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As the winter wind sweeps over the shore, take solace in the peace that settles along the coast. Come in from the cold and luxuriate before our crackling fireplaces and elegant accommodations. Feast on hearty fare from our toasty kitchens, and rejuvenate your spirit with a visit to the OH! Spa.

January/February/March/April 2018

Letter from the President and Group Managing Director

new in 2018

Dear Friends, It is remarkable to think that Ocean House made its debut here on the scenic Atlantic Coast 150 years ago. I am proud to report that our tradition of excellence continues along with our commitment to be fresh and innovative. Our team is focused on providing our guests with the highest level of service and the latest conveniences. We do this whether you are here at Ocean House for a week-long meeting, a weekend getaway or simply enjoying a delicious Sunday brunch. I am excited about what’s to come. After the recent multimillion-dollar refresh of the guest rooms and the introduction of COAST by Jennifer Backman, we are well positioned to serve you—guests of all ages—in all seasons. In addition to enjoying our new and creative experiences at Ocean House, we hope you can take part in our many seasonal traditions. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s dinner, attend the annual

Black & White Ball, or welcome spring by enjoying many of our magical events leading up to Easter and Passover. You can learn new skills at a cooking and wine class in the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, or expand your knowledge with our Artist in Residence series. We hope Ocean House can continue to be a memorable part of your past and something to which you can look forward in the future. We are delighted to introduce the newest addition to the Ocean House Management Collection: Blantyre, a member of Relais & Châteaux and a Forbes Five-Star hotel, situated in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

Here’s to a great year ahead!

A Tudor-style estate built in 1902 amid 110 acres of lush lawns and woodlands, Blantyre is reminiscent of a gentler time of elegance and romance. The property will reopen in April after a multimillion-dollar renovation of the guestrooms, grounds and public spaces designed to keep the treasured elegance that Blantyre is known for. A relaxing retreat featuring an award-winning cuisine, wine list and spa, it truly is a getaway for all seasons in an area known for summer music and theater festivals, splendid fall leaves and winter fun.

daniel a. hostettler

President & Group Managing Director, Ocean House Management LLC

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It features 23 luxurious overnight accommodations including: eight Main House guest rooms; 11 Carriage House rooms; and four Cottages. Blantyre was recently rated one of the top hotels in New England in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

New Cottages: Wickiup & El Reposo


Perfect for families, extended families, or those desiring a bit more space than a traditional guest room, cottages afford the spaciousness, convenience and privacy of a personal residence but with the luxury amenities of a five-star resort. Renting cottages, which range from cozy two-bedroom bungalows to sprawling eight-bedroom homes, is a treasured tradition for many Watch Hill visitors.

Ocean House Holiday Events 2017

Some feature private swimming pools, dedicated laundry facilities, fireplaces or hot tubs. Cottage guests have the added convenience of a dedicated concierge to coordinate requests both before and during their visit as well as the privilege of Ocean House Club membership for the term of the rental agreement. This season we are pleased to introduce two new residences to the Ocean House Cottage Collection. Wickiup (a native American word for “hut”) is a registered historic home in the Watch Hill Fire District. Built in 1890, this impeccably restored eight-bedroom home

Ocean House Fund for Charitable Giving Ocean House Management (OHM) Collection officially introduced the Ocean House Fund for Charitable Giving at the end of 2017, created to raise funds to help families in need. The Ocean House Fund for Charitable Giving is a donor-advised fund administered in cooperation with the Rhode Island Foundation to focus on philanthropic efforts to support children, the disadvantaged, and foodways related causes in the New England area. Guests donate bikes and other gifts for children in need during Ocean House’s Chlidrens Christmas Party.

OHM management and associates designed the fund to support worthy local community-based organizations and have already raised over $20,000 since its inception. In 2018 the fund will continue to raise money through event programming, charity drives, and guest and employee involvement. Distribution of the fund will be determined annually by a committee of employees from Ocean House, Weekapaug Inn and Watch Hill Inn.

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overlooking the ocean is a short stroll from the Ocean House beach and features lovely architectural details, an outdoor shower and a patio. El Reposo (“House of Rest”) is a mission-style dwelling with a stucco façade built by the famous architect E.F. Gilbert of New York at the turn of the century for the well-known Babcock family. El Reposo is rich in history as well as charm and beauty. Situated on a hill with majestic views of the Atlantic, Fishers Island and Block Island Sound, it features six bedrooms as well as an outdoor dining terrace with direct ocean views and is only minutes from the heart of Watch Hill.

Special 10% Off For Friends & Family



El Reposo

Body Treatments

During the seemingly endless winter months, a spa visit with friends, loved ones or even on your own is the perfect rejuvenating escape. The OH! Spa is the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Rhode Island, and we take special care to ensure a personalized experience that utilizes the restorative properties found in nature. With specialty treatments that change seasonally, this winter delight in a Lavender Dreams Body Treatment designed to revive and refresh. Afterward, retreat to our relaxation room, enjoy a cup of tea and curl up in a cashmere blanket on a plush lounge chair while taking in the stunning views of the Atlantic. For a limited time only, take advantage of the special season of OH! Spa savings with 10 percent off massages, facials and body treatments. Sunday through Friday. Certain restrictions and blackout dates apply. January/February/March/April 2018

employee spotlight

Director of Wine Education, Ocean House

At Ocean House, the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts combines the love of food with unique, interesting and engaging programs. To help enhance this experience for guests, Erin Swain has been named Director of Wine Education for the Ocean House Collection. In her position she will help educate guests about the art of wine and encourage discovery of the wines we offer at Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn. Erin joins the Ocean House Collection after serving as sommelier and manager at Gurney’s

Danny James Perrier Chief Concierge, Ocean House

A consummate hospitality professional, Danny James Perrier is chief concierge at Ocean House. Tall and stately with a French accent, Danny James can be found delighting guests with his assistance and thoughtful recommendations to help ensure a memorable stay. As chief concierge, he spends much of his free time exploring the local area immersing himself within the community in order to better personalize the guest experience. Connecting with guests and members is the most important part of his work. He grew up in Valence, France, an area known for its fine hospitality including producing several Michelin star chefs and its proximity to the acclaimed Rhone Valley. Danny James began his hospitality career at age 13 in the United Kingdom, where he lived and worked in a hotel

Resort & Spa in Montauk, New York. She has more than a decade of sommelier experience working with restaurants, resorts and wine distributors. Erin began her professional career at Bon Appetit, a Condé Nast publication. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College in Virginia and completed several sommelier and executive wine certifications and courses. Erin’s goal is to make the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts the number one hospitality culinary and wine program in the country, and to help bring more enjoyment and knowledge about wines to people.

Getaway Package A Winter Break by the Sea Package Experience the magic of winter at Ocean House with an exclusive package designed to warm your soul and rejuvenate your senses. Offer valid from January 6, 2018 through March 31, 2018

For more information about Erin, and the events and seminars offered at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, visit www.oceanhouseri.com/ culinary/center-for-wine-and-culinary-arts.

Enjoy luxurious accommodations in a Deluxe or Terrace Water View Room Choice of 30-minute private class: “10-Minute Meals” with Ocean House Chef

and later employed in various other hotels and restaurants in France. Prior to joining Ocean House, Danny James worked at Hôtel de France, in Valance, Hôtel Benkirai in Saint-Tropez and Fairmont Tremblant in Canada. He received his degree in Hospitality Management at the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality of Quebec. While there, he and his colleagues opened a cafe, a lobby-bar for the school’s educational hotel and set the foundation to open an educational microbrewery. He led the organization of more than 100 events and created a strong sense of belonging among the students and the hospitality industry. Danny James completed two internships at Ocean House, and fell in love with the property, the company and the people. During the more than three years he has been here, he was promoted to various positions of increased responsibility. According to Danny James, hospitality is an “art de vivre”—an art of life. “We are doing our job well in hospitality if all details are authentic and we allow guests to truly connect with our environment,” he said. “Our goal is to create magical moments that will last forever, based on the interactions we have with guests.”

Erin Swain

Hospitality is an “art de vivre”—an art of life. “We are doing our job well in hospitality if all details are authentic and we allow guests to truly connect with our environment,”

$100 resort credit to be used towards a spa treatment of your choice or food and beverage Two Ocean House mugs Rates starting at: $560 per night (January–March) for Deluxe King & Deluxe Double Accommodations $615 per night (January–March) for Terrace King & Terrace Double Accommodations Please call 888.552.2588 for rates and availability.

*General Package Restrictions : Room rates based on double occupancy and vary by room type and time of reservation. Package excludes alcohol (unless otherwise noted), tax, gratuity, and resort fee. Food Forager and Sommelier experience based on availability and requires advance booking. Limit two people per package. Not applicable to groups. Resort Credit, if applicable, will be deducted from incidental charges upon checkout and cannot be applied toward the room rate. All reservations require a $100 non-refundable deposit. All cancellations are subject to a $100 administrative fee and cancellations must be received more than 7 days prior to arrival to avoid a penalty charge to your credit card equal to 50% of the full stay or 100% of a one night stay. Additional fees may apply. Excludes Holidays & Blackout dates apply.

We’d Love to Have Your Vote!

What They’re Saying About Us ... These notable publications and media have recently featured Ocean House! “The California Coast may get all the press, but those on the right coast know that nothing beats New England. Few places capture the natty spirit of New England better than Ocean House and its sister property, Weekapaug Inn. Only a short distance from each other, these two hotels with different styles are a bit like the Kate and Pippa Middleton of resorts; Ocean House is the regal and more traditional one, while Weekapaug Inn has a sporty flair. Perhaps the best part about these two is their willingness to share; stay at one property and you are entitled to the amenities of the other.”

“Perched high on the bluffs, Ocean House is an impressive structure overlooking a pristine stretch of beach with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Montauk and Block Island. The spa provides


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services that lean local, incorporating sea salt and beach stones into pampering treatments. Dabble in edible activities at the onsite Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, where guests can book a cooking class or workshop with the in-house forager and dive into Rhode Island’s agricultural bounty.” CNN November 2017 See the full story at http://www.cnn.com/travel/ article/winter-beach-hotels/index.html

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OH Waves: Jan-April 2018  

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