WEEKAPAUG, R.I.—Ocean House Management, LLC announced the opening of the Weekapaug Inn in the Rhode Island beach community of Weekapaug, following a $20 million transformation. The Inn, which has been closed since 2007, re-opened on October 7 as a four-season retreat, joining its nearby sister hotel, the Ocean House.
Originally built in 1899, the inn’s renovation was conducted with the support and cooperation of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission. Designed by Rhode Island-based Nancy Taylor Designs, the inn’s 27 guestrooms, and four two-bedroom Signature Suites convey a mix of traditional and whimsical fabrics and furniture. Rooms have bathrooms with heated floors and towel racks, and four wood-burning fireplaces are featured in the public spaces.
“While the Ocean House and the Weekapaug Inn have always catered to different guests and will continue to do so, we plan to create appropriate synergies and alignment between the two properties to create truly unique and special experiences for guests at each property,” said Daniel A. Hostettler, the president and group managing director of Ocean House Management, LLC, in an announcement.
The Inn, which is overseen by innkeeper Antonia Korosec, an international hotelier, invites travelers to disconnect and enjoy the surroundings. In fact, in-room flat-panel televisions will only be available upon request. Instead, guests can get active in the Inn’s three-lane 75-foot lap pool and fitness center, experience traditional lawn activities – such as bocce ball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes – or explore nature’s wonders. Taking advantage of the Inn’s location on a living estuary, resident Naturalist and director of recreation Mark Bullinger connects guests to the environment via educational outings including guided kayak paddles, bird watching, barrier beach walks, fly-fishing seminars, bicycle trips, clamming, and astronomy sessions. The Inn will also introduce “Master Series” seminars on such topics as digital wildlife photography and landscape painting.
Overseen by Executive Chef Jennifer Backman, the Weekapaug Inn’s two dining venues offer farm-to-table dishes with a nod to the traditional cultures of the region, including Italian, Portuguese and Native American. For a relaxed option, the SeaRoom tempts palates with New England comfort food – such as hearty New England Clam Chowder, and native lobster and sweet corn fritters with tarragon remoulade.
Located just five miles away, the AAA Five Diamond and Relais & Chateaux Ocean House serves as a sister property and provides management oversight of the inn, allowing guests of the Inn the use of its facilities, including Rhode Island’s only Forbes Five Star OH! Spa, five restaurant outlets, championship croquet, two squash courts and a 650-foot private white-sand beach. The partnership allows guests at each property to experience the best of both worlds, and enjoy two properties with vastly different styles.