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Ocean House offering train and lodging discounts

Posted by Paul Kandarian  March 17, 2011 07:10 AM

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Ocean House in Watch Hill, R.I., a massive Victorian-style resort hotel that was rebuilt starting in 2004 and reopened last summer, is trying to draw Boston and New York visitors to southern Rhode Island this spring with a “20/20 Express Partnership.”  The deal provides Amtrak passengers on New York’s Northeast Express and Boston’s Freedom Express 20 percent off train tickets and 20 percent off a deluxe room at Ocean House, where rates start at $365 a night.

Proof of travel on Amtrak in the form of a ticket stub for the arrival date of the stay must be shown at check in. The offer is valid for stays through May 26. Amtrak and hotel reservations can be made at www.oceanhouseri.com or by calling the resort’s destination department at 888-552-2588. The discount code to be used is V616. Both trains run to the station in Westerly, about 10 minutes away, and transportation to and from the resort is included.

Ocean House first opened in 1868, a grand dame of regional resort hotels, and was the go-to getaway for many New Englanders. It gained cinematic fame when Douglas Fairbanks filmed part of the silent movie, “American Aristocracy,” there in 1916. By 2003, the property was in such bad shape, the holding company Bluff Avenue LLC, tore it down and replicated it at a cost of $140 million, utilizing more than 5,000 salvaged artifacts and furnishing elements.

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