Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to this holiday weekend? Perhaps you are making a trip to the beach. As much as I would like to, I’m afraid we are not traveling anywhere close to salt water this weekend. But I do have a gorgeous hotel to share with you today. Then at least we can take a virtual trip there.
This is the Ocean House Hotel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Doesn’t it look like one of those grand hotels from the turn of the century? In a way it is, and in a way it isn’t. (You’re totally confused now, right??) Well, it was a grand hotel at one time. It opened in 1868, and it had 159 guest rooms. People traveled from all over to stay at this beautiful place overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
But then somehow, over the 135 years that it was in operation, it became run down…too much to keep up, and the old beauty was closed in 2003. Obviously, that was not the end of her story though. Happily, in 2004 a plan was designed to totally recreate her. Over a 5 year period, they took Ocean House apart and reused those old parts in a brand new building. Even the rocks in the fireplace above were removed, numbered, and rebuilt into the one that you see in the hotel’s living room today. And would you believe the 247 windows from the former hotel are now in their original location in the new Ocean House? (That was amazing to me.)
The hotel has won several very prestigious awards over the years…Travel and Leisure’s #1 Top Resort in the U.S. last year and #5 in the world. Forbes ranked it among the top 10 beach resorts in the world. The hotel has many amenities, including a spa and a number of restaurants. I believe the one above is called The Bistro.
Wouldn’t you love to be dining at the table there by the window below?!
They continue the old hotel tradition of cabanas on the beach.
The suites in Ocean House are fabulous.
This is the Morgan Suite.
Yes this is a suite. Note the bunkbeds built in the wall there, and you can see a small view into the bedroom on the back wall.
Here is another one.
Besides the rooms in the hotel itself, Ocean House offers villas and five “cottages” for rent as well. (Some of these “cottages” are quite large with 6 bedrooms.) This is the 5 bedroom Salt Spray Farm.
And this is Echo Lodge with 6 bedrooms for you and all your extended family.
This bedroom is from the charming Old School Cottage.
(It is more my size with only 2 bedrooms.)
If you really want to go all out luxurious, you should stay in their 7 bedroom Windvale Cottage, complete with its own pool and poolhouse. This “cottage” was built at the turn of the century and has been wonderfully restored.
Love that clawfoot tub in the bathroom.
Beautiful living room.
But as lovely as all those cottages are, I still think the best place to be is back at Ocean House…
sitting on their porch, overlooking the Atlantic, and listening to the waves.
Today is my last last day of being a teacher. I have found myself with tears in my eyes several times this week, so I know today will be bittersweet. I just have to keep reminding myself how wonderful retirement is going to be. (Thank you to those of you who keep reminding me of it in your comments.)
Here’s to a great start to everyone’s Memorial Day weekend!
May we all find someplace special to relax and rejuvenate as the summer season begins.
Until next time…
(All images (unless otherwise noted) are from the Ocean House website.)