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This coastal village sits in southwestern Rhode Island in the charming town of Westerly. Marked by Victorian mansions and homes, the area is upheld as one of the most traditionally American destinations available today. Perched high on a bluff, Ocean House is the only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel in the state, described by the New York Times as a place that "conjures up another age, when women wore white gloves to tea and golf was a newfangled pastime." This is Travel + Leisure's #5 Hotel in the World. One glance at this storied resort and you'll understand why families have been flocking here for decades.
You'll find the Old Lighthouse in Stonington, Connecticut. This historic landmark has been open to the public since 1925. You can climb the 29 stone steps to the tower to see a panorama of three different states.
With soft sand, fewer crowds and friendly waters, East Beach is billed by many as the best in Rhode Island. The beach is clean and safe but if you have little ones, note that there are no lifeguards on duty.
This historic carousel has been lovingly maintained. It's the oldest operational flying horse carousel and is one of only two National Historic Landmarks in Rhode Island. Children ages 12 and under are welcome to ride.
Captain Nathaniel Brown Palmer was a seal hunter, captain and one of the first Antarctic explorers. His former residence is owned by the Stonington Historical Society and is open to the public for guided tours by local volunteers.
Stonington Vineyards has been around for 27 years and is a founding member of the Connecticut Wine Trail. Famous for its barrel fermented Chardonnay, you can stop by for a private tour or tasting.
Jack Spratt is a wonderful storyteller as well as owner and captain of Trim Again, a classic wooden Catboat yacht that offers private charters in partnership with the Ocean House Resort.
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You needn't feel isolated during your vacation in Watch Hill. The state of Rhode Island is only 1,212 square miles, making it very easy to get around quickly if you would like to take a day trip or two to another town.
With no parking available on side streets in this small town, it's wise to pay for a full day of parking in one of the lots to fully explore the downtown area. Parking on the main street is free for two hours and monitored closely.
Del's frozen lemonade is a refreshing family recipe dating back to 1840 in Naples, Italy. Today it's available for the masses at the end of the main road near the historic Flying Horse Carousel. You have to try this citrus treat.
The downtown district is comprised of two main streets, Bay Street and a smaller street named Fort Road. The square area is known as Larkin Square and this is the center of Watch Hill's shopping and fine dining options.
Sailboats gliding across the water, games of croquet on the lawn and miles of beaches: Watch Hill's quintessential New England imagery pairs well with its quintessential New England climate. Coastal breezes make summers mild, and while winters tend to see a decent amount of rain and some snow, temperatures generally remain balmy in the mid-30s to mid-40s.