Rhode Island is a great place to be in summer. And sometimes in winter, when you find fun indoor things to do. The AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star Ocean House and sister property, the Weekapaug Inn down in Westerly, hard by the Connecticut border, has a number of things to cozy up to this winter. Both hotels are members of Relais & Châteaux.
The “Winter Wonderland” package runs at both hotels through April 15, and includes arrival hot chocolate (you’ll need it, the towering hotel in the Watch Hill section of town overlooks ocean on both sides), daily breakfast for two and two tickets to the Westerly Skating Rink. Rates start at $460 per night at Ocean House and $260 at Weekapaug.
Winter activities include new “Vine to Wine” weekends ($40 per person), including Jan. 17-18 with an “Old World vs. New World Cabernet Sauvignon” class, where guests compare cabs from around the world. Also coming Feb. 14-15 is an “Australian Wines” class, an immersive wine experience led by sommelier Jonathan Feiler, which includes a Friday night reception and Saturday class with wine and cheese. The resort’s on-staff food forager will also lead free farm and vine culinary classes each week this winter, including “Exploring New England Cheeses,” and a class on making homemade mustards.
At Weekapaug, a new “Cooking Through the Seasons” dinner series ($75 per person) launches Feb. 19 with a three-course, family style beer dinner featuring craft beers (for those family members 21 and older). The inn’s on-site naturalist is also leading beach walks, slideshows showcasing the inn’s natural environment and night constellation sessions throughout the winter.
Ocean House also has new seasonal treatments at its OH! Spa, such as the winter-harvest experience, a two-and-a-half-hour ritual with sugar scrub with vanilla and spices, body wrap and a 90-minute custom massage with fresh vanilla-blended cream.
Top photo, Janice McEachen, food forager at Ocean House; bottom, Ocean House in winter, both courtesy of Ocean House