Watch Hill, Rhode Island

  • Antique carousels, historic lighthouses, and small parks prime for strolling; this coastal village located on the shore of Block Island Sound is like a dream.
  • Spend a day on the sand at Misquamicut Beach, which stretches seven miles from Watch Hill to Weekapaug.
  • Charter a boat ride around the attractions of Narragansett Bay to appreciate the Victorian village’s maritime roots.
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Pure Americana

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.

Quick Facts

  • Rhode Island Nickname
    The Ocean State
  • Rental Car
    Recommended
  • Climate
    Humid Subtropical / Continental
  • Time Zone
    Eastern Standard Time
  • Suggested Airports
    T. F. Green Airport (PVD) or Westerly State Airport (WST)

Fresh Things To Do

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  • Quintessential New England Eats

    The food and dining options in Watch Hill are abundant. Characterized by the wealth of seafood, you won't have to search far or wide to find a lavish meal.

    The Cooked Goose. Known in Westerly as the go-to spot for breakfast and lunch, the Cooked Goose specializes in omelets, eggs benedict and freshly baked offerings that include gluten-free coffee cake.

    Ella's Fine Food & Drink. Chef Jeanie serves up elegant Asian fusion and French food in a relaxed setting. The menu includes prix fixe options and mouthwatering sides such as wild mushroom bisque and double truffle lobster mac and cheese.

    Beijing Dumpling. Don't let the unassuming location in Merchant Square Plaza fool you; the dumplings at Beijing Dumpling are the real deal. Order yours with crab rangoons, wonton soup or scallion pancakes.

    Oak St. B&B. Bed and breakfast? Nope. Burgers and breakfast! The burgers at Oak St. B&B are award-winning, served with grilled onions on buttery Portuguese rolls. Both delivery and takeout are available.

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  • Forecasting Your Watch Hill Vacation

    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.

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