I can not think of a better way to end the summer than the week my family just had vacationing at Ocean House. Perched high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, the Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort that spares no detail when catering to their guests. The Ocean House’s celebrated accommodations, uncompromising service, beachfront location and world-class amenities pay homage to New England’s golden age of hospitality with timeless elegance and renewed civility.
The seaside town of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, has been described as timeless. The hill-crested peninsula, surrounded by Long Island Sound, Fishers Island Sound and Block Island Sound, began as a summer resort in the 1840s. It has grown continuously as a result of its fine sandy beaches, well-kept Victorian era mansions, its historic lighthouse, and the lovingly maintained Flying Horse Carousel.
One of the many highlights of the trip was Ian being brave enough to ride the Flying Horse Carousel, one of the country’s oldest. Unlike most carousels, there is no wooden platform to support the horses but rather, they are suspended from chains. As a result, the horses seem to “fly” as the ride increases speed, hence the carousel’s name. Each horse has a tail and mane of real horsehair and a genuine leather saddle. In the middle of the ride, a device holding metal rings is lowered for riders to grab as they pass. The last ring is brass, granting the “winner” a free ride token. Rides are only $1 for an inside horse and $1.50 for an outside horse.
While a spa menu is available, I do not recommend visiting Ocean House on a diet. Our room had canisters of caramels, malted milk balls and goldfish crackers which were replenished complimentary.
We also returned to our room each evening to discover cookies or macaroons which were delivered during turn-down service. Instead of hanging a “Do Not Disturb Sign” on your door, each room has an electronic button which lights up alerting housekeeping that it is safe to enter to service.
We cooled off from the beached with Del’s Frozen Lemonades. According to Wikipedia, “In Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts ‘Del’s’ is considered a genericized trademark.”
At the end of our delicious dinner at Seasons, the only restaurant on property requiring an advance reservation, we were given a cellophane bag to fill with macaroons and biscotti.
I must commend the kitchen for splitting dishes without a hassel or surcharge.
Upon check-out, we were handed a bag of salt water taffy. When the valet brought our car around, there was a bottled water for each of us AND a juice box for Ian.
If I had to sum up on vacation in one word it would be SPECTACULAR. I returned home relaxed, refreshed and invigorated.
I really hope I can replicate the decadent New England Clam Chowder that even my son who has never eaten seafood before chowed down. If not, that’s reason enough to return to Ocean House. Click here for the recipe.