, started as a child shellfisher and evolved into an oyster farmer. His journey led to a renowned restaurant serving fresh oysters and organic veggies and was listed on The New York Times “23

Best American Dishes list of 2023.” With a commitment to sustainability, education and delicious food, this is a must-visit spot. 629 Succotash Rd., S. Kingstown, RI; rhodyoysters.com

Oyster Club

Oyster Club boasts chic boat-to-table cuisine and stunning Mystic River views. Chef Renee Touponce’s James Beard Award Semifinalist nod for Best Chef Northeast highlights its exceptional culinary prowess.

Below: Noah’s Restaurant serves up fine dining in a casual setting. Above: Located beneath Whaler’s Inn, Shipwright’s Daughter is a lively seafood spot in Mystic.

Sea Food Sea Friends Sea View

The Coast Guard House gives a whole new meaning to waterfront dining. Perched directly over the Atlantic, it offers an unparalleled view with many indoor and outdoor dining options. While the view is spectacular, the food, beverages and service will keep you coming back.

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Don’t miss The Treehouse, an outdoor deck offering picturesque downtown Mystic views.

13 Water St., Mystic, CT; oysterclubct.com

Port of Call

Discover a fresh seasideinspired cocktail bar and eatery offering two distinct levels—an upper-level saloon featuring tapas-style dishes inspired by port cities worldwide, and a lower-level pub serving a relaxed menu of small plates like pupusas and boquerones, as well as their locally sourced fish entrees featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients.

15 Water St, Mystic, CT; theportofcallct.com

Red 36

At Red 36, summer dining means airy vibes and waterfront fare. The restaurant’s expansive windows open to an outdoor oasis, where you can savor fresh seafood while soaking in the Mystic River scenery. Visit for a taste of seaside bliss and unbeatable offerings.

2 Washington St., Mystic, CT; red36ct.com

Shipwright’s Daughter

The Shipwright’s Daughter, anchored beneath the Whaler’s Inn, sets sail on a culinary adventure, blending sustainability with sensational flavors. With seafood as its compass and seasonal ingredients as its map, this award-winning eatery promises a voyage of taste bud delights.

20 E Main St., Mystic, CT; shipwrightsdaughter.com

S&P Oyster Co.

Spice up your dining experience with a touch of South American flair at S&P Oyster. Chef Edgar Cobena’s creations blend zesty seasonings with authentic seafood, offering a unique twist on New England classics like calamari and whole fish dishes.

1 Holmes St., Mystic, CT; sp-oyster.com

Spain of Narragansett

Family-owned since 1987, Spain of Narragansett blends Mediterranean influences with traditional Spanish dishes. Savor paella and seafood in the elegant dining room or seasonal courtyard. Paired with an

extensive wine list, this gem is a culinary journey worth revisiting.

1144 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI; spainri.com

Watch Hill, Westerly & Beyond


The Candy Box

Step into The Candy Box in Watch Hill and rediscover your inner child. Indulge in creamy fudge, handmade

treats like chocolate turtles and classic saltwater taffy. Located between the ocean and Little Narragansett Bay, it’s a sweet retreat for locals and visitors alike.

14 Fort Rd., Watch Hill, RI; Instagram: candyboxwatchhill

Dave’s Coffee

At Dave’s Coffee, try a variety of roasts and the renowned Dave’s Coffee Syrup, ideal for Rhode Island’s beloved coffee milk. Indulge in treats like sea salt chocolate chip cookies, cold brew with a splash of Dave’s flavor, and egg sandwiches on homemade English muffins. 5193 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI; davescoffee.com

Deviant Donuts

Deviant Donuts serves up small-batch gourmet delights and craft coffee. Indulge in a variety of brioche, cake, crullers, and even glutensensitive and vegan options. Don’t miss their innovative CRÖ-DÖ creation—a fusion of croissant and donut! 27 Coogan Blvd., Building 6, Mystic, CT; deviantdonuts.com

Hauser Chocolatier

Discover the sweet world of Hauser Chocolatier in Westerly. Delight in fine truffles and chocolates crafted by a real Swiss chocolatier. Your little ones with a big, sweet tooth will love to view the chocolate making process through the big glass windows.

59 Tom Harvey Rd., Westerly, RI; hauserchocolates.com

Knead Doughnuts

Try the award-winning doughnuts from this Westerly destination, where the baked goods are made from scratch daily and the ingredients are the highest quality. The menu changes seasonally to make room for new innovations.

16 Broad St., Westerly, RI; kneaddoughnuts.com

Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream

For over a century, Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream has been crafting the best homemade ice cream, continuing a tradition of excellence since the 1800s. This seaport staple uses top-of-the-line, locally

Above: Matunuck Oyster Bar has pond-to-plate and farm-to-table cuisine. Below: Coast Guard House is a popular Narragansett destination.


Open until 7PM on Saturdays from June - September



sourced cream, free of added hormones and preservatives to create classic sundaes, shakes, frappes and soda fountain favorites.

2 West Main St., Mystic, CT; mysticdrawbridgeicecream. com

Sift Bake Shop

Indulge in French-inspired delights at Sift, with locations in Watch Hill, Mystic and Niantic. Owned by Pastry Chef Adam Young, Sift offers artisanal breads, breakfast pastries, savory bites and a selection of coffees and tea. Open daily, you can enjoy life’s sweet moments seven days a week.

102 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; 5 Water St., Mystic, CT; 185 Main St., Niantic, CT; siftbakeshopmystic.com

Breweries & Vineyards


▶ Join us for Wine Camp Weekend to blend your own wines in partnership with Jonathan Edwards Winery.

Barley Head Brewery

Visit Barley Head Brewery, Mystic’s quaint nano-brewery and bar, where local ingredients craft unique brews. Enjoy the rotating beers on tap and soak in the Art Series, showcasing local artists on the walls. It’s a taste of Mystic’s vibrant culture in every sip.

12 Water St., Mystic, CT; barleyheadbrewery.com

Beer’d Brewing Company

Located in the historic American Velvet Mill, this independent craft brewery produces a variety of

brews—blending innovation with accessibility. Passionate about fostering a sense of community, they proudly invite beer enthusiasts of all levels to join their flavor-filled journey. 2 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, CT; beerdbrewing.com

Grey Sail Brewing

Step aboard Grey Sail for a journey through top-notch ales, stouts and Kolsch.

Celebrating 12 years, they’ve invested in clean energy with solar panels, reducing their environmental footprint. Sip on their new Anniversary Triple IPA and cheers to sustainability!

63 Canal St., Westerly, RI; greysailbrewing.com, southcountydistillers.com

Whalers Brewery

Established in 2011, Whalers Brewing Company leads the craft beer scene with

their innovative sour brews. Proudly crafting, canning and kegging on-site at their Palisades Mill campus, they’ve earned acclaim including the 2014 People’s Choice “Best Brewery” at the Great International Beer & Cider Competition in RI. 1174 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, RI; whalers.com


Jonathan Edwards Winery

Sip, swirl and savor at Jonathan Edwards Winery, a top wine destination since 2002. Boasting 20 acres of vineyards and open year-round, guests can enjoy tastings or indulge in a glass or bottle amid picturesque surroundings. Don’t miss their summer concert series or coveted winery weddings.

74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT; jedwardswinery.com

Kingdom of the Hawk Vineyard

Nestled in North Stonington’s embrace, Kingdom of the Hawk, a remarkable vineyard by the Saltwater Farm Vineyard proprietors, boasts award-winning wines against a backdrop of scenic countryside vistas. With its inviting barn setting, complete with lofty arches and rustic charm, it’s an idyllic locale for weddings and celebrations alike. 113 Pendleton Hill Rd., North Stonington, CT; kingdomct. com

Langworthy Farm Winery

Located on Governor Samuel Ward’s historical homesite, Langworthy Farm invites you to unwind on its porches or under the shade of one of the largest Norway Maple Trees in the U.S. Just minutes from Misquamicut Beach and nearby attractions, enjoy wine tastings year-round at this renowned winery.

308 Shore Rd., Westerly, RI; langworthyfarm.com

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Situated in Stonington, Connecticut, Saltwater Farm Vineyard sprawls across 100 scenic acres with 15 acres dedicated to grapevines. Its WWII-era hangar, repurposed as a winery, stands as a testament to history—boasting striking architectural features and offering a unique wine-tasting experience. 349 Elm St., Stonington, CT; saltwaterfarmvineyard.com

Stonington Vineyards

Since 1987, Stonington Vineyards, founded by Nick and Happy Smith, has been crafting premium European-style wines. With renowned Winemaker Mike McAndrew at the helm, their barrel-fermented Chardonnays and blends have earned accolades. Visit

PHOTOGRAPHY: JONATHAN EDWARDS BY BUZZ MEDIA; DAVE’S COFFEE CONTRIBUTED Below: Dave’s Coffee is known for small-batch roasting. Above: Jonathan Edwards Winery was established “to make great wine and enjoy life more often.”



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523 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, CT; stoningtonvineyards.com



▶ JHuhn Lifestyle’s fashions are available in the Ocean House Boutique, and the concierge can arrange a fitting for bespoke tailoring in their guest room.

bella tu

bella tu is a luxury resort collection inspired by ancient Indian motifs. Each style is meticulously crafted using hand-embroidered linens, block-printed cottons and intricately beaded velvets, and designed for elegance and ease—perfect for globetrotters. bella-tu.com

Book Barn

Tucked away in the charming seaside town of Niantic, The Book Barn is a beloved hub for book lovers. With three locations filled with literary treasures and charming nooks and crannies, it’s a

delightful retreat where cat companions and goat guides accompany your literary adventures.

Main Barn: 41 West Main St., Niantic, CT; bookbarnniantic.com

Broadview Florist and Garden Center

At Broadview Florist and Garden Center, budding botanists and floral fanatics bloom with joy! From seasonal delights to bridal

blooms, it’s the perfect spot for those who love to “leaf” it all behind and embrace nature’s beauty.

5 Langworthy Rd., Westerly, RI; broadviewgardencenter. com


Ahoy there! BURGEE was launched in 2021, born from a passion for the ocean and coastal New England living. The store offers curated coastal styles for men,

women and home, alongside select vintage treasures. Its Mystic location is so popular, the owners have added a Watch Hill outpost. 14 W. Main St., Mystic, CT; 27 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; burgeemystic.com

Christina Limited

Discover a treasure trove at Christina Limited. Amidst rescued porch columns and paneled windows, find unique clothing, jewelry and gifts. From Free People, to handpicked brands, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic boutique.

1 Canal St., Westerly, RI; Instagram: christinaltdstore

Christina Stankard Jewelry

Christina Stankard, originally a painter, infuses her jewelry with unique gemstones and elegant design. With personalized service and meticulous attention to detail, each piece becomes a one-of-a-kind treasure, perfect for any occasion. 100 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; christinastankard.com

Coco and Lala

It’s always summer at Coco and Lala, with their vibrant neon signs and pink doors. With two shops for women and kiddos, they offer flowy summer dresses and Watch Hill sweaters, plus adorable mommy-and-me outfits. 103 & 119 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; cocoandlala.com

Elizabeth McKay

Elizabeth McKay, a youthful luxury label, blends classic American sportswear with modern flair. Since 2006, Creative Director Elizabeth McKay Jenkins has infused bold prints, vibrant colors and luxurious fabrics into timeless silhouettes that effortlessly transition from day to night. 101 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; emckay.com


Step into Farmesthetics, where nature meets luxury in skincare. With 100% natural products and an old-fashioned apothecary style, it’s a refreshing departure from the ordinary. Pamper yourself with their handmade soaps, bath salts and rejuvenating facials. farmaesthetics.com

Galapagos Boutique

Don’t miss this fashion haven boasting top designer brands like J Brand, Diane von Furstenberg and more. Owner Sandra Lanning curates a collection that’s both chic and eclectic, with everything from velvet pants to Ted Baker classics. Be sure to try the unique cafe featuring craft coffee from Dave’s Coffee.

5193 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI; galapagosboutique.com

Grand & Water Antiques

Discover this charming Stonington shop specializing in high-end pieces handpicked for their uniqueness. You’ll find local estate items like furniture, paintings, silverware and more. Plus, take advantage of their redesigning, staging and project management services.

135 Water St., Stonington, CT; grandandwater.com

Gray Goose Cookery

This kitchen wares store carries colorful Le Creuset French ovens and Wusthof knives. Brides, grooms, and cooking enthusiasts come here to stock their kitchens and hone their skills at the store’s cooking classes.

93 Watch Hill Rd., Westerly, RI; graygoosecookery.com

Highpoint Home

Come on into Highpoint Home—interior designer

Kaitlin Smith’s snug boutique nestled in Watch Hill. From

Below: Julie Huhn is one of the founders of JHuhn Lifestyle, which offers custom clothing, art, interior design and home accents.
Above: Stonington Vineyards hosts wine tastings, tours and events like the Summer Concert Series.

Memorial Day to Labor Day, discover unique furniture, handcrafted pillows, local candles and more. With a focus on blue hues and lively patterns, it’s a reflection of Smith’s style.

6 Fort Hill Rd., Watch Hill, RI; highpointhomedecor.com

JHuhn Lifestyle

JHuhn Lifestyle, the brainchild of twin sisters

Julie Huhn and Jamie Huhn Garcia, epitomizes luxury

living. Julie crafts bespoke, custom clothing, while Jamie provides inspired interior design services. From clothing and interiors to art, pillows and dog robes, they do it all. Shop the collection at Ocean House’s boutique. 103 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; jhuhnlifestyle.com

JC’s of Watch Hill

Carrying a chic selection of resort attire, swimwear and accessories, JC’s of Watch Hill

has been a local staple for over 50 years. Shop for styles that look great on “everybody and every body.”

62 Bay St, Watch Hill, RI; @jcs_of_watch_hill

J. McLaughlin

Revisit J.McLaughlin’s timeless style at their store across from the historic Watch Hill Merry-Go-Round. Founded in 1977, this modern classic American sportswear and accessory brand offers signature classic style— with each store nationwide uniquely reflecting its town’s local color and character. 124 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; jmclaughlin.com

Kiel James Patrick

At the flagship store on Bowen’s Wharf, visitors can immerse themselves in the coastal lifestyle that has defined the brand since 2009. Guests explore signature KJP apparel and jewelry, including their signature anchor bracelets, along with exclusive pieces and local antiques.

3 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; kieljamespatrick.com

Kimberly Pucci Atelier + Vault

Indulge in the exquisite world of Kimberly Pucci Atelier + Vault, where luxury meets craftsmanship. Inspired by Tuscan heritage and Rhode Island roots, Kimberly Pucci offers bespoke handbags, jewelry, and décor for the discerning client. 449 Thames St., Newport, RI; kimberlypucci.com

La Cote Mystic

Dive into luxury at La Cote Mystic, your destination for personal accessories, exquisite jewelry, home décor and unique gifts. Explore a selection of brands like OSEA and Poppy & Pout—indulging in natural necessities and

lifestyle essentials that elevate your everyday experience.

16 W. Main St., Mystic, CT; lacotemystic.com

Lilly Pulitzer No summer is complete without a new Lilly. Since the 1950s, Lilly Pulitzer has epitomized preppy, resortinspired fashion. Known for vibrant, colorful designs— including iconic shift dresses—find your perfect piece at their Westerly and Newport locations.

31 Bay St., Westerly, RI; 471 Thames St., Newport, RI; lillypulitzer.com

Main Street Soap Emporium

Believing in accessible self-care, everything in the store is under $30. Take home handcrafted bath and body products, candles, face tools, gift baskets and the skincare line from Newport’s Shore Soap Co.

22 East Main St., Mystic, CT; mainstsoap.com

Mystic Disc

With a treasure trove of new, used and rare records at unbeatable prices, Mystic Disc been the groove haven since 1983. Captain Dan

Above: Broadview Florist and Garden Center is a Westerly favorite for seasonal offerings and bridal blooms. Below: BURGEE Mystic has “St. Barths meets coastal New England” style.
Below: Galapagos Boutique is known for stylish and eclectic fashion.

Curland steers this ship— sharing his passion for tunes with every customer.

10 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, CT; mysticdisclp.com

OMO Jewels

Situated within the Avondale Arts Gallery, OMO Jewels, which stands for “On My Own,” is your one-stop shop featuring

a curated collection of artisan jewelry, clothing, accessories, ceramics, handblown glass and unique gifts.

95 Watch Hill Rd., Westerly, RI; avondalearts.com

Rochelle’s Boutique

Step into Rochelle’s Boutiques, where every piece tells a story of style and sophistication. Specializing in the latest trends and timeless classics, they offer a curated selection of women’s clothing, accessories and shoes from global brands. With locations in Mystic, Newport and Watch Hill, they tailor and photograph each look to perfection—ensuring you’ll always be in vogue.

117 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; 381 Thames St., Newport, RI; 11 Cottrell St., Mystic, CT; rochellesboutique.com

Sandra Liotus Lighting Design, LLC (SLLD)

In the art of lighting, American designer Sandra Liotus and British engineer Sir David Crampton-Barden lead the charge—crafting sophisticated and ecofriendly custom lighting systems. Their brilliance graces homes and art collections, showcased in venues like the Weekapaug Inn. sandraliotuslightingdesign. com

Sara Campbell

At Sara Campbell, style meets simplicity with a touch of elegance. Embrace classic, feminine designs that effortlessly shift from desk to downtime. Experience exceptional service and fashion with flair.

1 Bay St., Westerly, RI (open seasonally); 115 Bellevue Ave., Newport,

RI (open all year); saracampbell.com

Sea Bags

Sea Bags, born from sails, brings joy to its customers with nautical totes and accessories. Each bag tells a story, retaining the essence of its seafaring past. Made in Maine using local materials, they embody the spirit of New England’s waters.

101 Bay St., Watch Hill, RI; 36 West Main St., Mystic, CT; 25 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI; seabags.com

Stonington Jewelry

Located in Cannon Square, Stonington Jewelry has adorned patrons for over two decades. Specializing in pearls, opals and vibrant gemstones, you’ll find a treasure trove of sterling silver, nautical motifs and other unique delights. Shop for fine embellishments and distinctive art.

67 Water St., Stonington, CT; stoningtonjewelryusa.com

The Velvet Mill

Situated in Stonington and just under five miles from downtown Mystic, The Velvet Mill has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis from a

derelict mill to a vibrant artisan and small business hub. It houses local favorites like The Stonington Village Farmers Market and Beer’d Brewing Company.

22 Bayview Ave., Stonington, CT; americanvelvetmill.com


For husband-and-wife duo Eric and Georgia Jones, WH2O is a decade-long dream come true—offering a blend of edgy sophistication and unique merchandise in Watch Hill. With Georgia’s upbringing in the iconic Olympia Tea Room, they curate an upscale shopping experience year-round, showcasing local, national and international finds. Be sure to also check out their sister store, La Cote Mystic. 92 Bay St., Westerly, RI; wh2ocollection.com

Above: OMO Jewels, located in the Avondale Arts Gallery, carries unique jewelry, gifts and clothing.
Above: Rochelle’s Boutique features several contemporary brands and on-trend styles. Above: Shopping at Stonington Jewelry is like going on a treasure hunt.



▶ Consult the concierge for exclusive access to animal experiences and “behind-the-seas” tours with the Animal Husbandry teams at Mystic Aquarium

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Experience nature at its finest at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center—a sanctuary with over eight miles of trails, a museum and educational programs. From guided hikes to birdwatching, there’s something for everyone in the great outdoors.

109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, CT; dpnc.org

The Dinosaur Place

Embark on a Jurassic journey at The Dinosaur Place, a 60-acre adventure park teeming with life-sized dinosaurs and nature trails. Enjoy mini golf, indoor activities and fossil-themed souvenirs for a memorable prehistoric experience. 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT; naturesartvillage.com

The Fantastic Umbrella Factory

Witness the enchanting charm of this whimsical destination, set on a historic farmstead. Explore gift shops, a plant nursery and a petting zoo. Don’t miss the Small Axe Cafe and onsite henna artist for a truly unique adventure. 4820 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI; fantasticumbrellafactory. com

Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory

Embark on an astronomical adventure at Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory. Perfect for budding astronomers, enjoy free Stargazing Nights every Friday for awe-inspiring views of the cosmos.

61 Park Ln., Charlestown, RI; frostydrew.org

Mystic Aquarium

Discover the wonders of Mystic Aquarium, home to thousands of marine mammals, fish, invertebrates, and reptiles. Engage with beluga whales, African penguins and sharks in captivating indoor and outdoor exhibits, fostering conservation awareness and research.

55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT; mysticaquarium.org

Sail Trim Again

Set sail on a maritime adventure with Captain Jack aboard the historic sailing catboat yacht, Trim Again, or his classic wooden motor yacht, Encore. Enjoy private day sails, sunset cruises and themed excursions, from harbor seal encounters to guided history tours. Experience the allure of the sea.


Terra Firma Farm

Discover Terra Firma Farm, where Farmer Brie cultivates pasture-based livestock and poultry, emphasizing the importance of land stewardship. Join seasonal farmers markets, Farm Storytime and more, all while savoring some delicious frozen yogurt.

564 Norwich-Westerly Rd., N. Stonington, CT; terrafirmafarm.com

Above: Mystic Aquarium features hands-on activities, exhibits and events. Above: Captain Jack Spratt from Sail Trim Again takes guests on sunset cruises, private charters and history tours.

Picture Perfect and Exclusivley Yours

Reserve the entire Inn for your wedding weekend

For couples looking for a bespoke wedding experience, Weekapaug Inn arranges one-of-a-kind events where the only guests on property are part of the celebration. Rather than walking into the lobby and seeing signs for competing wedding parties and meetings, it’s as if the Inn and its outbuildings were designed for only your wedding party. In fact, as the Weekapaug management and staff see it, nothing matters except for the bride and groom’s enjoyment and time together with family and friends. They enjoy creating a “house party atmosphere.”

“From Friday’s arrival until Sunday's departure, every square inch of the property is yours,” says Brian Honan, Group Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ocean House Collection.

That’s because of a special event buy-out program during the peak season: All 33 rooms, including four two-bedroom Signature Suites within the Inn, are exclusively reserved by the couple and their families for the duration of the weekend. With no other events booked during that time, there’s no one for the bride and groom to run into except family members and friends.

“It’s about realizing you know everybody on the property, and the staff is dedicated to you,” notes the Inn’s General Manager Daniel

Below: Bride Lisa Ault with her wedding party. The ceremony was held on the Guest Lawn.

Abrashoff, who adds that virtually every aspect of the weekend can be customized by the bride and groom. In close coordination with a dedicated event planner who takes charge of every detail, this could mean everything from keeping the pool open late and requesting lastminute changes to the menu to scheduling special outings and events.

Nothing is out of the question. For one fitness-oriented couple, their event planner organized a 5K run the morning of the wedding for themselves and all their guests. Another couple wanted family members and friends to join them for a polar plunge the morning after the wedding, and they happily ran down the beach en masse.

The Weekapaug Inn’s setting and history only add to the immersive quality of the wedding experience. The Inn occupies a peninsula dividing two salt ponds used for paddle sports and sailing. But it also serves as a kind of sanctuary from the rest of the world. Although the interior of the Inn was completely redecorated in 2012, it has retained a weathered, coastal New England charm that’s timeless.

People getting married at the Inn appreciate how it is down to earth—or sand—at nearly sea level with an authenticity that charms as it calms one of the most stressful occasions in a couple’s life.

This year, the Inn is celebrating its 125th anniversary. “What draws couples here is obviously the look and feel of the place, but also the sense of history,” notes Honan. “It’s almost as though the property becomes more a part of your celebration than your celebration is part of the event.”

“The Inn,” he adds, “is truly magical!”

Left and below: The Guest Lawn offers picturesque pond views for wedding ceremonies. Below: The SeaRoom can seat 60 guests. Above and right: MeetingHouse windows open up to an extraordinary view of the pond and ocean. Above: A couple enjoys a cruise on the Inn's Quonnie Queen. The Inn's planners can arrange a variety of experiences for couples and their guests, including a "polar plunge" in the ocean. PHOTOGRAPHY: LAWN CEREMONY BY JOSEPH SHAW; POLAR PLUNGE BY ERIN MCGINN; MEETINGHOUSE TABLES BY LUDWIG PHOTOGRAPHY

Tranquil Setting

Celebrating in a sentimental place



Amore idyllic setting for a wedding than Weekapaug Inn is hard to imagine. Whether the ceremony takes place on the lawn, in a cathedral-like tent, or in the MeetingHouse with its floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s as if the shimmering light off the waters of Quonochontaug Pond and the Atlantic Ocean beyond confer an ancient blessing on the bride and groom.

Lauren Ayers’ parents had visited the Inn several times from their summer home in Mystic, Connecticut, and in her online search of venues, the Inn came up again and again as one of the most highly recommended sites in the area.

Yet it was perhaps inevitable that she and her fiance, Graeme

Calloway, be married here, on the water. Growing up, she spent summers in Mystic, and she and Graeme are rowers who met at a boat club in Boston. But they didn’t really connect until Graeme moved to Boston to get a PhD in English (He teaches and coaches rowing at a private boy’s school in Belmont). It was at her family’s summer place that, after a little prodding on Lauren’s part, he finally proposed.

“Mystic is one of the most special places to me,” she says, “and over the years, it has become a very special place for Graeme as well. Our ties to Mystic, and the proposal happening there, are actually why we sought out Weekapaug as our wedding venue.”

But Lauren had a concern about the venue all the same.

Above: Lauren Ayers and Graeme Calloway hosted a wedding weekend at Weekapaug Inn for family and friends in June 2023.

“I was a little nervous about how difficult the wedding was going to be for my parents,” she recalls. “My dad is quadriplegic, and my mom is a full-time caretaker. I just wanted them to have fun.”

From start to finish, the wedding went beyond anything the couple imagined. After rain (itself a blessing on wedding days!) moved the ceremony from the lawn to inside the MeetingHouse, the sun came out, the floor-toceiling glass walls were opened, and the space glittered in resplendent light.

For Lauren, the weekend also shone with togetherness.

“Having the whole Inn for three days as a space for our closest friends and family to enjoy was incredible,” she says. “We have many friends with young children and infants, and many live across the country now, so it was really special for them to have a weekend where everyone was brought together. Also, I have never seen my parents so relaxed, happy and having so much fun. And the food was beyond amazing, which was another one of my top priorities.”

Key to the event’s success, Lauren and Graeme say, was Kelsey Nerone, Catering and Sales Manager at Weekapaug Inn, who served as their dedicated venue coordinator.

“Kelsey was just amazing!” Lauren says, looking back. “She was our go-to person and coordinated everything for us—she even helped arrange a movie for the children during our ceremony and reception so that parents could enjoy themselves.”

Adds Graeme, “We couldn't believe that the whole space was sort of on pause for our wedding. Kelsey was fantastic, and the wait staff was extraordinarily helpful and invested.”

Behind the scenes, meanwhile, Lauren DiStefano, Director of Catering and Membership Events, and her staff collaborated with the couple and preferred wedding vendors on everything from managing event timelines and creating a food and beverage program to interfacing photographers, videographers, florists, hair, makeup and transportation.

Since last June, a number of the couple’s friends who stayed at the Inn and attended the ceremony and reception have said, “It’s the wedding against which we now compare all other weddings.”

Near right: The newlyweds celebrate at their reception. Far right: An elegant table setting underneath the cathedral-like tent. Left: The wedding party Below left: After a wedding ceremony at MeetingHouse, guests enjoyed dinner under the tent. Below, right: Lauren and Graeme with the bride's family

Suite Offerings

Guest accommodations get a design update

When Weekapaug resident Lang Wheeler and Watch Hill resident Chuck Royce bought and restored the Inn in 2010, they focused on retaining the charm of the Inn and its history as an 1899 landmark. They transformed the Inn into a year-round destination for guests, while maintaining its unique character and creating a resource for the community.

To make the accommodations more spacious and up-to-date, in 2012 they hired prominent Providence interior designers Nancy Taylor and daughter, Courtney, to renovate the rooms and suites in the Inn proper, as well as two outbuildings constructed more recently for larger groups in mind.

In 2012, with Courtney as assistant designer, Nancy decorated the renovated Inn. The pre-existing 67 rooms were reduced to 33 in order to create four, luxurious, two-bedroom Signature Suites using Stickley and other fine furnishings from the original building along with fresh, high-end fabrics. Nancy also designed the Fenway Suites—the separate, one-bedroom accommodations overlooking the pool.

After her mother retired in 2018, Courtney took over the firm. When the Carriage House was built in 2020, she decorated the two, one-bedroom suites in navy, aqua blues and teals, as if colors from the ocean were netted and applied to the sofa and chair coverings and to the handsome tilework on the floor-toceiling fireplace surround.

“The tile is like an extension of how the fireplaces are clad in the main building,” says Courtney. “We wanted to bring the same aesthetic to the beautiful carriage house suites. It’s the kind of look you’d find at a seaside cottage you rented for the summer or visited your grandparents’ summer place.”

In mid-March of this year, Courtney completely refurbished the dining room and private Card Room in the Inn proper, as well as the elegant Signature Suites.

“This was really a dedication to upgrading the suites to keep them looking beautiful and luxurious,” notes Courtney. “They’re very popular and heavily used, showing some natural wear and age. I was able to come in and give them a fresh facelift.”

Rather than use commercial or hospitality


fabrics, she went with the finest fabrics

upper-end firms like Schumacher and Osborne & Little, the equivalent of investing in decorating one’s own

“The owners have put a lot of resources to upgrading and restoring the look of the Inn to when it first opened,” she notes.

“We wanted it to feel as if you're visiting your own seaside cottage, and it does!”

from home. Far Left: The Fenway Suites feature unspoiled pond views and luxury furnishings. Near left: Modern design touches add a spa-like feel to the decks of the Fenway Suites. Right: The designers used upscale fabrics and Stickley furniture in the Green Heron Suite. Below: A living room opens up to a kitchen and dining area in the Great Egret Suite. Opposite page: For the two Carriage House Suites, Courtney chose various ocean-blue hues.
Above: A dynamic mother-daughter design team, Nancy and Courtney Taylor first decorated the Inn in 2012. After her mother retired, Courtney continued design projects at the Inn.

Celebrating 125 Years

Since 1899, Weekapaug Inn has been a welcome getaway for guests to relax and enjoy nature


To commemorate 125 years, the Inn is selling a limited-edition anniversary tote while supplies last. It's the perfect carryall for exploring the sights or relaxing by the pond, pool or beach. Purchase at the front desk or visit weekapauginn. com for more details.

Near and far right: The Inn's modern era, versus the 1939 reopening after the move to a more protected location on Quonochontaug Pond. Middle right: Guests can relax on The Lawn or enjoy waterfront activities. Above: The Restaurant was updated in 2023. Left: Just over the dune is pristine Weekapaug Beach. Below: Rocking chairs, books and games make the lobby a cozy gathering spot. Above, top: The original Weekapaug Inn, opened in 1899, was destroyed by the hurricane of 1938.
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Above, bottom: Dining room of the original Inn.

A bathing suit for everybody and every body.

Open every day

May - Columbus Day


Waterfront Gem

The 74-foot classic commuter yacht Aphrodite adds maritime star appeal to local waters

Brooklin Boat Yard is renowned for its ability to bring downtrodden boats back to life. In 2003, as the shipyard’s crew lifted the classic 74-foot commuter yacht Aphrodite out of the water, they knew the magnitude of the damage would take several years to fix.

The launch had been left to languish beneath the beating-hot sun of Florida, where so much water was seeping inside her hull that her bilge pumps were running 24 hours a day. Worms had eaten the boat’s bottom. Termites had chewed up the wood above the waterline. In what seemed like it might be a final gasp of despair, as Aphrodite had limped the last few miles from Florida toward the Maine shipyard to be hauled out for repairs, she’d blown out one of her engines.

And then, while she was high up in the slings of a supersize hoist called a Travelift, being moved onto land so repairs could begin, Aphrodite’s hull cracked like an egg.

“It was clear the Aphrodite’s time had come for a complete restoration,” as the shipyard put it. “She was a treasure, widely known and well worth preserving.”

Indeed, Aphrodite was and is a maritime treasure from the heyday of commuter yachts on Long Island Sound—which is why Charles M. “Chuck” Royce, owner of Ocean House, bought her and set about making her right.

The Purdy Boat Company of Port

I’m pleased with the way we’ve managed to bring her into the 21st century with modern technology. It’s amazing to have something that looks so old function like a new boat.
Capt. Kirk Reynolds

Top left: After more than two years of renovations, the

EXPERIENCES by KIM KAVIN photography by CHIP RIEGEL yacht is a modern classic. Top right: Aphrodite has welcomed many famous figures over the years, including Shirley Temple, who held a birthday party onboard. Bottom: Aphrodite can hit a top speed of 35 knots.

Washington, New York, had built her for Wall Street financier John Hay “Jock” Whitney in 1937. He had used her not only to get back and forth to Manhattan, but also to entertain a who’s who of his time period, including Fred Astaire, Sir Laurence Olivier, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Nelson Rockefeller.

During World War II, Aphrodite served as a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel up and down the Atlantic coast, including giving President Roosevelt a ride to and from his home on the Hudson River.

But then, a series of later owners allowed the boat to fall into disrepair. She was restored for the first time in the 1980s, but then became downtrodden again. In 2000, Royce purchased the yacht. After three years of formulating a plan, he commissioned Brooklin Boat Yard not only to restore her, but also to bring systems up to modern quality standards.

The work was so extensive, it took the shipyard 40,000 hours over two years to complete. The last original piece of wood was removed on September 2, 2004, and work began to rebuild it all with a whole new batch of

copper-riveted Philippine mahogany.

“They restored her using the same species of wood used in the original,” Capt. Kirk Reynolds told the marine magazine Soundings. “I’m pleased with the way we’ve managed to bring her into the 21st century with modern technology. There are electronic controls for the engine at the helm, and a cluster of gauges were made to look just like the original. It’s amazing to have something that looks so old function like a new boat.”

In October 2005, Aphrodite relaunched into her current life of cruising in and around the Watch Hill area and anchoring near Ocean House, where her appearance adds a touch of historical luster to the waterfront maritime charm. But don’t let those classic good looks fool you: She can also cut a wake. Her modern 1,000-horsepower Caterpillar engines allow her to hit a top speed of nearly 35 knots. A much quieter and more civilized speed for cocktail hour and sightseeing is closer to 15 knots, which allows for conversation either in the guest seating area or while standing near the helm, in the protected

shade of the pilothouse.

Cruising at that speed is often how Aphrodite is seen from shore, with her dark blue hull, beautifully varnished woodwork and New York Yacht Club burgee announcing her presence in high style. A sizable U.S. flag flies proudly off her transom, and it’s often the last thing onlookers see as she cruises into he distance.

The sight gives today’s fans of maritime history just as much of a reason as ever to admire this classic vessel’s uniquely American story.


Aphrodite and her crew, along with Ocean House's Concierge professionals, have been busy planning new experiences aboard Aphrodite, offered just to Ocean House hotel guests. For updates on offerings for the upcoming summer season, please email concierge@oceanhouseri.com.

Left: Anchored near Ocean House, the historic yacht is available for guests to enjoy local cruises. Right: Some new controls were designed to look like the original.


Treat Yourself

Ocean & Harvest Spa expands wellness menu with relaxing and whimsical offerings


This season, Ocean House has added a little fun to the wellness menu at the five-star Ocean & Harvest Spa—along with relaxing and restoring therapies such as CBD facials, body wraps and sound-bowl guided meditation. The Fitness Center will upgrade Technogym equipment this summer, and when the weather is fine, guests can head down to the resort’s private seashore with a fitness instructor for beach boot camp. Spa Director Samika Traboulay arranges entertaining activities for all age groups, such as belly dancing and Hawaiian hula. This is her second summer at Ocean House. Previously she was at the Waldorf Astoria spa in Atlanta. “Ocean & Harvest is distinct, even among other five-star spas, for its intimacy and sustainability ethos,” she says.

Sound Bowls

Sound Bowls are a form of sound therapy in which Tibetan singing bowls (originally used in Tibetan spiritual ceremonies) are struck or rubbed with a mallet, producing deep, resonating sounds that induce relaxation. Along with reducing stress, the sounds are

believed by practitioners to promote mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical healing.

“Most of the people who participate in our classes feel like it helps them let go of a lot of tension and gives them mental peace, rather than viewing it as a physical therapy,” says Traboulay.

The evening classes, which require reservations through oceanhouseevents.com, are open to the public for up to eight people. In the spa’s Relaxation Room, guests stretch out on comfortable lounge chairs facing the 15-foot-high windows with views of the shore and ocean. The instructor sets out varioussized ancient Tibetan bowls, and she begins to make them “sing,” observing the bodies of the participants and how they react to the sound. “She’ll walk toward certain people, seeing where the chakras in the physical body need to be aligned,” says Traboulay, “And she’ll adjust the sound.”

Ocean & Harvest is distinct, even among other five-star spas, for its intimacy and sustainability ethos.
Samika Traboulay Ocean
House Spa Director Above: A heated, saltwater lap pool faces Seaside Terrace. Below, clockwise from left: Guests relax poolside; Floral arch design element; The Botanika Life CBD product line is available at the spa.

The session ends with guided meditation, followed by the opportunity for guests to share their responses to the session. The sounds can evoke memories and emotions, and sometimes tears, yet the sharing experience bonds the group. “It’s really positive,” says Traboulay. “It becomes a bit like friend therapy.”

Fitness Center

Guests can start the day in the movement studio for complimentary daily group Pilates (8 a.m.) and yoga (9 a.m.), which moves out of the studio and onto the terrace, weather permitting. The pool room has a 20-meter saltwater lap pool and ocean view. At press time, Traboulay was looking forward to renovating the gym, and she’s excited about upgrading the “high, high-end” TechnoGym equipment.

The Spa

The Spa has added CBD treatments to the spring and summer menu. CBD facials and CBD body wraps focus on regenerating skin tone and rebuilding collagen barriers. The popular Wellness Warrior massage uses oil infused with full-spectrum CBD and arnica, lidocaine and cryotherapy to help sore and tired muscles feel good again.

Fun Outlook

“Our guests really embraced the fun classes,” says Traboulay. “It’s an easy way to approach and embrace wellness.” What could be more fun than dancing on the beach? Lessons in belly dancing and Hawaiian hula were popular when Traboulay introduced them last summer, and she’s excited to introduce more guests to the concept.

“It is a chance to learn about another culture,” she says. The classes are family friendly for all ages and body types. “I love the concept of wellness,” Traboulay says. “It’s about making people feel better.”

Left: Spa treatment room Top row: Relaxation room; Seaside Terrace sun deck This row: Yoga on the beach; Sound bowl therapy

Warm Reception

New improvements enhance the experience at Watch Hill Inn WATCH

Above: Watch Hill Inn now welcomes guests at a renovated entrance and front desk on Bay Street.

Checking in to the Watch Hill Inn just got easier. This spring and summer, guests will be welcomed directly at Watch Hill Inn’s front desk on Bay Street with streamlined check-in and prompt and easy access to on-site parking. There’s also a fresh design for the third-floor lobby lounge, providing another inviting place to gather.

“We’ve greatly improved the guest experience,” says Watch Hill Inn Manager Shannan Plew, who previously oversaw guest relations at Ocean House. “Our guests can come directly here, without checking in at Ocean House first and then driving down to the Inn.”

Now that the front desk faces Bay Street, the third-floor lobby lounge has been redesigned with a new coastal library feel, with periwinkle-blue walls and bookcases filled with books and board games. The lounge is outfitted with a self-service coffee bar and the refrigerator is stocked with bottled water and juice. Each morning, the lobby lounge opens at 7 a.m., serving home-baked pastries from Ocean House. At midday, snacks are offered, and in the late afternoon, charcuterie and wine are available, and for the kids, cookies and milk.

Guests can mingle and relax in the lobby lounge or enjoy drinks and snacks on the sun deck or their own terrace.

The family-oriented Inn has an accessible price point, large rooms and a casual, lived-in feel, with unbeatable sunset views over the Narragansett Bay. The historic inn was built in 1845 on Bay Street in downtown Watch Hill and expanded over the years to offer 21 residential suites with fully equipped kitchens, washerdryers, gas-burning fireplaces, private terraces, as well as town or bay views. All are furnished in a relaxed contemporary style that brings together family and friends on comfortable couches and around tables on the terrace. Living rooms and bedrooms offer modern touches like LG Smart TVs with Netflix. The suites have options for king, queen and twin beds, and all are furnished with high-end linens. Even better, Watch Hill Inn’s guests get Ocean House perks and access to a premier private beach on the Atlantic Ocean, complimentary yoga and Pilates classes, fitness center and saltwater lap pool. Guests can dine at any of the Ocean House restaurants, Veranda, Bistro, COAST and Dalia, and they also have the luxury of dining at the guests- and

Above, left: The Inn's deck is a popular perch for guests to unwind. Right: Manager Shannan Plew greets a guest at the new check-in desk. Below, top: Guests enjoy the Inn's bay views. Bottom: Charcuterie and wine are available in the third-floor lobby lounge.

members-only Théa,


(weather permitting). Advance reservations are highly recommended.

For other dining options, guests are encouraged to visit and explore downtown Westerly, just a ten-minute drive away. The historic town center has taken on an entirely new life and is now home to some of the area's most exciting new restaurants and night spots. With an array of galleries and boutiques, it has become a destination on its own merit.

Suites range from 600-square-foot, onebedroom, one-bath units that sleep two to four (living rooms have pull-out beds) to

I look forward to welcoming all our guests to enjoy the variety of wonderful enhancements at the Inn this season.
Shannan Plew
Watch Hill Inn Manager

1,250-square-foot, two bedroom/two bath townhouse suites that sleep four to six.

The gem of the larger accommodations is the Admiral Suite, in the historic part of the building. At 4,000 square feet, the fourbedroom, four-and-a-half bath space sleeps nine to 10. The sunshine-filled open livingdining-kitchen and wet bar area features expansive views of the bay and opens to a 30-foot-wide sundeck. This room is ready for a family celebration.

Watch Hill Inn attracts a lot of repeat visitors, and the new on-site check-in process, easy parking, and redesigned lobby lounge are likely to increase that.

“I look forward to welcoming all our guests to enjoy the variety of wonderful enhancements at the Inn this season.”

Top: Luxury kitchen in the Townhouse Suite Bottom: Seal Rock is a one-bedroom suite with nearly 1,000 square feet. on the House beach


Ocean House Author Series

Writers discuss their latest books

Publishers love the exposure for their authors, and the audience loves it for the chance to meet the writer and enjoy an evening at Ocean House.

The popular Author Series is back this season, showcasing more than 20 literary talents between now and the fall. Ocean House owner and bestselling author DEBORAH GOODRICH ROYCE moderates the events. Guests are treated to enriching conversations with a variety of authors, featuring their newly published novels, memoirs and other non-fiction works.

Join us for an exciting line-up of authors, as you learn more about their books, the writing process and enjoy wine and light bites. Each ticket includes a copy of the featured book, in partnership with Bank Square Books. For more details, visit oceanhouseevents.com.



Events are subject to change, and more series dates are forthcoming!

Please visit oceanhouseevents.com for the latest schedule.

Wed., April 24: – Susannah Marren (Maribelle’s Shadow), Laura Zigman (Small World), Dara Levan (It Could be Worse)

Wed., May 22: – Joanne Leedom-Ackerman (The Far Side of the Desert), Elliot Ackerman (Halcyon)

Mon., July 1: – Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg (Daughter of Promise)

Mon., July 8: – Kristy Woodson Harvey (A Happier Life)

Weds., July 10: – Dawn Tripp (Jackie)

Mon., July 15: – Zibby Owens (Blank)

Wed., July 17: – Beatriz Williams (Husbands & Lovers)

Mon., July 22: – Allison Pataki (Finding Margaret Fuller), Emily Franklin (The Lioness of Boston)

Mon., Aug 12: – Martha Hall Kelly (The Golden Doves), Katherine Reay (The Berlin Letters)

Wed., Aug 14: – Hank Phillippi Ryan (One Wrong Word), Carola Lovering (Bye, Baby)

Mon., Aug 19: – Moya Hession-Aiken (Shoulder)

Wed., Aug 21: – Patricia Walsh Chadwick (Breaking Glass)

Mon., Aug 28: – Annabel Monaghan (Summer Romance), Alix Strauss (The Joy of Funerals)

Susannah Marren Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg Allison Pataki Laura Zigman Kristy Woodson Harvey Patricia Walsh Chadwick Carola Lovering Emily Franklin Dara Levan Dawn Tripp Annabel Monaghan Alix Strauss Moya Hession-Aiken Joanne Leedom-Ackerman Zibby Owens Martha Hall Kelly Hank Phillipi Ryan Elliot Ackerman Beatriz Williams Katherine Reay


Making the Moments

When the word “staging” is part of the wedding vision, Ocean House brings ideas to life

Some couples rely on the team at Ocean House to plan a great deal of their wedding. The team’s vast experience with creating memorable events—everything from catering to decorating—can be a blessing for brides and grooms who prefer to articulate the general experience they want to have, then let someone else handle all the details.

Carly Puccio and Jake Rosen were decidedly not one of those

couples. Carly, in particular, had ideas so specific that everything from the couple’s vows to the dresses to the ambience at their reception turned out to be a one-of-a-kind experience for the couple and the Ocean House team alike.

“It was so beautiful,” Carly says of their wedding over Labor Day weekend in 2023, absolutely thrilled with how everything turned out.

Above: Jake Rosen and Carly Puccio hosted 130 people for their wedding ceremony on the South Lawn, followed by dinner and a reception at the Seaside Ballroom and Terrace.


The pair met in 2012, during high school in central Massachusetts. They both attended colleges in Beantown—Carly at Boston University and Jake at Northeastern University. After graduation, they moved in together. He went on to work in medical device sales, while she’s building a career as a beauty and fashion influencer. Jake proposed during the first snowstorm of 2022.

“We went for a walk along the Boston Seaport skyline,” Carly says. “There's a little cobblestone pathway with a skyline view. It’s really beautiful at night, and it had just snowed, so it was lovely. He said I was his best friend and he couldn’t imagine a day without me. He got down on one knee, and he had a photographer there to capture the shot. Both our families were waiting nearby in a private room to celebrate that night.”

Carly had always wanted to get married near the ocean, and her father had attended a wedding at Ocean House. “He sent me the link,” she says. “It was exactly what I wanted.”

They welcomed their guests off-site on Friday, September 1, at a winery. On Saturday, September 2, they spent the morning privately exchanging their vows.“We wanted them to be intimate and private for one another,” Carly says. “For about an hour and a half, we sat on our balcony at Ocean House and drank coffee and read our vows to each other. We had our

Right: The couple with Jake's family Left and below left: The ceremony took place on the South Lawn. Below: Carly and her parents
We wanted that perfect photo opp with the ocean as a backdrop.

photographer and videographer there, so we could remember everything.”

The couple then separated to prepare for the ceremony with bridesmaids and groomsmen. Carly wore a custom wedding gown by designer Galia Lahav. “I went for a very timeless satin, A-line, strapless with a slit to give it a little bit of spice,” Carly says. “And I wore my mom’s veil.”

The ceremony was on the South Lawn, next to the croquet course. “We filled our cocktail bar with cascading hydrangeas,” Carly says. “We wanted that perfect photo opp with the ocean as a backdrop.”

After that came dinner for 130 guests on the terrace. A Caesar salad with parmesan crisps and clams casino was followed by a surfand-turf combo of fillets and sea scallops.

“Then we opened up those doors into the ballroom, and we wanted to create a club atmosphere with a dance floor and our band,” Carly says. “We put together these seating arrangements surrounding the dance floor. Guests could be sitting on lounge chairs and couches if they didn’t want to be near the dance floor. It was very different from what they usually do, but Ocean House pulled it off.”

For that moment, Carly had a custom afterparty dress. The inspiration was a Valentino dress she’d seen actress Eva Herzigová wear at the Venice Film Festival.

“I had it made in New York at Undone by Kate,” she says. “We went through the whole process together, from inspiration to muslin fitting to picking our fabrics together and then going through multiple drafts of the dress.”

Every last detail was precisely the way Carly had imagined it.

Top left: The couple chose to exchange vows privately before the ceremony. Top right: Caesar salad and clams casino Right: Jake with his groomsmen Bottom left: Fresh seafood was a menu staple. Bottom right: Celebrating with the wedding party
Bride Carly Puccio


SAVE THE DATE! There’s a full calendar of events and gatherings planned for an unforgettable season at OCEAN HOUSE and WEEKAPAUG INN. To explore more events and view updates, visit oceanhouseevents.com and weekapauginnevents.com

Memorial Day

BBQ with Jack Arnold & Big Green Egg

Spend Memorial Day weekend with Jack Arnold and the Big Green Egg. With high energy and dazzling techniques, international BBQ event host and cook Jack Arnold, along with our culinary team, will be grilling it up at Dune Cottage on the Ocean House beach and also at Weekapaug Inn. From steaks and chicken to fresh seafood from our local waters, grillseason favorites will be served up with delicious sides, all prepared on the world-famous Big Green Egg grills. Plus, enjoy beer and wine as you celebrate a new season of memorable summer nights with family and friends.

Weekapaug Inn Ocean House

MAY 26

VENUE: The Lawn

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; $125/person*

MAY 27


Ocean House Beach

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.; $125/person*

Ocean House Character Breakfasts

VENUE: Seaside Ballroom

Enjoy a very special, family-friendly morning at Ocean House as we welcome beloved Disney characters to our Seaside Ballroom. Savor an enchanting breakfast buffet–plus mimosas for the grown-ups! –as children delight in meet and greets with their favorite characters.

Reservations available between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Please note that there is a $50 non-refundable deposit per person, due at the time of booking, which will be applied towards a credit on your check on the day of the event. $5 per vehicle for non-hotel guests

above: At Ocean House, the Character Breakfast is a special tradition. above: BBQ guru Jack Arnold will grill it up with our culinary team.

Cooking and Wine Classes at Ocean House


VENUE: Center for Wine & Culinary Arts

Explore the world of food and wine at Ocean House with an ever-changing lineup of signature culinary classes. Learn the ins and outs of creating an elegant seasonal meal (In the Kitchen) or taste your way through excellent wines and spirits (From Vine to Wine).

IN THE KITCHEN: Culinary Education Series


VENUE: Center for Wine & Culinary Arts

Join the Ocean House culinary experts in our “In the Kitchen” Culinary Education Series.

Work hands-on with members of the culinary team as you master a variety of topics, including handmade pasta, Summer BBQ favorites and more.

FROM VINE TO WINE: Education Series


VENUE: Center for Wine & Culinary Arts

Join the Ocean House wine experts in our “From Vine to Wine” Education Series. Taste and learn in the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts as you explore a variety of topics across the world of fine wines, spirits and cocktails, including classic wines of Italy, wines of the Northeast, and the study of Macallan Scotch.

Mom’s the Word

Celebrate Mother's Day with a spectacular meal as special as she is

MAY 12

The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn

Show Mom the appreciation she deserves this Mother’s Day with a holiday brunch at Weekapaug Inn. She’ll be enchanted by the scenery and the cuisine as she enjoys a four-course, family-style menu showcasing regional ingredients and Chef’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 and relax.

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; $95/adult*; $45/child ages 6-12*; Children 5 and under complimentary Weekapaug Inn

MAY 12

Ocean House

Ocean House Ballroom

Treat Mom to a beautiful and impressive brunch at Ocean House, complemented by warm hospitality and stunning ocean views. Spending special time here will make for a Mother’s Day that she won’t soon forget. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $125/person*; $65/ child ages 6-12*; Children 5 and under are complimentary.

MAY 12

Ocean House Bistro

Let Ocean House provide a spectacular Mother’s Day brunch for you and yours. Enjoy a special prix fixe menu with your choice of delightful starter and entrée course, followed by decadent desserts. This will be an unforgettable Five-Star holiday experience. Seatings available 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; $95/adult*; $45/ child ages 4-12*; Children 3 and under complimentary

Please note: Prices do not include tax, gratuity or any service charges. Some events are non-refundable.

above: Matthew MacCartney, Director of Wine above: In addition to a Mother’s Day event at Weekapaug Inn (above), holiday brunch reservations are available in The Bistro or Ballroom at Ocean House.



Independence Day Beach Ball – Dalia on Seaside Terrace


VENUE: Dalia on Seaside Terrace

Celebrate the birth of our nation in style. Seaside Terrace–with sweeping ocean views, providing the perfect fireworks-viewing vantage point–is a scenic spot for a New England Lobster Boil featuring the best of fresh summertime seafood, inspired sides and innovative barbecue fare. Enjoy specialty cocktails, beer, and wine, all leading up to the magnificent fireworks display over the ocean.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $175/ person*; $75/child ages 4-12*; Children 3 and under complimentary

Independence Day Beach Ball – Ocean House Beach


VENUE: Ocean House Beach

Join us for the annual Independence Day Beach Ball, featuring an incredible menu, live music and dancing. The New England Lobster Boil offers fresh seafood, inspired sides and innovative barbecue fare. Sip on specialty cocktails, beer and wine, all leading up to a grand fireworks display.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $260/ person* Private cabanas available for $3,500 for up to 10 people, and $4,500 for up to 12 people; please call 401.584.7000 to reserve.

Mediterranean Night Market at Théa at Dune Cottage



Experience the flavorful cuisine and vibrant atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast. Indulge in Mediterraneaninspired starters and salads, summertime soups like gazpacho with shrimp, and entrées such as Turkish chicken, fresh grilled swordfish, shawarma and more. Plus an impressive dessert selection, and all with complimentary house wine, beer, and live music. 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $110/ adult*; $55/child ages 4-12*; $25/child ages 3 and under*

Lobster Boil & BBQ on the Ocean House Beach



Enjoy a beautiful summer night at the festive lobster boil on our white sand beach. Savor the freshest seafood from local waters, classic BBQ fare, terrific sides, and live music from our steel drum band. Price includes the bountiful buffet, house beer and wine, and soft drinks. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; $165/adult*; $68/child ages 4-12*; Children 3 and under complimentary

Private cabanas are also available for $1,600 for up to 8 people, and $2,000 for up to 10 people; please call 401.584.7000 to reserve.

Family Beach Night: Pizza, Burgers & A Movie


VENUE: Dune Cottage

Bring your family for a fun night on the Ocean House beach, with delicious fare and an outdoor movie.

Ticket price includes menu selections such as salad, pizza and burgers, plus dessert, popcorn, soft drinks, beer, and house wine. Visit oceanhouseevents.com for the most updated schedule and times. $65/adult*; $35/child ages 4-12*; Children 3 and under complimentary

Movie Schedule:

7/11 Little Mermaid (2023)

7/18 Orion and the Dark (2024)

7/25 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

8/1 Barbie (2023)

8/8 Inside Out (2015)

8/15 Lion King (2019)

8/22 Kung Fu Panda 4 (2024)

8/29 Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)

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PHOTOGRAPHY: BY REINHARD SOKOL above: Pizza and burgers are on the menu for movie nights. above: Beachside lobster boils take place all summmer long. above: A lavish spread is featured at Mediterranean Night Market. above: The fireworks display is a much-anticipated event. above: Independence Day Beach Ball is a family favorite. above: Fireworks dazzle at the annual Independence Day Beach Ball.


Independence Day Lobster Boil


VENUE: The Lawn

Celebrate Independence Day with a time-honored Weekapaug Inn tradition. Enjoy the freshest summertime fare—think steamed lobsters, traditional sides, and irresistible BBQ classics—while surrounded by friends, family and incredible Pond views. This patriotic New England evening will be complete with live music, a breathtaking fireworks display, and s’mores by the fire pit, creating memories you and yours will remember for years to come!

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; $195/ adult*; $95/child ages 4-12*; Children 3 and under complimentary

Pitmaster BBQ with Chef Andrew Brooks



VENUE: Guest Lawn & Firepit

Enjoy a summer evening overlooking the Pond, featuring Chef Andrew Brooks’ authentic slowand-low BBQ fare. Using a custom-made smoker, Chef and his team prepare succulent brisket, pulled pork, Cajun-rubbed chicken,

ribs, and more truly authentic BBQ favorites and summer sides. Complete this picture-perfect night at the Inn with s’mores by the fire pit, surrounded by stunning views and great company. Tickets include the BBQ buffet, house beer, wine and soft drinks.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; $95/adult*; $38/child ages 6-12*; Children 5 and under complimentary

Lobster Boils



VENUE: Guest Lawn & Firepit

Join us for this great Weekapaug Inn summer tradition!

Enjoy local lobster steamed over a wood fire and a bountiful buffet of starters and other entrées, including the Inn’s famous clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, fresh salads, baked cod, mussels, little neck clams and more. Plus, s’mores by the fire pit! There is no better place to celebrate the bounty of our local waters and farms on a beautiful evening.  Tickets include the buffet, house beer, wine, and soft drinks.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; $135/adult*; $38/child ages 6-12*; Children 5 and under complimentary

Please note: Prices do not include tax, gratuity or any service charges. Some events are non-refundable.

PHOTOGRAPHY: BY CHIP RIEGEL AND REINHARD SOKOL summer sides. above: For special events or to enjoy the waterside view, guests gather on the Lawn. above: Local lobster is steamed over a wood fire at The Inn. above: Executive Chef Andrew Brooks makes slow-and-low barbecue for Pitmasters BBQ. above: Traditional lobster boils are a cherished tradition.


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Let your soul and spirit fly.”

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