Monday, June 14, 2010

The Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

Over the weekend Brian and I drove up to Watch Hill, RI to hit the beach and visit the little town we fell in love with during a weekend trip we took last summer. The whole community of Watch Hill is just perfection, gorgeous New England beaches, an adorable Main Street with the cutest beach boutiques, ice cream shops, restaurants, and some of the most gorgeous homes I have ever seen.

The Ocean House is definitely the gem of Watch Hill having first opened its doors to guests in 1868! There is something so special about walking into a place you know has been luxurious for so many years, it's fascinating to imagine the people and styles that have walked up and down the hallways and relaxed on the vast porches.

Brian and I were fortunate to choose a day that the Ocean House had set aside to open up to the public and show off the renovation that has brought it back to life since closing in 2003. I snapped photos at all of the amazing details my eyes saw:

the view from the beach
view from the hotel
how gorgeous, when I pick up the paintbrush again, I may want to paint this...
although the Ocean House is a hotel, apparently you can purchase residences to own which is such a nice feature

of course there is croquet!
the view from the main dining area
hydrangeas everywhere!
Shorely Chic heaven!
guests were given a tour of the rooms on the first floor
the rooms walk out onto this...

loved this sitting area in the spa, and especially the magazine on display :)

the indoor pool

one of the lobby bathrooms

this gigantic antique mirror was one of my favorite additions, I wonder if it was an original from the "old" hotel.

It was a lovely day and I encourage all of you to take a trip and tour this marvelous New England landmark.


  1. Gorgeous pictures Liz, I think I need to schedule a trip east. that picture of you too is adorable and frameable. :)

  2. WOW!!!
    thanks so much for the beautiful tour.!
    this was one of my favorites when I lived in Newport eons ago..
    I'd love seeing your paintings of this lovely historic lady..
    warmest sandy hugs..

  3. I was just there early May, but didn't go inside. They did such a great job with that place!! Thanks for the tour!!!!

  4. A most amazing place. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tour. It looks like you selected the perfect day to go.

  5. thanks so much for the peek inside. I was there last year but it was not open yet now I can't wait to go back!

  6. Love the pictures and especially those Diane James Home hydrangeas (yes, they're ours!) We had such fun at the hotel last week and will post other pictures in the coming days.

  7. Oh terrific pictures! This looks like a fabulous place to visit and it looks like you had such fun!!

  8. Just found you through another blog! Love the decor... the bowl with shells/driftwood, large vase filled with shells, and the hydrangeas are so great! Great inspiration! :)

  9. WOW! What a breath-taking place! The pictures look beautiful! I love the outside area with the couch over looking the sea. Thank you for sharing!